BATON ROUGE, La. — Gainesville Sun sports columnist Pat Dooley looks at the first half of the Florida-LSU game.
- Joe Burrow hurt Florida almost as much with his legs as with his arm, scrambling for some big gains (22 yards total but it seemed like more) and throwing a touchdown pass on a scramble play. That Burrow can run is hardly a surprise, but Florida might want to consider a spy in the second half.
- It was a first half to forget for the Florida defense. Not only did Burrow light them up but Clyde Edwards-Helaire had the two long runs and went over 100 yards (121) for the half. UF looked elite last week, but this week, not so much. There were some really bad angles on the two runs by Edwards-Helaire (57 yards and 39 yards with the second going for a score).
- Kyle Pitts is a monster. Florida lined him up in different places to get different match-ups and he caught four passes for 85 yards and also drew a pass interference penalty. It feels like it’s a matter of time before teams start double-covering him but that feeds into Florida’s wealth of wide receivers.
- Maybe we can retire the whole DBU argument for this year because neither team did a very good job of covering anybody. The two teams combined for 512 yards in the first half. LSU gave up 142 yards passing and three passing scores and Burrow had a quarterback rating of 243.3 in the first half.