Game Day: Florida vs. Eastern Washington

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    • #22446
      Mark Wheeler
      Forum Owner

      Florida returns home to the Swamp to take on Eastern Washington Sunday afternoon at 12:00 p.m. in Gainesville a game being shown on ESPN Plus.

      Follow along in the game day thread as Rafael de la Santos, Cam Parker, and Chris Will post updates and observations.

    • #22455
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

    • #22456
      Chris Will
      ITG Subscriber

    • #22457
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Believe I saw QB Max Brown not dressed out and heading back into the tunnel as we were walking in. Could mean the return of Jack Miller III today. Something to keep an eye on, especially if the game gets out of hand as some expect.

    • #22458
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Some other news on the injury front as the special teams warm up: LS Marco Ortiz is out of the sling he’s been wearing. Still not playing today, but could be returning to the field soon.

    • #22459
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

    • #22460
      Chris Will
      ITG Subscriber

      A small cheer from the scattered fans in attendance as the Gators exit the tunnel

    • #22461
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

    • #22462
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      As expected, Trey Dean III is not dressed out and is standing on the sideline right now. Had a bit of a limp while walking across the field.

    • #22467
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

    • #22469
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

    • #22470
      Chris Will
      ITG Subscriber

    • #22472
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Crowd slowly, and I mean slowly, piling in on the alumni side. Student section is nearly empty

    • #22473
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      This feels like a home game from 2020. Couldn’t remember how long it’s been since a crowd was this small. That season feels so long ago

      • #22474
        Chris Will
        ITG Subscriber

        Getting Samford vibes with this game… minus the pregame rain from that infamous 2021 game.

    • #22475
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Florida wins coin toss and will defer.

      Defense up first

    • #22476
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

    • #22477
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      True freshman Trey Smack’s first career kickoff goes for a touchback

    • #22478
      Chris Will
      ITG Subscriber

      Chief Borders gets the crowd going after the touchback on the opening kick. The crowd continues to fill in for the Sunday noon game

      • This reply was modified 4 months ago by Chris Will.
    • #22480
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Miguel Mitchell immediately comes in for Tre’Vez Johnson. Expect him to see plenty of playing time today.

    • #22481
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Brenton Cox doing Brenton Cox things. TFL brings up 2nd and 7.

    • #22482
      Mark Wheeler
      Forum Owner

      Burney starts the game off in true Gator fashion with a missed tackle and then an offside by Boone.

    • #22483
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Even though he didn’t make the stop. It took nearly three guys to move Des Watson. Plugged the gap and Boone cleans it up

    • #22484
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      First pass Hill sees in over a year and gives up the first down. Gonna be some growing pains for the DB

    • #22485
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

    • #22486
      Mark Wheeler
      Forum Owner

      Third down conversion on the completion against Hill.

    • #22487
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Update: Jack Miller III is currently not dressed out and is on the sideline

    • #22488
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Powell-Ryland comes in for Cox who appeared to have the slightest limp after that tackle.

    • #22489
      Mark Wheeler
      Forum Owner

      Miller with back to back stops to bring up fourth down.

    • #22490
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Not to overreact early, but Eastern Washington is doing anything they want against Florida. Strong start for the Eagles.

    • #22491
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      First snap back in and there’s Cox with the sack

    • #22492
      Mark Wheeler
      Forum Owner

      EWU is making it look easy early on.

    • #22493
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Well, everything except run to Brenton Cox Jr.’s side. Loss of 7, his second TFL

      Burney follows it up with a sack

    • #22494
      Mark Wheeler
      Forum Owner

      Burney gets the coverage sack.

    • #22495
      Romeg8r
      ITG Subscriber

      Our defensive schemes are horrid. We play off everybody. Hire Geoff Collins

    • #22496
      Chris Will
      ITG Subscriber

      Brenton Cox is locked in. He’s made multiple solo stops already and each time as gotten up with a total focus on the next play and no obvious celebration.

    • #22497
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Drive end’s in a field goal. EWU 3, Florida 0. 13-play drive covering nearly 7 minutes of time

      Gators up next on offense.

