First half: It was a mixed bag for the Gators, who did not look as sharp as last week with Kyle Trask struggling to throw in the rain. Still, the Gators managed 162 yards of offense and Jacob Copeland had two big catches.
Second half: The Gators scored 28 points in the second half, 21 of them in the final quarter. There were shaky calls, but Florida won a shootout in a game nobody thought would be one.
For the game: The stats are not overwhelming, but the 38 points were. Florida averaged 5.6 yards per play which isn’t great, but it was good enough thanks to some short fields.
First half: It was more of the same on the first drive of the game, as Florida’s defense was looking like it did in Baton Rouge. An offsides penalty was a killer. The Gators played better as the first half went on.
Second half: The defense played better and the only touchdown that mattered by South Carolina came after a Trask interception. The Gators got the big turnover on the sack-fumble that led to them making it a two-score game.
For the game: If someone had told you that Florida would allow 217 rushing yards, you probably would not have liked the Gators’ chances. It wasn’t a great defensive performance, but the Gators did get three sacks and limited Ryan Hilinski to 170 passing yards.
SPECIAL TEAMS B
First half: Florida’s kickoff coverage did well but you have to know you can’t keep playing with your helmet off James Houston. Tommy Townsend had a couple of short punts, but credit Evan McPherson with that 48-yard field goal.
Second half: Florida got nothing out of the return game and didn’t allow much either. On a wet day, the Gators avoided any big mistakes.
For the game: Townsend ended the day averaging 44.7 yards a punt and knocked three inside the 20. McPherson had another solid day with kickoffs and don’t forget that first score of the game for Florida, the 48-yarder.
Florida beat a good football team on a rainy day to set up the Jacksonville extravaganza. There wasn’t a lot of juice from the crowd (at least not compared to last week) but these Gators have learned that if you stick to the plan, their coaches know what they are doing.