GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio injured his left knee on a late hit, one coach Jim McElwain clearly thought was a dirty play.

Joshua Wheeler hit Del Rio low at the end of incomplete pass, drawing a personal-foul penalty. Trainers rushed to the field as Del Rio ripped off his helmet. He eventually got up and walked to the locker room without any assistance.

But that was hardly the end of it for the 23rd-ranked Gators. McElwain started yelling at the North Texas sideline and had to be restrained by officials, and both teams moved toward midfield. On the next play, Florida guard Martez Ivey was ejected for grabbing linebacker Fred Scott by the facemask during a run. Ivey will not be suspended for the first half of next week’s game at No. 15 Tennessee.

There was no immediate word on Del Rio’s injury.


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