The Gators put up some big numbers in the game versus Missouri. Florida generated over 500 yards of offense in their second SEC game this season, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished since 2008. Penalties and turnovers marred the effort, along with not turning thise yards into points, but we did see some things that showed the Gators are headed in the right direction in some areas.
DRIVE 1 (-24 yard line)
(1st &10) (PENALTY) Jawaan Taylor called for false start … (1st &15) Twins set Brandon Powell in backfield and they run toss to Powell on the short side of the field. Outside receivers block inside and Powell gets around the edge for (+6 yards). (2nd &9) 5-wide set with Jordan Scarlett spreading out wide. Missouri DT on the left side of the OL, loops around the left and Jawaan doesn’t get him and forces Luke Del Rio to throw it away with a hurry. (3rd &9) Split back set and Gators go play action. Del Rio looks right first then sees Tyrie Cleveland with one on one coverage in the post. He throws a little off and wasn’t able to lead Cleveland or it might have scored from there, but does hit for (+46 yards). (1st &10) Two TE and one back set with Cyontai Lewis and DeAndre Goolsby bunched on right side. Lewis runs a seam route up the hash, while Goolsby runs a wheel route to the sideline. It’s a quick pass to Lewis about 15 yards down field but covered and could have possibly been pass interference, but no call. (2nd &10) Inside zone run to the right with two TE set. Cam Dillard and Tyler Jordan combine for a nice walled off effort on two defensive linemen and Mark Thompson cuts it up behind them for a (+9 yard) gain. He fumbles at the end but goes out of bounds. (3rd &1) Power run with Martez Ivey on the counter move crossing over Dillard and blocking behind Jordan and Taylor on right side. The pile moves forward and Scarlett gets (+3 yards). (1st &10) (Penalty) Antonio Callaway called for the false start. (1st &15) Callaway on a post corner and it looked like Del Rio threw it away too far as he was covered. (2nd &15) Quick toss to Scarlett on the right side, he gets around the edge before being tackled by the secondary for (+8yards). (3rd &7) Callaway on a short crosser and Del Rio throws behind him for the incomplete. Would have been a first down.
DRIVE RESULT: Missed Field Goal.
DRIVE KILLER: Combo penalty on Callaway for false start and the throw behind for Del Rio.
DRIVE 2 (-31 yard line)
(1st &10) 1 RB 1 TE set. Inside zone rush to the right and the hole opened up but Perine cuts back to the left for (+2 yards). (2nd &8) 1 RB 1 TE. Quick screen to Callaway on right side where Jawaan just takes a corner and turns him into a divot on the field freeing Callaway to get (+9 yards). (1st &10) 2 TE 1 RB set. Powell on an end around after faking the handoff up the middle. Powell nets (+7 yards) after Lewis with a great block on the outside. (2nd &3) 2 TE 1 RB set. Inside zone to the right and Dillard runs his guy real wide. Ivey comes across quickly and helps seal the linebacker at second level and Lamical Perine gets (+8 yards). (1st &10) 2 TE, 1 RB set (bunch). Del Rio with play action and goes deep to Callaway in the post. Mizzou safety (#11) makes a good play on the ball, but he wasn’t occupied on the other side so he could get a head start covering the play. Maybe a post-corner works better there allowing Callaway to have 1-on-1 with the corner which he had beaten. Ball falls incomplete after broken up. (2nd &10) 1 TE 1 RB set. Inside zone to right and I think Perine was a little too patient there Right side had some push, but his slow getting to the hole allowed secondary defenders to come in and make a play He nets (+3 yards). (3rd &7) 0 TE 2 RB set. Looked like a terrific screen call. Dillard and Jordan had one guy to block and the LB splits the two Gator OLine and makes the tackle a second after Mark Herndon catches the ball on the screen and loses (-1 yards).
DRIVE RESULT: Punt
DRIVE KILLER: Falling behind on down and distance on first down with a pass that very well could have been picked off in the end zone.
DRIVE 3 (+44 yard line)
(1st &10) 2 TE, 1 RB set. Inside zone to the left and just too many numbers there, couldn’t block them all and Scarlett gets (+2 yards). (2nd &8) Really nice pocket for Del Rio as he goes to Cleveland deep on the outside right side on a Go pattern. Del Rio didn’t step into the throw, a short step when he released and he threw t short and almost picked off but falls incomplete. Cleveland almost makes a nice play on the ball. (3rd &8) 0 TE, 2 RB set. Nice pocket, but Del Rio heads outside to the right. With wheels he could pick up first down on his own, but throws incomplete on the run.
DRIVE RESULT: Punt
DRIVE KILLER: First down run where Mizzou had too many defenders to block and only netted two yards.
