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Florida 52, Eastern Washington 17

By MARK LONG
AP Sports Writer

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Anthony Richardson threw for 240 yards and two touchdowns, a top-level NFL prospect who looked comfortable playing on a Sunday, and Florida handled lower-division Eastern Washington 52-17 in a game delayed a day by Hurricane Ian.

The Gators (3-2) scored touchdowns on their first five possessions while having their way with the Eagles (1-3).

Richardson's first throw was a 75-yard TD pass to Justin Shorter. His first run went for 45 yards and set up another score. He briefly left the game in the first half to get his right ankle tapped but later returned and was done for the day early in the third quarter.

He completed 8 of 10 passes, with an interception on a deep ball to open the second half.

Receiver Ricky Pearsall added a 76-yard TD run, and Jalen Kitna, the son of retired NFL quarterback Jon Kitna, notched his first career TD pass. The Gators amassed 529 yards on just 35 plays through three quarters. They emptied the bench after scoring 52 consecutive points to erase a 3-0 deficit.

Eastern Washington will get $750,000 for the cross-country trip, a significant payday for a team from the Football Championship Subdivision whose annual athletics budget is about $17.5 million.

The game between Florida and former Florida coach Jim McElwain's alma mater was initially set for 2020 but was bumped because of COVID-19 scheduling. It landed on the schedule for Saturday but got pushed a day as Ian tore through the Sunshine State.

The game served as Florida's last tie to McElwain, who spent 15 years in Cheney, Washington, as a player and then an assistant coach. McElwain's brief tenure in Florida - he was fired late in his third season - ended up costing the Gators roughly $27.5 million.

Gunner Talkington led the Eagles with 250 yards passing and a touchdown.

THE TAKEAWAY

Eastern Washington: No one expected the Eagles to keep the game close, especially since they lost 70-14 at Oregon last month. Eastern Washington is now 11-29 all-time against Football Bowl Subdivision teams.

Florida: The Gators got a much-needed break after an early season schedule that included three ranked teams: Utah, Kentucky and Tennessee. Florida will now play six straight against the Southeastern Conference.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter EastWaFla
EastWa FG 8:04 Seth Harrison 44 yard field goal 3 0
Fla TD 7:53 Justin Shorter 75 yard TD pass from Anthony Richardson (Adam Mihalek Extra Point) 3 7
Fla TD 1:13 Montrell Johnson Jr. 3 yard TD run (Adam Mihalek Extra Point) 3 14
Second Quarter EastWaFla
Fla TD 9:22 Nay'Quan Wright 4 yard TD run (Adam Mihalek Extra Point) 3 21
Fla TD 5:48 Ricky Pearsall 76 yard TD run (Adam Mihalek Extra Point) 3 28
Fla TD 3:02 Xzavier Henderson 21 yard TD pass from Anthony Richardson (Adam Mihalek Extra Point) 3 35
Third Quarter EastWaFla
Fla FG 7:47 Adam Mihalek 36 yard field goal 3 38
Fla TD 4:25 Caleb Douglas 62 yard TD pass from Jalen Kitna (Adam Mihalek Extra Point) 3 45
Team Stats
  Eastern Washington Florida
First downs 21 14
  Rushing 8 4
  Passing 11 10
  Penalty 2 0
3rd Down Efficiency 4-14, 29% 2-4, 50%
4th down efficiency 1-4, 25% 0-1, 0%
Rushes-Yards 37-97 19-202
Passing Yards 168 339
Return Yards 30 20
Completions-Attempts-Int 19-30-0 12-16-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 3-28 0-0
Punts 5 0
Fumbles Lost 2-1 1-0
Penalties - Yards 3-25 3-30
Eastern Washington Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
G. Talkington 19 30 168 0 0
Florida Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
A. Richardson 8 10 240 2 1
J. Kitna 4 6 99 1 0
Eastern Washington Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Jackson 11 42 3.8 0
T. Altahir 10 37 3.7 0
M. Smith 11 30 2.7 0
G. Talkington 5 -12 -2.4 0
Florida Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
R. Pearsall 1 76 76.0 1
A. Richardson 2 44 22.0 0
T. Etienne 3 25 8.3 0
M. Johnson Jr. 5 24 4.8 1
N. Wright 6 18 3.0 1
K. Wilson 1 9 9.0 0
L. Lingard 1 6 6.0 0
Eastern Washington Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
F. Roberson 4 59 14.8 0
E. Chism III 4 43 10.8 0
B. Gobel 1 17 17.0 0
J. James 2 14 7.0 0
N. Ulm 1 13 13.0 0
M. Smith 2 8 4.0 0
S. Perreiah 1 6 6.0 0
A. Stell Jr. 1 6 6.0 0
J. Jackson 2 3 1.5 0
T. Altahir 1 -1 -1.0 0
Florida Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Shorter 1 75 75.0 1
C. Douglas 1 62 62.0 1
D. Reynolds 1 54 54.0 0
K. Zipperer 2 48 24.0 0
X. Henderson 2 39 19.5 1
T. Whittemore 1 23 23.0 0
R. Pearsall 1 22 22.0 0
N. Wright 1 14 14.0 0
T. Etienne 1 1 1.0 0
M. Johnson Jr. 1 1 1.0 0
Eastern Washington Interceptions
Player Int Yards
M. Jones Jr. 1 0
Florida Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Eastern Washington Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
N. Kokich 5 215 43.0
Florida Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
Eastern Washington Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Florida Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
X. Henderson 3 20 6.7
Eastern Washington Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
E. Chism III 2 30 15.0
Florida Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Eastern Washington Missed FG
Player Length
Florida Missed FG
Player Length




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