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2019. Dec. 30th. 8:00 P.M. ET. - The Orange Bowl - #9 Florida Gators vs #24 Virginia Cavaliers ESPN

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  1. RayGator

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    Monday, December 30, 2019.

    8:00 P.M. ET. From the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. FL 33056.
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    The 85th. Orange Bowl Game.

    The #9. Florida Gators. (10-2) SEC.
    VS.
    The #24. Virginia Cavaliers. (9-4) ACC.

    LINE: Florida .14 (55).Virginia.

    Weather Forecast: Partly Cloudy with Temps in the 70s.

    The Florida Gators.
    HC Dan Mullen (89-51) 2nd yr.
    OC Billy Gonzales 2nd yr.
    OC John Hevesy 2nd yr.
    DC Todd Grantham 2nd yr.

    QB #11. Kyle Trask 6-5 239. RJR.
    QB #5. Emory Jones 6-2 200. RFR.
    QB #9. Luke Matthews 5-9 166. FR.
    QB #19. Jack Ruskell 6-3 198. RSO.

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    The Virginia Cavaliers.
    HC Bronco Mendenhall (124-69). 4th yr.
    OC Robert Anae 4th yr.
    DC Nick Howell 4th yr.
    DC Kelly Poppinga 2nd yr.

    QB #3. Bryce Perkins 6-3 215. RJR.
    QB #10. Brennan Armstrong 6-2 220. RFR.
    QB #36. Stone Lindell 6-0 230. RSO.
    QB #40. RJ Harvey 5-8 190. FR.

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    The Gators and the Cavaliers have played just one time before:
    October 3, 1959. UF 55, UVA 10.

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    DEN.
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    The Miami Dolphins.
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    The Gators are the Designated Visiting Team, North Side of the Stadium..
     
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    THE STORYLINE

    • The Gators are making their second consecutive New Year’s Six bowl appearance, and will play in back-to-back marquee bowl games for the first time since 2008 (BCS National Championship Game) and 2009 (Sugar Bowl). Before last season’s Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl berth, UF made just one marquee bowl game from 2010-17 (2013 Sugar Bowl).

    • UF can end consecutive seasons with bowl wins for the first time since a four-year streak from 2008-11. • Florida has already secured its second straight 10-win season, marking the first time since 2008 and 2009 (both 13-win seasons) the Gators posted consecutive 10-win campaigns.

    • UF is one of seven Power Five Conference teams (eight counting Notre Dame) to win 10 games each of the past two seasons. The other six currently in the group with the Gators are: Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, and Oklahoma. Michigan is the only other team who can join that group during bowl season.

    • The Gators can finish with 11 wins for the first time since 2012, and for the eighth time in program history (2006, 2008, 2009 - 13; 1995, 1996 - 12; 1993, 2012 - 11).

    • Dan Mullen is the first head coach in Gators history to win 10 games in each of his first two seasons.

    • Mullen is 6-2 in bowl games as a head coach, with his six wins being by an average of 21.8 points. • The Gators have been a top-10 team in 15 of the last 17 Associated Press Top 25 Polls (though their nine-poll streak -- their longest stretch since a run of 12 consecutive top-10 rankings from Week 5 of 2012 (Sept. 30) through the 2013 preseason rankings -- ended Nov. 10). From 2013-17, UF was in the top 10 just five times.

    • Florida has a chance to finish in the top 10 of the final Associated Press Top 25 Poll in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2008 (No. 1) and 2009 (No. 3). UF ended last season ranked No. 7 in the final AP Top 25 Poll.
     
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    GATORS DON’T BACK DOWN VERSUS RANKED OPPONENTS
    • Florida is 4-3 against ranked opponents under Dan Mullen, which includes a 3-3 record against Associated Press top10 teams. From 2010-17, UF went 5-11 against top-10 teams and 9-26 against all ranked opponents.

    • Since the start of last season, only UF, Alabama, and Georgia (three apiece), Ohio State (six), LSU (nine) have at least three wins over teams in the top 10 of the AP Poll at the time of kickoff.

    • Last year, UF beat three ranked opponents (as well as multiple top-10 opponents) for the first time since 2012.

    • Florida is 2-3 against ranked opponents on the road or at neutral sites since Mullen took over as head coach. From 2010-17, the Gators were a dismal 5-21 against ranked opponents in road or neutral-site games.
     
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    FLORIDA’S ORANGE BOWL HISTORY
    • Florida is 3-0 in its previous Orange Bowl appearances, the first of which was in 1967 (capping the 1966 season), and the most recent of which was in 2002 (capping the 2001 season).