    • #22498
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Despite being named the starter, Nay’Quan Wright is not starting. Montrell Johnson will get the first snap

    • #22499
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      One play and one touchdown. Richardson and Shorter meet again, carrying over the electricity from last week.

      75-yard score and Gators immediately in the lead. How about that start

    • #22500
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      That was just as loud as when there’s a semi-full house

    • #22501
      Chris Will
      ITG Subscriber

      One play and one huge strike for AR to Justin Shorter. A whopping 11 second drive.

      • This reply was modified 4 months ago by Chris Will.
    • #22502
      Mark Wheeler
      Forum Owner

      Wow! That was quick.

    • #22504
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Richardson’s longest pass of the season and possibly his career (waiting on confirmation). Shorter’s first TD reception of the season and his first since the FSU game (also from Richardson).

    • #22505
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Shorter the last two games: 8 receptions, 230 yards and a touchdown.

      His previous three games: 6 receptions, 84 yards

    • #22506
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Miguel Mitchell comes in and makes the tackle.

    • #22507
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Shorter’s 75-yard touchdown was the longest of his career. His previous-high was 52 against South Carolina last season.

    • #22508
      Romeg8r
      ITG Subscriber

      We play way off everybody. Toney is just not good.

    • #22509
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Florida made the switch at kickoff duties from Mihalek to Smack to help the defense by getting more touchbacks (Mihalek was struggling in that area). Today is proving that that may not be the issue…

    • #22510
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      The offense continues its strut from the Tennessee game.

      The only problem is…so does the defense.

    • #22511
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Welcome back Jaydon Hill! Gets the stop on fourth down. Gators take over at the 18-yard line

    • #22512
      Chris Will
      ITG Subscriber

      The Eagles have gone aggressive on fourth down today (1-for-2). Great open-field tackling by the Gators on what in recent history would have typically ended up being a bigger gain.

    • #22513
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      That’s better from a Florida DB.

      Jaydon Hill makes the tackle and forces the turnover, we’ve seen a few of those missed this season.

      Would like to see tighter coverage from the DBs moving forward.

    • #22514
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      We do not have live stats at the moment. System is down and the UF communications team is working to get it back up.

    • #22515
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Needless to say, it’s been a morning

    • #22516
      Chris Will
      ITG Subscriber

      Gators taking a break on the video boards to highlight the losses from FSU and Kentucky yesterday.

    • #22517
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Two plays and two big plays for Anthony Richardson. 45-yard run on first down to the EWU 37-yard line.

      All legs

    • #22518
      Chris Will
      ITG Subscriber

      Gators offense is moving with efficiency to say the least.

    • #22519
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Montrell Johnson easy 3-yard touchdown run set up by Zipperer’s big reception.

      Mihalek’s kick is good and UF’s up 14-3 early.

    • #22520
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

    • #22521
      Mark Wheeler
      Forum Owner

      The 3 yard touchdown run is the shortest gain of tge day for the Gators.

      Oregon put up 70 on the Eagles. We’ll see if the Gators can get close to that.

    • #22522
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

    • #22523
      Mark Wheeler
      Forum Owner

      Florida finally makes a play on special teams and it’s wiped out by by a face mask on Pyburn.

    • #22524
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Devin Moore comes in for Marshall
      Kimber in for Hill

    • #22526
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      End of 1: UF 14, EWU 3

      Gators with 157 yards of offense on five plays, including a 75-yard touchdown pass and a 45-yard run from Richardson.

      Johnson has 10-yards and a touchdown on two carries

    • #22527
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Shorter’s touchdown:

    • #22528
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Donovan McMillon is in at safety.

      Secondary at the moment: Kimber, Moore, Torrence, McMillon

    • #22529
      Chris Will
      ITG Subscriber

    • #22530
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      First appearances for Wright, Nick Elksnis and Jonathan Odom

    • #22531
      Chris Will
      ITG Subscriber

      First quarter time of possession…
      EWU 12:55
      UF 2:05

      The score…
      UF 14
      EWU 3

    • #22532
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Richardson was holding his left hamstring heading into this drive.

