First half: Some of the scoring was manufactured (Lawrence Wright and Travis McGriff each scored TDs), but there was still some decent offense and Kadarius Toney looked like a real receiver.
Second half: The first drive with Emory Jones at quarterback was nice, but after that there was a running clock and a lot of guys playing you won’t see in the fall.
For the game: The offense wasn’t bad, but it hardly resembled what Dan Mullen needs it to be for the Gators to get out of their almost decade-long malaise on that side of the ball.
First half: There was a lot to like, especially the play of the linebackers on both sides of the ball. The Gator defense cut back on its blitzing in the second quarter to let the offense feel better.
Second half: Florida’s defense got its only turnover of the game when a deflected pass was picked off by Jahim Lawrence. But again, there weren’t a lot of possessions because there was a TV window to fit into.
For the game: This defense is going to be fine, but it definitely needs to improve on what was an issue last year, which was a lack of turnovers gained. Still, this was not a 35-30 game.
Special teams I for Incomplete
First half: Florida did not do any live kicking or punting, but the rusherless kickers did fine, especially Jorge Powell making a 45-yard field goal.
Second half: Good punts, no fumbled fair catches and all extra points made with nobody playing defense. So the special teams had that going for them.
For the game: Tommy Townsend may not have his brother’s leg, but his kicks were deep and hanging. What we really need to see — and did not Saturday — is how this team will return and cover kicks.
Here’s why the grade is higher than the sum of the grades — Gator fans were called to arms and they showed up with great enthusiasm. The game itself was typical of the spring, but there was something different about the whole day in a positive way.