First half: The Gators’ inability to run the ball (again) forced Dan Mullen to dial up 28 passing plays in the first half (two of which resulted in sacks/fumbles). The second offensive play of the half was a beauty, but UF struggled for consistency the rest of the way.
Second half: Florida couldn’t generate much of anything in the third quarter, but Lamical Perine’s 88-yard touchdown run was the dagger and the throwback pass was the final nail.
For the game: Even though the Gators struggled with turnovers and weren’t effective for the most part with the running game, they finished with 398 yards against an elite defense.
First half: You literally couldn’t have asked much more of a defense that allowed only two first downs in the half and set up a touchdown with Shawn Davis’ pick and sensational return. Auburn only managed 35 rushing yards in the half.
Second half: Auburn finally got its running game going late in the game, but Florida kept coming up with the big plays, especially Donovan Stiner’s interception in the end zone.
For the game: This was an extraordinary effort by a defense that showed it is truly elite. The Gators made a freshman quarterback look like a freshman quarterback and made up for the offense’s turnovers with three picks.
Special teams B
First half: It was a mixed bag in that the fake punt blew up on the Gators and led to Auburn’s only touchdown of the half, but Florida also recovered a muffed punt that should have led to points. The special teams were just a part of a strange half.
Second half: Tommy Townsend had to punt five times in the second half and did a great job, especially late, pinning Auburn deep in its own territory.
For the game: Despite the fake punt that didn’t work, the Florida kicking game did its job, including Evan McPherson only having one kickoff returned in the game.
This team still has flaws, but you know what it does not have? A loss. The Gators beat a top-10 team that some of us thought had the best resume in the country. This was a huge game for a home underdog bolstered by a ridiculously-loud crowd.