      He was seen receiving extensive stretching on his left leg from a trainer during warmups.

      Something to keep an eye on moving forward.

    • #22533
      Mark Wheeler
      Forum Owner

      Odom and Elksnis in on this drive.

    • #22534
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Good throw by AR. Had Zipperer and Whittemore open past the marker but hits his tight end

      Richardson is down

    • #22535
      Mark Wheeler
      Forum Owner

      What a great play by Richardson showing strength standing in there.

    • #22536
      Chris Will
      ITG Subscriber

      Jalen Kitna on the field for Anthony Richardson. The redshirt freshman out of Texas could see significant playing time today with the Gator offense looking dominant, Jack Miller out and Richardson possibly hobbled.

    • #22537
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

    • #22538
      Mark Wheeler
      Forum Owner

      Players on our 15 we anticipate seeing today who I’ve seen out there already

      Summerall
      Kitna
      Elksnis

    • #22539
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

    • #22540
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

    • #22541
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Kitna’s first two completions have gone for 22 yards and 14 yards.

    • #22542
      Chris Will
      ITG Subscriber

      Kitna’s first career snaps and the offense continues to chug along. Richardson is up and in the huddle during the injury timeout.

    • #22543
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

    • #22544
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Odom joins in on the drive

    • #22545
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      And just like that, Wright powers his way into the end zone, his second score of the season.

      Gators close to matching their 27.3 ppg season average.

      UF 21, EWU 3

    • #22546
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

    • #22547
      Chris Will
      ITG Subscriber

    • #22548
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Perkins with a big tackle and then a slip the very next play.

      Pretty much sums up the defense up to now.

    • #22549
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Wright’s touchdown:

    • #22550
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Jalen Kimber and Devin Moore continue their stint at CB for the drive.

      Looks like Scooby Williams is out there with Corey Collier Jr. making their first appearances on defense.

    • #22551
      Mark Wheeler
      Forum Owner

      Oregon held EWU to 87 yards passing for the entire game. The Eagles have already surpassed that here in the second quarter.

    • #22553
      Romeg8r
      ITG Subscriber

      Because our DC is not very good.

    • #22554
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

    • #22555
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Richardson will remain at QB for the next drive.

      Trevor Etienne making his first appearance.

      Tight ends are Elksnis and Odom

    • #22557
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Again: one play and a touchdown. 76 yards.

      Ricky Pearsall with his best Kadarius Toney impression.

      Gators have now matched their PPG game average in one half of play.

      UF 28, EWU 3

    • #22558
      Mark Wheeler
      Forum Owner

      It should always be Pearsall in motion instead of Henderson on that jet sweep.

    • #22559
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      There’s something off about watching Lingard pace up and down the sideline. Stretching his legs, eating energy gels, staying game-ready.

      Meanwhile, an unforgiving glance to the RB camp on the sideline and you can see Juluke huddled with Etienne and Johnson.

    • #22560
      Chris Will
      ITG Subscriber

      The offense continues to give the defense no break as they go one play and a long score again. Pearsall showing off his speed on the end around takes it to the house. Expecting lots of subs on the defensive end to compensate for the time on the field.

    • #22561
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

    • #22562
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Avery Helm finally sees the field opposite of Marshall.

    • #22563
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      First takeaway of the day goes to McClellan on the fumble recovery.

      Miguel Mitchell forced the fumble

      • #22564
        Chris Will
        ITG Subscriber

        Pair of true freshmen making their presence felt in this game.

    • #22565
      Mark Wheeler
      Forum Owner

      Hell of a catch by Whittemore.

    • #22566
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Pearsall’s TD run:

    • #22567
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Richardson to Xzavier Henderson for the score. Henderson’s first TD reception of the season, Richardson’s fourth pass.

      I believe that’s the first TD between the two in their careers.

      Gators now up 35-3 with 3:02 left in the half

    • #22568
      Mark Wheeler
      Forum Owner

      That was just a well placed ball by Richardson on that touchdown.

