Dooley's best & worst

Published: Saturday, January 1, 2011 at 5:53 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 1, 2011 at 5:53 p.m.

Gainesville Sun columnist Pat Dooley breaks down the best and worst of the day.

Best weather

After a week that started with frigid temperatures, Saturday's game was played with the sun out and 75 degrees. It was funny on Friday to hear Joe Paterno say he was worried about the heat. Heat? Come on down in July JoePa, and we'll show you some heat.

Worst landing

The last two parachutists had to deal with a very windy day at the Outback Bowl and it showed. One landed in the end zone and both of them fell to the ground after landing. This caused great laughter in the press box where hacks were eating steak and chicken, not jumping out of a plane.

Best bowl trip

Has to go to new Gator coach Will Muschamp. He arrived in Tampa on Thursday and took his family to Busch Gardens on Friday. Muschamp attended the game (sitting in athletic director Jeremy Foley's box) and didn't have to deal with the stress of how his team prepared. And he got a bowl trip out of a 5-7 season at Texas.

Worst trend

First quarters were not friendly to the Gators' offense this season. Florida was held scoreless again Saturday and for the year managed only four offensive touchdowns against Div. 1-A teams (they scored 21 vs. Appy State and one touchdown came on a kickoff return).

Best diversion

On a third-down play in the second quarter, Florida had only 10 men on defense. Tackle Sharrif Floyd came sprinting on the field and ended up wandering around in the secondary because he was too late to rush the passer. The result — Penn State QB Matthew McGloin threw the ball directly to cornerback Cody Riggs.

Worst deja vu

While we were treated royally by the Outback Bowl people, we also thought we outfoxed the issue of thousands of teenagers at our hotel for the halftime show by switching hotels. Alas, Thursday night the buses pulled in. The elevators became an ordeal. Grumpy old man syndrome took over.

Best omen that didn't doom UF

Jack Childress, the head official during the infamous "Swindle in The Swamp," was the head official for Saturday's game, as an ACC crew worked the Outback Bowl. The biggest ref issues were replays that were not overturned on a couple of fumbles.

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