GAME RECAP: Gators open with a Win

It took some time to get things going, but after a stagnant first quarter, the Gators exploded in all phases of the game in the second quarter, scoring on an interception, punt return and on offense.

2nd Quarter

Florida 7, Hawaii 0

Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards, 5:09
Scoring Play: Brandon James 1-yard run for his first career rushing TD
Clock: 11:39
PAT: Jonathan Phillips kick
Drive Started: At the Florida 20 after Ahmad Black picked off a Greg Alexander pass in the end zone
Drive Summary: The big play came on the second play of the drive when Tim Tebow connected with Tate Casey down the left sideline for a 34-yard gain. Tebow fell just short of a rushing touchdown when he stepped out of bounds at the one, setting up James' TD.

Florida 14, Hawaii 0

Scoring Play: Major Wright 32-yard interception return for a touchdown
Clock: 10:47
PAT: Phillips kick
Drive Summary: Major Wright picked up his second career interception and returned it 32 yards for a touchdown.

Florida 21, Hawaii 0

Scoring Play: Brandon James 73-yard punt return
Clock: 5:35
PAT: Phillips kick
Drive Summary: Brandon James returned a punt for a touchdown for the third time in his career. For the first time since last year's win against Tennessee, the Gators' scored in all three phases of the game.

Florida 28, Hawaii 0

Drive: 2 plays, 48 yards, :22
Scoring Play: Chris Rainey 34-yard touchdown run
Clock: 3:00
PAT: Phillips kick
Drive Started: At the Hawaii 48-yard line after Joe Haden forced a fumble that was scooped up by Ryan Stamper
Drive Summary: The Gators came out in a two-minute drill , and it took just two plays to find the end zone. Tebow started the drive with a 14 –yard run followed by Rainey's first career touchdown.

3rd Quarter

Florida 35, Hawaii 0

Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards, 3:44
Scoring Play: Jeff Demps 52-yard touchdown run
Clock: 12:16
PAT: Phillips kick
Drive Started:At the UF 20
Drive Summary: Punter Chas Henry kept what looked like a dead drive alive with a 16-yard run on a fake punt. Then, on just his second carry as a Gator, Jeff Demps should his explosive speed with a 52-yard run.

Florida 42, Hawaii 0

Drive: 2 plays, 59 yards, :38
Scoring Play: Tebow 48-yard touchdown pass to Louis Murphy
Clock: 9:42
PAT: Phillips kick
Drive Started:At the UF 41 after a Hawaii punt
Drive Summary: The second two-play drive of the game that finally saw Tebow get in on the scoring action with a perfect strike to Murphy across the middle.

Florida 49, Hawaii 0

Drive: 12 plays, 70 yards, 5:20
Scoring Play: Cameron Newton 1-yard touchdown
Clock: 2:52
PAT: Phillips kick
Drive Started:At the UF 30 after a Hawaii punt
Drive Summary: Carl Moore caught his first pass in a Gator uniform, picking up a first down on a 15-yard play. Cameron Newton came in and rushed two times for the final three yards of the drive, picking up his fourth career TD.

Florida 56, Hawaii 0

Scoring Play: Black 80-yard interception return for a touchdown
Clock: 0:20
PAT: Phillips kick
Drive Summary: Black picked off his second pass of the game and returned this one 80 yards for his first career touchdown. The pick came on a fourth down attempt by the Warriors.

4th Quarter

Florida 56, Hawaii 3

Drive: 10 plays, 55 yards, 6:02
Scoring Play: Dan Kelly 30-yard field goal
Clock: 9:38
Drive Started:At the Hawaii 32
Drive Summary: Hawaii quarterback Inoke Funaki carried three times for 16 yards and completed 3-of-4 passes for 26 yards on the scoring drive. The Warriors had their first field goal attempt blocked but got a second chance because the play clock expired and they were flagged for a delay of game.

Florida 56, Hawaii 10

Drive: 6 plays, 80 yards, 2:47
Scoring Play: Funaki 13-yard touchdown pass to Greg Salas
Clock: 1:37
PAT: Kelly kick
Drive Started:At the UF 30 after a Hawaii punt
Drive Summary: The Hawaii touchdown came against Florida's backup defense, and once again Funaki led the Warriors to their only touchdown of the game.

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