GAINESVILLE. Fla. — The offense sputtered a little, but Florida’s defense was downright dominant Saturday night in a 32-0 win over North Texas, helping the Gators move up four spots in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll.
The Gators allowed 53 total yards — the fewest for a game in program history — while improving to 3-0 and moving from No. 23 to No. 19 in the AP poll.
But it was not exactly a feel-good win as starting quarterback Luke Del Rio was knocked out of the game in the third quarter following a low hit into his left leg. SEC Country’s Zach Abolverdi reports that Del Rio will not play Saturday as the Gators travel to Knoxville, Tenn., for a pivotal SEC East showdown with Tennessee (3-0), which moved to No. 14 in the AP poll.
Abolverdi reports that Del Rio’s injury is believed to be a knee sprain, and that it is not believed to be a season-ender.