Hot off the biggest win of their season over the Georgia Bulldogs, the sixth-ranked Florida Gators needed to stay focused to avoid an upset at home against the unranked Arkansas Razorbacks. The end resulted culminated in a bashing of the visiting Hogs, 63-35.
Before the game, the big headlines were tight end Kyle Pitts’ concussion and the quarterback duel between Kyle Trask and Florida’s former first-stringer Feleipe Franks. By the end of the game, though Franks put together a nice performance, the focus was on Trask, who amassed over 350 yards and scored six touchdowns.
The first quarter looked a little dicey as it ended 7-7, but the Gators blew the doors open in the second period scoring four of Trask’s five first-half passing touchdowns. Some of the Florida quarterback’s heroics included a flea-flicker to freshman wide receiver Xzavier Henderson on a broken play and Justin Shorter’s fully-extended touchdown catch later that drive for Florida’s third touchdown of the night.
Coming out of the half, Arkansas found some new life, as the Razorbacks marched down the field and scored their third touchdown. This made the score a still-relatively-close 35-21. As the Gators’ offense stalled on the next drive, Florida cornerback Marco Wilson made a drive-ending tackle on third down to give the ball back to the offense, effectively killing the Hogs’ third-quarter momentum.
From that point on, it was all Gators.
Quarterback Emory Jones even found the end zone on a one-yard rush.
The Gators persistent running game deserves a massive tip of the cap, as well: 208 rushing yards accrued between 8 different rushers showed that Dan Mullen is not only committed to running the ball, but that he is able to. That is a key piece that the Gators did not have last year. This offense being this balanced — even with the absences of all-world tight end Kyle Pitts and offensive lineman Stewart Reese — shows truly how dangerous this Gators offense has become.
Florida scored their most points versus Arkansas in program history.
Trask’s 28 touchdowns give him the most for a quarterback in his first 6 games in SEC history.
The Gators’ signal caller also has two games of six passing touchdowns in his career – also the most in Florida history.
With the game in hand, Gators backup quarterback Emory Jones also recorded a rushing and passing score.
Defensive lineman Zachary Carter logged a 35-yard scoop-and-score in the fourth quarter to put the score over the 50 mark.
Trevon Grimes had a stellar day with 6 receptions for 109 yards and 2 touchdowns while tight end Keon Zipperer filled in masterfully for the injured Pitts with 2 touchdowns of his own.
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