Wayne Peace completed his first eight passes, including touchdown passes of six and two yards to fullback Joe Henderson, as Florida began its season with a 28-3 victory over intrastate rival Miami last night in Gainesville.
The victory, before a record Florida Field crowd of 73,907, was the Gators' second in a row in an often-heated series they lead, 24-21.
Peace, who completed an NCAA record 70.73 percent of his passes a year ago, finished with 18 completions in 32 attempts for 146 yards. He completed his first 12 passes.
The Gators' first touchdown and all three field goals were set up by Miami fumbles.
Florida took a 13-0 lead 10 minutes into the game, but did not score again until the third quarter, when Neal Anderson went in from the eight. The Gators got field goals of 53 yards by Chris Perkins and 35 yards by Bobby Raymond later in the period, and Raymond made a 41-yarder in the fourth quarter.
Miami averted a shutout with a 41-yard field goal by Jeff Davis with three seconds left in the game.
"What happened is that we ran into a very fine Florida team that capitalized on the many errors that our football team made," said Miami Coach Howard Schnellenberger. "They won a very decisive game."