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Florida vs. Miami: Live Game Grades and Analysis for the Gators

GAINESVILLE, FL - AUGUST 31:  Gideon Ajagbe #25 of the Florida Gators scores  a touchdown against the Toledo Rockets during a game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Tyler PiccottiContributor IIISeptember 7, 2013

Florida 16, Miami 21: Final

The Miami Hurricanes defeated the Florida Gators to open up the season at 2-0.

Check out the final grades and analysis below.

For the full box score, head to NCAA.com.

 

Final Analysis for the Florida Gators

Pass Offense

Driskel regressed 12 calendar months in this game. He struggled to make any reads, and his inability to quickly deliver the football ultimately led to Florida's demise.

Patton caught a late touchdown and was the only bright spot on the Florida offense.

 

Rush Offense

Matt Jones and Mack Brown had no running room, and Tyler Moore had what seemed like a holding penalty on every drive. Pease repeatedly tried to get the ground game going, but it was a lost cause.

 

Pass Defense

In a word: stellar.

Stephen Morris was under pressure the entire game, and he threw a key interception in the fourth that the Gators failed to capitalize on.

Dominique Easley and Ronald Powell deserve a ton of credit.

 

Rush Offense

Also stellar.

The Gators held the Hurricanes to 47 rushing yards the entire game. Duke Johnson had nowhere to run in the second half, and no other Miami player had much luck.

 

Special Teams

The blocked punt by Purifoy in the first half was what kept the Gators in the game early, and Kyle Christy was solid all game. 

 

Coaching

Brent Pease called an awful game offensively. Consistently running on first down made the offense predictable and easy to guard against.

 

1st-Half Analysis for the Florida Gators

Pass Offense

For every good pass Jeff Driskel has thrown, he has made an awful one. The missed touchdown to Dunbar was huge.

On the bright side, Solomon Patton has made a number of plays to keep the offense moving.

 

Rush Offense

Matt Jones had a huge fumble on the opening drive and has not found any sort of rhythm. The Gators finally started to find some running room late in the half, but it was too late.

 

Pass Defense

After a shaky start, the Florida defensive line has gotten to Stephen Morris. Dominique Easley has been a monster, and this unit is the only reason that Florida is in this game.

 

Rush Defense 

Duke Johnson has not had any huge plays, but he has repeatedly gotten six or seven yards on every carry. If this unit can maintain, the Gators can stay in it.

 

Special Teams

The blocked punt by Loucheiz Purifoy is the only reason the Gators have any points on the board.

 

Coaching

Going for two points? The sneak on fourth down? Wildcat in the red zone? Just awful. Brent Pease needs to regroup.

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