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2007-04-09

Florida 54, Texas 13

QB Chris Wallace passed for 258 yards and five touchdowns as Florida spoiled the expansion Texas Copperheads’ season opener, 54-13. Texas committed seven turnovers and showed little rhythm on either side of the ball before a crowd of 2,756 at the Berry Center.

Florida dominated the game from start to finish, taking advantage of Texas’ youth and inexperience. WR Magic Benton (scored two touchdowns in the first quarter to put the Firecats ahead 13-0. WR Ethenic Sands added a third score five minutes into the second quarter before the Copperheads scored their first touchdown on Jarrod Fuller’s 12-yard reception from Tony Eckert. Three other Firecats would score before Copperheads FB Pat Norton put the closing finishes on the final score on a 1-yard run with 4:37 remaining in the fourth.

Eckert struggled due to intense pressure from Florida all night long. He completed just 14 of 29 passes, threw three interceptions and fumbled four times, three for losses. Texas’ offense managed just 169 total yards, 141 of which came on the ground. The Firecats scored on seven of nine red-zone chances and turned the ball over once.

Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score
Florida Firecats 13 20 14 7 54 Record: (2-0)

Texas Copperheads 0 7 0 6 13 Record: (0-1)

Game Summary

First quarter

07:03 FLA - BENTON, Magic 12 yd pass from WALLACE, Chris (EMINGER, Andy kick blocked)

03:22 FLA - BENTON, Magic 13 yd pass from WALLACE, Chris (EMINGER, Andy kick)

Second quarter

12:33 FLA - SANDS, Ethenic 16 yd pass from WALLACE, Chris

06:23 TEX - FULLER, Jarrod 12 yd pass from ECKERT, Tony (GATTO, Nick kick)

03:23 FLA - FISHER, Comone 8 yd pass from WALLACE, Chris (EMINGER, Andy kick)

00:03 FLA - BENTON, Magic 1 yd pass from WALLACE, Chris (EMINGER, Andy kick)

Third quarter

08:28 FLA - MCKINNEY, Chris 49 yd run (BENTON, Magic pass from EMINGER, Andy)

07:03 FLA - YOUNG, Mario 3 yd run (EMINGER, Andy kick failed)

Fourth quarter

12:52 FLA - SANDS, Ethenic 0 yd fumble recovery (EMINGER, Andy kick)

02:13 TEX - NORTON, Patrick 1 yd run (GATTO, Nick kick failed)

Kickoff time: 7:00 pm End of Game: 9:45 p Total elapsed time: 2:45

Officials: Referee: Mike Defee; Umpire: Eric Griffin; Linesman: Otis Cliatt; Line judge: Keith Garmond; Back judge: Joe Machol

Weather: Inside

Attendance: 2,756 (8,239) Site: Richard E. Berry Center (Houston, TX)


INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing –Florida, Chris McKinney 2-49; Mario Young 3-10; Ethenic Sands 1-4; Levy Brown 1-2; Chris Wallace 1-(-4); Totals 8-60; Texas, Patrick Norton 8-23; Damone Scott 1-11; Obrey Minor 1-1; Tony Eckert 6-11, Total 16-28.

Passing – Florida, Chris Wallace, 27-37-258-1; Texas, Tony Eckert, 14-29-120-3

Receiving – Florida, Magic Benton 8-87; Ethenic Sands 7-76; Chris McKinney 2-54; Comone Fisher 2-15; Mario Young 1-16; Brent Burnside 1-10; Texas, Obrey Minor 7-61; Jarrod Fuller 3-33; Patrick Norton 1-12; Robby Walker 1-3.