Dooley grades: Loss is a loss

Florida Gators defensive lineman Leon Orr (44) tries to tackle South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Connor Shaw (14) during the first half at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina Saturday, November 16, 2013. (Doug Finger/Staff photographer)

The Gainesville Sun
Published: Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 11:41 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 11:41 p.m.

Offense C-

First half: Florida threw only two passes and had only four possessions, but the Gators managed 169 rushing yards and scored more points in the first half than they have since the Arkansas game.

Second half: The lack of a passing attack caught up with the Gators even though they had one nice drive that ended up with no points.

For the game: Florida went into this game with little chance and no chance to generate anything down the field, but the Gators still managed 307 yards.

Defense C

First half: Florida let some receivers get open, but were fortunate that Connor Shaw was having an off night. Mike Davis, the SEC’s top rusher, had 49 yards on eight carries.

Second half: South Carolina scored on its first drive of the half and drove 87 yards for the field goal that ended up winning it.

For the game: Florida’s defense played well enough to win a lot of games, but again struggled to get the must-have stop late in the game.

Special teams F

First half: Coverage on kicks was very good and Gators got a nice 33-yard kickoff return from Solomon Patton on his first kickoff return.

Second half: Another game, another missed field goal and this one was crucial. It would have given UF a 17-13 lead late in the third quarter.

For the game: Austin Hardin has now missed seven field goals for Florida. And this is a coaching grade, too, because you don’t throw a crucial pass on a fake punt to a defensive tackle.

Overall D+

There is no faulting the effort these guys showed, but a loss is still a loss. This was a tough one because the opportunity was there, but a handful of plays doomed the Gators.

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