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Del Rio likely out, No. 23 Florida blanks North Texas 32-0

No. 23 Florida likely will be without quarterback Luke Del Rio against Southeastern Conference rival and 15th-ranked Tennessee next week.

Del Rio injured his left knee in a 32-0 victory against North Texas on Saturday night, a huge setback for the Gators and their championship hopes.

"It doesn't look great, so we'll do whatever," said coach Jim McElwain, adding that former Purdue starter Austin Appleby would be the next guy up. "Somebody else will play and we'll get some guys ready and move forward and get ready to go play next week."

The injury overshadowed a dominant performance by Florida's defense, which allowed a school-record 53 yards on 50...

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