A look at Florida’s Orange & Blue Game at Steve Spurrier-Florida Field on Saturday:
What went right: The quarterbacks had time to throw and all three had success executing the passing game. Feleipe Franks, Kyle Trask and Emory Jones combined to throw for 315 yards and four touchdowns in the quarter. Orange led 21-14.
What went wrong: The secondaries on both teams struggled to cover opposing receivers. The result was all kinds of passing yards and 35 total points.
Play of the quarter: We’re going to have to make this plays of the quarter because there were so many, starting with the first offensive play of the game, a 40-yard pass from Kadarius Toney to Feleipe Franks on a throw-back to the quarterback. It started a big-play trend. Here are the others: an 80-yard interception return by John Huggins on a Kyle Trask pass; a 65-yard pass from Franks to Trevon Grimes; a 29-yard TD pass from Trask to Freddie Swain; a 9-yard TD pass from Emory Jones to Tyrie Cleveland.
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Note: Game is televised on SEC Network’s alternate channel.
What went right: Just like the first quarter, the offenses of both teams sailed up and down the field in what has become a passathon. Franks and Trask were both on target and the receivers and tight ends continued to make big plays down the field. Franks threw two touchdowns and ran for one, while Trask had a touchdown pass.
What went wrong: Same problem as in the first quarter — the receivers were running wide open most of the time in the secondary. Obviously, the defense is limited in what it can do in terms of blitzes and stunts, and it’s giving the offenses opportunities to make all kind of plays in the passing game.
Play of the quarter: Again, it’s going to be plays of the quarter: a 61-yard TD pass from Franks to Grimes; a 54-yard TD toss from Trask to Swain; an 8-yard TD pass from Franks to Van Jefferson; a 2-yard TD run by Franks; a 41-yard pass from Franks to Toney.
Trending: QBs, receivers and offensive coaches. Franks went 13 of 18, 327 yards, 4 TDs and an intentional INT (Lito Sheppard)
Orange 21 24
Blue 14 14
What went right: Bucking the offensive trend, the Orange defense made three consecutive plays from inside the 20 to end a Blue scoring threat. Brian Edwards broke up a pass, young David Reese had a sack and Nick Olerich broke up a pass. Back to the offense, Jones connected with Cleveland for a 36-yard scoring play and Iverson Clement and Dameon Pierce had some success on the ground.
What went wrong: With a running clock, there wasn’t a whole lot of time for too much to go wrong. Pass protection broke down a few times, and that was about it.
Play of the quarter: The 36-yard TD pass from Jones to Cleveland. (And former wide receiver Chris Doering catching a 69-yard TD pass).
Trending: The running clock.
Announced attendance: 39, 476
Orange 21 24 8
Blue 14 14 7
What went right: True freshman quarterback Jalon Jones came in and made some big plays with his legs, including a 34-yard run that set up his 5-yard TD run. Walk-on outside linebacker Umstead Sanders had a sack/fumble that was recovered by true freshman linebacker Jesiah Pierre.
What went wrong: Walk-on wide receiver Joshua Tse dropped a deep pass on the final play of the game.
Play of the quarter: The 34-yard run by Jones.
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Orange 21 24 8 7– 60
Blue 14 14 7 0 — 35