McElwain Era Begins as Gators Kickoff 2015 vs. New Mexico State

By on September 5, 2015. Posted in , , , , .

The 2015 edition of the Florida Gators kicks off the season by hosting New Mexico State on Saturday evening at the Swamp in the team’s debut under new head coach Jim McElwain.  Toe meets leather at 7:30 with all of the coverage airing live on the SEC Network.  The Baltimore Gator Club would like you to help start the season in style by dusting off your best Orange and Blue and coming down to the Greene Turtle at McHenry Row for our game watch.  There will be a raffle again this season along with drink and food special so come on down and cheer on the Gators!

The Greene Turtle

McHenry Row

1606 Whetstone Way

Baltimore, Md. 21230

Florida (2014: 7-5, 4-4 SEC) closed out the 2014 season on a high, defeating East Carolina, 28-20, in the Birmingham Bowl.  The Gator defense hounded the Pirates, picking off three passes, including two by Vernon Hargreaves.  Quarterback Treon Harris completed just five of his 12 passes, but threw for 123 yards and two touchdowns.  Harris is expected to split time with redshirt freshman Will Grier in the opener.

New Mexico State (2014: 2-10, 1-7 Sun Belt) comes to the Swamp for the second time in school history after winning just two games a year ago.  The Aggies return junior signal caller Tyler Rogers to lead the offense.  Last season as a sophomore Rogers completed 62% of his passes (268-for-436) for 2,779 yards and 19 touchdowns.  Running back Larry Rose III made a splash as a freshman, rushing for 1,102 yards and nine scores.

The Gators hold the second longest season opener winning streak in the country claiming victory in 25 straight openers, sitting behind only Nebraska (29).  Overall, Florida is 81-27 in season opening contests.  UF and NMSU have met only one other time on the gridiron with the Orange and Blue rolling to a 70-21 home win in 1994.