Sun sportswriter Pat Dooley takes a look at the first half of the Florida-Kentucky game Saturday night:
- The turnover bug returned for Feleipe Franks after a near perfect game last week against UT Martin. The interception on the first drive was an awful throw up for grabs when he should have just thrown it out of bounds. The second came in the second quarter when he had the ball knocked out of his hands before he could get off a pass. Both turnovers were on first down. Those are just killers.
- So are holding penalties on touchdowns. Franks ran a pair in — from five and 21 yards out0— but holding penalties on Keon Zipperer and Jean Delance nullified both scores. There was also the issue of the offensive line creating running room for Lamical Perine, which did not happen. This offensive line is struggling to run block. Perine only had 11 yards rushing in the half.
- Obviously not having injured cornerback CJ Henderson didn’t help, but Florida got torched by back-up Kentucky quarterback Sawyer Smith. He completed his first nine passes and didn’t throw an incompletion until there was 1:59 to go in the half. And these weren’t a bunch of bubble screens. Smith threw for 128 yards for the half. Florida’s pass rush really didn’t cause him a lot of trouble, getting only one sack.
- You know it’s a bad day when Evan McPherson misses a short field goal. McPherson has missed three field goals in his career and two have been against Kentucky (although the one last year is debatable).