UF defense failed to show up

Florida Gators defenders Matt Elam, left, and Jonathan Bostic run to catch Louisville Cardinals receiver Andrell Smith during the first half of the Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 in New Orleans, La. (Matt Stamey/Staff photographer)

The Gainesville Sun
Published: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 12:19 a.m.

Offense D

First half: The late drive at the end of the half needed some trickeration to get the ball into the end zone, but it still was important.

Second half: The 93-yard touchdown drive was great, but other than that, not a lot happened right for the Florida offense, which had three turnovers.

For the game: The defense bailed out the offense all year so when the defense faltered it would have been nice to see the offense do something.

Defense F

First half: For a team that was ranked so highly in so many categories, Florida looked lost against Teddy Bridgewater.

Second half: The Gators played better, but allowed Louisville to have two clock-eating drives.

For the game: The Gators were dissected by Bridgewater and looked like a defense that didn’t come to play.

Special teams A-

First half: Every kickoff return looked like it was going to break for a big gain and none did. Solid half for Caleb Sturgis.

Second half: The Gators blocked a field goal, blocked an extra point and ran back a kickoff for a touchdown. Not a bad half.

For the game: The special teams was the unit that played well enough to win the game.

Overall D

It was a bad night for a team that accomplished so much this season. Maybe it was the orange pants.

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