First half: Florida had three touchdown drives of 75 yards. That’s pretty heady stuff considering the environment the Gators were dealing with. Florida’s balance was good and the Gators ran 43 plays, an unusually high number.
Second half: The offense was still there and the opening drive of the half was a beauty. But the Gators failed to finish in the fourth quarter with Kyle Trask throwing an interception and UF getting stopped on fourth-and-goal.
For the game: Flrida’s quarterbacks threw four TDs and the running game was a little better than it has been. Kyle Pitts was ridiculous and Van Jefferson had eight catches.
First half: Florida’s inability to stop the run set up the passing game of Joe Burrow. Florida actually didn’t allow a third-down conversion in the half, but only forced two.
Second half: Again, not getting LSU to have many third downs was a factor. LSU receivers Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase looked like All-Americans.
For the game: We have praised the Gators defensively (like, just a week ago), but when you can’t stop the run or the pass it’s not going to go well for you. Also, the Gators were able to generate no turnovers.
Special teams C
First half: Evan McPherson did a good job with the kickoffs, but Tommy Townsend’s punts were less than stellar (37 yard average on a pair of them).
Second half: Not much of a factor. There were a couple of punts and one kickoff and the Gators did do a good job on the one kickoff that was returned by LSU.
For the game: Because there was so much offense in this game (968 yards), special teams kind of took a backseat.
Florida obviously couldn’t handle the new high-octane offense of LSU, which was something of a surprise. Here’s the thing — the first UF road loss on Dan Mullen stings as does the end of the 10-game winning streak. But the season is really in the next four games.