Assessing The Plan To Win vs. Georgia

After each game I like to take a quick look at how the Gator football staff may assess the Plan to Win for each game. The Plan to Win is Urban Meyer's step by step plan of the important areas that he expects the Gators to win. By winning those key areas, the Gators should win the football games.

For the most part in all the victories the Gators have done well in all categories and in the games Florida lost, the numbers usually go against the Gators. The LSU game was the exception to the rule. This week will be a little more fun with a look back at the win over Georgia.

Defense (A):

The defense held Georgia out of the end zone except for a trick play that almost blew up on them. The Gators allowed 100 yards rushing in two drives at the top of the second half but held the Bulldogs to 77 yards the rest of the day on the ground. Although there was only one sack, the Gators used less of a blitzing package than they have been using and still made life miserable for Georgia quarterback Joe Tereshenski. The junior quarterback started his first game, completing just eight of 21 passes for 100 yards and an interception.

Florida's defensive front seven played its best game of the season, making 30 of 46 possible tackles on the day without the help of the secondary. When ball carriers broke through the front line of defense, first time free safety starter Reggie Nelson was usually there to make the touchdown saving tackle.

Special Teams: (B+)

Field position was kind to the Gators most of the day due to the offense being able to move the ball on most series. The average yards per punt was down because the Gators were usually close to the plus side of the field but Eric Wilbur managed to stick four of his five punts inside the 20 yard line.

Vernell Brown returned three punts for an excellent 19.7 yard average. He also had his longest return of the year, 29 yards. Entering the game, Georgia had given up only 43 return yards all year.

Georgia started no better than their 25 yard line on the three kickoff returns. The Gators managed to start once from the 31 yard line on their three kickoff returns.

The Gators made both extra points and had field goal attempts. The Bulldogs made an extra point but kicker Brandon Coutu made only 1of his three field goals attempts and that proved to be the difference in the game.

In a game that matched excellent special teams, the trump card for the Gators was the fake punt. Eric Wilbur rumbled 20 yards for a first down with the Gators looking to punt from their worst field position of the day.

Turnover Ratio: (C)

For only the second time all year the Gators did not win the turnover battle as DeShawn Wynn mishandled a handoff from Chris Leak and Georgia quarterback Joe Tereshenski threw an interception into the waiting arms of Reggie Nelson.

Red Zone: (B)

The Gators fared pretty well but weren't perfect on the night. They were well on their way to finishing three for three when Wynn fumbled at the six to end a scoring threat at the end of the first half. Had the Gators scored a touchdown on that drive, Georgia's second half strategy would have been to come out throwing, something they did not want to do. Still, the Gators stuck it in there on their first two possessions in the red zone and deserve a good grade.

The time of possession is something Meyer likes to dominate. The game was close with the Gators dominating the first half time of possession and the Bulldogs dominating the second half. Three minutes separated the entire game as Georgia finished with 31: 30 and Florida with 28:30 on the clock with the ball.

Offensive Player of the Game

DeShawn Wynn ran hard all day and finished with 19 carries for 109 yards and a 5.7 yard average. He was really decisive in his running early in the game and a main reason the Gators jumped out to the quick lead.

Defensive Player of the Game

Jeremy Mincey continues to lead the team in tackles and did so again on Saturday. He had a crucial tackle for loss on the next to last Georgia series and also the hit on the Georgia quarterback to end the last offensive threat of the Bulldogs.


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