First half: Florida’s inability to run the ball certainly isn’t making it easy for Dan Mullen the play-caller. The Gators hit some big plays in the passing game and were again helped by Kentucky forgetting to cover Freddie Swain.
Second half: The running game was still nothing, but backup quarterback Kyle Trask was able to take advantage of Kentucky softening its defense with a great fourth quarter, including a rushing touchdown that gave Florida the lead.
For the game: Trask is the guy now and he’s not going to fare much better than Feleipe Franks did if the running game doesn’t get cranked up. It’s totally an offensive line issue. (Or maybe they should give the ball to Josh Hammond more often). Still, Florida finished the game with 436 yards.
First half: The Gators did a good job against the run, limiting Kentucky to 40 yards rushing. But two drives were killers. On the first one, Kentucky converted on third-and-21, third-and-8 and third-and-9. For the half, the Wildcats were 5-of-7 on third downs. That’s unacceptable.
Second half: The two big picks by Shawn Davis were big parts of this game and David Reese played like a maniac. The defense only allowed 22 yards rushing in the second half.
For the game: The defense played at a high level at times, but struggled to cover the pass and had the obligatory pass interference penalty on the biggest drive of the game. And Kentucky finished the game with almost 400 yards.
Special teams C-
First half: A missed field goal by Evan McPherson, his third career miss and second against Kentucky in two years, was the most obvious mess-up. Other than that, special teams weren’t much of a factor in the half.
Second half: McPherson redeemed himself with the third-quarter field goal and Tommy Townsend had a huge punt late in the game that pinned Kentucky inside its own 10-yard line.
For the game: Despite a missed field goal, the special teams for the most part did their job even though they weren’t much of a factor. What could have been a factor was Dan Mullen going for two after a touchdown pulled UF to within five. We’ll leave it at that.
It was a huge win for this team and it deserves credit for going on the road again and finding a way to win. It sets up the rest of the season even if this is a flawed team now relying on a backup quarterback.