In the eagerly anticipated SEC debut for Texas A&M, the Aggies have put the wood to the Florida Gators in the first half. Their offensive line and running backs have laid waste to the Florida defenders who dared to get in their way.
Standout defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd is one of a handful of Gator defenders to find themselves laying on the turf in pain.
After two quarters, the Florida defense looks completely lost. The A&M running attack has defenders guessing, and guessing wrong. Making matters worse, the Florida defensive backs and linebackers are biting hard on the play action, leaving receivers open whenever the front four manages to get pressure on Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.
Even when getting pressure on Manziel, the Gators have consistently failed to bring him down. Spinning away from the pressure, he either runs for a gain, throws to an open receiver or tosses the ball out of bounds. He has made all of the right decisions in the first half.
Manziel and the Aggies' running backs have churned out a whopping 269 first-half yards against a solid Florida defense that returned most of its starters from last year.
In comparison, to say that Jeff Driskel and the Gators' offense has looked anemic would be a severe understatement. Florida only managed 101 total yards of offense in the first half.
Driskel has consistently made bad decisions, often choosing to hold the ball and take a sack when he should throw it away. The pressure by the Aggies' defense has been consistent and made the Gators' offensive line look completely incapable of blocking, whether on a pass play or a run.
Needless to say, the Gators are in dire need of major adjustments if they hope to turn things around. The one thing they can hang their hats on is that they are only down 17-10 at the midway point.
Here's looking to an entertaining second half.
Florida defeats Texas A&M with gritty second half performance. Final score, Gators 20 - Aggies 17.
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