GAINESVILLE -- The Florida Gators finally cracked the scoreboard with 1:40 left in the second quarter when kicker Caleb Sturgis booted a 30-yard field goal. Florida trails Arkansas 10-3 at halftime.
Credit Florida's defense with keeping Florida in this game. While UF's offense fumbled three times and looked as bad or worse than it has since Urban Meyer took over for Ron Zook in 2005, the Gators defense limited Arkansas' high-powered offense to 10 points and 147 yards.
Arkansas added a field goal just before halftime with an impressive drive highlighted by a 46-yard pass from quarterback Ryan Mallett to receiver Greg Childs. If Childs had kept his feet, Arkansas would be leading 14-3 at the half. Instead, Arkansas settled for a 22-yard field goal.
The Gators offense was absolutely terrible in the first half. Fumbles, two drops by receiver Riley Cooper, a missed field goal, running backs with little room to run: It couldn't have been much worse. Florida gained just 129 yards in the first half (42 rushing; 38 passing).