    • The Gators also won the 2009 BCS National Championship Game at the Orange Bowl site, as they defeated No. 1 Oklahoma, 24-14, to win their second national title in a three-year span.

    • Gators legend Steve Spurrier has ties to all three Orange Bowls, as he played in the 1967 game and was head coach for the 1999 and 2002 games.

    • Jan. 1, 1967 - Florida 27, #8 Georgia Tech 12 - Miami Orange Bowl Steve Spurrier capped his Heisman Trophy-winning 1966 season with a modest showing in the Orange Bowl, though he did lead the Gators to an upset victory, after which the team carried head coach Ray Graves off the field. Georgia Tech struck first with a 10-yard touchdown pass, but the Gators scored 27 unanswered points in the second, third, and fourth quarters to seize control of the game. Graham McKeel scored a pair of rushing touchdowns, but it was tailback Larry Smith that did the most damage on the ground. Smith racked up 187 yards (setting an Orange Bowl record that would stand for 11 years) on 23 carries, and broke off a 94-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, just one play after the Gators regained possession with an interception. Smith was named Most Valuable Player following the game. Spurrier finished the game (and his collegiate career) with 160 yards and an interception on 14-of-30 passing. UF outgained Georgia Tech, 449-319, and outrushed the Yellow Jackets, 284-197.

    • Jan. 2, 1999 - #8 Florida 31, #15 Syracuse 10 - Miami Orange Bowl The 1999 Orange Bowl was the last one ever played at the Miami Orange Bowl, and it saw the Gators practically wrap up the game by halftime. Doug Johnson tossed touchdown passes of 51 and 26 yards to Travis Taylor less than three minutes apart, jumping out to a 14-0 lead in the opening frame against a Syracuse team which featured future six-time Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb. Jesse Palmer came in at quarterback during the second quarter and accounted for a pair of touchdowns -- one on the ground and one through the air. Jeff Chandler added a 32-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to make it 31-3. Terry Jackson rushed for 108 yards on 21 carries, but Taylor garnered MVP honors with seven receptions for 159 yards and the aforementioned pair of touchdowns. The Gators’ defense held McNabb to just 192 yards on 14-of-30 passing, though, he did throw a 62-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, and he rushed for 72 yards on 20 carries. The win gave Florida its sixth consecutive 10-win season.

    • Jan. 2, 2002 - #5 Florida 56, #10 Maryland 23 - Pro Player Stadium (now Hard Rock Stadium) Florida raced to a 28-10 lead at halftime, then tacked on another 21 unanswered points in the third quarter to put the game out of reach before the final frame. The Gators totaled 659 yards, which was at the time the fourth-highest total in UF history and a Gators bowl record. And as impressive as UF’s 456 passing yards were, they were just its third-highest total of the season, behind its 507 yards against Mississippi State and 504 yards at LSU. Rex Grossman threw for four touchdowns and 248 yards, though they did not count toward his school-record 3,896 passing yards for the season. Taylor Jacobs earned MVP honors with 10 receptions for 170 yards (an Orange Bowl record) and touchdown catches from both Grossman and Brock Berlin, who finished with 196 yards and two touchdowns on 11-of-19 passing. Earnest Graham added 16 carries for 149 yards and two touchdowns, while Jabar Gaffney tallied seven receptions for 118 yards and two touchdowns. It was also the final game of Steve Spurrier’s 12-season tenure as head coach.
     
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    IN PERSPECTIVE: GATORS FLIP OFFENSIVE SCRIPT
    • UF ranks 17th nationally in passing offense (300.4 yards per game), which is the first time in nearly two decades it has thrown the ball that consistently. UF’s highest national finish in passing offense since the start of 2010 is 79th (in 2016), and it finished outside the top 100 in four of the nine seasons from 2010-18.

    • UF last finished in the national top 25 in passing offense in 2004, when it was 14th with 271.1 yards per game.

    • Florida ranked 83rd in passing offense in 2018, and it is one of five teams in the last three years to go from being outside the top 70 nationally in passing offense one season, then be in the top 20 nationally the next. » Troy, 2018-19, No. 81 -> No. 10 | Florida, 2018-19, No. 83 -> No. 17 | Alabama, 2017-18, No. 91 -> No. 6 | Old Dominion, 2017-18, No. 112 -> No. 15 | UCF, 2016-17, No. 89 -> No. 10

    • Florida is also one of seven teams to be a top 30 rushing team in 2018 and a top 30 passing team in 2019 (rankings below are 2018 passing -> 2019 passing). » Florida (83rd -> 17th) | Wake Forest (65th -> 18th) | Florida Atlantic (64th -> 30th) | Memphis (57th -> 26th) | UCF (37th -> 8th) | Clemson (23rd -> 20th) | Oklahoma (7th -> 16th)

    • The Gators’ 213.2 rushing yards per game ranked 27th nationally last season.
     
