2011 Florida Football: Grading the Gators vs. Florida State

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2011 Florida Football: Grading the Gators vs. Florida State
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I'm about to write something I think even the most ardent of Florida State football fans won't dispute.

Florida's defense deserved a better fate Saturday night.

I'm not saying the Seminoles didn't fight hard to earn their 21-7 victory in The Swamp. Not at all. Florida State's defense was tremendous as well.

But the Gator D may have played college football's second-best game in a losing effort this season, behind only Alabama in its 9-6 "Game of the Century" loss to LSU.

The 'Noles finished with 95 total yards and just seven first downs. All three touchdowns should be credited to the defense, which returned two interceptions inside the UF 20, leading to scores each time, and another for a TD.

Florida's defense recorded 11 tackles-for-loss, four of which were sacks. It also forced four fumbles (only recovering one). It was a brilliant, if unrewarded, performance.

Quite simply, FSU's offense took advantage of opportunities presented to it, but did little else.

Sometimes, that's all it takes.

On to the Gator grades...

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