Dan Mullen wasn't in a particularly apologetic mood 30 minutes following ninth-ranked Florida's 38-0 win over the Towson Tigers Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and really, what's to apologize for? Why complain when your team moves to 5-0 on the season with a 38-point win, a second shutout of a season that hasn't even reached the halfway point and it's been nine quarters since the last touchdown was allowed? Why apologize when you've outscored three teams 88-3 since your backup quarterback took over in a road game in the SEC?
You never apologize for winning. As for complaining, there will be time enough for that come Monday. By then, the Florida coaches will have dissected every single play in the win over Towson and grades will have been issued. Come Monday, Mullen and his staff will be able to point to every single flaw and every single mistake made against Towson, the kind of which the Gators can't afford to make next week when seventh-ranked Auburn comes to Gainesville for nationally televised game on CBS that will also bring in ESPN with its College Game Day crew.
Against Towson, the Gators played well enough and winning was never in doubt, but this was a Division 1AA team they were facing. The Towson Tigers are a very good team in the Colonial Athletic Association, but the CAA certainly isn't SEC caliber. While the Gators played fairly well and beat a 1AA team by 38, Auburn went beast mode against what was thought to be a fairly decent Mississippi State team. What Auburn did to the Bulldogs can best be described as pillaging and plundering. That 56-23 win wasn't anywhere as close as the score might indicate. You can expect pundits and critics alike to spend the next few days proclaiming that If Florida plays the same way it played against Towson and Auburn plays as well as it did against Mississippi State, this will not fare well for the Gators.
Towson was in Gainesville for a six-figure paycheck but even though the Tigers lost by 38 points and didn't score, they didn't embarrass themselves. They had some moments when they moved the ball fairly well as evidenced by eight third down conversions in 15 tries and they made the Gators work for everything they got. Offensively, Towson couldn't keep the score close because the Tigers stick it in the end zone and of their two field goal attempts, one sailed wide right and the other was blocked.
Mullen thought Towson made a decent accounting of itself.
“Obviously, you give credit to Towson,” Mullen said. “We knew coming in that they were a really quality team. They have a good quarterback who could move the ball on people. They're a top ten team in their division and you saw that out there today.”
The Gators got all the points they needed on the opening drive when they went 82 yards in 12 plays, scoring on a five-yard Kyle Trask to Kyle Pitts TD pass. Trask was 6-6 on that opening drive. He completed his next nine passes before he finally threw an incompletion. He finished the game hitting 18-20 of his passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns while setting a school