First half: It was a miserable first quarter for the Gators and Feleipe Franks, who did not complete a pass and threw a pick. Better in the second quarter, but still only seven first downs in the half.
Second half: Florida enjoyed a pair of plays in the fourth quarter that inflated the stats a bit, but the offense is still a work in progress. Franks was a more efficient 4-of-5 passing in the second half.
For the game: Don’t let the final stats fool you. Florida had 122 yards after the Gators had already gone up 34-10. Franks needs to start faster, and the running game can’t wait until mop-up time to pad stats.
First half: The only points came after a 51-yard kickoff return, so you have to say it was a successful defensive half. There were fewer missed tackles, but Benny Snell Jr. wasn’t running against them.
Second half: The return of the missed tackles was a problem. Florida struggled to get off the field allowing 4-of-9 third-down conversions.
For the game: It was a weird game for the defense, which gave up 22 first downs and allowed Colorado State to run 83 plays. But they held up, and even the one TD the Rams scored came because two secondary starters were off the field with minor injuries.
Special teams A-
First half: Despite the CSU kickoff return, it was a strong performance by the special teams. A blocked punt turned into a touchdown, and a smothered punt attempt resulted in a field goal. Freddie Swain may be turning into a decent punt returner.
Second half: Um, yes, I think we can confirm that Swain is working out running back punts after his 85-yard touchdown. There were only two kickoffs for CSU and neither was returned, but let’s work on Kadarius Toney’s style of catching them.
For the game: As coach Dan Mullen said, the special tams were the difference in the game. He’s emphasized it, and the players have bought in. The only reason this grade is not an A+ is because of the two long kickoff returns and a short punt.
This was a losable game coming in, and Florida got the job done despite some early struggles on offense and still missing linebacker David Reese. Now, the SEC grind really cranks up.