GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida had a difficult time time in its 27-14 victory over Bowling Green on Saturday night. Here's a closer look at the top five performers in the game.
Mike Gillislee, RB
Over the last several years, not many Florida running backs have had 24 rushing attempts in a game, but Gillislee carried the load for the Gators. He finished with 148 yards and two touchdowns. If Gillislee can stay healthy, the senior has a chance to have a big year for the Gators. It was Gillislee's first career 100-yard rushing game.
Frankie Hammond Jr., WR
Up 17-14 in the fourth quarter and desperately needing a big play, Hammond took a short third-down reception, broke a tackle and turned it in to a 50-yard touchdown. The Gators didn't have many big plays from their receivers on Saturday, but Hammond, whom Muschamp has labeled as Florida's most consistent receiver, came through when Florida needed it the most. Hammond finished the day with three receptions for 62 yards and that game-clinching touchown.
With his 51-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, Sturgis extended his school record with his sixth career field goal over 50 yards. Sturgis, who was listed on the preseason Lou Groza award watch list, connected on a 34-yard attempt in the fourth quarter. Sturgis did miss on a 27-yard attempt late, but the game was already in hand.
Marcus Roberson, CB
Though Bowling Green was able to produce a few drives, the Gator secondary limited Bowling Green quarterbacks to 25 completions on 52 attempts and no touchdown passes. Roberson accounted for three pass breakups and one game-changing interception. With Bowling Green on the move, Roberson picked off a Matt Schilz pass at the Florida 16-yard line and returned it 31 yards. The Gators offense was able to capitalize and score three plays later. The sophomore was Florida's most consistent defensive back.
Andre Debose, KR/PR
Debose may not have done anything on offense, but the electric playmaker definitely impacted the game on special teams. Debose has a 32-yard punt return that set up good field position for the Gators offense. He also added a 38-yard kickoff return in the third quarter to give Florida starting field position in Bowling Green territory. With his explosive playmaking ability, Florida will need to use him more in the future on offense.