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Jabar Gaffney scored his first two touchdowns of the season.

Saturday September 8, 2001Florida football defeats UL-Monroe 55-6

Gainesville, FL

Jabar Gaffney scored his first two touchdowns of the season.

The University of Florida Gators rode the passing of Rex Grossman to beat University of Louisiana-Monroe 55-6 Saturday night in Gainesville. Grossman completed 23 of 34 passes for 331 yards and three touchdowns. He was intercepted once.

Two of Grossman's touchdown passes went to sophomore Jabar Gaffney (pictured), who caught eight passes for 102 yards. Taylor Jacobs added five catches for 98 yards while Reche Caldwell had five receptions for 62 yards and one touchdown.

The Gators gained 600 yards of total offense, but had to overcome a shaky start. Florida fumbled on the very first possession, which led to UL-Monroe's only touchdown - a short run by Ivory Brown.

"Sometimes those things happen", said Gator coach Steve Spurrier in the postgame interview. "The quarterback can't get the snap from center, sometimes the receiver lets 'em knock it out (fumble), and sometimes you've got to punt. It was a little frustrating happening early, but our defense was ready to play".

The Gator defense held the Indians to 27 yards rushing and 105 total yards, but they weren't able to sack the quarterback, something defensive end Alex Brown wasn't pleased with. "That's a big thing for us", said Brown. "We've got to get sacks. We've got to get the quarterback down. He was throwing it, like we would get there, we'd get hits on him, but we didn't get there fast enough."

Back on offense, running back Earnest Graham rushed for 82 yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns. He now has five on the year. Robert Gillespie added 68 yards on ten carries and a touchdown. Kickers Jeff Chandler and Brendt Talcott booted field goals of 29 and 28 yards, respectively. Brock Berlin connected with fullback Rob Roberts for a second-half touchdown.

Florida will host eighth ranked Tennessee next Saturday in "the Swamp". Kickoff is slated for 3:30 p.m. EDT.

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