Florida 56
Maryland 23

January 2, 2002 – Pro Player Stadium
Offensive Showcase for Gators
Heisman Trophy runner-up Rex Grossman completed 20-of-28 passes for 248 yards and four touchdowns to lead Florida to a 56-23 victory over Maryland.
The Gator air attack was led by MOP Taylor Jacobs who turned in Orange Bowl records of 10 catches for 170 yards, as well as two touchdowns.
Grossman led the Gators to in an Orange Bowl record 659 total yards, including 456 through the air.
Maryland's offense struggled as running back Bruce Perry was limited to 22 yards on 11 carries, while Florida running back Earnest Graham ran 16 times for 151 yards and two scores.
The teams combined for 79 points, breaking the combined record of 69, and their 1,019 total yards broke the record of 903 set by Florida State and Notre Dame in 1996.
Jacobs' 10 catches equaled the record set by David Terrell of Michigan in the 2000 Orange Bowl. His 170 receiving yards were 11 more than the record held by Alabama's Ray Perkins (1966) and Florida's Travis Taylor (1999).

  Florida Maryland
First Downs 30 19
Rushing Attempts 25 40
Rushing Yards 203 103
Passes Attempted 49 39
Passes Completed 33 23
Had Intercepted 2 1
Passing Yards 456 257
Total Offense 659 360
Punts/Avg. 2/53.0 5/46.2
Fumbles/Lost  2/1 0/0
Penalties/Yards 6/43 4/20


Florida 14 14 21 7 - 56
Maryland 7 3 0 13 - 23

FLA: Graham 1-yard run (Chandler kick); FLA: Jacobs 46-yard pass from Berlin (Chandler kick); UMD: J.Williams 64-yard pass from Hill (Novak kick); UMD: Novak 20-yard FG; FLA: Jacobs 15-yard pass from Grossman (Chandler kick); FLA: Gaffney 4- yard pass from Grossman (Chandler kick); FLA: Graham 6-yard run (Chandler kick); FLA: Gillespie 11-yard run (Chandler kick); FLA: Gaffney 33-yard pass from Grossman; UMD: Riley 1-yard run (Novak kick); FLA: Perez 10-yard pass from Grossman; UMD: Riley 10-yard run (pass failed) MOP: Taylor Jacobs (Florida)
Florida Head Coach: Steve Spurrier
Maryland Head Coach: Ralph Friedgen



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