Sun sports columnist Pat Dooley analyzes the first half of the Florida-Idaho game.
- Well, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson appealed for the fans to come out and send the seniors off the right way. It wasn’t a great crowd but for a noon game against Idaho it wasn’t bad. And Gardner-Johnson backed up his plea by picking off a pass on the first play of the game and waltzing into the end zone from 26 yards out. Florida led 7-0 after six seconds of the game. It was the second pick-six for the Gators this year and Gardner-Johnson’s second interception of the season.
- The offense in the first half was the offense a lot of people were expecting this season. Of course, that’s a reflection of the team Florida was playing as much as anything. The Gators went deep often and Feleipe Franks ended the half with 274 yards passing. Usually you see a team with superior talent run the ball in a game like this, but the Gators were able to instead take advantage of the air.
- The defense started going to the young guys about midway through the first half and we got to see some players because of the new redshirt rule that had been forgotten. Even then, Florida’s speed was the thing that really stood out. It’s something you don’t notice in an SEC game, but it a game like this the difference is pretty startling.
- With 3:53 to play in the half, we got to see freshman quarterback Emory Jones in the game. He threw a perfect deep ball that Kyle Pitts dropped, ran for a first down on third down and led the Gators to a score with his first TD pass of his career. Not bad for one possession. The fact that he’ll likely be the quarterback for the second half should keep a lot of people around here for the second 30 minutes.