Notable quotes you may not have read or heard yet...
On Wyoming's defense …
"They did a good job scheming us. They did a nice job stopping the run, but when you stop the run it opens up more passing lanes. So they stopped one thing, but when you stop one it opens up another, so I credit the wide receivers, they did a nice job scoring for us tonight. Wyoming did defend us very well early on, thought, I can't wait to get to work tomorrow."
On Chad Jackson …
"I just know that since I've been here Chad Jackson has been tremendous. He's one of the hardest working kids on this team. He does more than just work hard, though, he provides leadership. He's a leader because he makes the guys who don't want to work hard, want to work as hard as he does everyday."
On Josh Portis …
"I wanted to get Portis in there. He's such a dynamic player. We're going to get him in a bunch, we're going to get him ready to go."
On the differences between his first game coaching at Utah, and at Florida …
"It's different mostly because of the size, but I don't want to sit here and compare. One thing you'll find from all coaches is what really matters is going into that locker room and singing the fight song with your team, hugging them and telling them ‘job well done.' It's a great feeling to be able to say ‘congratulations, you're 1-0.'"
WR CHAD JACKSON
On offensive improvements:
"We can get a lot better. I think it was just because it was the first game. We're trying to work out the kinks and trying to get the newness out of our systems."
QB CHRIS LEAK
On starting the season:
"It is a sense of relief. We have been doing two-a-days and running against our defense. We get tired of it, because we know everything about each other. It's good to get the season going."
CB VERNELL BROWN
On the Gator Walk:
"The Gator Walk was definitely an experience. This is my fifth year, and I have never seen anything like it. It was a really great experience."
DL RAY MCDONALD
On missing playing the inside:
"Marcus (Thomas) and Steve (Harris) did a great job of stuffing the run up the middle. I do miss playing the inside, but I love defensive end. I have to get better when I come out and learn from my mistakes."
Wyoming Coach Joe Glenn:
On the game
"They don't look like the team we worked against back in Wyoming. No. 8 (Chad Jackson) made one of the greatest catches I've ever seen. Chris Leak, they're going to find out that he's something special. We were on them but we just couldn't quite make the plays."
Corey Bramlet, senior quarterback
On playing in front of more than 90,000 fans:
"It was a crazy experience. I've been looking forward to it for awhile. The Florida fans are great. They are so passionate about the game of football. I wish the outcome would have been a little different."
- Florida notched its 16th straight season and home-opening victory, the longest active streak in the Southeastern Conference.
- UF improved to 58-6 in openers held in Gainesville and boosted its mark to 36-1 in its last 37 season openers on its own turf dating back to the 1949 campaign.
- Florida Head Coach Urban Meyer is now 5-0 in opening day games as a head coach.
- An Urban Meyer coached team has not trailed at any point in seven-straight games and 31 consecutive quarters.
- Coach Meyer coached teams have ranked fourth nationally over the last four years in time of possession, averaging 32:01 per game before tonight. That trend continued tonight with the Gators as Florida kept the ball for 34:29.
- With the 32-7 win, Florida has handed Wyoming head coach Joe Glenn his worst loss in an opening day game.
- The most he had ever lost by in an opening day game prior to today was a 5-point, 31-26 loss to Western State (CO) while the head coach at Northern Colorado on Sept. 3, 1994. Prior to today, Western State was the only team to score more than 30 points on a Glenn coached team. Before today, no team had scored more than 10 points on a Glenn led team in the last three season openers and no one has scored above 20 in the last six.
- Tonight's crowd of 90,707 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium was the largest to see the Gators play at home and was a record for a football game in the state of Florida. UF's contest against Florida State on Nov. 29, 2003 drew 90,407 spectators.
- The Gators' first touchdown under Head Coach Urban Meyer was a 26 -yard scoring toss from Chris Leak to Chad Jackson.
- Kestahn Moore (WR), Skyler Thornton (RB), Drew Miller (OL) and Steven Harris (DL) each made their first start for the Gators today.
- Three redshirt freshmen and five true freshmen saw their first action for the Gators today. The redshirt freshmen were Michael McIntosh (WR), Markus Manson (RB) and Derrick Harvey (DL). The true freshmen were Avery Atkins (CB), Josh Portis (QB), Jonathan Phillips (K), Darryl Gresham Jr. (LB) and Jon Demps (LB).
