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Antonya English

Florida grinds out a 20-17 victory over Texas A&M for first SEC win of season

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September

After trailing at halftime, No. 24 Florida (2-0, 1-0 SEC) rallied for a 20-17 victory over Texas A&M in the Aggies' inaugural SEC game.

The largest opening-game crowd in Aggies history was in attendance - 87,114.

Florida QB Jeff Driskel in his first true start was 13-of-16 for 162 yards and also rushed 14 times. Senior RB Mike Gillislee rushed for 83 yards on 14 carries and also had two touchdowns. Senior kicker Caleb Sturgis his a 51-yard field goal - the seventh of 50 or more yards in his career.

Following the game, Florida coach Will Muschamp praised his team for retaining its composure in a hostile environment, its first road game of the season, after falling behind early and trailing at halftime. He also warned that Florida fans who are used to high-scoring games that the Gators may have to grind out many more wins this season as they continue to find their identity.

Listen to some of Muschamp's postgame comments here. Be sure to stick around to see the full video. Muschamp gets very emotional talking about fans' criticism of the Gators' offense last week, and defending his team's grind-it-out-style.

[Last modified: Sunday, September 9, 2012 1:24am]

    

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