HB: What I liked and didn't like

The Gators cruised Saturday in a big victory over rival Florida State, 45-15. There was a bunch to like about the game and a little not to like. Here is what I thought.

What I Liked

Florida running game…

I said going in that Florida would have to run right at Florida State and attack the interior of their defensive front. The Gators had issues running wide at times, but they absolutely obliterated the defensive front in the middle.

The running backs and Tebow had massive holes to run through all day and that led to 317 total rushing yards, their third game in a row rushing for at least 300 yards.

Florida had 109 rushing yards in the first quarter and FSU was allowing 109.5 yards per game rushing.

Loved the attacking offense…

I just knew with the downpour that the Gators would curl up in their shell and run it all day. Instead, the FSU defense thought the same so Meyer and company went on the attack and threw deep a lot.

It opened up the offense and helped in the running game. The game plan on offense was almost spectacular.

Tebow sharp in the rain…

This had to be the worst weather conditions quarterback Tim Tebow has played in during his career at Florida. Still, he came out firing and was on more than he wasn't against one of the supposed better defenses the Gators faced all season.

Tebow completed only 12 passes, but had three touchdowns in those 12 and was attacking the end zone all day long it seemed.

O-Line gets it going after early miscues…

The offensive line should get much kudos for this game and they will from me. They protected well all night and except for a couple of blown assignments early in the game, they absolutely dominated Florida State and made it look easy. Florida's 45 points were the most ever scored in Doak Campbell Stadium by the Gators.

The 502 total yards tallied by the Gators marked the third game in a row that they tallied more than 500 yards and it all starts up front with the offensive line.

Running backs are special…

It was tough seeing Percy Harvin go down with an injury, but the Gators have more answers than questions with the play of freshmen running backs Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey and sophomore Emmanuel Moody. The three backs totaled 226 of the 317 rushing yards for the Gators. Hey each had explosive runs, Rainey (62 yards), Demps (44 yards), and Moody (30 yards).

Two tight end touchdowns…

A throw back pass and a long bomb, they are finding way to spread the ball around including getting it to explosive play maker Aaron Hernandez. His two touchdowns were the most for his career in a single game and he finished tops on the team with four receptions and 61 yards.

Hernandez showed everything tonight catching it in traffic, on a deep route having to slow down and catch it and then the patience and concentration to wait on a pass on the throw back from Tebow.

Special pass defense…

The Gators harassed the quarterback all night but it was the coverage and the hitting that made the Seminole passing game look silly. Florida notched three interceptions and now has 23 on the season. They are only one shy of the school record 24.

The Gators were able to get physical with the bigger, ‘stronger' Nole receivers and the Noles came out on the short end of the stick. The Nole Giant receivers of Greg Carr and Corey Surrency were held to two catches and 24 yards on the night.

Total defensive effort…

Florida has only allowed 10 points in the first quarter all season. That is really unbelievable in my opinion and considering where this defense was. They have outscored opponents 160-10 in the first quarter and 136-3 in the first quarter in the last seven games.

Played well in the rain…

The Florida defense played aggressive attacking football in the rain and didn't worry about slipping and other miscues. That set the tone against the FSU offense and from early on Florida showed their dominance over the once proud program.

What I Didn't Like…

Percy Injury…

Percy Harvin is such a wonderful player. For him to go down with an injury is very disappointing. He was seen coming out of the locker room limping badly and with a boot on.

Kickoff coverage…

It seems to be the Gators lone area of theeentire team that routinely gets picked on. Florida kicked off eight times in the game and the Noles were able to start those drives on the UF 24, FSU 45, FSU 40, FSU 46, FSU 40, FSU 38, FSU 42, and FSU 41. That may be the worst kickoff coverage in the country for the season. Amazingly enough, it seems like the Gators were operating on the plus side of the field all day.


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