JACKSONVILLE -- Before
I re-watch the tape (later in the week) of Florida’s 23-20 defeat to division
Georgia, here are some rapid reaction grades.
It took Florida 9+ quarters
-- spanning three games and all losses -- for the Gators to score an offensive
touchdown against Georgia. Aside from Tyler Murphy's 83-yard pass to Quinton
Dunbar (which somehow the wideout did not score on), the Gators totaled just 43
the rest of the first half.
Freshman tailback Kelvin
Taylor showed brief flashes, but the offensive line -- albeit steady in pass
protection -- failed to open up any gaping holes for UF's tailback. Murphy was
again inaccurate and sluggish in his decision-making, but he played pretty
well after halftime (capitalizing on short fields) and made some key plays with
While not totally
"inept," UF's offense was hardly the "explosive, confident
bunch" coach Will Muschamp teased earlier in the week.
For a defense (suddenly)
accustomed to slow starts: Todd Gurley -- injured and all -- tallied 121 yards
and two touchdowns on his first five touches of the game.
The sophomore tailback
finished with 100 yards on the ground (his second game against the Gators
eclipsing the century mark) on 17 carries. Once again, Florida's linebackers
But Gurley eventually ran
out steam (and was slowed by his high-ankle sprain), and it allowed Florida's
defense to catch their breath. The third quarter was a dominating effort: five
plays, a fumble recovery, a safety (blind-side sack) and two total yards
The 4th-down stop early in the fourth quarter was
another huge play, and yet, when Florida needed its defense (allegedly a
suffocating third down unit) to give the ball back to the offense, it couldn't. The Bulldogs' eight-minute drive, a repeat of their game-sealing drive over South Carolina, was demoralizing for defense built on toughness and swagger.
SPECIAL TEAMS D+
Georgia -- who has the
SEC's worst special teams -- outplayed Florida's unit Saturday afternoon. The
Gators left six points on the field with a pair of missed field goals, while
UGA's Marshall Morgan was a perfect 3-for-3. Frankie Valdez was 1-of-2,
while Austin Hardin -- Florida's long kicker -- short-changed a 47-yard attempt
by a good 3-5 yards short. Oey.
Johnny Townsend pinned the
Dawgs deep twice (including setting up the safety). Brian Poole was flagged for
a blatent block in the back on one return and the Gators got away with another
obvious holding call on Solomon Patton's long run back.
Have at it.
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