Florida Gators Look to Ride Defense to Another Victory
Florida beat Vanderbilt into submission last week to bounce back from their loss to Georgia the week before. The Gators recorded their third shutout of the season and improved to 5-2 in conference play and 8-2 overall for coach Dan Mullen. Florida scored two touchdowns in the second quarter after a scoreless opening stanza and then blew the game wide open with four third-quarter touchdowns to turn the game into a rout. The Gators racked up a 560-128 advantage in total offense, piled up 33 first downs while allowing 12 and forced three turnovers while committing a pair. Those numbers helped overshadow a 33:22 to 26:38 disadvantage in time of possession.
The Gators enter this one 25th
in passing offense with 288.5 yards per contest and 105th
in rushing offense with 131 yards per game this season. Florida is 37th
in the FBS in scoring offense as they average 33.3 points per game while the team is 9th
in scoring defense as they allow just 15 points per contest. Feleipe Franks is 54 of 71 passing for 698 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions plus 68 rushing yards and a score. He’s done for the year with a dislocated ankle with a fracture suffered against Kentucky. Kyle Trask
is 160 of 239 passing for 2,011 yards with 19 touchdowns and six picks while Emory Jones is 19 of 31 for 172 yards and two scores while adding 152 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Lamical Perine leads the team with 111 carries for 504 yards and four scores on the season. Dameon Pierce is next in line with 40 carries for 262 yards and three touchdowns. Van Jefferson is second on the Gators with 32 receptions for 398 yards and four scores. Kyle Pitts has a team-leading 42 receptions for 528 yards plus five scores while Trevon Grimes (27 grabs, 404 yards, three TD), Josh Hammond (22 catches, 262 yards, TD) and Freddie Swain (29 grabs, 430 yards, five TD) are next in line. Evan McPherson has hit all 38 extra point attempts and is nine of 11 on field goals with a long of 48. Chris Howard hit all four of his extra point tries and hasn’t attempted a field goal this season.