First half: Kyle Trask had a special half, much of his yardage coming on bubble screens (and a pop pass to Kadarius Toney that went for 47 yards), but 239 yards and three touchdowns in a half is nothing to sneeze at. Florida scored on all but one of six possessions in the half.
Second half: It was more of the same except not quite as efficient. The Gators took their first drive after an FSU field goal and went 75 yards to score a touchdown, then took their next drive for a field goal to answer FSU’s touchdown.
For the game: The running game is still what it is, as Florida couldn’t punch one in from the six-inch line. But the short passing game has become the running game and Florida turned so many of them into big plays.
First half: Florida got smoked on the first drive, but still made it tough for FSU to punch it in. After that, the UF defense held FSU to 15 yards and sacked the quarterbacks three times. UF had two other tackles for losses in the half.
Second half: Florida gave up a field goal drive to start the half and then a 50-yard TD run against Cam Akers. It wasn’t a dominant effort by the defense, but it played well enough.
For the game: The defense struggled at the start of both halves and for the fourth time this year allowed a receiver to get five yards behind the defense (overthrown again). But against a team that has some talent on offense, Florida made some plays and finished with eight sacks.
SPECIAL TEAMS B-
First half: Certainly, the muffed punt by Freddie Swain could have been a game changer but FSU was doing FSU things and it was nullified by a penalty. Evan McPherson missed his first ever PAT, but nailed a 50-yard field goal at the end of the half.
Second half: It’s been so long since we’ve seen a kickoff return you almost forgot what they look like. Florida covered them adequately and Tyrie Cleveland’s 40-yard return set up a field goal.
For the game: The fake punt was an effort to reward a senior but not a good decision. Florida seemed close to blocking a punt several times without going hard after one.
This team has its flaws, but it also has 10 wins, ended the streak of losing to the Semis in The Swamp and put itself in position for a nice bowl game. The Gators handled FSU for the second straight year and there’s no other way to put it.