Recap: Florida Gators pull off upset of No. 8 Utah, give Billy Napier win in debut
The Billy Napier era in Gainesville officially begins Saturday night at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. The first-year Florida football coach faces an immediate challenge with No. 8 Utah coming to The Swamp.
The Gators, who return six starters on offense and eight on defense, made it through fall camp with only one major injury. Backup quarterback Jack Miller is out at least the first two weeks of the season after surgery to repair a broken thumb.
Miller's absence makes the health and safety of starter Anthony Richardson an even bigger priority in these early games.
There are plenty of questions with a new staff, new offense, you name it. How will the Gators respond?
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Utah looked poised to win the game and Gators get the interception in the end zone, giving Billy Napier a victory in his first game as UF coach.
WIth 1:25 left in the game, the Gators lead 29-26. Can they deliver a victory for their new coach Billy Napier in his debut?
Utah jumps ahead with about six minutes left in the fourth quarter: Utah 26, Florida 22.
Scared money don't make money: Montrell Johnson runs in for a touchdown and then Billy Napier has the Gators go for 2. Score: UF 22, Utah 19.
Utah tries two-point conversion but fails. Utah 19, Florida 14 with 12 seconds left in the third quarter
Utes can't score from 1-yard line. Huge stop by UF defense.
Gators 14, Utes 13 at halftime of the 2022 opener at The Swamp.
Florida's starting quarterback gives Gators first lead of the game with 45-yard TD run. It's 14-13 for UF.
Utes get favorable timeout call from refs and a second chance at putting points on the board. FG makes it 13-7.
No. 8 Utah up 10-7 in the second quarter.
Starting QB gets the Gators on the board with 39 seconds left in the first quarter at The Swamp.
Gators have the ball with about 7 minutes to go in first quarter.
ESPN is sticking with Arkansas-Cincinnati game until it's over so Gators game starting on ESPNEWS and the ESPN app.
ESPN saying 7:10 kickoff for Florida-Utah.
Inactives for Florida: TE Arlis Boardingham (upper body), DB Jaydon Hill (lower body), QB Jack Miller III (upper body - thumb surgery) OT David Conner
There was no doubt who got the biggest ovation from the Gator fans at The Swamp during the pre-game: Starting quarterback Anthony Richardson.
Ricky Pearsall, who missed some of fall camp with an injury, was announced as the starting wide receiver tonight.
After a sunny morning and afternoon, it's pouring at The Swamp. There's a 90% chance of rain at 6 p.m. and 70% at game time. Lightning stay away!