Dooley grades the Gators


Published: Tuesday, January 1, 2008 at 7:14 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 1, 2008 at 7:14 p.m.

OFFENSE: B-

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Michigan wide receiver Mario Manningham hurt the Gators with five catches for 78 yards and a touchdown.

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First half: Florida did well early, scoring on its second and third possessions, but botched what should have been a scoring drive in the second quarter and did little else the rest of the half.

Second half: The Gators scored three touchdowns, but couldn't come up with anything on its last two possessions with the game on the line.

For the game: The Gators scored 35 points, but Tebow struggled and UF put too much on Percy Harvin's plate in the latter part of the game.

DEFENSE: D

First half: Perhaps the most disconcerting thing was the Michigan touchdown at the end of the half to give the Wolverines the lead heading into intermission.

Second half: Florida did come up with a pair of big turnovers but couldn't stop Michigan, especially after UF took the lead.

For the game: The only thing that keeps this grade from being an F is that the Gators did manage to come up with four Michigan turnovers.

SPECIAL TEAMS: F

First half: Although Brandon James had a couple of nice punt returns, Joey Ijjas missed one field goal and had another one blocked.

Second half: The sky kick that seemed to catch the Gator return team by surprise at the start of the second half was inexcusable and cost Florida.

For the game: Special teams had an awful day that certainly had a big impact on the game, which is surprising for an Urban Meyer team.

OVERALL: D

Michigan was fired up but Florida's mistakes were the biggest reason why the Gators finished the season on a sour note.

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