GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Kyle Trask has gone from the Heiman Trophy over the past two weeks with hopes from a potential Heisman front-runner in the coming two months.
Tresk threw for 356 yards and six touchdowns, extending his school record for consecutive games with at least four TDs to six and overwhelmed No. 6 Florida 63–35 at Swamp on Saturday.
Tresk repeatedly tortured the Razorks (3-4), who were without coach Sam Pittman because of the positive COVID-19 test – and without much chance. This marked the second time this season that Trask threw six TDs in a game; He is the only player in school history to have achieved this feat.
The Florida faithful also began chanting the “Trice for Hisman” chant.
“Yes, I heard it,” the quarterback said. “But like I said, just focused on winning the game here.”
So far, so good.
Florida coach Dan Mullen was quoted by Trask as saying, “More successful teams sometimes, more individual awards come.” “If we are successful as a team, then we keep making plays, he has the opportunity to get individual awards.”
Arkansas quarterback Felipe Franks, a three-year starter for the Gators (5-1), was quick to make his comeback at Florida Field and was unable to do much to steal the spotlight from Trask. Florida players and coaches lined up to hug Franks after the game, and the home crowd responded with a warm ovation as they exited the stadium for the last time.
“It’s terrible, man, just to be around those people and to see them and the excitement they had to see to see me,” Franks said. “It’s fun. You love the game. That’s what you play for: the way you build relationships.”
Also on Saturday, Truss began a new streak by throwing at least four TD passes in the first half for the second straight week. He had five in Florida’s first six drives, and may have failed to convert another Gators to a fourth-down play in the Arkansas 16.
Still, it was Trask’s most dominant half in two years as a starter, and it put him in elite company as the Gators won their 11th straight at home and closed out a spot in the Southeastern Conference championship game Moved one step closer to.
“I think I did a great job of executing and being efficient,” said Tusk, who has an SEC-record 28 TD passes and just three interceptions in six games. “You strive for perfection, but it’s really hard to get there.”
The only downside for Florida: Its defense allowed a 47-yard TD pass, an 83-yard TD run and an 82-yard catch and a run for another score. But Trask’s night certainly overcome those shortcomings.
He became the third player in school history with at least 25 touchdown passes over the years, including Heiman Trophy winners Tim Tebow and Danny Wuerfel. Both of those players have a statue outside the stadium.
Trusk also came in the fourth quarter at FBS in 1996 to throw four or more TDS in six consecutive matches at CBS. The list includes Colt Brennan (nine in 2006), Graham Harrell (six at Texas Tech, 2007) and Logan Woodside (six in Toledo, 2016).
Tusk had time in the pocket, due to a complementary ground game and too many open options, despite playing without the Dynamic Tight and Kyle pits, which stemmed from a vicious hit against Georgia after another concierge and nose surgery The game will miss.
Signal-Caller’s six TDs went to four receivers: Trayvon Grimes (twice), Keyon Zipper (twice), Justin Sarter and Jacob Copeland.
The Gators showed no signs of a lethargy following an emotional win against rival Bulldogs. The return of the Franks may have little to do with it. The Florida defenders needed a piece of him, and Trask certainly wanted to prove that Mullen made the right call by clinging to him with the Franks.
Franks completed a 47-yard touchdown pass on his inaugural campaign and pointed to the Florida sideline as he ran to celebrate with teammates. He did nothing for the rest of the night and ended up in the locker room with a left hand / wrist injury in the third quarter.
He returned with heavy tape by hand and wore a glove to protect it. He can be seen in the stands, possibly reminiscing about his time in Gainesville, between the third and fourth quarter, as the Gators played in Tom Petty’s “I Watt Back Down”.
Franks completed 15 of 19 passes for 250 yards and two scores.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.