Dooley at the half: UF leads FSU

Evan McPherson made two field goals in first half. [Lauren Bacho/Staff photographer]

Sun sports columnist Pat Dooley analyzes the first half of the Florida-FSU game:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.