Dooley's grades: Special indeed

Florida Gators wide receiver Andre Debose (4) returns a kickoff for a touchdown against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the first half of the Gator Bowl at EverBank Field on Monday, Jan. 1, 2012 in Jacksonville, Fla. (Matt Stamey/Staff photographer)

The Gainesville Sun
Published: Monday, January 2, 2012 at 5:45 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 2, 2012 at 5:45 p.m.

Offense C+

First half: The one drive for a score was very efficient, especially the John Brantley pass to Chris Rainey. But fumbles hurt Florida.

Second half: The Gators gained only 102 second-half yards, but a time-consuming drive in the fourth quarter was huge.

For the game: With 263 yards of total offense and three turnovers, it wasn't like Florida was an offensive juggernaut. The Gators did just enough to win.

Defense B

First half: Defense gave up seven runs of five or more yards, but was able to get to Braxton Miller enough to slow down the Buckeyes.

Second half: Other than the last drive when Will Muschamp said it looked like his pass rushers were “running in mud” Florida dominated the half.

For the game: The Gators got some turnovers, had six sacks and most importantly didn't allow a point for almost the entire half.

Special teams A

First half: The kickoff return by Andre Debose was huge for a team that struggles to score points, but Kyle Christy's 22-yard punt set up an OSU field goal.

Second half: The blocked punt totally changed the dynamics of this game and Florida's kickoff coverage was as good as it has been all season.

For the game: Florida did almost everything right on special teams including Stephen Alli grabbing Ohio State's onside-kick attempt.

Overall B+

This looked a lot like the way Florida played for most of the year, but the Gators made just a few more plays to pull off the win and avoid a losing season.

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