DRIVE 4 (-38 yard line)
(1st &10) 0 TE, 1 RB set. Del Rio rips one to the outside to Callaway at the far sideline. Luke threw the ball from the opposite hash and hot Callaway on a rope for (+13 yards). (1st &10) Wildcat with Perine at QB and (Penalty) false start on David Sharpe. (1st &15) 1 TE, 1 RB set. Really nice pass as Del Rio leads Powell on a pass to the outside. The pass was low, but Powell scoops it in for a diving (+12 yards) reception. (2nd &3) 2 TE 1 RB set. Inside zone and Jordan Cronkrite takes it a little wide. He picks up the first down if he rides it behind Jordan and Jawaan. Instead he picks up (+2 yards). (3rd &1) 2 TE, 1 RB tight set. On a stretch to the left, Goolsby blocks his defender inside enough that when he stretches out Scarlett dances to get out of his reach and gets to the second level before anyone can touch him for (+8 yards). (1st &10) Trips right bunch set. Del Rio sits too long in the pocket, finally Jordan loses his guy and Del Rio forced outside of pocket to his left and then ball batted when he throws it for incomplete. (2nd &10) 2 TE 1 RB tight set. Stretch left to the short side of the field and there were hats on hats everywhere but one defender unaccounted for because of numbers makes the tackle on Scarlett for (+1 yard). (3rd &9) (Penalty) False start on Sharpe. (3rd &14) Draw play and Jordan allows his man to get inside and go make the tackle at the line of scrimmage for no gain.
DRIVE RESULT: FIELD GOAL
DRIVE KILLER: Del Rio’s hesitation on first down and then ball batted.
DRIVE 5 (-23 yard line)
(1st &10) 2 TE, 0 RB set. Jordan’s guy beats him on the inside and hits Del Rio’s arm as he was throwing for an incomplete. (2nd &10) 1 TE, 1 RB set. Toss to Scarlett on outside to the right, Goolsby with another nice block and Scarlett gets (+5 yards). (3rd &5) Twins set. Del Rio hits Powell on the outie on a quick out pass a little high as Luke throws off his back foot, but gets (+8 yards) and a first down. (1st &10) 2 TE, 1 RB set. Stretch left and Lewis really seals the edge allowing Thompson to get (+12 yards) and a first down. (1st &10) 2 TE, 1 RB set. Inside zone to the right behind Jordan and Jawaan and Thompson gets (+4 yards). (2nd &6) Roll out pass and Del Rio can’t find anyone, then hits Fulwood too close to the sideline who loses (-2 yards) on the pass. (3rd &8) 1 TE, 1 RB set tight. Nice pocket as Del Rio finds a little crease to hit Cleveland (+14 yards down field. (1st &10) Del Rio with play action and then roll out right. He throws back across the field to Goolsby who was ahead of the LB in coverage and scampers down field for (+32 yards). (1st &5) (Penalty) Callaway called for false start. (1st &10) roll out pass and there was nothing there as Del Rio throws incomplete. (2nd &10) Toss play to Scarlett on short side of field and nothing there, after contact at line of scrimmage Scarlett manages to get (+3 yards). Ivey gets bull rushed up front and a rushed Del Rio throws it too high for Cleveland at the back of the end zone for incomplete. Possible pass interference or holding there.
DRIVE RESULT: FIELD GOAL
BIG PLAY: Nice play call on pass to Goolsby for 32 yards.
DRIVE 6 (-23 yard line)
(1st &10) 1 TE 1 RB bunch left. Nice blocking on left side by Fulwood and Lewis who were in tight and Thompson springs it for (+9 yards). (2nd &1) 2 TE, 1 RB set. Ivey actually blocks his man pretty well on left side, but Del Rio a little late getting the ball out and finally Ivey’s guy pushes him back close to Del Rio who can’t step all the way into the throw and underthrows an open Powell running a corner route for an INTERCEPTION.
DRIVE RESULT: Interception.
DRIVE KILLER: Hesitation by Del Rio and underthrown ball.
DRIVE 7 (-22 yard line)
(1st &10) 5-wide set. Quick screen to Powell on right side for (+9 yards). (2nd &1) 10TE 1 RB set. Inside zone and Cronkrite gets (+3 yards). (1st &10) 0 TE, 1 RB set. Del Rio drops back and sees nothing. Cronkrite comes from the backfield to find the open field, catch the ball, and get out of bounds for (+11 yards). (1st &10) (Penalty) Holding on Jawaan Taylor. (1st &20) Quick out pass to Goolsby who gets (+6 yards) and out of bounds. (2nd &14) Just seven seconds and Del Rio looks real deep first, nothing there so he throws for the sideline and is intercepted there.
DRIVE RESULT: Interception
DRIVE KILLER: Holding call on 1st down led to less of a chance on final play of half.
