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Saturday September 13, 2003Football Uses Ground Game to Defeat FAMU 63-3

Gainesville, FL

Led by a powerful ground game, the University of Florida football team defeated Florida A&M 63-3 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Five different Gator running backs scored a total of seven touchdowns and rushed for 309 yards.

Redshirt freshman DeShawn Wynn led Florida's running game with three rushing touchdowns and 95 yards. Wynn scored a fourth touchdown off an eight-yard pass from Ingle Martin in the second quarter. The four touchdowns by Wynn marks the first time in Gator history that a freshman has scored four times in a single game. Sophomore Ciatrick Fason turned in a solid game as well by rushing 11 times for 65 yards and a touchdown.

With Florida leading 14-3 on Wynn and Fason touchdowns, freshman quarterback Chris Leak found senior tight end Ben Troupe in the end zone at 7:56 of the second quarter for a seven-yard score. In the next Florida drive, after a Keiwan Ratliff interception, senior back Ran Carthon rushed up the middle for a four-yard score giving the Gators the 28-3 lead. Before the half the Wynn reception brought the score to 35-3 at intermission.

Florida tacked on 28 more points in the second half, while not allowing the Rattlers to score. Wynn's two additional rushing touchdowns came in the second half, along with a 50 yard rushing touchdown by Jimtavis Walker with 5:13 to go in the game. Skyler Thorton was the fifth back to score in the game on a rush of 21 yards.

Leak rotated with starter Ingle Martin throughout most of the game, with Gavin Dickey seeing action. Leak and Martin went 16-of-20 and combined to throw for 218 yards and two touchdowns. Kicker Matt Leach went 9-for-9 in PATs.

By not allowing a touchdown in the game, the Gator defense has not allowed a touchdown at home in eight quarters.

The Gators begin Southeastern Conference action next Saturday in a home match-up with the Tennessee Volunteers at noon.

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