Stephen M. Dowell, Orlando Sentinel
November 22, 2008
WHERE: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
THE BUZZ: By this point in the season, the No. 4-ranked Gators looked primed to complete their national championship run. Playing Division I-AA The Citadel was a healthy tune-up week for the Gators, who could rest up some players for the stretch run against Florida State and Alabama. Florida averaged 10.7 yards per rush and compiled 705 yards of total offense.
KEY PLAY: A 43-yard touchdown catch by Riley Cooper toward the end of the first quarter, making it 21-0 and hinting that the Bulldogs were in for a tiring day.
STARS: Eight different Gators scored, but Tim Tebow was the most efficient with 201 yards and three touchdowns passing. Running backs Chris Rainey and Emmanuel Moody combined for 258 yards on the ground.
STATS: Florida put up 70 points for the first time since 2001, when the Gators beat Vanderbilt 71-13.
QUOTE: "It was awesome. There's no better feeling. [Coach is] stingy with his touchdowns. There's so many playmakers on offense you would never think you're going to get a touchdown." --Defensive tackle Javier Estopinan, an oft-injured senior who scored on a 1-yard touchdown run.