GAINESVILLE, Florida (Ticker) -- Chris Leak threw for 244 yards and three touchdowns in three quarters as No. 11 Florida tuned up for next week's Southeastern Conference opener at Tennessee with a 49-10 rout of Eastern Michigan.
Leak, a sophomore, sat down in the final period of the Gators' season opener, which was delayed more than an hour by lightning. He completed 16-of-25 passes.
Junior Ciatrick Fason rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries, establishing himself as the key to Florida's running attack with his second career 100-yard performance.
"Ciatrick's had a great camp. He's worked hard and deserved that time and that number of carries," Florida coach Ron Zook said. "That was the idea going into the game and it worked out very well with how he responded."
Florida led 28-10 at halftime and rolled to its 15th straight season-opening victory. It was supposed to open last week against Middle Tennessee State, a game that was postponed until October 16. No. 15 Tennessee is idle this week.
"I saw lot more good things than bad," Florida coach Ron Zook said. "I was concerned that we might be a bit stale after not playing last week, but we changed up some things in practice and that was not the case. We have a bunch of young guys, got to play six or seven true freshmen, so the things I saw are easily corrected."
Most of the first-half electricity was provided by a tornado warning in the area, causing referee Jay Vines to suspend play at the 8:43 mark of the second quarter due to lightning.
When play resumed, the Gators quickly scored on a two-yard run by Fason's backup, DeShawn Wynn. Florida's third tailback, Skylar Thornton, added a one-yard touchdown late in the third quarter that closed the scoring.
"The offensive line played well, as did the receivers," Zook said. "So it was a good start, not where we want to be, but a good start."
Eastern Michigan's Matt Bohnet was 19-of-36 for 201 yards and Eric Deslauriers had six catches for 90 yards. They hooked up for a 23-yard touchdown that made it 21-10 late in the second period.
Leak answered with his first TD pass, a 10-yarder to O.J. Small that sent the Gators to the locker room with an 18-point lead. Small had six receptions for 99 yards.
"The protection was good and the receivers were getting open," Leak said. "The wet conditions didn't bother me, we've gotten use to practicing in wet weather lately. We had good a good balanced attacck today," Leak said.
Leak added a seven-yard scoring pass to Dallas Baker and a four-yarder to fullback Billy Latsko, both in the third quarter.
Gators linebacker Channing Crowder pounced on Anthony Sherrell's fumble in the first period. That led to Fason's first touchdown, an eight-yard run to put the Gators ahead for good, 7-3. His second score was set up by Leak's 36-yard pass to Small to the 3.
"The offensive line did a super job of opening some holes today," Fason said. "The week off didn't hurt our stride. We were all anxious to get the season started. And today was a good start."
Gators redshirt freshman quarterback Justin Midgett did not dress as he was suspended indefinitely by Zook for a violation of team rules.