Albert Young, who entered the game having rushed for at least 100 yards in seven consecutive games, finished with 34 yards on 13 carries. The total represented his second lowest output of the season behind being held to 25 at Ohio State.
"They got off to a quick lead," the sophomore said. "When teams get out like that, running the ball isn't the best thing to do. That sort of was like Ohio State. We had to get away from it to give us a chance to win at the end.
"It was just the way that the game was going. They got out on is quick. You can't just stand there pounding the ball the whole time."
Iowa seemed aware that the Gators would attempt to take away the Hawkeye rush. The Big Ten team took to the air early with Drew Tate throwing on five of the team's first eight plays. "We knew they liked to play eight men in the box," Young said. "They played a lot of man-to-man (coverage on the receivers). Coming in, we knew we were going to pass before run, so it didn't shock me at all.
Iowa mixed in a quicker, shiftier back in Damien Sims, but he managed just six yards on four carries. Tate proved to be the Hawkeyes' best rusher with 24 yards on three totes.
The Gators ranked 10th nationally in rush defense at 97.7 ypg. They clearly were focused on stopping Iowa's ground game, stacking the box early and often, and playing man-to-man on the underneath receivers. .
FRESH LOOK: True freshmen in uniform on Saturday – Kanellis, Bain, Greene, Moeaki, Richardson, Christensen, Bailey, Brown, Robertson, Calloway, Eubanks, Kuempel, Stross, Doering, Wilson, Meade, Jackson, Rowell, Edwards, Collins, Kuempel, Calloway and Angerer.
Bain and Moeaki took part in the regular rotation at their respective positions beginning in the first half, but their snaps decreased after halftime. Richardson failed to get a snap in the contest and Kanellis saw limited action. Greene returned kicks and participated in other specials teams' duties.
Bain notched a sack and a half and two tackles for loss.
ALL DRESSED UP (Excluding True Freshmen):
Wide Receivers – Hinkel, Brodell, Davis, Solomon, Grigsby, Melloy, Christian, McCollom.
Quarterbacks –Tate, Manson, Phillips.
Running Backs – Sims, Simmons, Busch, Greene, Schnoor, Young, Brownlee, Sherlock, Davis, Shelton.
Offensive Line – Gates, Richardson, Jones, Olsen, Walker, Yanda, Ferentz, Bruggeman, Cronin, Elgin, Huntrods, Aumaitre, Dunn.
Tight End – Barkema, Chandler, Myers, Moeaki, Majerus, Sabers.
Defensive Line – Follett, Iwebema, Kroul, King, Kanellis, Mattison, Roos, Bentler, Cox, McCracken, Oberland.
Defensive Backs – Price, Dalton, Allen, Godfrey, Moylan, Fletcher, Williams, Merrick, Becker, Johnson, Paschal, Shada.
Linebackers – Hodge, Miles, Greenway, Humpal, McGrath, Gabelmann, Klinkenborg, Bergan.
Specialists – Olsztra, Fenstermaker, Gallery, Schlicher, Kessellring.
INJURY REPORT: Mitch King went to the locker room in the third quarter. He returned to the sideline and appeared to be stretching out his legs. He did return.
Adam Shada also went to the locker room for a while but returned a short time later.
UNHAPPY CAPTAIN: Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz ran after several officials screaming like crazy following a big hit on his wide receiver, Calvin Davis, who got leveled after missing a pass. Ferentz felt like the hit came late. Officials didn't see it that way.
The coach ran onto the field about 20 yards initially. He returned to the sideline before running after the back judge, whose call it was to make.
The referees called Kenny Iwebema for a late-hit on Chris Leak late in the first half. Ferentz re-started his argument with officials wondering why the Florida QB earned a flag but his player did not get the same treatment.
EXTRA POINTS: Florida won the coin toss and elected to kick off to the Hawks…When x came on the early punt block for a TD, he came off of Chad Greenway's right side off of a stunt-like block…Iowa elected to punt on a 4-and-7 at the Florida 45 on its second possession of the first half. Fenstermaker punted into the end zone for what amounted to a 15-yarder…Marcus Schnoor slid into Florida punter Eric Wilburn in the final minutes of the first half, allowing the Gators to retain position and eventually score a touchdown for a 24-7 lead at the intermission…On a fourth and 11 in the red zone, Tate's pass intended Grigsby was derailed by the umpire, who ran into the receiver. Replay showed that the pass might have gone for a touchdown. Schlicher missed a field goal following that play…Jovon Johnson finished his career with 17 interceptions, one short of tying the school record held by Devon Mitchell and Nile Kinnick…Hodge's game-high 19 tackles gave him 453 for his career, good for third on the all-time list at Iowa behind Larry Station (492) and Andre Jackson (465)…Anwtan Allen and Marcus Pashcal each recorded 10 tackles against Florida.