GAINESVILLE, Florida (Ticker) -- Florida took out its frustrations on overmatched Ohio.
Rex Grossman threw for 202 yards and Earnest Graham ran for two touchdowns as the 13th-ranked Gators rebounded from their first loss of the season with a 34-6 victory over the Bobcats.
Florida suffered a 25-point loss to defending national champion Miami last week, but had the luxury of facing a team that lost to Division I-AA Northeastern in its last game. The Gators improved to 10-1 all-time against Mid-American Conference opponents and are 53-0 against unranked teams at home since 1990.
Ohio took a 3-0 lead on Kevin Kerr's 48-yard field goal less than 3 1/2 minutes into the game. But Graham had two-yard TD run with 53 seconds left in the first quarter to give Florida (2-1) the lead for good.
The Bobcats pulled within 7-6 on another field goal by Kerr midway through the second quarter, but the Gators ended the game with 27 unanswered points.
"I feel good about this football team. We are making positive strides every time we play," Florida coach Ron Zook said. "We're building confidence, getting better each week."
Grossman connected with Aaron Walker on an 18-yard touchdown pass late in the first half and Graham had a 40-yard scoring run early in the fourth quarter.
Grossman battled constant rain and completed 18-of-31 passes. Graham had 12 carries for 60 yards as Florida totaled 336 offensive yards.
"It wasn't the best performance we have ever put together," Grossman said. "Ohio played a great game. We shot ourselves in the foot a couple of times."
"That quarterback is one of the finest we have played against," Ohio coach Brian Knorr said. "It was raining all night and I was very impressed with the way Grossman threw the ball in the rain. He was just outstanding."
Ohio (0-3) used its running game to gain 178 of its 190 yards and abandoned its ineffective passing game from the start.
Quarterback Dontrell Jackson completed just 2-of-4 passes for 12 yards, but rushed 29 times for 118 yards. He moved into eighth place on the school's all-time rushing list with 1,985 yards.
"They are a good team," Jackson said. "They pursue the ball very wall. We wanted to take advantage of their speed and get them to overpursue. We have good athletes, but Florida has supreme athletes."
The Gators were clinging to a 7-7 lead with 1:54 left in the first half when Grossman engineered a five-play, 45-yard scoring drive. Walker caught his first touchdown of the season with 51 seconds remaining for a 13-6 cushion.
Ron Carthon capped a 53-yard drive with a five-yard touchdown run at 3:07 in the third quarter to five Florida a 21-6 cushion.
Graham's second touchdown run extended the lead and moved him into fifth place on the school's all-time list with 36 rushing TDs.
Willie Green capped the scoring with a one-yard run with 7:21 to play, but Florida's two-point conversion attempt failed.