GAME RECAP: Gators Thrash the Owls

The Gator offense continued to roll, posting 49 or more points for the third consecutive game.

The Florida Gators improved to 8-3 with a 59-20 win over the Florida Atlantic Owls in front of 90,107 at The Swamp.

Here's a soring recap...

1st Quarter

Florida 7, Florida Atlantic 0
Drive: 8 plays, 85 yards, 4:00
Scoring Play: Kestahn Moore 9-yard touchdown run
Clock: 8:39
PAT: Joey Ijjas kick
Drive Started: At the Florida 15 – the Gators lost close to 20 yards of field position after being called for offsides on FAU's first punt attempt
Drive Summary: Tim Tebow was a perfect 6-of-6, throwing for 72 yards. He hit Andre Caldwell four times, moving him closer to the school's all-time receiving mark held by Carlos Alvarez.

Florida 14, Florida Atlantic 0
Drive: n/a
Scoring Play: Markus Manson returned a blocked punt 19 yards
Clock: 6:08
PAT: Ijjas kick
Drive Started: n/a
Drive Summary: Joey Sorrentino blocked the punt and Manson scooped it up for the touchdown. It was the first blocked kick returned for a touchdown since Jan. 2, 2006 in the Outback Bowl when Jemalle Cornelius blocked an Iowa punt and Tremaine McCollum returned it for a touchdown.

Florida 21, Florida Atlantic 0
Drive: 9 plays, 74 yards, 3:20
Scoring Play: Tebow pass to Cornelius Ingram for 4 yards
Clock: 1:45
PAT: Ijjas kick
Drive Started: At the Florida 26
Drive Summary: Tebow continued his hot start, completing four more passes before throwing his first incompletion. Three passing plays went for 20 or more yards including a 29-yard catch and run by Aaron Hernandez. It was Ingram's sixth touchdown reception of the season.

Florida 21, Florida Atlantic 10
Drive: 3 plays, 37 yards, 1:17
Scoring Play: Rusty Smith pass to Cortez Gent for 20 yards
Clock: 10:25
PAT: Leroy kick
Drive Started: At the Florida 37 following a Tebow interception
Drive Summary: Smith hit Gent twice – once for a 23-yard gain and then again for the 20-yard touchdown.

2nd Quarter

Florida 21, Florida Atlantic 3
Drive: 9 plays, 54 yards, 3:50
Scoring Play: Leroy 40-yard field goal
Clock: 12:55
Drive Started: At the FAU 23
Drive Summary: The Gator defense played well with the exception of allowing two big plays. A 24-yard pass play to Lester Jean and a 16-yard reverse to wide receiver Rob Housler.

Florida 21, Florida Atlantic 13
Drive: 8 plays, 37 yards, 1:59
Scoring Play: Leroy 43-yard FG
Clock: 12:55
Drive Started: At the FAU 37
Drive Summary: Two big pass plays to Chris Bonner helped set up the Owl's field goal.

Florida 28, Florida Atlantic 13
Drive: 6 plays, 69 yards, 2:13
Scoring Play: Tebow 2-yard TD run
Clock: 5:04
PAT: Ijjas kick
Drive Started: At the Florida 31
Drive Summary: A 40-yard strike to Caldwell helped set up the Gators. Tebow's 2-yard run gave him 20 rushing touchdowns on the season, setting the all-time SEC record for rushing TDs. And Tebow became the first player in NCAA history to rush and pass for 20 touchdowns in the same season.

Florida 28, Florida Atlantic 20
Drive: 10 plays, 79 yards, 3:51
Scoring Play: Smith 1-yard TD run
Clock: 1:13
PAT: Leroy kick
Drive Started: At the FAU 21
Drive Summary: Smith again took advantage of the Gator secondary, completing passes of 35 and 20 yards.

Florida 35, Florida Atlantic 20
Drive: 7 plays, 63 yards, 1:04
Scoring Play: Tebow to Ingram 26-yard pass
Clock: :09
PAT: Ijjas kick
Drive Started: At the Florida 37
Drive Summary: For the first time in his career, Ingram caught two touchdown passes in the same game. The Gators stumbled their way down the field, getting flagged three times. But a personal foul penalty on FAU helped set up the 20-yard pass to Ingram. Caldwell caught three passes on the drive to set the Gators' all-time career reception mark, passing Alvarez's record of 172 receptions set back in 1971.

3rd Quarter

Florida 42, Florida Atlantic 20
Drive: 4 plays, 43 yards, 1:48
Scoring Play: Moore 6-yard TD run
Clock: 13:12
PAT: Ijjas kick
Drive Started: At the FAU 43 after Louis Murphy's 22-yard kick return
Drive Summary: Tebow had his longest run to that point in the game with a 14-yard rush to start the drive. A 16-yard pass to Hernandez helped set up Moore's TD run.

Florida 49, Florida Atlantic 20
Drive: 9 plays, 56 yards, 4:28
Scoring Play: Tebow to Hernandez for 13 yards
Clock: 5:16
PAT: Ijjas kick
Drive Started: At the Florida 44 after stopping FAU on a fourth down play
Drive Summary: Tebow hit Caldwell three more times, but it was Hernandez's impressive catch in the end zone that highlighted the drive. Tebow also carried three times for 15 yards.

4th Quarter

Florida 52, Florida Atlantic 20
Drive: 4 plays, 0 yards, :19
Scoring Play: Ijjas 36-yard FG
Clock: 12:51
Drive Started: At the FAU 18 after quarterback Sean Clayton fumbled and Ryan Stamper recovered for the Gators
Drive Summary: Tebow threw incomplete to Caldwell twice, holding the Gators to just a field goal.

Florida 59, Florida Atlantic 20
Drive: 6 plays, 61 yards, 1:53
Scoring Play: Cameron Newton 24-yard TD run
Clock: 6:46
PAT: Ijjas kick
Drive Started: At the Florida 39
Drive Summary: Markus Manson made his first appearance at tailback since the beginning of last season. He carried two times for 24 yards to help set up Newton's TD run.

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