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

Brett Gering@BrettGeringCorrespondent IOctober 5, 2013

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Loucheiz Purifoy and Solomon Patton headlined a 30-10 blowout for Will Muschamp's 4-1 Florida Gators. 


Arkansas - 10

Florida - 30

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Game analysis for the Florida Gators

Pass Offense: Tyler Murphy's passing statistics were partially inflated due to two game-breaking runs after the catch by Solomon Patton. That being said, Murphy looked infinitely more comfortable in the pocket throughout the second half.

Run Offense: Mack Brown offered a few promising glimpses of hope after halftime, but they were few and far between. The offensive line failed to gain any semblance of leverage and struggled to create creases. Matt Jones often looked a gear slower than his pursuers. 

Run Defense: Florida's stout run defense finally emerged in the third and fourth quarters. However, the unit didn't hit its stride until the Arkansas backfield had already carved it for chunks of yardage throughout the first half.  

Pass Defense: In a collaborative effort, Florida's coverage and pass rush constantly bewildered Brandon Allen. Loucheiz Purifoy smothered Allen and his receiving corps to the point where it felt like he was teleporting across the field. Even when Razorbacks wideouts created separation, they often dropped surefire receptions.

Special Teams: A blocked field goal, misfired extra point and shanked punt didn't help efforts, but Trey Burton did manage to headline a 32-yard punt return. 

Coaching: The Gators' offensive drives were disjointed at best until Solomon Patton tacked on a touchdown seconds prior to halftime. After that, the on-field execution—on both sides of the ball—rewarded the play-calling.


GAINESVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 21: Wide receiver Solomon Patton #83 of the Florida Gators runs with a pass against the Tennessee Volunteers September 21, 2013 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field in Gainesville, Florida.  The Gators won 31 - 17. (Pho
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First-half analysis for the Florida Gators

Pass Offense: Tyler Murphy consistently eluded oncoming pressure like an athletic psychic. However, his accuracy wavered, and the passing game especially sputtered throughout much of the second quarter. Solomon Patton single-handedly redeemed the aerial attack seconds before halftime, utilizing blurring speed to churn out a 51-yard touchdown. 

Run Offense: The Razorbacks dominated the line of scrimmage, penetrating the backfield and suffocating gaps on a regular basis. As a result, Matt Jones averaged an unimpressive 2.4 yards per carry.

Run Defense: Coming into Week 6, Florida's stingy run defense allowed a meager 53.5 yards per game (No. 1 in the FBS). Arkansas eclipsed that benchmark before the final whistle of the first quarter sounded, as a trio of rushers each amassed at least one rush of double-digit yardage. 

Pass Defense: Loucheiz Purifoy doubled as a one-man show. The junior made a beeline toward Brandon Allen on a corner blitz and forced a fumble, then later victimized the passer for a pick-six after jumping what initially began as a hitch route. 

Special Teams: A blocked field goal squandered Florida's first opportunity to gain the early edge. Solid coverage lent a helping hand to the defense. 

Coaching: The play-calling hasn't been problematic. The same can't be said for the execution.