Dooley At The Half: Teams dealing with the rain

Florida running back Lamichal Perine has his face mask grabbed by South Carolina's R.J. Roderick in the second half Saturday in Columbia, S.C. [Mic Smith/Associated Press]

Gainesville Sun sports columnist Pat Dooley takes a look at the first half of the Florida-South Carolina game at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C.

  • It’s a mystery why Florida’s defense is struggling so much against the run. It’s listed right there on the “Plan to Win” — Stop The Run. But after LSU’s running game diced the Gators up last week, it was more of the same Saturday. South Carolina ran for 66 yards in the first quarter. But Florida was much better in the second quarter limiting the Gamecocks to nine rushing yards. Obviously, Florida was hurt by not having either starting end and SC was hurt when running back Rico Dowdle went out in the first quarter.
  • Will Muschamp had his coaches wear a T-shirt this week alluding to more than 300 yards the Gators got rushing last year in this game. Florida had only 49 yards rushing in the first half, 27 of them coming on the final drive when Florida was just trying to get to halftime.
  • Kyle Trask definitely looked like he was struggling to throw the wet ball. He missed Lamical Perine on an out-and-up that might have been a touchdown and his passes looked slow getting to the receivers. For the half, Trask was 9-of-16 and had a quarterback rating of 136.2.
  • South Carolina certainly took its shots downfield in the first half, throwing four deep balls including one on a flea-flicker. The trick play was the only one that worked and Ryan Kilinski ended the half going 4-for-12. At the same time, SC ran the ball on a third-and-long in Florida territory in the second quarter to set up a field goal.