Saturday September 1, 2007Gators Throttle Hilltoppers, 49-3, In Season Opener
crowd of 90,086 at The Swamp on Saturday, the sixth-ranked
The game was terminated with 8:23 left in the fourth quarter after a one hour and two minute delay due to lightning in the area.
stopping WKU on 4th down and 1 inside of their own 10, the Gators marched 90
yards in six plays to seize a 7-0 lead. Tebow reeled off an 18-yard run on
second down and then connected with senior Andre
Harvin hauled in a 19-yard reception from Tebow just 1:24 into the second quarter for a 21-0 margin for the Gators. All three plays on the 40-yard drive came from the speedy wideout, who previously had a 13-yard rush and 8-yard reception.
forcing WKU three and out, Tebow moved the Gator offense 62 yards in nine plays
in 3:13 for a 28-0 advantage with 8:11 remaining until the half. Tebow had a
13-yard rush to the Hilltoppers’ 43 yard-line and a 15-yard personal foul
tacked on to the end of the run brought the ball to the 28. Junior Kestahn Moore (
A 26-yard field goal with no time remaining by senior Chris James brought the Hilltoppers into the locker room down by a 28-3 count. In the first half, Tebow was 9-for-11 with 192 yards and spread the ball to four different receivers.
Tebow threw a 43-yard pass to Caldwell and a 42-yard touchdown pass to Cooper back-to-back with 4:08 remaining in the third quarter to bring the score to 35-3. After forcing the Hilltoppers to a negative-rushing yard series, the Gators answered quickly with Moore rushing for 28 yards in the series, capping with a 1-yard touchdown to give the Gators a 42-3 lead.
Freshman quarterback Cameron Newton (College Park, Ga.) took the helm for the Gators in the fourth quarter leading the team to a 1:29, 4 play scoring drive. Newton capped off the drive with a 4-yard run for his first career touchdown as a Gator.
The Gator defense was equally as impressive as the offense with defensive end Derrick Harvey (Greenbelt, Md.) leading the team with two sacks. Linebacker Brandon Spikes (Shelby, N.C.) was explosive tallying 11 tackles, including seven solos.
The Gators return to action next Saturday when defending Sun Belt Conference champion Troy visits The Swamp for the first-ever meeting between the schools. Kickoff will be at 6 p.m.