Dooley at the Half: Game 3

Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks looks to run in the first quarter Saturday against Colorado State at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]

Sun sports columnist Pat Dooley takes a look at the first half of the Florida-Colorado State game:

* There were a good number of empty seats on the student side when the game started, but who could blame them? It was 96 degrees at kickoff which tied the record for the hottest game played at UF. What the fans saw in the first quarter caused a few boos to come raining down. Feleipe Franks was 0-for-6 with an interception and Florida only had one first down in the quarter. It was pretty ugly. Florida finally got some offense going in the second quarter, but it was still only 136 yards of offense in the half. Franks still has the same problems — no touch, throwing late down the middle, etc. And when he runs, it’s not pretty.

* Colorado State came into the game with an offense that can throw but not run and Florida’s defense held up pretty well against the pass allowing only 91 passing yards to K.J. Carta-Samuels and sacking him three times. The middle of the field was open at times. Still any half where you hold a FBS team to 94 yards is nothing to diminish.

* It’s one thing to say you’re going to make special teams better, it’s another thing to do it. It started early when James Houston IV blew through the line to tackle the Colorado State punter before he could come close to getting it off. Whether it was a blown assignment by the Rams or a good scheme we’ll find out after the game. I’m guessing a little bit of both. The Gators continued to be special with a nice 22-yard punt return by Freddie Swain and a couple of field goals by Evan McPherson, one of them from 48 yards. And then another blocked punt, this one for a score. Dan Mullen understands that you need to put speed in there if you are going to go after punts and it was Tyrie Cleveland on the recovery. The only bad news was allowing a 51-yard kickoff return late in the half.


  1. Offense is still up to the same old tricks…..none. Bad throws, dropped passes, and no offensive line push at all. Shaky pass protection for Franks as well. The defense and special teams are playing well, but still the defense tends to over pursue. Big hits don’t substitute for great tackles, either.