Sun sports columnist Pat Dooley takes a look at the first half of the Florida-South Carolina game:
1. It is amazing how Florida’s defense has regressed so badly in the last three games. South Carolina came out in the hurry-up offense much like Missouri did last week and went right down the field for a pair of touchdown drives that ended with uncovered receivers. The Gators look disorganized and missed a ton of tackles.
2. And then when Florida got the momentum back with two TD drives, the defense let South Carolina go 71 yards for another touchdown. On those three scoring drives, the Gamecocks had 13 plays of at least eight yards. The Gator defense gave up 14 first downs and 243 yards in the half.
3. Feleipe Franks was booed on his first drive and seemed to play with a lot more fire after that. After he ran 10 yards for a touchdown, he put a finger over his facemask and told the funs to basically be quiet. I’m cleaning it up here. Florida got back in the game by running the ball with 129 rushing yards in the first half. Franks also had a nice punt that Florida couldn’t down at the 1.
4. Once again, the east side of the stadium looked like a spring game at kickoff. And again, it did fill in some by the middle of the first quarter. But Florida’s awful start can’t be blamed on the crowd. You have to be better than that.