GAMEDAY College Football

Florida 42, South Florida 20

(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

By FRED GOODALL
AP Sports Writer

TAMPA, Fla. - No. 13 Florida tuned up for the start of Southeastern Conference play with a 42-20 rout of overmatched South Florida that may - or may not - have answered the question of whether starter Emory Jones or backup Anthony Richardson is best suited to run the Gators offense.

The quarterbacks shared playing time for the second straight week, with each having his way in the opening half against a USF defense that allowed touchdowns on five consecutive possessions after producing a three-and-out to start the game.

Jones threw a 35-yard TD pass to Xzavier Henderson and scored on a 33-yard run on the way to a 35-3 halftime lead before a crowd of 66,646 at Raymond James Stadium.

The redshirt junior from LaGrange, Georgia, was not nearly as effective the rest of the way, though, tossing a pair of interceptions and turning the ball over on downs on four straight possessions to begin the second half.

Richardson, meanwhile, took an astounding passer rating of 917.2 into the fourth quarter after completing his first two attempts to Jacob Copeland on scoring plays of 75 and 41 yards before halftime.

The 6-foot-4, 236-pound backup from Gainesville, Florida, completed his only pass of the second half for 36 yards to finish 3 of 3 for 152 yards, two TDs and a 745.6 rating that will be difficult for coach Dan Mullen to ignore with top-ranked and defending champion Alabama visiting The Swamp next Saturday.

Richardson also outplayed Jones in a season-opening rout of Florida Atlantic, rushing for 160 yards on seven carries to key a 21-point victory. He may have sealed his bid for the starting job Saturday when he broke a tackle, then stiff-armed another defender, on an 80-yard TD run that put the Gators up 42-13 early in the fourth quarter.

Jones finished 14 of 22 for 151 yards, one TD and two interceptions. He's thrown four picks in two games against overmatched opponents after Kyle Trask threw eight all of last season against the all-SEC schedule the Gators played because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Richardson, who rushed for 115 yards on four carries against USF, grabbed his right hamstring after reaching the end zone on his long run. He limped back to the sideline, but there was no immediate announcement regarding his status.

Florida athletics press release


Scoring Summary
First Quarter FlaUSF
Fla TD 11:06 Dameon Pierce 7 yd run (Chris Howard kick) 7 0
USF FG 4:45 Spencer Shrader 25 yd FG 7 3
Fla TD 4:34 Jacob Copeland 75 yd pass from Anthony Richardson (Chris Howard kick) 14 3
Second Quarter FlaUSF
Fla TD 12:36 Xzavier Henderson 35 yd pass from Emory Jones (Chris Howard kick) 21 3
Fla TD 9:18 Jacob Copeland 41 yd pass from Anthony Richardson (Jace Christmann kick) 28 3
Fla TD 6:41 Emory Jones 33 yd run (Chris Howard kick) 35 3
Third Quarter FlaUSF
USF FG 9:18 Spencer Shrader 32 yd FG 35 6
USF TD 4:41 Jaren Mangham 1 yd run (Spencer Shrader kick) 35 13
Fourth Quarter FlaUSF
Fla TD 10:29 Anthony Richardson 80 yd run (Chris Howard kick) 42 13
USF TD 4:22 Jaren Mangham 2 yd run (Spencer Shrader kick) 42 20
Team Stats
  Florida South Florida
First downs 26 20
  Rushing 13 8
  Passing 12 9
  Penalty 1 3
3rd Down Efficiency 4-12, 33% 5-17, 29%
4th down efficiency 1-3, 33% 0-2, 0%
Rushes-Yards 44-363 41-95
Passing Yards 303 188
Return Yards 30 176
Completions-Attempts-Int 17-25-2 17-30-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 1--8 1--5
Punts 3 7
Punts-Average 45.7 39.7
Fumbles Lost 0-0 1-0
Penalties - Yards 4-45 2-30
Time of Possession 30:42 29:18
Florida Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
A. Richardson 3 3 152 2 0
E. Jones 14 22 151 1 2
South Florida Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Fortin 12 18 91 0 1
T. McClain 4 10 83 0 0
K. Marsh 1 1 14 0 0
X. Weaver 0 1 0 0 0
Florida Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
A. Richardson 4 115 28.8 1
E. Jones 13 81 6.2 1
D. Pierce 5 55 11.0 1
N. Wright 7 36 5.1 0
D. Bowman 3 33 11.0 0
M. Davis 7 22 3.1 0
L. Lingard 5 21 4.2 0
South Florida Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Felix 13 40 3.1 0
J. Mangham 8 29 3.6 2
B. Battie 7 25 3.6 0
T. McClain 8 11 1.4 0
K. Joiner 3 10 3.3 0
C. Fortin 2 -6 -3.0 0
L. Williams 0 -14 -∞ 0
Florida Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Copeland 5 175 35.0 2
X. Henderson 4 68 17.0 1
J. Shorter 2 23 11.5 0
R. Wells 1 20 20.0 0
D. Pierce 1 13 13.0 0
M. Davis 2 9 4.5 0
N. Wright 1 0 0.0
0
D. Reynolds 1 -5 -5.0 0
South Florida Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
X. Weaver 2 68 34.0 0
S. Atkins 2 34 17.0 0
O. Dollison 3 27 9.0 0
L. Williams 4 22 5.5 0
M. Brinkman 1 14 14.0 0
D. Felix 3 13 4.3 0
B. Miller 1 6 6.0 0
J. Horn Jr. 1 4 4.0 0
Florida Interceptions
Player Int Yards
K. Elam 1 0
South Florida Interceptions
Player Int Yards
M. LaPointe 1 50
B. Nichols 1 38
Florida Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Crawshaw 3 137 45.7
South Florida Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Stokes 7 278 39.7
Florida Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
South Florida Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
X. Weaver 2 48 24.0
Florida Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Weston 1 16 16.0
M. Davis 1 14 14.0
South Florida Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Battie 2 28 14.0
J. Horn Jr. 1 12 12.0
Florida Missed FG
Player Length
South Florida Missed FG
Player Length




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