Florida tailback Earnest Graham fumbled with 12:03 left in the second quarter, but Middle Tennessee State was less than gracious in accepting the gift. Quarterback Jason Johnson fumbled it back on the next play.
The Blue Raiders marching band put on a spirited halftime show, complete with dancing drummers. Gators fans responded with a standing ovation. The reaction for UF's Pride of the Sunshine band was somewhat less enthusiastic, despite it being Band Parents' Day.
UF linebacker Marcus Oquendo-Johnson hammered MTSU quarterback Wes Counts from the back side, forcing a second-quarter fumble. Counts clearly was woozy as he made his way to the sideline.
Trivia for 2004
File these facts away. Freshman Brock Berlin, anointed UF's quarterback of the future, took his first snap at 7:49 in the fourth quarter, completed his first pass at 6:21 and had his first rushing attempt at 5:06. The pass was 8 yards to Jabar Gaffney, the rush a fumble Berlin recovered himself.
"At Florida, Tennessee is always somewhere in the back of your mind. We'll enjoy the victory, but (today) we'll be all business getting ready to play Tennessee." _ UF defensive coordinator Jon Hoke.