- Florida's defense limited Wyoming to just 98 yards of offense in the first half, while the Gators totaled 199 yards.
- Florida doubled Wyoming's passing efforts, finishing the game with 320 yards passing compared to just 150 yards passing for the Cowboys.
- The Gators held the Cowboys to just 2-for-13 in third down situations.
- Florida's 32 points today are its lowest point total in a season opener since August 30, 1997, when it defeated Southern Miss, 21-6.
- Over 150 former Florida football lettermen formed a tunnel that the Gators ran through before the game.
- The University Athletic Association will donate $75,000 from the proceeds of tonight's pay-per-view telecast to the Red Cross to assist those affected by Hurricane Katrina.
- Senior defensive end Jeremy Mincey recovered the first fumble of his career in the first quarter.
- With a 23-yard reception in the first quarter, Chad Jackson has now caught a pass in 13-straight games.
- Jackson caught two passes for 20-plus yards in the first quarter, a 23-yard reception and a 26-yard TD reception.
- Jackson averaged 22.3 yards per catch in 2004.
- With his second touchdown reception, a seven-yard catch, Chad Jackson tied his career-high for TD receptions in a game. He also had two TD receptions against Mississippi State in 2004.
- Jackson caught six passes in the first half to tie his career high for receptions set last year against Middle Tennessee. Jackson caught a total of 10 passes in the game.
- Jackson's 85-yards receiving in the first half exceeded his previous career high of 81 yards, also versus Middle Tennessee on Oct. 16, 2004. Jackson finished the game with 138 yards receiving.
- With his third touchdown catch of the night, Chad Jackson became the first Gator receiver to have three TD receptions in a game since Jabar Gaffney had three against Auburn on Oct. 14, 2000.
- Chad Jackson's rushing TD in the fourth quarter made him the first person since DeShawn Wynn scored four against Florida A&M, Sept. 13, 2003. Wynn had three rushing TDs and one receiving. Jackson is the eighth person in school history to score four TDs in a game, but is only the second to do so in a season opener. Jack Johnson also had four TDs in the 1994 season opener against New Mexico. All four were receptions for touchdowns.
- Chris Leak has thrown for a touchdown in each of his 22 career starts, which is the longest active streak in the nation.
- Leak threw for three touchdowns today. Leak has now thrown for two or more touchdowns in 10 of his last 13 games.
- Chris Leak's 17 consecutive completions broke Steve Spurrier's school record of 16 set during the 1966 campaign, when Spurrier had nine against Florida State and seven versus N.C. State.
- Leak also moved into a tie for fourth on the SEC's all-time list for consecutive completions, joining a list that includes Matt Mauck (LSU, 2003), Rohan Davey (LSU, 2000) and Dave Marler (Mississippi State, 1978).
- With 320 yards passing, Chris Leak exceeded the 300-yard mark for the for the fifth time in his career and the 200 yard mark for the 19 time. 320 yards is just two shy of his career high, 322, set last season versus Arkansas.
- Andre Caldwell set a career-high with his 63-yard reception in the second quarter. His previous high was 62 yards against Middle Tennessee in 2004. Caldwell finished the game with seven receptions for 99 yards. His 99-yards receiving is also a career high. The previous high was 91 yards against Middle Tennessee last season
- Kicker Chris Hetland scored his first career points today, going 3-for-3 on extra points and 2-for-2 on field goals.
- Kestahn Moore became the first true freshman to start at wide receiver for UF since Matt Jackson in 2000.
- Moore was the only freshman, true or redshirt, to start today's game.
- Chris Hetland connected on field goals of 40 and 47 yards, marking the first time Florida had two field goals of over 40 yards in the same game since Nov. 6, 2004, when Matt Leach was successful on kicks from 48 and 47 yards.
- Quarterback Josh Portis made his collegiate debut in the fourth quarter and had five carries for 45 yards.
- Vernell Brown's interception in the fourth quarter was the first of his career.
- Billy Latsko played on offense defense and special teams today. The last player to play both ways for the Gators was Keiwan Ratliff against Florida State in 2002 .