DRIVE 8 (-41 yard line)
(1st &10) 2 TE, 1 RB bunch set. Stretch to short side of field and the opposite linebacker came over uncontested to make the tackle on Scarlett for no gain. (2nd &10) Boot leg rollout right to short side of field and just able to get Goolsby for (+3 yards). (3rd &7) Del Rio shouldn’t have thrown to Callaway on the right side, but Callaway made no attempt to come back for the ball. He has to fight the defender there and help his quarterback and the play resulted in an INTERCEPTION>
DRIVE RESULT: Interception
DRIVE KILLER: Bad combo of Del Rio throwing to a covered receiver and the receiver not helping him.
DRIVE 9 (-25 yard line)
(1st &10) 2 TE, 1 RB set. Inside zone right and Thompson follows the hole created by Jawaan and Fred Johnson for (+8 yards). (2nd &2) (Penalty) Fred Johnson called for false start. (2nd &7) 0 TE, 2 RB set before Herndon motions wide. Pretty good pocket before Del Rio decides to run left and throws across his body to a one-on-one Callaway but ball caught out of bounds 30 yards down field. Should have seen him earlier. (3rd &7) D-line stunt with an outside backer blitzing and Fred’s man comes free along with the uncovered backer that was probably Scarlett’s responsibility. Still, Luke is able to get rid of it quickly and finds Powell for (+9 yards) and a first down at the left sideline. (1st &10) 2 TE, 1 RB set. Nice pocket and Del Rio fires it behind Goolsby on a seam route on the right hash and incomplete. (2nd &10) 2 TE 1 RB set. Inside zone right and the entire line was able to get push to the right, so Thompson cuts it back to behind left tackle Sharpe and manages (+8 yards). (3rd &2) Inside zone right and Jawaan whiffs on his man so Thompson was able to create and cut back to the left for (+2 yards). (1st &10) 2 TE, 1 RB set. Drop back pass and Goolsby, just back in after resetting his finger on the sideline missed on his block, forcing Del Rio to run wide and throw it away. (2nd &10) 1 TE, 1 RB bunch set. Again Inside zone right and the left side is able to collapse all the way to the right, allowing Thompson to cut back and get (+7 yards). (3rd &3) Perine in the wildcat. Perine has the option to pitch to Powell, but decides to keep. If he can pitch clean it would be a 46-yard TD. Instead he keeps and gets (+2 yards).
DRIVE RESULT: Punt
DRIVE KILLER: Wildcat keeper by Perine.
DRIVE 10 (-46 yard line)
(1st &10) 1 TE, 1 RB set. Ivey with the counter block to the right side, but they get zero push and Thompson manages just (+1 yard). (2nd &9) 0 TE, 1 RB set. Trips left. Screen pass to the right for Perine and Jawaan is out there again and knocks the corner out of bounds by five yards so Perine scampers for (+32 yards). (1st &10) 2 TE, 1 RB set. Del Rio has a nice pocket and steps into the throw but doesn’t recognize opposite side safety help and throws the post to Cleveland that was double covered and almost intercepted. (2nd &10) 1 TE, 1 RB set. Perine takes a draw and gets (+7 yards). (3rd &3) (PENALTY) False start on Fred Johnson. (3rd &8) 1 TE, 1 RB set. Trips left. Nice [socket and after quick scan of the field Del Rio spots Cleveland uncovered cutting across and hits him in stride for a (+20 yard) touchdown.
DRIVE RESULT: Touchdown
BIG PLAY: The 32 yard screen and the 20 yard touchdown pass.
DRIVE 11 (-16 yard line)
(1st &10) 1 TE, 1 RB bunch set. This is the third time we have seen this and now with a second back, but in an inside zone right, the Missouri defense over pursues that way and the left side of the offensive line caves everyone to the right while Scarlett cuts back to the opposite side. Scarlett gets 10 yards up the field before he splits defenders and then backpedals with a defender on him for another five yards before spinning around and finishing off what amounted to a (+29-yard) run. (1st &10) 2 TE, 1 RB set bunch left. Onside zone play where Scarlett hit the whole fast and why he gained (+5 yards) as an edge rusher was in the backfield fast, but not fast enough. Good push on the right side of the line. (2nd &5) 1 TE, 1 RB set. Quick screen out to Callaway on the left side and Sharpe is out there for a big block that allows Callaway to get (+5 yards) on the play. (1st &10) 1 TE, 1 RB set. Linebacker in the slot blitzes and Jawaan can’t get out fast enough for the speed guy off the edge and Del Rio is sacked for the only time during the game for (-5 yards). (2nd &15) 2 TE, 1 RB bunch right set. Inside zone to the left and not much there, Thompson back pedals and falls forward for (+5 yards). (3rd &10) Mizzou linebacker blitz and twist with defensive end confuses Fred Johnson who misses the linebacker coming and Del Rio is forced to get rid of the ball too quickly on a screen.
