Dooley at the half

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Florida defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (23) sacks Charleston Southern quarterback London Johnson in the first possession Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. [Alan Youngblood/Gainesville Sun]

Florida 38, Charleston Southern 0

* The Gator running game was supposed to be a strength of this team, but the holes simply weren’t there. In the first quarter, the UF running backs only ran for 23 yards on nine carries. Lamical Perine got things going with a 23-yard run in the second quarter, but the most efficient runner was Feleipe Franks.

* Old Dan Mullen pulled out some familiar plays for the Gator fans, including the shovel pass to the tight end and the jump pass for a touchdown to Tyrie Cleveland. Talk about putting the fun back into Florida football. Franks looked like he could have walked in for a score on the jump pass. The quarterback looked comfortable running this offense, although the competition wasn’t good. Still, Franks threw for five touchdowns in the first half after throwing nine all of last season.

*Steve Spurrier wanted to bet me the Gators would score more than 50 in their opener after I said they would score 34 in my picks column. I think he had some inside info on how bad Charleston Southern was/is on offense, which is one reason Florida had 44 plays in the first half. In six quarters of consecutive openers against Todd Grantham’s defense (last year at Mississippi State), the Buccaneers have managed only four first downs. They had none Saturday night until Ronnie Harris ripped off a 70-yard run late in the second quarter.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Franks has almost as many yards in the first half as he had total in his best game passing last season. I don’t care who they’re playing, this is a much different looking team. Love seeing Mullen dancing on the sidelines. These guys are loose and having fun and it’s great to see. So looking forward to the rest of the season.

  2. I am content that the Gators did what they did what was expected in this game. Also pleased that there are enough questions left that the coaches should have no trouble get the team’s attention. Tougher games are coming. Coach ’em up, Dan.