Dooley grades: UF's poor offense


Florida Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel (6) in the huddle against the Miami Hurricanes during the first half on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 in Miami, Fla. Miami defeated Florida 21-16. (Matt Stamey/Staff photographer)

The Gainesville Sun
Published: Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 4:58 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 4:58 p.m.

OFFENSE D+

First half: Florida's offense did a great job unless you like to score points. The Gators had little trouble moving the ball against Miami's defense, but three turnovers were disastrous for UF.

Second half: It was more of the same for the Gators, as they had little trouble moving the ball but struggled to score. The interception in the red zone was brutal.

For the game: In the end, an offense isn't judged by how many yards it gets, but by how many points it scores.

DEFENSE B

First half: The first quarter was a problem, but Florida's defense was outstanding in the second quarter. Both Miami touchdowns were too easy. The UF offense's advantage in time of possession helped the defense.

Second half: Florida stuffed Duke Johnson, holding him to 16 yards on 13 carries. Miami's only points came when it was handed the ball on the Florida 4-yard line.

For the game: As Will Muschamp said, Florida's defense gave Miami the momentum it needed early. But after that, this looked like one of the best defenses in the country.

SPECIAL TEAMS C

First half: The two-point conversion Florida tried was just a bad idea. Kyle Christy's only punt was a 45-yarder. The blocked punt by Loucheiz Purifoy was a big play and set up a touchdown.

Second half: Solomon Patton, who had a breakout game, had a 41-yard kickoff return and Austin Hardin made his only field goal try.

For the game: Florida might have won this game if the Gators had simply kicked field goals every time they got the ball in the red zone.

OVERALL D

Florida did a lot of good things in this game, but so many bad ones that they overshadowed the yardage and the defense for the last three quarters. This was one painful loss.

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