Quarter breakdown: UF kicking game fails


Florida Gators wide receiver Trey Burton (8) runs for a big gain during the first half of the annual Sunshine Showdown with the Florida Gators against the Florida State Seminoles Saturday, November 30, 2013 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville Fla. (Rob C. Witzel/Staff photographer)

The Gainesville Sun
Published: Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 5:17 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 5:17 p.m.

First quarter

Play of the quarter: On Florida’s second offensive series, the Gators faced a second-and-6 and lined up in the wildcat with Trey Burton at quarterback. The play that never works did this time as Burton broke through the line and had to be caught from behind at the FSU 33 after a 50-yard run. Unfortunately, he was injured on the play and lost for the rest of the game.

Stat of the quarter: Florida’s defense did an excellent job of keeping FSU’s offense one-dimensional in the first quarter. The Gators stuffed the Seminoles for minus-2 yards rushing in the first 15 minutes, although seven of those negative yards came on a sack.

Trending: Austin Hardin missed a field goal in the first quarter wide right, which has become the norm for the Gators this year. His miss was the 10th for Florida this season. On the other hand, UF’s opponents have only missed one field goal try in 21 attempts. So opponents have outscored Florida 60-36 on field goals alone.

Scoring: After Hardin missed his eighth field goal of the season, this one from 49 yards, FSU made it into Florida territory and got a 49-yard field goal from Roberto Aguayo to make it 3-0 with 3:34 to play.

Second quarter

Play of the quarter: With 4:24 to play in the quarter, FSU quarterback Jameis Winston threw a slant pattern to Kelvin Benjamin. Benjamin did his best Calvin Johnson impression by shedding Florida defenders like they were love bugs and going into the end zone standing up.

Stat of the quarter: After being limited to 33 total yards in the first quarter, the FSU offense found itself in the second quarter, mainly behind the passing of Winston. The Seminoles had 186 yards of offense in the quarter.

Trending: Benjamin had one catch for minus-1 yard in the first quarter, but dominated the Gator secondary in the second. The 6-foot-5 redshirt sophomore caught four passes for 109 yards in the second 15 minutes.

Scoring: Benjamin’s touchdown from 45 yards out to cap a 97-yard drive that included FSU converting on a third-and-26 play. Benjamin got behind the Florida defense with 25 seconds left in the half to catch a 25-yard touchdown pass to make it 17-0 at the half.

Third quarter

Play of the quarter: Florida continued to struggle covering Benjamin, who raced past Loucheiz Purifoy on a simple post pattern and hauled in a pass from Winston for a 56-yard catch that set up the Seminoles on the Florida 11.

Stat of the quarter: True freshman Kelvin Taylor had been the best part of Florida’s offense the last two weeks, but in the third quarter Saturday he had only one carry.

Trending: FSU’s offense is about big plays in the passing game. Florida’s is not. The Seminoles averaged 10.4 yards per pass attempt through three quarters. Florida averaged 5.8 yards per pass attempt.

Scoring: Aguayo made another field goal for the Seminoles after a Skyler Mornhinweg fumble set up the Seminoles at the UF 39. His 40-yarder made it 20-0. One play after Benjamin’s catch, Devonta Freeman took a handoff and ran 11 yards to the end zone to make it 27-0.

Fourth quarter

Play of the quarter: By the time the fourth quarter rolled around this game was pretty much over, but the biggest play was another Winston-to-Benjamin pass, this one covering 32 yards to the Florida 23 to set up FSU’s final touchdown.

Stat of the quarter: The one area where FSU struggled offensively was running the football, but in the fourth quarter the Seminoles rushed for 83 yards against the worn-out Florida defense.

Trending: Benjamin dropped three long passes in the game or he might have set an all-time record for receiving yards. As it was, he caught nine passes for 212 yards and three scores.

Scoring: Florida finally got on the scoreboard when Mornhinweg capped off an 83-yard drive with a 5-yard pass to fullback Hunter Joyer. FSU came right back down the field to make it 34-7 when Winston hit Benjamin with a 4-yard touchdown pass. Aguayo added another field goal from 28 yards out to make it 37-7.

Final score: FSU 37-7. Florida leads the all-time series 35-22-2, including a 20-10-1 mark in Gainesville.

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