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Florida ends 7-game losing streak, overwhelms Eastern Michigan 65-0 to open season

  • Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel (6) scrambles for yardage against Eastern Michigan during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel (6) scrambles for yardage against Eastern Michigan during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux)  (The Associated Press)

  • Florida running back Matt Jones points to celebrating  fans after scoring a touchdown on a 4-yard pass play during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Eastern Michigan in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    Florida running back Matt Jones points to celebrating fans after scoring a touchdown on a 4-yard pass play during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Eastern Michigan in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux)  (The Associated Press)

  • Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison (3) celebrates his fumble recovery against Eastern Michigan as he gets a hug from teammate linebacker Jarrad Davis, right, during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison (3) celebrates his fumble recovery against Eastern Michigan as he gets a hug from teammate linebacker Jarrad Davis, right, during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux)  (The Associated Press)

Jeff Driskel threw for 248 yards and a touchdown in his return from a broken leg and Florida ended a seven-game losing streak with a 65-0 victory over Eastern Michigan on Saturday.

The Gators won for the first time in 11 months and looked sharp in the process.

Florida finished with 655 yards, 27 first downs and its most points in coach Will Muschamp's four-year tenure. It was the program's highest scoring output since beating Citadel 70-19 in 2008.

Yes, it came against a directional school that won two games a year ago. But it was just what the Gators (1-0) needed to regain a little confidence after last year's injury-fueled debacle.

Muschamp's team finished 4-8 in 2013, the program's worst record since 1979, and lost its final seven games. Driskel broke his right leg in the third game, and the Gators were unprepared to play without him.