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A quick analysis of the Florida-Toledo game Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Saturday August 31, 2013The Quick Slant: Analysis of UF's win Over Toledo

A quick analysis of the Florida-Toledo game Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Scott Carter
By SCOTT CARTER
GatorZone.com Senior Writer

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Gators opened the 2013 season Saturday with a long scoring drive and from there quietly disposed of Toledo at a sweltering Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

After forcing Toledo to punt on the game's opening drive, the Gators offense took the field for the first time at its 16-yard line. Eleven plays and 84 yards later, running back Mack Brown capped the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run.

The opening sequence set the tone in Florida's 24-6 victory.

THE QUICK SLANT

WHAT IT MEANS: A good start in front of the home fans is never a bad way to start the season. The Gators won their 24th consecutive season opener, the second-longest streak in the nation. They also overcame the absence of several players by showing off the added depth that head coach Will Muschamp considers one of this year's strengths.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The starting quarterback is always in the spotlight at Florida and Jeff Driskel opened his second season as the starter with a lot of eyes on him. They wanted to see if he had progressed since a year ago. Driskel didn't disappoint, going 10-for-11 for 101 yards in the opening half.

STAGGERING STATISTIC: Brown, a redshirt junior, entered the game with 167 career rushing yards in 24 games. He rushed for 97 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns in the first half.

SUBPLOT: The Gators were without three offensive starters due to injury in running back Matt Jones and offensive linemen Jon Halapio and Chaz Green. They were also missing suspended linebacker Antonio Morrison. And then prior to the game, it was announced that starting cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy and reserves Darious Cummings, Latroy Pittman and Quinteze Williams would miss the game for a violation of team rules. None of it mattered as the Gators took care of business from the beginning.

UP NEXT: The Gators (1-0) travel to Miami (1-0) to face the Hurricanes on the road for the first time in a decade. This is the final game of a home-and-home series that opened with Florida's victory over Miami at The Swamp in 2008. Miami opened the season with a 34-6 win over Florida Atlantic. The Hurricanes lead the all-time series 28-26 in a rivalry that began in 1938.

 

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