First half: It seems like Florida doesn’t start calling plays that could work until they get down in the game. Nine of Florida’s first 15 plays went for zero yards or less. That’s not good.
Second half: The Gators hit a huge play in the fourth quarter to have a chance, but Florida managed only 125 yards and five first downs in the half.
For the game: Florida finally put some points on the board (the most since its last win over Vanderbilt), but 12 first downs and barely getting over 300 yards was another dismal performance.
First half: The good news was that Florida had a pair of interceptions and both nearly were returned for scores. The bad news was that SC still had 263 yards of offense and faced little resistance.
Second half: Florida played better, getting a fourth-down stop and an interception to stop a drive. But the defense allowed more than 200 yards in the half.
For the game: Florida’s defense gave up 21 plays of 10 or more yards, continuing what has been a five-game slide. South Carolina became the third straight team to rush for more than 200 yards (220).
Special teams C-
First half: Well, Florida finally got its first fumble recovery of the year when a punt hit a South Carolina player. But that was after Brandon Powell muffed another one and was benched as punt returner.
Second half: The best thing for Florida was that it never had to try to return a kickoff and started every drive at the 25. And Eddy Pineiro only had one kickoff returned.
For the game: Johnny Townsend was solid, but Florida again struggled to cover punts, allowing a 22-yarder by Chris Lammons. The mistake on the punt return actually didn’t hurt, but it still happened.
The Gators made it a game when it looked like another blowout was about to happen. Considering how few scholarship players they have (56 traveled to Columbia), there’s something to be said for that. But it was still a fifth straight loss in a lost season.