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Florida 65, Eastern Michigan 0: The Gators growl again

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For a Saturday, Florida was dominant again.

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For three and a half hours for the Florida Gators, everything was perfect and (almost) nothing hurt.

The Gators turned in the most dominating performance of the Will Muschamp era on Saturday afternoon, clocking Eastern Michigan by a 65-0 count.

The win was the most lopsided in Florida history since 1997, when the Gators trounced Central Michigan by a 82-6 count, and the most lopsided shutout since Steve Spurrier's national championship-destined 1996 team thumped Kentucky by the same score.

Jeff Driskel set new career highs with 31 completions — most by a Florida quarterback since Tim Tebow completed 31 in the 2010 Sugar Bowl — and 45 attempts, and threw for 248 yards and a score. Kelvin Taylor (eight carries, 68 yards, two rushing touchdowns), Matt Jones (eight carries, 65 yards, and touchdowns rushing and receiving), and Mack Brown (six carries, 58 yards) keyed a rushing attack that ran up 260 yards.

And then there was Treon Harris.

Florida's true freshman backup quarterback came in and threw two passes: A 70-yard touchdown to Demarcus Robinson and a 78-yard touchdown to Mark Herndon.

Florida added a defensive touchdown from true freshman Duke Dawson on a pick-six, a touchdown scamper from true freshman Brandon Powell, and three field goals from Frankie Velez to get to its final margin, while also strangling the Eastern Michigan attack, allowing just 125 yards of total offense on the day.

About the only significant negative for the Gators on the day was an injury to tight end Jake McGee, who was rolled up on a block in the first half and left the game in an air cast and on a cart. Will Muschamp told ESPN's Heather Mitts after the game that McGee will be out "probably for the year," and called the loss of the talented tight end "disappointing."

And yet: Florida's beleaguered senior tight end Clay Burton had the best day of his Florida career, reeling in seven catches for 42 yards.

After a year full of that kind of day for Florida, this was a different kind of day.

Here's to more of them.