By the Quarters


Published: Tuesday, January 3, 2006 at 12:41 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 3, 2006 at 12:41 p.m.

1st QUARTER: FLORIDA 7, IOWA 0

  • T-MAC SCORES: The Gators got on the scoreboard with 13:25 remaining in the first quarter when Jemalle Cornelius blocked a punt and Tremaine McCollum returned it six yards for a touchdown.

  • CI at WR: Cornelius Ingram made his first ever appearance at receiver midway through the first quarter. Also a backup quarterback, Ingram ran a post pattern but was not thrown to.

  • MISSED CHIP SHOT: Florida kicker Chris Hetland missed a 23-yard field goal with 3:05 left that would have given UF a 10-0 lead. The Gators had first-and-goal at the 4 and lost a yard before the field goal attempt.

    2nd

    QUARTER: FLORIDA 24, IOWA 7

  • GOOD: Chris Hetland was given another shot at a chippie and didn't miss this time, hitting a 21-yard field goal with 9:31 left in the half to give UF a 10-0 lead.

  • DANCING DTS: With the Black Eyed Peas' "Let's Get It Started" blaring over the Raymond James Stadium loudspeakers during a television timeout late in the half, Gator defensive tackles Marcus Thomas and Steven Harris could be seen dancing and playing air guitar.

  • BREAKOUT: After missing almost two months with a broken leg, Gator cornerback Vernell Brown intercepted a pass from Iowa quarterback Drew Tate and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown with 1:57 remaining in the half. That gave UF a 17-0 lead.

  • POINTS: Iowa got on the scoreboard for the first time with 1:10 remaining in the quarter on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Tate to Clinton Solomon. Florida answered with one second left when Chris Leak found Dallas Baker for a 24-yard touchdown catch to send the Gators into the locker room with a 17-point lead.

    3rd QUARTER: FLORIDA 31, IOWA 7

  • BOOMER: Gator punter Eric Wilbur booted his longest punt of the season (63 yards) following the opening possession of the second half. The kick was a UF bowl record. Wilbur's career long is a 75-yarder against Tennessee in 2003.

  • ANOTHER SHORT MISS: Iowa's Kyle Schlicher pushed a 30-yard field goal attempt wide left with 8:16 left to go in the third quarter.

  • POURING IT ON: Chris Leak hit a wide open Dallas Baker in the end zone for a 38-yard touchdown pass, giving UF a 31-7 lead with 5:23 left in the quarter.

    4th

    QUARTER: FLORIDA 31, IOWA 24

  • IOWA TD: Following a fumble by Chad Jackson on a punt return, Iowa got its second touchdown of the game. This one was a 4-yard pass from Drew Tate to Ed Hinkel to cut UF's advantage to 31-14.

  • STOPPED: On fourth-and-1 from the Iowa 28 with around nine minutes left in the game, UF went for it, but Jackson was tackled for no gain after catching a pass from Leak.

  • BRAWLGAME: Midway into the final quarter, the attention of many Iowa fans turned away from the field and to a fight involving two Hawkeye fans. Both men were taken down by police officers, handcuffed and arrested.

  • HAWKEYES CRAWL BACK: Iowa cut the Gator lead to 10 on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Tate to Hinkel with 6:59 left in the contest.

  • SPECIAL TEAMS: Two big special teams plays helped decide the game in the fourth quarter. First, Billy Latsko converted on a fourth-and-1 fake punt attempt on the UF 19 with around five minutes to play. Later, Iowa was called offsides on an onside kick the Hawkeyes recovered. The Gators recovered the retry.

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