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    GATORS PASS RUSH IS RELENTLESS ONCE AGAIN
    • Florida has been one of the best teams in the nation this season when it comes to rushing the passer, as it ranks 5th nationally with 46 sacks -- which leads the SEC by a whopping 13 sacks and is its highest season total since posting 53 in 1997 (Note: that figure includes UF’s three sacks from the 1998 Citrus Bowl).

    • Aside from this year and 1997, UF’s only other seasons with more than 45 sacks in school history came in 1999 (48), 1996 (51), 1989 (50) [Note: figures include bowl stats, which the NCAA did not count before 2002].

    • Florida and N.C. State are the only FBS teams with multiple 8-sack games this season. UF had 10 in its season-opening win over Miami, and it capped the regular season with eight in its win over Florida State.

    • The Gators also rank 12th nationally with 97 tackles for loss on the season -- which leads the SEC by seven TFLs. In 13 games last season, the Gators only totaled 86 tackles for loss.

    • Aside from this year, the only Florida teams since 2000 to post at least 90 tackles for loss in a season are the 2015 Gators (101 in 14 games), the 2010 Gators (100 in 13 games), and the 2011 Gators (94 in 13 games). • Jonathan Greenard is Florida’s top disrupter in its front seven, as he leads the SEC in both sacks (8.5) and tackles for loss (14.5) despite missing time with an ankle injury.

    • At Missouri on Nov. 16, Greenard totaled five tackles for loss (including two sacks) -- UF’s highest single-game total since Alex Brown had five TFLs (all sacks) against Tennessee on Sept. 18, 1999. Greenard followed it up with three TFLs (all sacks) in a win over Florida State.

    • Florida and LSU are only SEC team featuring five players with at least 3.0 sacks, and another seven Gators have 2.0 sacks this year -- Jonathan Greenard - 9.0; Zachary Carter - 4.5; Mohamoud Diabate - 4.0; James Houston IV - 3.5; Jeremiah Moon, Jabari Zuniga - 3.0; Ventrell Miller, Adam Shuler - 2.5; Khris Bogle, Trey Dean III, David Reese II, Tedarrell Slaton - 2.0.
     
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    GATORS KEEPING END ZONES FENCED OFF
    • Florida ranks 8th nationally in scoring defense (14.4 points), and has been one of the best teams in the nation at keeping its opponents out of the end zone.

    • The Gators have allowed just 19 offensive touchdowns this season, which is tied for the seventh-fewest in the FBS. Additionally, Florida and Oregon are the only FBS teams to hold five different opponents without an offensive touchdown this season.

    • Since 1996, only two UF squads held five teams without an offensive touchdown -- the 2009 and 2019 Gators. • UF has three shutouts in a season for the first time since 1988 (Montana St., Indiana St., Mississippi St.).

    • A point of emphasis on defense from both Coach Mullen and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has been red zone defense, and UF ranks second nationally in that regard (64.5 percent / 20 scores in 31 trips).

    • UF is also 2nd in the FBS in opponent red zone touchdown percentage (35.5 percent / 11 TDs in 31 trips).

    • Florida is outscoring opponents 119-29 in the fourth quarter this year, and they are outscoring teams 230-79 in the second half (compared to their 166-94 edge in the first half).
     
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    GATORS PASSING WITH CONSISTENCY
    • The Gators have seven 300-yard passing games in a season for the first time since 2001 (all 12 games) and for the fourth time since the start of 1997 -- UF also reached that total seven times in 1999, and nine times in 1998.

    • UF also threw for 300 yards against five SEC foes, marking the first time its done that since 2001 (eight times).

    • UF has eight games of 300-plus passing yards -- with five against SEC teams -- in Mullen’s 25 games as head coach. In 101 games spanning the 2010-17 seasons, UF totaled six 300-yard outings (two against SEC teams).

    • Since the start of the 1996 season, only these Gators (11 games), the 2001 Gators (all 12 games) and the 1996 Gators (12 games) threw for 250-plus yards at least 11 times within a season.

