Florida 34, Temple 3
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ Emmitt Smith ran for 175 yards on 23 carries Saturday to become the first freshman in college football history to gain over 1,000 yards in seven games as 14th-ranked Florida rolled past Temple 34-3.
Smith, who finished the day with 1,011 yards for the season, also scored his 11th touchdown on a 2-yard run, and Kerwin Bell passed for two TDs in the first quarter as Florida improved its record to 5-2.
Temple, playing without star tailback Todd McNair, dropped to 3-4 before a crowd of 74,286 at Florida Field.
Smith, a 201-pound running back who sat out most of the second quarter with a sprained right wrist, needed 164 yards to become the first freshman to reach the 1,000-yard rushing mark in seven games.
Tony Dorsett and Herschel Walker both ran for more than 1,000 yards as freshmen, but didn’t do it until the eighth game of their college careers.
In five starts, Smith has averaged 177.2 yards and his average of 139.3 per game before Saturday was second in the nation to Oklahoma State’s Thurman Thomas.
Smith, who gained over 100 yards for a school-record sixth consecutive game, went over the 1,000-yard mark on a 25-yard run with 7:26 left to play.
Bell, Florida’s senior quarterback, completed 15 of 22 passes for 212 yards, including an 18-yard scoring pass to Darrell Woulard and a 6-yard flip to Stacey Simmons that the Gators wide receiver turned into a 70-yard touchdown with a dazzling cross-field run.
The TD passes were the 52nd and 53rd of Bell’s career, moving him into a tie for second place on the Southeastern Conference’s all-time list with Auburn’s Pat Sullivan. Florida’s John Reaves holds the SEC career record of 54 touchdown passes.
Both of Bell’s TD passes came in the opening period, when Florida built a 21-3 lead. The Gators led 24-3 at halftime and didn’t improve on that until Smith scored on his 2-yard run with 13:09 left in the fourth period.
Florida also scored on Wayne Williams’ 10-yard touchdown run and field goals of 33 and 29 yards by Robert McGinty.
Temple, playing without McNair, the nation’s 10th-leading rusher, was held to 156 yards total offense. The Owls avoided a shutout with Bill Wright’s 52- yard field goal in the first quarter.