‘Inept offensively'

Will Muschamp wanted to see positive strides on the offense, but they haven't come this season. If anything, the offense has gotten worse. The Gators have tried to create yardage different ways on the ground or through the air without any success. Florida has a bye week to figure out some changes on offense before facing Georgia, but as of now, there isn't much to build on.

"Not a very good football team. Certainly not today. That falls on my shoulders," Will Muschamp said. "We're inept offensively. We have had a hard time running it and certainly can't protect very well. It showed today against the front we played against.

"I'm just disappointed that we haven't made more positive strides offensively this season. We've regressed from last week. We'll go back and work to get those things corrected."

The Gators posted just 151 yards of offense on Saturday. Florida made it look easy on one drive in the third quarter, going 70 yards on six plays that ended with a Kelvin Taylor rushing touchdown. Outside of that one, the longest drive of the day went for 19 yards. Florida had just four offensive drives on the day that went longer than 10 yards.

Taylor ended the day with 12 carries for 77 yards. After he led the Gators offense down the field to score its final touchdown of the day with 46 seconds remaining in the third quarter, Taylor touched the ball one more time during the rest of the game.

"Kelvin is a natural, instinctive runner," Muschamp said. "Very talented runner."

The bye week will be used to find some momentum for the Florida offense. Muschamp said they would use the open week and extra practices to find a game plan to get the offense going.

"We're going to find some because we need to," Muschamp said. "It's not very good right now. We struggle to do anything we try to do. We try to spread it out, we try to throw it -- we can't protect the quarterback. We try to grind it out, we're not creating enough explosive runs. We need to find some answers. And right now, we're not finding any.

"I want to spread it out just like anybody else does. But you know what, we have a hard time protecting the quarterback. More than most teams do. You watch the games. We need to get better."

The Gators tried different lineups on the offensive line to attempt jumpstarting the unit on Saturday. Max Garcia started at left tackle with Kyle Koehne at left guard. When Tyler Moore struggled at right tackle, Garcia switched to that position when D.J. Humphries came in at left tackle.

The coaches will continue juggling the lineup until they find the right mix.

"Just struggling right now to get the right combination to get guys blocked in the run and pass game," Muschamp said. "We're doing everything we can do. We're shuffling guys around, just have to get better."

INJURY REPORT: Defensive tackle Damien Jacobs didn't travel and is dealing with lingering effects from "a late hit" he suffered at LSU after his helmet came off. Ronald Powell made the trip to continue getting treatment on his ankle but didn't play.

Darrin Kitchens has chronic shoulder issues and practiced all week but came to the facility Thursday with the shoulder "locked up" and said he couldn't play.

Jaylen Watkins suffered a wrist injury and Jeremi Powell suffered a knee injury but the severity of either was unknown.

RIGGS EJECTION: Cody Riggs saw the field for one play on Saturday after he was ejected for targeting on the first snap. Muschamp said it was the right call, but as he has maintained all year, the head coach continues to disagree with the ejection.

"It's a bang-bang play," Muschamp said. "I think the rule is good. I don't think the rule of an ejection is right. (Washington) went down to catch the ball. It was the correct call. I don't disagree with the call. I disagree with kicking a kid out of the game in that situation. He wasn't maliciously trying to hurt anybody. It's ridiculous."

MOVING FORWARD: The locker room was disappointed after the game on Saturday, but the message from Muschamp was similar to last weekend. The Gators have to rally around each other, and they have two weeks to figure out the issues before taking on Georgia in Jacksonville.

"Circle the wagons. Right now, the arrows are flying," Muschamp said. "We've got to pull together and figure out who's going to go forward and forge forward with us. Understand that we're going to get this thing turned the right way. It's a down time. It's a time we're all hurting."

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