    • Florida had 250-plus passing yards in its first seven games this year, marking its longest streak of 250-yard outings since a 14-game stretch spanning the final game of 2000, all 12 games of 2001, and the 2002 opener.

    • Florida has thrown four touchdown passes in three different games (4 apiece at LSU, at South Carolina, vs. Florida State) for the first time since 2001, when it did it in eight games. Prior to this season, Florida had not thrown four touchdown passes in a road game since Oct. 20, 2007, when it had four at No. 8 Kentucky.

    • Florida amassed 410 passing yards in a rout of Vanderbilt this season, marking its third 400-yard passing game since the start of the 2003 season (482 - 2010 Sugar Bowl vs. Cincinnati; 433 - UCF, Sept 9, 2006; 410 vs. Vandy). UF last threw for 400-plus yards against an SEC opponent since Nov. 3, 2001 -- when it had 403 against Vandy.

    • UF threw for 300-plus yards in three straight games (312 vs. UT-Martin; 300 at Kentucky; 313 vs. Tennessee) for the first time since its final two games of 2002 and its 2003 opener. The last time Florida had a three-game streak within the same season was 2001, when it had 300-plus yards in all 12 games.
     
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    EVERYBODY EATS IN GATORS PASSING GAME
    • Florida’s four senior receivers -- Tyrie Cleveland, Josh Hammond, Van Jefferson, Freddie Swain -- have led this year’s talented group of offensive skill players, combining for 1,805 total yards, 17 total touchdowns, and 127 of the team’s 293 receptions this year (43.3 percent) -- but the rest of the receiving corps (as well as running back Lamical Perine and tight end Kyle Pitts) has made UF a well-rounded, pick-your-poison offense.

    • This is the first time since 2003 that four Gators -- Pitts, Jefferson, Perine, Swain -- have 35-plus receptions.

    • Florida, Southern California and Washington State are the only FBS teams with four pass catchers with 35-plus receptions and at least four touchdowns. It’s the first time since 1993 four Gators have such numbers.

    • Four Gators -- Trevon Grimes, Jefferson, Pitts, Swain -- have at least 30 receptions, 475 yards and three touchdowns, making UF is one of 10 FBS teams featuring four pass catchers with such numbers.

    • UF has not had multiple Gators with at least 30 receptions, 475 yards, and three touchdowns since 2009 (two), and the last time it had four was in 2007 (Andre Caldwell, Percy Harvin, Cornelius Ingram, Louis Murphy).

    • Florida and Washington State are the only FBS teams featuring seven pass catchers with 20-plus receptions, 250-plus yards, and a touchdown. UF only had four pass catchers with such numbers last year, and its only seasons with more than five such pass catchers since at least 1988 came in 1990 and 1994 (six apiece).

    • Three Gators -- Pitts, Jefferson, Swain -- have at least five touchdown receptions this year, marking the first time that’s happened at UF since 2008, when four Gators had at least five touchdown catches (Percy Harvin and Louis Murphy led that foursome with seven apiece).

    • Seven Gators have multiple touchdown receptions this season, marking the first time since 2007 that many Gators had at least two touchdown receptions in a season. Ten Gators have at least one touchdown catch.

    • UF has nine different players with 150-plus receiving yards in a season, something no Gators team has achieved since at least 1990. The 1992 Gators were the only team in that span to have eight reach 150 yards.

    • Florida has seven 90-yard receiving games from five different Gators -- its most 90-yard outings in a season since 2007, when five Gators reached that total 11 times.

    • The Gators are one of 11 FBS teams with at least eight scrimmage plays of 60-plus yards, and their veteran receiving corps is responsible for six of those eight plays.

    • Josh Hammond has two -- 76-yard touchdown run at Kentucky; 65-yard reception to set up the winning touchdown versus Miami. Hammond is one of nine FBS players with a 65-yard run and reception this year.

    • Freddie Swain had a 64-yard touchdown reception en route to 146 yards on six catches against Auburn -- UF’s highest single-game total since Demarcus Robinson’s 216 yards on 15 catches versus Kentucky (Sept. 13, 2014).
     
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    TRASK RESEMBLING GATORS QUARTERBACKS OF OLD
    • Since taking over Florida’s offense at the start of the fourth quarter at Kentucky, redshirt junior Kyle Trask is 209 of 310 (67.4%) for 2,596 yards and 23 touchdowns (plus three rushing touchdowns).