      The Gators are halfway to 70.

    • #22569
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Wingo comes in for Miller.

      Avery Helm returns for this drive alongside Marshall.

    • #22570
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      We don’t have live stats due to technical difficulties on the UAA side, but it’s clear the Florida offense has been nothing but efficient, especially Richardson.

    • #22571
      Mark Wheeler
      Forum Owner

      Lee and Dexter were manhandled on that third down conversation.

    • #22572
      Chris Will
      ITG Subscriber

      Torrence gets up hobbling after that play. Seems to be careful with his left leg.

      • This reply was modified 4 months ago by Chris Will.
    • #22574
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

    • #22575
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

    • #22576
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Torrence II nearly with his first INT of the season and visibly upset he couldn’t hang on. It’s ok, though. EWU turns the ball over on downs.

      UF goes into the half up 35-3

    • #22577
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

    • #22578
      Chris Will
      ITG Subscriber

      The time of possession split remains quite drastic at the half.
      Gators 08:39
      Eagles 21:21

      Despite that split, Florida outgained Eastern Washington by over 150 yards while running less than half the plays.

      Gators lead 35-3.

    • #22579
      Mark Wheeler
      Forum Owner

      Because of a couple of quick scores, Florida’s only run 21 plays in the first half.

      However, they’ve gained 370-yards.

      The Gators are averaging 17.6 yards each time they snap the ball.

    • #22580
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

    • #22581
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Richardson will be the QB to start the drive. If this one ends in a UF TD, it’s hard to imagine he’ll stay in after.

    • #22582
      Mark Wheeler
      Forum Owner

      If he would have brought that out…

    • #22583
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      And never mind. Richardson threw into five-man coverage and it’s picked off. That was greedy. 6th INT thrown by the QB

    • #22584
      Mark Wheeler
      Forum Owner

      Poor decision, poor throw.

    • #22585
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      To add salt to the wound, Richardson had Pearsall wide open in the flat. Really don’t know what he was thinking on that throw.

    • #22586
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Shemar James and Scooby Williams start the half at LB.

      Helm and Hill start at DB with Torrence and Wilson at safety.

    • #22587
      Mark Wheeler
      Forum Owner

      Perkins might be the surest tackler in the secondary.

    • #22588
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Montrell Johnson is down after the carry but walking up on his own power. A couple of injury scares to starters today with Johnson, Richardson and Burney

    • #22589
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Daejon Reynolds is in at receiver

      • #22592
        Cam Parker
        ITG Staff

        Reynolds with the long catch on the crossing route. 54-yard gain

    • #22590
      Chris Will
      ITG Subscriber

      Austin Barber ran his blocking assignment about 10 yards down the field. That defender is now getting attention from the medical staff.

    • #22591
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Napier has been in Richardson’s ear the entire timeout

    • #22593
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Florida’s first field goal attempt of the day is good, and Florida covering the spread.

      Gators up 38-3

      7-play, 73-yard drive

    • #22594
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Kamar Wilcoxson with a nice tackle, shed the block at the last second while setting the edge and a good clean tackle

    • #22595
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      My oh my, Florida missed a gimme. Umanmielen’s forced fumble nearly picked up by Sapp, but EWU recovers.

    • #22596
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      That was both Henderson’s best and worst punt return ever.

    • #22597
      Chris Will
      ITG Subscriber

      Kitna returns with the Gators up by 35.

    • #22598
      Mark Wheeler
      Forum Owner

      You have to secure the football before you consider a return. Good play by Umanmielen though.

    • #22600
      Chris Will
      ITG Subscriber

      A pair of firsts for the Gators on that drive. Kitna gets his first TD pass and Caleb Douglas gets his first reception and TD. What a throw by Kitna on the 62-yard TD.

      • This reply was modified 4 months ago by Chris Will.
    • #22601
      Mark Wheeler
      Forum Owner

      Beautiful throw from Kitna.

    • #22603
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Seemed like everyone went to congratulate Caleb Douglas on the sideline there.

      For Kitna, Anthony Richardson was his biggest supporter. All smiles and hugs on the Gators’ sideline.

