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September 2, 2012
Florida-Bowling Green By the Numbers
A numerical look at the Florida Gators' 27-14 season opening victory against Bowling Green.
23 - Winning streak for Florida in season openers dating back to 1990.
13 - The Gators' margin of victory over the Falcons, the lowest for Florida in a season opener since 1990. (UF fell to Ole Miss 24-19 to begin the 1989 season.)
24 & 148 - Career-highs in carries and rushing yards, respectively, for senior running back Mike Gillislee.
1 - Touchdown pass in sophomore quarterback Jeff Driskel's young career. His first came on a 50-yard hook-up with redshirt senior wide receiver Frankie Hammond Jr. early in the fourth quarter.
0 - Snaps sophomore QB Jacoby Brissett played in the second half of the season opener after being on the field for the first play of the game and most of the second quarter.
8 - True freshman who played on Saturday including linebacker Antonio Morrison, Buck LB Dante Fowler Jr., WR Latroy Pittman, tight end Kent Taylor, RB Matt Jones, tackle D.J. Humphries and defensive end Jonathan Bullard and walk-on RB Mark Herndon.
84,704 - Attendance at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, which was down 4,004 from the 2011 season opener and 5,474 from the first game of 2010. It is the fewest number of fans in attendance to begin a season since at least 1998 (85,061) - more than 3,000 seats were added to the venue in 2003.
+1 - Turnover margin in the Gators' favor. Florida has now forced eight turnovers in its last five games (including its final four of 2011).
10:29 - Time of possession for UF in the second quarter, more than doubling BGSU's 4:31. The Gators scored two rushing touchdowns in that quarter alone.
66.6 - Percentage of Florida's offense that was rushing attempts (42) as opposed to passing attempts (21). This number includes three quarterback rushes by Driskel.
8 - More first downs that the Falcons totaled than the Gators over the course of the game (22-14).
14 - Penalties by Florida for 106 total yards (10 penalties in the first half alone).
3 - Penalties by Bowling Green, which was on the road playing in The Swamp, for 25 total yards.