First half: Let’s face it, the biggest play of the first half came when Kentucky forgot to cover Tyrie Cleveland. But 101 yards of rushing against that rush defense was pretty impressive.
Second half: After two bad possessions, Florida went to Luke Del Rio and the running game. The Kadarius Toney 50-yard pass was the spark that the Gators needed.
For the game: Florida had a lot of issues on offense, but it’s pretty clear that the Gators’ best chance to win the division again is Del Rio at quarterback.
First half: The Gators made a nice stand late in the half in part because Kentucky chose to throw three straight times, but the rush defense was a little shaky.
Second half: Florida had no answer early in the half, but recovered to make the big stops and get the job done.
For the game: This wasn’t one of the better defensive efforts for a defense that had played well early, but there were just enough stops to give the offense a chance.
Special teams C-
First half: A penalty ruined a great punt return, the punt coverage was miserable and Eddy Pineiro yank-hooked the opening kickoff. Other than that …
Second half: Another punt return for big yards made it pretty clear Florida might want to reconsider letting Johnny Townsend punt it as far as he wants.
For the game: Florida wasn’t the better special teams and there is a lot of work to do. But the kickers did great after the Pineiro opening kickoff.
Whether those grades add up to a B or not or whether you want to give a team who did what this one did tonight an A is irrelevant. Florida won a game that looked lost and the streak is 31. Maybe the B stands for Botched Big Blue.