After a convincing win in the season opener against New Mexico State, the Florida Gators face a new test when they welcome the East Carolina Pirates to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday evening. The game, which is set to kick-off at 7:00 p.m., is a rematch of last season’s Birmingham Bowl and will air live on ESPN2. The Baltimore Gator Club will host its second watch party of the season at the Greene Turtle at McHenry Row. We had a great crowd last weekend and hope it continues to grow all season long! So come on down in your best Orange and Blue and cheer on the Gators against ECU.
The Greene Turtle
1606 Whetstone Way
Baltimore, Md. 21230
Florida (1-0, 0-0 SEC) looked convincing in its first game under new head coach Jim McElwain, thrashing overmatched New Mexico State, 61-13, in front of a packed house at the Swamp. Quarterbacks Treon Harris and Will Grier split time leading the offense, but combined to connect for 384 yards and four touchdowns. Kelvin Taylor ran the ball eight times for 54 yards and a score while Demarcus Robinson led the receiving corps with six catches. Nine other Gators hauled in multiple catches in the win.
East Carolina (1-0, 0-0 America) scraped past Towson, 28-20, at home last week and now travels to Gainesville looking for a bit of revenge from last year’s Birmingham Bowl. The Pirates held off a late charge by the Tigers and only preserved the win when Terrell Robinson knocked down a fourth down pass with Towson going for it at the ECU 16-yard line with less than two minutes remaining. Pirate QB Blake Kemp completed 29-f-37 passes for 235 yards, but ECU got it done on the ground as Chris Hairston pounded away 18 times, gaining 154 yards and scoring four times.
Florida and East Carolina met in the Birmingham Bowl back in January with the Gators claiming a 28-20 victory under interim head coach DJ Durkin. The teams had previously clashed just once before the bowl game with UF claiming a 24-27 home victory in the Sunshine State back in 1983.