No. 10 Florida handles UT, 24-6

Rockets don't get a TD; Owens' interception TD for Gators sealed it in 3rd quarter

8/31/2013
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Florida's Valdez Showers (10) is pushed out-of-bounds by Toledo cornerback Chris Dukes (5) short of the goal line after pass reception.
Florida's Valdez Showers (10) is pushed out-of-bounds by Toledo cornerback Chris Dukes (5) short of the goal line after pass reception.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Toledo's first experience with the Southeastern Conference went as most expected.

The 23.5-point underdog Rockets did not score a touchdown Saturday in a 24-6 defeat at No. 10 Florida.

Toledo, which trailed by double digits the entire second half, was 1 of 13 on third down and advanced to the red zone just once.

Toledo, which visits another SEC opponent next week in Missouri, could be doing so without a top defensive player. Jayrone Elliott, who had a sack Saturday, was escorted to the lockerroom in the fourth quarter. He appeared to be favoring his right hand or wrist.

Toledo quarterback Terrance Owens, center, can't find room to run as he is caught between Florida defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. (6) and defensive lineman Dominique Easley (2) in the first half.
Toledo quarterback Terrance Owens, center, can't find room to run as he is caught between Florida defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. (6) and defensive lineman Dominique Easley (2) in the first half.

THIRD QUARTER

A bad decision by Terrance Owens throwing into double coverage likely ended any chance of Toledo pulling an upset.

Owens, looking for Alonzo Russell on third down, was intercepted in Toledo territory. Florida scored a few plays later on a catch by Gideon Ajagbe, widening its lead to 24-6.

Toledo is just 1 for 10 on third down. One stalled third quarter drive came after Toledo had first-and-goal at the 8.

Toledo running back David Fluellen, right, is tackled after a short gain by Florida defensive back Brian Poole, lower left, and linebacker Michael Taylor, center, in the first half.
Toledo running back David Fluellen, right, is tackled after a short gain by Florida defensive back Brian Poole, lower left, and linebacker Michael Taylor, center, in the first half.

HALFTIME

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Toledo is in trouble at The Swamp, facing a 17-3 halftime deficit to No. 10 Florida.

The Rockets crossed midfield just twice in the first half. The first time resulted in Jeremiah Detmer's 44-yard field goal. It was his 18th straight make dating back to last season. The second trip ended more or less with Bernard Reedy drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for shoving a Florida player after the whistle. Toledo stalled on the ensuing third-and-17.

Florida running back Mack Brown has both of his team's touchdowns, which finalized drives of 83 and 84 yards.

Toledo created one turnover which led to the Detmer field goal. Cheatham Norrils blitzed from the corner and knocked the ball free from quarterback Jeff Driskel. Norrils recovered, and David Fluellen picked up 28 yards the next play on a catch in the flat.

FIRST QUARTER

Toledo's offense has done little and the Rockets trail Florida 7-0 after the first quarter.

UT has managed just 19 yards and one first down and has not reached midfield.

Florida took the lead on its opening drive, traveling 84 yards on 11 plays. Mack Brock capped the series with a 1-yard run.