Final

Utah 24, Florida 11

The Utah Utes started the 2023 season with a convincing victory, defeating the Florida Gators 24-11, avenging a season-opening loss to the Gators last season.

Utah was the better team start to finish — despite a somewhat lackluster second half — and was never seriously threatened by Florida.

4th Quarter

Utah 24, Florida 11

9:22 — Florida scores its first touchdown of the game on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Graham Mertz to wide receiver Caleb Douglas. The Gators then completed the two-point try, when Graham found freshman Eugene Wilson III. Florida drove 98 yards on 13 plays.

3rd Quarter

Utah 24, Florida 3

11:06 — Utah adds to its lead with another touchdown, this time on a 5-yard rush by Bryson Barnes. The drive was set up by an interception by safety Sione Vaki inside the Florida 20-yard line.

Halftime

Utah 17, Florida 3

Utah controlled the first half, outside of a brief run by Florida during the later part of the first quarter. The Utes out-gained the Gators 232 total yards to 132, leading in both passing yards (159 to 113) and rushing yards (73 to 19).

Sack Lake City also made a return, with the Utes taking down Florida quarterback Graham Mertz three times, three different Utes getting to the QB.

Utah was also the more disciplined team, tallying just two penalties compared to four for Florida. Quarterback Bryson Barnes has thrown for 150 yards and a touchdown, completing 10 of 14 passes. Backup quarterback Nate Johnson completed his only pass attempt of the game for nine yards, and rushed for 33 yards and a score.

2nd Quarter

Utah 17, Florida 3

2:53 — Utah extends its lead to two touchdowns with a 51-yard field goal by kicker Cole Becker.

7:50 — Utah scores its second touchdown of the game, on a 27-yard run by backup quarterback Nate Johnson. The Utes drove 80 yards in 10 plays, aided by a special teams miscue by Florida.

1st Quarter

Utah 7, Florida 3

2:27 — Florida gets on the board with a 32-yard field goal by kicker Adam Mihalek.

13:10 — On the opening offensive play of the game for the Utes, quarterback Bryson Barnes connected with wide receiver Money Parks for a 70-yard touchdown. Prior to that, Utah’s defense forced Florida to go three-and-out on their first offensive possession.


Pregame prep

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