    • Trask has thrown 24 touchdowns this year, making him one of 41 FBS quarterbacks with more than 20 this year -- but his 315 attempts are the eighth-fewest in that group (Others with 325 or fewer: Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama [33 TDs, 252 att.]; Layne Hatcher, Arkansas State [23 TDs, 259 att.]; Chris Reynolds, Charlotte [21 TDs, 267 att.]; Tanner Morgan, Minnesota [28 TDs, 289 att.]; Sean Clifford, Penn State [22 TDs, 299 att.]; Justin Fields, Ohio State [40 TDs, 308 att.]; Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma [32 TDs, 309 att.]).

    • Trask ranks 13th nationally in passer rating (159.24). Were the season over today, Trask would have the ninth-highest passer rating in school history and the highest passer rating by a Gator since Tim Tebow’s 164.2 led the nation in 2009. No Gator has finished inside the top 35 nationally in passer rating since 2009.

    • Trask has thrown for 300-plus yards three times this year, finishing with a career-high 363 yards against Vanderbilt, 343 yards against Florida State, and 310 yards at then-No. 5 LSU. » Trask’s outings of 343 and 363 yards were the highest totals by a Gator since Tim Tebow’s 482 against No. 4 Cincinnati in the 2010 Sugar Bowl. His 363 against Vanderbilt marked the highest total against an SEC team since Rex Grossman’s 375 against Kentucky back on Sept. 28, 2002.

    • Trask joined Tim Tebow (three in 2007) and Chris Leak (four in 2004) as the only Gators since the start of 2003 to post three 300-yard passing games in the same season. Trask is also the first Gator since Leak (three in 2004) to have two 300-yard outings against SEC opponents in the same season. » From 2010-18, Gators quarterbacks combined for three 300-yard passing games.

    • Since the start of the 2000 season, the only Gators to throw for 300-plus yards against a top-25 team are Trask (at No. 5 LSU), Tebow (2010 Sugar Bowl), and Rex Grossman (nine times from 2001-02).

    • Trask threw three touchdowns at No. 5 LSU and followed it up with a career-high four touchdowns at South Carolina. He is the first Gator since Tim Tebow (2008 - at Vanderbilt and Florida State) to throw at least three touchdowns in consecutive road games.

    • Trask also became the first Gator since Rex Grossman (Nov. 3-10, 2001) to throw for three-plus touchdowns in consecutive outings against SEC teams.

    • Trask’s three touchdown passes at No. 5 LSU made him the first Gator since Tebow to throw at least three touchdowns on the road against an AP top-10 team (Tebow threw four Oct. 20, 2007 at No. 8 Kentucky).

    • Trask’s 310 yards at LSU were the second-highest total by a Gator in a road game since the start of the 2005 season, and only the fourth 300-yard passing game on the road or at a neutral site within that same span. » Tim Tebow - 482 yards vs. No. 4 Cincinnati - 2010 Sugar Bowl (Jan. 1, 2010); Chris Leak - 319 yards at Kentucky (Sept. 24, 2005); Tim Tebow - 304 yards at South Carolina (Nov. 10, 2007)
     
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    PITTS AMONG THE TOP TIGHT ENDS IN ALL OF FBS
    • Since the start of 2015, Kyle Pitts is one of nine FBS tight ends -- two of which are Oklahoma’s Mark Andrews (2017) and Ole Miss’ Evan Engram (2016) -- with at least 50 catches, 600 yards, and five touchdowns in a season.

    • Only one other Gators tight end has posted such a season since 1996, which was a John Mackey Award-winning campaign in 2009 (68 receptions / 850 yards / 5 touchdowns).

    • On the season, Pitts has 51 receptions (second-most by a UF tight end since 1996 -- 68 in 2009), 610 receiving yards (third-most by a UF tight end since 1996 -- 850 in 2009; 638 by Ben Troupe in 2003), and 5 touchdowns (tied for second-most by a UF tight end in a season since 1996).

    • Pitts’ 51 receptions are the third-most by any Gator in a season since 2010, behind Demarcus Robinson’s 53 in 2014, and Antonio Callaway’s 54 in 2016. UF’s highest individual reception totals in 2009 were 68 and 51.

    • Pitts is one of seven FBS tight ends with five games of 60-plus receiving yards this season; he is one of three Gators tight ends since 1996 with five such games in a career (most is 8; Jordan Reed - 5).

    • With his 108-yard outing at LSU, Pitts became just the fourth Gators tight end since 1996 with a 100-yard game (the previous three combined for five 100-yard outings).

