Sun sports columnist Pat Dooley analyzes the first half of the Florida-FSU game:
- If Florida’s red zone offense had been any good, the Gators would have been threatening to turn the game into a rout by halftime. Florida came into the game scoring touchdowns on 62.2 percent of its red zone possessions, but couldn’t get even one on possessions at the FSU 2-yard line, 10 and 6. Instead, UF scored six points, Feleipe Franks getting stuffed on a fourth-and-goal play.
- FSU penalties were one of the big stories of the half with the Seminoles being called for eight in the half. The biggest one was an illegal shift that negated a 70-yard touchdown pass-and-run by Cam Akers. Florida had five penalties of its own in the half. FSU came into the game ranked 119th in the country in penalties.
- The biggest play of the half was a simple run play when FSU went to zero safeties on a first down play. The Gators blocked it well and Lamical Perine broke free for a 74-yard touchdown. Maybe we’re used to seeing CJ Henderson chase down runners from behind, but Perine actually appeared to be putting distance between himself and the FSU defensive backs.
- The Gators have struggled in the second half of the season against hurry-up offenses and it happened again late in the half. FSU needed only 2:10 and eight plays to go 75 yards for its only score. UF’s defense looked confused at times again and when FSU went to a bunch set with four receivers, Nyqwan Murray was left wide open in the middle of the field for a 25-yard gain to the UF 15.