The Florida Gators allowed the fewest yards in team history on Saturday night in the team’s 32-0 defeat of the North Texas Mean Green. Giving up just 53 yards of total offense, the Gators defense set a new school record ahead of their crucial matchup next weekend in Knoxville against their rival, Tennessee.
While North Texas quarterback Mason Fine was able to throw for 66 yards in the air (while going just 6-for-22 passing), he had -45 yards rushing on nine “attempts” against the tenacious Florida defense. The Mean Green had a total of 28 rushing attempts equate out to -13 yards rushing. In comparison, the Gators gained 255 yards on the ground, including all four touchdowns the team scored, from four different players.
Florida has now allowed only 14 points in their first three games, as they have cruised to a 3-0 record on a combined score of 101-14. The team knocked off UMass in Week 1 before beating Kentucky for the 30th straight time the following week, setting them up for a Week 4 collision with a Tennessee team that has had a rocky start to 2016. The Volunteers barely survived on two separate occasions, but both teams enter the game 3-0 with an inside track to the SEC East crown on the line.
The Gators have dominated the rivalry as of late, having won 11 games in a row. The last Volunteers victory came all the way back in September 2004. But the last two seasons, Florida has won only by a single point. With Gators quarterback Luke Del Rio out of the mix, and the game taking place in Knoxville, the onus will be on the Florida defense as much as it has been all year.