    • Pitts entered 2019 with three catches for 73 yards and a touchdown in his career.
     
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    BALL-HAWKING SECONDARY GENERATING TAKEAWAYS
    • Florida’s 22 takeaways are tied for 18th nationally. And their 48 takeaways since the start of last year are tied for 5th among all FBS teams.

    • The Gators have forced four turnovers in three games this year (Kentucky, Tennessee, Auburn). The last time they forced four-plus turnovers in at least three games within a season was 2014 (four games).

    • Florida is tied for 9th in the FBS with 15 interceptions, but the Gators, Florida Atlantic, Oklahoma State, and Tennessee are the only FBS teams with at least three interceptions in three games this year (UF had three apiece against Kentucky, Tennessee, and Auburn).

    • UF is one of eight FBS teams featuring three players (Shawn Davis, Donovan Stiner, Marco Wilson) with at least three interceptions this year.

    • Donovan Stiner leads UF with four interceptions -- which is tied for second in the SEC; he entered this season with two picks in 24 career games.
     
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    GATORS BREAKING OFF MONSTROUS RUNNING PLAYS
    • Florida has already set a single-season school record with three rushing plays of 75-plus yards this season. Previously, the 1982 Gators and 2008 Gators held the record with two such plays within a season.

    • Lamical Perine sealed Florida’s win over No. 7 Auburn with an 88-yard touchdown run -- which is the fifth-longest run in school history, the longest by a Gator since Emmitt Smith’s 96-yard touchdown run against Mississippi State on Sept. 24, 1988, and the 11th-longest rushing play by an FBS player this season.

    • The others were by Josh Hammond (76-yarder at Kentucky) and Dameon Pierce (75-yarder at South Carolina). • The Gators are one of 11 FBS teams with three rushing plays of 70-plus yards.
     
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    SENIORS LEADING GATORS SPECIAL TEAMS
    • Senior Van Jefferson is one of Florida’s “gunners” on its punt team. In the Miami game, he downed a punt at Miami’s 5-yard line and recovered a muffed punt that set up a go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter.

    • Senior receivers Tyrie Cleveland, Josh Hammond, and Freddie Swain also start on special teams.

    • “It’s something we stress so much within our team. Special teams is something we take a lot of pride in, we practice an awful lot.” --Dan Mullen after UF’s win over Miami.

    • Senior Tommy Townsend -- a Ray Guy Award semifinalist for a second straight year -- has downed 20 of his 40 punts (50 percent) inside the 20-yard line this year; he downed 17 of 39 (43.6 percent) inside the 20 last year.

    • Sophomore Evan McPherson, one of the 20 Lou Groza Award semifinalists last year, has made 14 of his 16 field goals this year (87.5 percent). Last year, McPherson ranked 6th nationally at 89.5 percent (17 of 19).

    • Since the start of last season, McPherson ranks fourth nationally in field goal percentage (31 of 35 / 88.6 percent) among FBS kickers with at least 35 attempts.

    • Special teams coordinator Greg Knox has made an immediate impact with the Gators. Knox’s Mississippi State teams blocked 15 kicks or punts from 2014-17, which tied for the SEC lead and ranked 3rd nationally.
     
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    ADDITIONAL ACTIVE / HISTORICAL STREAKS
    • UF has scored in 397 consecutive games -- which is an NCAA record. The Gators broke Michigan’s record of 365 consecutive games (1984-2014) against LSU on Oct. 7, 2017.

    • Since 2008, Florida and Alabama are the only FBS teams that have not lost to a team which finished the season with a losing record. UF is one of four teams since 2013 to stave off such a loss (Alabama, LSU, Michigan).
     
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    CROSSING PATHS
    • Dan Mullen was a graduate assistant at Syracuse during the 1998 season -- which ended with the Orangemen losing to Florida, 31-10 in the 1999 Orange Bowl.

    • Mullen and Virginia head coach Bronco Mendenhall were on opposite sides of the Holy War rivalry in 2003 and 2004. Mullen was Utah’s quarterbacks coach for those games, while Mendenhall was BYU’s defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach. Utah won both games (3-0 in 2003; 52-21 in 2004).

    • David Turner was a defensive tackle and linebackers coach for Virginia from 1997-2000. • Trevon Grimes (‘17) and Virginia sophomore wide receiver Tavares Kelly Jr. (’18).

    • Kyree Campbell, Elijah Conliffe, Marco Ortiz are the only Gators from Virginia, while 16 Cavaliers hail from the state of Florida.
     
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