DRIVE RESULT: Punt
DRIVE KILLER: Sack on first down when Jawaan misses blitzing linebacker in the slot.
DRIVE 12 (+49 yard line)
(1st &10) 1 TE, 1 RB set. Linebacker blitzes off of the left side if the offensive line. That has to be Del Rio’s read there and he has to get the ball quicker to the hot read in Powell. Instead he throws it away when the pressure gets to him. (2nd &10) 2 TE, 1 RB set. Goolsby and Sharpe on left side really block the edge well and Perine scoots around the end for (+10 yards). (1st &10) 2 TE, 1 RB set. Toss left, but Sharpe’s man gets the best of him and causes Perine to cut back the other direction. Perine breaks a tackle a yard behind the line of scrimmage and gets (+6 yards) on the play. (2nd &4) 2 TE, 1 RB set. Zone stretch run to the right and like before the offensive line caves everyone that way allowing Scarlett to cut back. At four yards he meets a safety one-on-one, but bounces off and then is untouched the rest of the way for a (+34 yard) TOUCHDOWN.
DRIVE RESULT: Touchdown
BIG PLAYS: On 2nd down and 10, the nice seal by Sharpe and Goolsby to spring Perine for 10 yards, and then of course the touchdown run which was part instinct and part tenacity.
DRIVE 13 (-13 yard line)
(1st &10) 2 TE, 1 RB set. Zone stretch left and just too many defenders there to block for big gain. Perine manages (+2 yards). (2nd &8) 2 TE, 1 RB set. Rollout right and Del Rio hits a crosser by Cyontai Lewis for (+11 yards). (1st &10) 1 TE, 1 RB set. Inside zone run left. Decent push from the line and Perine manages to get (+5 yards) on the play. (2nd &5) 2 TE, 1 RB set. Zone stretch left and Sharpe again with a good seal block. Lewis went wide and was enough in the way to allow Perine to get to the sideline and ramble up field for (+59 yards). (1st &8) 2 TE, 1 RB set. Inside zone right and with decent push Perine gets (+4 yards over the right guard. (2nd &5) 2 TE, 1 RB set. Counter with Ivey pulling from left side to right and a huge hole gets Scarlett all the way to the one yard line where he fumbles the ball and a turnover.
DRIVE RESULT: Fumble
DRIVE KILLER: Fumble
*Yes, there were too many penalties, but amazingly enough of the 13 drives only two stalled because of penalties set them back. That tells me they are finding ways on 2nd and 3rd down and long to make something happen.
*I was pretty surprised by 2nd down and long results (2nd and 7 or more). First of all there were way too many of them, and the success rate on those particular plays was 9 of 17 or 53%, not great, but not an easy down. The big thing I found is that they actually passed the ball 9 times out of 2nd and long and ran it 8. But as far as successful plays, they were successful just 3 of 9 times when passing the ball on 2nd and long. They were successful 6 of 8 times when they ran the ball on 2nd and long. There are a lot of people that complained about them always running the ball on 2nd and long and that definitely wasn’t true in this game, but the fact is when they did do it, they had a 75% success rate when they ran the ball in that situation.
*Take away the penalties and the offensive line probably had their best day game against anyone outside of Kentucky. Maybe that isn’t saying much, but they run blocked very well, especially on the edge on Saturday. By the way, that was the most edge running all year with both toss sweeps and stretch zones. McElwain made it a point after the game to talk about trying to get the backs in space more and that seemed to work. Against very fast and talented ends, the tight ends and tackles were able to seal the edge a lot in this game. That is promising.
*As I pointed out when breaking this down above, not all the bad passes were on Del Rio. I do think teams will want to play double high safeties on him more now and maybe throwing the ball down field was a way to loosen things up in the trenches for McElwain and the play calling. We will have to see how that goes down the road. But, Callaway has to do a better job of coming back to the ball on the pick to start the second half. If you notice Cleveland, on the tough passes with someone there to defend him, he is all over the ball trying to make it his. Callaway has to do more of that.
*These tight ends are really good blockers led by Cyontai Lewis, but Goolsby is really starting to come along in that department.
*Red Zone scoring was the third biggest issue behind penalties and turnovers in the game for the offense. Florida converted on only 2 of 4 tries in the red zone and missed a field goal and a touchdown in doing so. Florida is 13th in the conference in red zone efficiency and I believe that has a lot to do with an offensive line that can’t just punch people in the mouth when they need to. To me, this is part of McElwain’s deal with trying to produce the big plays and then those guys need to go and score with them. This is why we saw an emergence of Cleveland on Saturday and then kept going to him. This is a sign of a guy that absolutely knows he needs to get the ball in the play makers’ hands.