No. 10 Gators control game

Quarter breakdown: Defense rules day


Florida Gators defensive back Marcus Roberson (5) tries to wrap up Toledo Rockets running back David Fluellen (22) during the first half of the Gators' game against the Toledo Rockets on Saturday August 31, 2013 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville Fla. (Rob C. Witzel/Staff photographer)

The Gainesville Sun
Published: Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 3:55 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 3:55 p.m.

QUARTERS

First quarter

Play of the quarter: With Florida on the Toledo 34, running back Mack Brown took a first-down handoff, cut back to his left and eluded tacklers and made it to the 11-yard line. The 23-yard run was the longest of his career.

Stat of the quarter: Jeff Driskel was on fire in the first quarter, completing all six of his passes for 54 yards with a long of 16 (to Trey Burton).

Trending: Although Florida has talked about a tailback by committee, the quarter belonged to Brown. He carried the load nine times for 46 yards. Driskel and Burton have the only other carries and one of Driskel's was a scramble play.

Scoring: Brown had the only score in the quarter when he ran it in from a yard out with 6:46 to play in the quarter. It was his first career touchdown.

Second quarter

Play of the quarter: Brown made a nifty run for Florida's second touchdown of the game. He made three different cuts on the 14-yard score and bowled over a pair of defenders at the 2-yard line.

Stat of the quarter: Toledo had its only two penalties of the half late in the quarter, but they were big. First, a kickoff return to the Toledo 37 was negated by a block in the back. Then, a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Bernard Reedy took the Rockets out of field goal range.

Trending: While there was a lot of preseason talk about a downfield passing game, Florida was very much a short-passing team in the second quarter because Toledo played two deep safeties.

Scoring: Austin Hardin nailed his first career field goal attempt from 24 yards. Jeremiah Detmer made his 18th field goal in a row with a 44-yarder to make it 10-3. Brown's TD with 3:20 to play made it 17-3 UF at the half.

Third quarter

Play of the quarter: They've been saying wonderful things about true freshman Vernon Hargreaves III and he showed why with his interception and 15-yard return to set up Florida's only score of the quarter.

Stat of the quarter: After rushing for 97 yards in the first half, Brown was stuffed in the third quarter, as Toledo concentrated on the run. He gained only six yards on five carries.

Trending: Zac Kerin, Toledo's senior center, is considered an early round NFL draft pick, but Dominique Easley blew over and by him when he played nose tackle.

Scoring: Detmer made another field goal from 23 yards out to cut the lead to 17-6. Florida made it 24-6 when Jeff Driskel hit fullback Gideon Ajagbe wide open in the flat for a four-yard touchdown with 55 seconds to play.

Fourth quarter

Play of the quarter: It would have to be Kelvin Taylor's 27-yard run near the end of the game because of the expectations for the freshman running back. He showed excellent quickness on the run.

Stat of the quarter: Florida ran the ball 14 times in the fourth quarter and only threw five passes, as the Gators simply tried to get out of the game with a win.

Trending: The Gators will have to clean up the penalties (10 for 70 yards) the rest of the way. The nose tackles jumping offsides three times was three too many.

Scoring: There was no scoring in the quarter. Florida missed a 39-yard field goal attempt, had a touchdown called back because of a holding penalty and the game ended with UF on the Toledo 5-yard line.

Final score: No. 10 Florida 24, Toledo 6. UF extended its SEC-leading winning streak (second in the nation) to open the season to 24 straight.

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