Emory Jones’ first profession begin included a landing cross, two interceptions and a 35-14 victory in opposition to Florida Atlantic on Saturday evening.
Jones was removed from sharp within the Swamp, however the fourth-year junior had some moments to construct on transferring ahead. He did a lot of his harm together with his legs, ending with 74 of the staff’s 400 yards speeding.
His backup, Anthony Richardson, regarded extra prepared for the highlight. Richardson ran seven occasions for 160 yards, together with a 73-yard rating late within the recreation and an 11-yarder by which he broke three tackles and hurdled one other defender. He was 3-for-8 passing for 40 yards.
Malik Davis had 104 yards and a landing on the bottom, the second time he’s hit the century mark, and the primary since his freshman 12 months in 2017. Dameon Pierce ran for 2 scores.
Florida’s protection, which was gouged for 30.8 factors a recreation final season, regarded like it could notch this system’s first shutout since beating Vanderbilt 56-0 in 2019. However the Gators gave up a landing with 4:27 remaining and one other within the closing minutes of the opener for each groups.
Florida allowed 352 yards and completed with six sacks, together with two by senior Zach Carter. Dexter Carter recovered two fumbles for the house staff.
FAU’s N’Kosi Perry accomplished 19 of 33 passes for 261 yards and a landing in his first begin since transferring from Miami.
All eyes, although, have been on Jones, who waited three years behind Feleipe Franks after which Kyle Trask for his likelihood. He capped the opening drive with an choice pitch to Pierce for a brief rating and made it 14-0 with a display cross to sixth-year senior Rick Wells.
Jones slowed from there and ended up finishing 17 of 27 passes for 113 yards. His two picks got here on balls that wanted extra air.
FAU: Willie Taggart waited almost two years longer than anticipated to play his first recreation within the Swamp. The ex-Florida State coach was fired three weeks earlier than the 2019 FSU-Florida recreation, which the Gators gained 40-17. Taggart’s Owls have now misplaced 4 in row courting to final season.
Florida: The subsequent time the Gators play at residence, they gained’t have it really easy. Prime-ranked Alabama travels to the Swamp in two weeks for the Southeastern Convention opener for each groups. Florida performed the Tide tight in December, dropping 52-46 within the SEC title recreation in Atlanta. Alabama has gained seven in a row within the collection.
With a number of groups forward of Florida in The Related Press Faculty Soccer Ballot struggling (Iowa State) or dropping (North Carolina, Wisconsin), the Gators are poised to maneuver up.
Florida welcomed Auburn graduate switch Tyrone Truesdell on Monday and had the defensive sort out taking part in restricted snaps within the opener — for good motive. Chris Thomas (knee), Jordan Lee (ankle), Jaelin Humphries (wrist) and Lamar Items didn’t costume.
Florida acknowledged 4 college legends Saturday — two trailblazing gamers and a pair of championship-winning coaches.
Leonard George and Willie Jackson Sr., this system’s first Black scholarship soccer gamers, have been honored earlier than the sport and served as honorary captains. Within the 1970 season opener, Jackson grew to become the primary Black participant to seem in a recreation for the Gators. George grew to become the primary Black participant to attain a landing for the college that very same 12 months.
Florida additionally welcomed former coaches Steve Spurrier and City Meyer within the first quarter. Spurrier led the Gators to their first nationwide title in 1996. Meyer gained two, in 2006 and 2008.
FAU returns residence to play Georgia Southern from the Solar Belt Convention subsequent Saturday. The Owls misplaced 20-3 at Georgia Southern in early December.
Florida travels to Tampa to face South Florida for the second time at school historical past. The Gators gained in Gainesville in 2010.