Florida 38, Charleston Southern 0
* The Gator running game was supposed to be a strength of this team, but the holes simply weren’t there. In the first quarter, the UF running backs only ran for 23 yards on nine carries. Lamical Perine got things going with a 23-yard run in the second quarter, but the most efficient runner was Feleipe Franks.
* Old Dan Mullen pulled out some familiar plays for the Gator fans, including the shovel pass to the tight end and the jump pass for a touchdown to Tyrie Cleveland. Talk about putting the fun back into Florida football. Franks looked like he could have walked in for a score on the jump pass. The quarterback looked comfortable running this offense, although the competition wasn’t good. Still, Franks threw for five touchdowns in the first half after throwing nine all of last season.
*Steve Spurrier wanted to bet me the Gators would score more than 50 in their opener after I said they would score 34 in my picks column. I think he had some inside info on how bad Charleston Southern was/is on offense, which is one reason Florida had 44 plays in the first half. In six quarters of consecutive openers against Todd Grantham’s defense (last year at Mississippi State), the Buccaneers have managed only four first downs. They had none Saturday night until Ronnie Harris ripped off a 70-yard run late in the second quarter.