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Saturday September 14, 2002Football Defeats Ohio In Rain-Soaked Contest

Gainesville, FL

Earnest Graham rushed for 60 yards and two touchdowns to pace a balanced offense on Saturday.

Earnest Graham led a balanced attack with a pair of touchdown runs to pace the 12th-ranked Florida Gators to a 34-6 victory over Ohio under less than ideal conditions Saturday evening.

The Gators overcame early miscues and a 46-minute delay in the game due to lightning to rush for 163 yards on the evening, while Rex Grossman provided 202 through the air as they improved to 2-1 heading into next week's showdown with Tennessee.

The game started out slowly for the Gators, as Grossman was intercepted on his first attempt on the game, setting up a 48-yard field goal by Kevin Kerr to give the Bobcats a 3-0 lead.

Only 14 minutes after kickoff, however, a heavy storm moved through the area, bringing dangerous lightning, prompting the 46-minute delay. While the lightning eventually moved on, the rain did not, as the teams battled through torrential downpours most the evening.

The Gators finally took their first lead of the game with just under a minute remaining in the opening quarter when Graham carried the ball in from 2-yards out for a 7-3 advantage.

A 20-yard field goal by Kerr capped a 20-play drive for the Bobcats, before the Gators responded with an 18-yard touchdown pass from Grossman to Aaron Walker to give them a 14-6 lead at the half.

As the second half began, the Gators started to take over the line of scrimmage and grabbed a 21-6 lead when Ran Carthon capped a 13-play drive with a 5-yard touchdown run. On the drive, Carthon carried the ball five times for 27 yards and his second touchdown of the season.

As the fourth quarter got underway, the Gators gave Ohio a slightly different look, as Grossman sprinted right and pitched to Graham on the option and the Doak Walker candidate took the ball 40 yards for his second score of the game. On the evening, Graham had 60 yards on 12 carries.

Willie Green provided the final margin of victory with a 1-yard scoring run midway through the fourth quarter for his second touchdown of the season, as the Gators improved to 70-6 at home since 1990.

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