Dooley grades: Right steps

Florida Gators defensive back Marcus Roberson and linebacker Jelani Jenkins tackle Missouri Tigers tailback Marcus Murphy during the first half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 in Gainesville, Fla. Florida defeated Missouri 14-7. (Matt Stamey/Staff photographer)

The Gainesville Sun
Published: Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 5:03 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 5:03 p.m.

Offense C-

First half: Florida could do very little as Mizzou used the Georgia defense as a blueprint by playing all 11 players within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage.

Second half: The Gators got a little more creative and it resulted in the two touchdowns they needed.

For the game: This offense is what it is, and on this day it was just enough to win the game.

Defense A-

First half: The only Missouri points were set up by a Mike Gillislee fumble. Other than that, the defense pitched a shutout.

Second half: Missouri had four drives into Florida territory and two others that started there, but came away with no points.

For the game: The Gator defense struggled with the Missouri passing attack and James Franklin's scrambles, but it also made so many big plays.

Special teams C

First half: Kyle Christy had a 19-yard punt, and the Gators had a field goal blocked.

Second half: Despite Christy punting some line drives, the coverage teams did a good job of stopping Mizzou's return game.

For the game: With Caleb Sturgis hurt and Christy not at his best, special teams were hardly at their best.

Overall B-

Florida won its seventh SEC game and finished the conference unbeaten at home. After the last two years, that's a big step in the right direction.

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