GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Florida remained unbeaten under Steve Spurrier, shrugging off the disappointment of being placed on NCAA probation two days earlier to defeat Furman 27-3.The 19th-ranked Gators appeared flat in their first game since learning they won't be allowed to participate in a bowl game this season. But they methodically pulled away from the nation's top-ranked Division I-AA team.
Errict Rhett rushed for 98 yards in his first college start and Shane Matthews passed for 238 yards and three touchdowns to pace Florida (3-0).
Furman, a perennial I-AA power that plays one game a year against a major college opponent, fell to 3-1. The Paladins averaged 41 points per game in their first three games but were limited by Florida's defense to Glen Connally's 20-yard, first-quarter field goal.