Dooley grades the Gators


Published: Saturday, January 1, 2011 at 6:06 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 1, 2011 at 6:06 p.m.
After every game, Gainesville Sun columnist Pat Dooley grades the Gators on offense, defense and special teams.

OFFENSE: B-
First half: Another awful performance in the first half. A scoreless first quarter (heard that before?) was followed by a 33-yard second quarter. Bad snap killed a drive.
Second half: Florida managed 193 second-half yards and had a couple of huge drives. The offense made some adjustments that allowed it to be much better.
For the game: Still don't understand the 2-yard passes on third-and-8, but the offense deserves some of the credit for the win.

DEFENSE: A-
First half: It looked like Penn State could throw on Florida, but Matt McGloin made some bad throws and Florida got two picks. Florida played the run well.
Second half: Huge plays again by the pass defense with the clincher coming from Ahmad Black. Gators gave up yardage but only allowed one score in the half.
For the game: Any game in which you get five interceptions is a good game for the defense.

SPECIAL TEAMS: A
First half: The Gators got a blocked punt for a touchdown, but a shanked punt by Chas Henry set up a field goal. And what happened to Andre Debose's hands? He fumbled two kickoff catches.
Second half: Henry's two field goals were clutch, and one was set up by Solomon Patton's 48-yard kickoff return. Coverage was good overall.
For the game: Fitting that in his last game as coach, Urban Meyer's special teams would play a huge factor in the game.

OVERALL: A-
It still was painful to watch at times, but give these Gators credit for finishing on a high note and getting Meyer the win.

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