TOLEDO at Florida
Gainesville, FL – Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Aug. 31, 2013
With today’s setback, Toledo falls to 7-13 all time vs. Top 25 teams, including 1-7 versus squads in the Top 10.
Today’s attendance was announced at 83, 604, signifying the fifth-largest crowd the Rockets have played in front of in school history. The school record is 107,267 at Michigan on Oct, 11, 2008.
Juniors DL Ayoub Hamidah and LB Drake Fletcher, as well as sophomore DL Keenen Gibbs, redshirt freshmen TE Mike Ebert, DL Treyvon Hester, WR Corey Jones, DB D.J. Larkins, OL Chase Nelson and OL Storm Norton and true freshmen WR Rodney Adams, RB Kareem Hunt, DL Marquise Moore and DB DeJuan Rogers all made their collegiate debuts at Florida this afternoon.
Junior LB Junior Sylvestre was credited with a career-high and team-best 11 tackles. Sylvestre’s previous best effort was eight stops at Northern Illinois on Nov. 14, 2012.
Junior DB Cheatham Norrils caused a fumble and recovered the ball in the second quarter. Norrils finished the season-opening game with five tackles.
Senior OL Greg Mancz made his first collegiate start at right tackle. Mancz had started the previous 26 games at right guard.
Senior DE Jayrone Elliott was responsible for a sack and forced fumble on the same play in third period. Elliott left the game with an injury in the second half and did not return. He ended today’s season-opening contest with four stops.
Sophomore LB Trent Voss totaled 10 tackles, marking the third time in his collegiate career he has tallied double-digit stops.
Junior PK Jeremiah Detmer was a perfect 2-of-2 on field-goal attempts, giving him 19-consecutive conversions dating back to last season. Detmer was credited with a 44-yard field goal in second quarter and 23-yarder in the third.
Senior P Vince Penza averaged an impressive 45.9 yards per punt on seven attempts, including three boots inside the Florida 20-yard line.
Toledo lost its season opener for a second consecutive year and is 2-8 over its last 10 openers
Toledo was held scoreless in the first quarter. The Rockets failed to score in the opening 15 minutes on only two occasions last fall against Arizona (Sept. 1) and Akron (Nov. 20).
UT was limited to 20:12 in time of possession in today’s season-opening contest. A year ago, the Rockets averaged a conference-best 31:30.