Saturday August 30, 2003FB Wins Big 65-3 in Opener Versus SJSU
Senior running back Ran Carthon and junior wide reciever Kelvin Kight scored two touchdowns each as the University of Florida football team opened its 2003 season with a 65-3 win against San Jose State University in front of a record-breaking 90,011 fans at the newly renovated Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field.
After San Jose State scored the game’s first points on a 46-yard field goal by Jeff Carr, the Gators reeled off 65 unanswered points to put the game out of reach. Starter Ingle Martin, true freshman Chris Leak and redshirt-freshman Gavin Dickey all took snaps and threw touchdowns for the Gators. Martin (14-24) and Leak (10-14) rotated throughout most of the game and combined for 307 passing yards. The defense, under new coordinator Charlie Strong, allowed only 185 yards and 11 first downs.
Florida’s quarterbacks were successful on spreading the ball around as 11 different players caught passes. Wide reciever Kelvin Kight led UF’s recieving corps with six catches for 75 yards and two touchdowns.
Florida kicker Matt Leach, perfect on the night, scored the Gators first six points and connected on a total of three field goals and eight extra points.
With the Gators leading 6-3, Jermaine McCollum blocked SJSU Bryce Partridge’s punt. In the next play, Carthon scampered in on first down to put Florida up 13-3.
After Martin led the Gators on a 71-yard scoring drive which culminated in a 21-yard touchdown strike to Kight, Florida safety Guss Scott intercepted Spartans quarterback Scott Rislov at the 38 yard line and returned it for the score to put Florida up 27-3.
Florida took a 30-3 lead into the half, but did not let up, scoring 35 in the second half. Scott continued his stellar performance as he forced a Spartan fumble in the third quarter. Reid Fleming recovered the ball and set up Carthon’s second rushing touchdown of the game.
Leaks first career touchdown came in the third quarter as he threw a screen pass to Kight for a 16-yard score. In a bit of luck, Reggie Lewis recovered a DeShawn Wynn fumble and went 21 yards giving the Gators a 51-3 lead. Dickey (3-4) saw his first action as a Gator in the fourth quarter. After one interception, the redshirt freshman completed a pass to Chad Jackson for a 29-yard touchdown.
The final score of the game came when junior walk-on Tre Orr intercepted a Beau Pierce pass and returned it for 73 yards.
The 90,011 in attendance at the game set a state of Florida record. The Gators travel to the University of Miami next Saturday, August 6th to take on the Hurricanes in the Orange Bowl.