No Bang for your Buck
Some work to do offensively:
- The Gators struggled to make big, explosive plays against the UMass defense. Until the fourth quarter, Florida's offense did not have a play of 20-plus yards. Jim McElwain and company had to wait until the fourth quarter before that was achieved-Brandon Powell's 26-yard catch was the longest play of the night.
- Florida failed to convert on a 4th-and-1 in the first half.
- The Gators were 9-of-17 on third down conversions and often were faced with 2nd and long. (5 times were the offense faced with a 2nd down of 10+ yards, twice 20+ yards)
- Florida were able to amass 363 yards offensively, however, only had 107-yards rushing. The running backs ran 29 times and averaged under four-yards per carry.
- UMass went 1 of 11on third down conversions on Saturday. This is the third time in two seasons where Florida did not allow its opponent to convert more than ten percent of third downs.
- The minutemen only amassed 187-yards of offense, 90 of those in the first half. The Gators also kept the visitors' ground attack at bay with UMass only rushing for 46-yards.
- Florida's front seven put UMass' quarterback under tremendous pressure throughout the night, recording four sacks a loss of 33-yards.
- UMass had a 52-yard pass in the second quarter, that is only the fifth completion of 50-plus yards the UF defense has allowed in the last 15 games.
Del Rio Debuts
- Luke Del Rio went 29 of 44 for 256-yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. He also ran six times for 11-yards rushing.
- The quarterback ended the game completing 65 percent of his passes and he is only the third Gators quarterback to accomplish that. He joins Rex Grossman and Chris Leak in the exclusive club. (Minimum 25 completions and 40 attempts to this UF record)
- Jim McElwain and the Gators elected to play several true freshmen on Saturday: OT Jawaan Taylor, RB Lamical Perine, LB David Reese, LB Jeremiah Moon, LB Vosean Joseph, DL Jachai Polite, DB Chauncey Gardner, DB Jeawon Taylor, DB McArthur Burnett, WR Freddie Swain and WR Joshua Hammond.
- Swain ended the night with 11-yards on two receptions, while Hammond registered 38-yards on five catches.
- Gardner had three solo tackles and one pass break up.
- Eddy Pineiro continues to make his name known to Gators fans. The kicker not only kicked his first career field goal, but he made his first every field goal on Saturday. Pineiro connected with a 41-yarder to put the Gators ahead 10-7 at the end of the second quarter.
- Pineiro also made a 48 and a 49-yarder in the fourth quarter, which was the longest field goal made by a Gator since Austin Hardin's 52-yard field goal against Florida State in 2014.
- With his performance on Saturday, Pineiro becomes the first Florida kicker since 2006 to make three field goals of 40 plays yards in a single game.