GAINESVILLE, FL (AP)- Will Grier threw dual touchdown passes, Jalen Tabor returned an interception for a measure and Florida hold on to kick East Carolina 31-24 on Saturday night.
The Gators (2-0) cumulative a win when quarterback ECU Blake Kemp fumbled and Alex McCalister recovered it with 12 seconds left. McCalister substantially could have scored, though teammate Jarrad Davis tackled him nearby midfield to forestall a fumble.
Florida trailed 17-14 late in a third entertain when Tabor stepped in front of Kemp’s sideline pass and went inexperienced a other approach for 39 yards and his initial score. That supposing some much-needed respirating room for an offense that never unequivocally got into stroke opposite a Pirates (1-1).
A week after totaling 61 points and 606 yards opposite overmatched New Mexico State, Florida looked distant from discriminating in a Birmingham Bowl rematch.
The Gators managed 373 yards, converted 4 of 13 third-down attempts, committed 12 penalties for 105 yards, missed dual margin goals and had dual turnovers.
Florida leads 10-7 over a Pirates during halftime.
With usually 49 seconds left in a initial quarter, Florida Quarterback Will Grier finished a 32-yard pass to DeAndre Goolsby for a touchdown.
Earlier in a initial Quarter, Blake Kemp connected with Davon Grayson for a 31-yard touchdown. ECU scoreed on a initial possession to take a 7-0 lead in Gainesville.
STORY: The Pirates transport to Gainesville, Florida Saturday for their initial divided diversion of a deteriorate opposite a Gators.
Florida is 1-0 on a deteriorate after their win opposite New Mexico State final Saturday, 61-13.
The conflict opposite a Gators will open a two-game highway pitch for ECU, who will revisit Navy for a American Athletic Conference opener next.
Florida leads a array 2-0. The initial time they met was in 1983 when Florida was ranked No. 6 during a time. They used a late fourth-quarter touchdown run by Neal Anderson to post a 24-17 feat on Oct. 22. The second time a dual teams met was in a 2015 Birmingham Bowl. Florida won 28-20.
Kickoff is during 7 p.m. and will be nationally televised on ESPN2.