Florida bounced back from allowing 42 first-half points — its most surrendered in a half in program history — to defeat FCS program Samford 70-52 on Saturday in Gainesville, snapping a three-game losing streak and getting back to .500 on the season.
One week after firing defensive coordinator Todd Grantham as part of a staff shakeup following three consecutive losses, the Gators gave up 42 points and 358 yards in the first half to the Bulldogs, who entered the game with a 4-5 record. The Gators trailed 42-35 at the break, but scored 21 consecutive points to begin the second half and never relinquished the lead.
UF quarterback Emory Jones starred on Saturday, completing 28 of 34 passes for 464 yards and six touchdowns and running for 86 yards and another score. Florida outgained Samford 717-530 and overcame 12 penalties for 94 yards.
Samford quarterback Liam Welch passed for 400 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.The Bulldogs also scored a touchdown via a 98-yard kickoff return.
Florida entered Saturday having allowed 41 points per game in losses to LSU, Georgia and South Carolina. The 52 points allowed were a season high.
The Gators (5-5) must win one of their final two games Missouri and Florida State to become bowl eligible.
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Florida escapes after allowing program-record 42 points in first half vs. Samford