Dooley grades the Gators


Published: Friday, January 1, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 2, 2010 at 1:30 a.m.
Gainesville Sun columnist Pat Dooley grades the Gators on offense, defense and special teams after ever game.

OFFENSE: A+
First half: This was the Florida offense everyone thought we would see all season. The Gators steamrolled through the Cincinnati defense and Tim Tebow could have won another Heisman Trophy the way he played.
Second half: Gators came out with the second-half kickoff and blew right down the field ending any hopes of a Bearcat comeback, and Tebow added a touchdown run later.
For the game: One of the best games a Gator offense has had in a long time considering UF scored 51 points without getting any turnovers.

DEFENSE: A-
First half: Cincy started with a solid drive that was derailed by a penalty but could do little after that, managing only five first downs and three points.
Second half: The Bearcats finally got something going with a pair of touchdown drives against the first-teamers and another late against the second-team defense.
For the game: The defense set the tone early that the Bearcats were playing against a team at a different level.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B
First half: Mardy Gilyard did break one kickoff return for 40 yards and a blocked extra point and missed field goal tarnished what was an incredible half.
Second half: Gilyard set a Sugar Bowl record for kickoff returns because he had so many opportunities. Special teams were not much of a factor in the second half.
For the game: Florida was OK on special teams, not spectacular but didn't give up any really big plays. The missed kicks could have been an issue but were not.

OVERALL: A
With all of the injuries and all of the distractions, this team showed real moxie in coming out and dominating an unbeaten team.

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