GRADING THE GATORS
First half: Clearly, not having Anthony Richardson restricted the Gators in what they will do. The one landing drive appeared just like the Gator offense from a 12 months in the past. However the Emory Jones interception was brutal and the passing recreation simply didn’t really feel crisp in any respect.
Second half: Florida’s offense did a fantastic job of getting the Gators proper again within the recreation with that first landing drive. However the 99-yarrd drive for a rating was actually one thing particular. The Gators have been in a position to transfer the ball at any time when they wanted to.
For the sport: Jones most likely earned some new followers Saturday with the best way he performed. Florida might have used a man making an additional large play (Richardson) and the two-point conversion play name was questionable. However that is nonetheless an offense that also rushed for 245 yards in opposition to Alabama.
First half: It was virtually embarrassing in the beginning. You wish to get off to a quick begin and play from forward and as an alternative, the protection seems prefer it did a 12 months in the past and Alabama will get three fast touchdowns. The Gators settled down and acquired three straight three-and-outs to maintain the Gators within the recreation.
Second half: Florida continued to have points with the cross interference penalties and although guys performed laborious, they did not cease Alabama when the Tide wanted to reply a Gator rating within the second half.
For the sport: Alabama stored its streak alive for scoring 30 factors or extra in 29 straight video games … however simply barely. As soon as the Gators shook off the primary quarter, the Gators performed OK on protection, however not ok.
Particular groups D
First half: The very last thing you wish to do as a kicker is to overlook an additional level. Particularly when your crew has simply scored to lastly get some momentum going. Thumbs as much as Jeremy Crawshaw for the 53-yard punt with no return on the finish of the half.
Second half: The error by Ja’markis Weston might have been expensive, however Florida’s offense bailed him out. Apart from that, not loads occurred aside from a 30-yard kickoff return by Alabama.
For the sport: Two errors on particular groups and nothing overly optimistic. It virtually feels just like the particular groups are simply there and by no means attempt to do an excessive amount of. Perhaps make a distinction, particular groups?
OK, there’s by no means a superb loss at UF. Ever. However this crew earned some respect for not letting a depressing begin flip into an unpleasant recreation. The 2-point name was horrible and left plenty of followers wanting. We’ll by no means know what a distinction Richardson might have made. However you must play with what you’ve gotten. And for the second 12 months in a row, Florida was one play brief. And possibly one participant.