    • #22604
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Kitna’s first TD pass officially 61-yards. First career catch for Caleb Douglas

      Gators backups on offense for the TD play

      QB- Kitna
      RB- Wright
      WR- Reynolds, Douglas
      LT- Barber
      LG- White
      C- Leonard IV
      RG- Braun
      RT- Waites

    • #22605
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

    • #22606
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Ethan White comes out, Braun moves to LG and Jalen Farmer is in at RG. Another true freshman getting playing time

    • #22607
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Chief Borders is in along Jamari Lyons as the new faces in the game

    • #22608
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Lorenzo Lingard is in the game and it’s not for a knee.

    • #22610
      Chris Will
      ITG Subscriber

      End of the third quarter:
      UF 45
      EWU 3
      Tom Petty Time in The Swamp…

    • #22612
      Chris Will
      ITG Subscriber

      Richardson hyping up Kitna after his first TD

    • #22613
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Daejon Reynolds has shined today as well. Kitna looks so poised in the pocket. Back-to-back beautiful throws under pressure gives the Gators first and goal

    • #22614
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Jordan Pouncey making his first appearance today, in for Keeter

    • #22615
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Pouncey gets rocked on the screen pass. Missed block by Reynolds

    • #22616
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Austin Barber seemed banged up after that Lingard run.

      That would be a detrimental injury to the Gators with Barber already filling in for Tarquin.

    • #22617
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Lorenzo Lingard with his first touchdown as a Gator. Been a long time coming for No. 21 and he gets swarmed on the sideline by the offensive starters and even some of the Gator DL.

      Sixth different Gator to record a rushing touchdown this season (Johnson, Etienne, Wright, Richardson, Pearsall and Lingard).

    • #22618
      Mark Wheeler
      Forum Owner

      Pyburn had a nice bull rush there, and they could have called holding on the EWU left tackle.

    • #22619
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Diwun Black is having a good drive, three tackles, one for a loss

    • #22620
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Moore got turned inside out there for EWU’s first TD of the day.

      Florida leads 52-10 with 8:35 to go.

    • #22621
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Nick Elksnis just came out of the locker room with a sling on his right arm. Talking to Zanders on the sideline

    • #22622
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Marcus Burke is now in at WR

    • #22623
      Rafael De Los Santos
      ITG Subscriber

      Griffin McDowell is in at TE with Elksnis spotted on the sideline with an arm sling.

    • #22624
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Rookie mistake by Kitna. Delay of Game. Napier immediately moved his mic to call over to Kitna from the sideline

    • #22625
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Local WR Kahleil Jackson’s first career catch goes for a first down. Played for local school Hawthorne under former Gator Cornelius Ingram

    • #22626
      Chris Will
      ITG Subscriber

      Kaheil Jackson with the full extension diving catch. The redshirt freshman out of Hawthorne was targetted on the following play, but the throw was just long.

    • #22627
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      With Thai Bowman now in, I believe every Gator WR (not including the walk-ons) have played today

    • #22628
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Short snap and bad hold leads to a EWU block on Mihalek’s field goal attempt. Second blocked kick given up this season

    • #22629
      Chris Will
      ITG Subscriber

      Great attempt to save the play by Crawshaw on the poor snap, but the kick is still blocked to keep the game at 52-10.

      • This reply was modified 4 months ago by Chris Will.
    • #22631
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

    • #22632
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      DL Keenan Landry, a sophomore former JUCO player, makes his first appearance of the season

    • #22633
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      DB Ethan Pouncey now in as well and forces an incomplete pass

    • #22634
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Walk-on Eddie Battle, a SEMO transfer, gets a 26-yard run. His first carry as a Gator

    • #22635
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      With the clock winding down, it’s walk-on time.

      Carslon Joseph, Taylor Spierto are in

    • #22637
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

      Final- UF 52, EWU 17

      First game not decided in the fourth quarter today.

      Dominating performance by the QBs and good performance by the starting defense

    • #22647
      Cam Parker
      ITG Staff

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