Instant Analysis: Richardson does it again in 42-20 victory

Sep 11, 2021 | 0 comments

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On Saturday afternoon No. 13 Florida headed south to Tampa to play an overmatched USF team in front of a “sell-out” crowd and proceed to walk away with a convincing 42-20 win, that was actually not as close as the score would indicate. 

Here’s the Instant Analysis

IT WAS OVER WHEN: USF turned it over on downs on its third possession with 1:12 left in the first quarter. The Bulls had shown some life with a long second possession drive and had some chunk plays to start their next possession, but once Brenton Cox came free off the edge to force South Florida quarterback Cade Fortin into an incompletion, it was over. 

Florida scored touchdowns on its next three offensive possessions while South Florida’s offense imploded. USF was overmatched from the jump and once their early momentum died, the enormous talent gap showed. The Gators tried to let the Bulls back into it in the second half, but the result was never in doubt.

THEY STOLE THE SHOW: Anthony Richardson is the talk of the town right now, and deservedly so. His downfield passing was fantastic and he was as explosive as ever running the ball. He finished with a team-high 152 passing yards on just three attempts and ran for a team-high 115 yards on just four carries. Unreal stuff from the redshirt freshman.

THESE STATS DON’T LIE: The below tweet sums it up pretty well. Richardson was comically explosive, averaging almost 40 yards per play, in his limited snaps before leaving the game with a hamstring injury. When Emory Jones is in the game, the Gators can move the ball pretty well, but they’re rarely dynamic. Richardson is one of the most dynamic quarterbacks I’ve seen in a while. 

Florida also outgained USF 365-143 in the first half. The Gators completely dominated in the first two quarters and the second half had no real effect on the game.

THIS MATCH-UP PROVED KEY: For as poor as the passing game was last week, it was partially because the receivers weren’t exactly running wide open. This week was a different tune, as the “Endzone Party Boyz” just overmatched their South Florida counterparts, making things much easier for both quarterbacks. Jacob Copeland had himself an afternoon, Justin Shorter was able to routinely gain separation, and the coaching staff was able to get their playmakers into good positions. 

WHAT A PLAY: This game provided highlight after highlight with multiple long touchdown passes and a fantastic Kaiir Elam interception, but just like last week, Anthony Richardson’s legs stole the show. After being (incorrectly) subbed out for Emory Jones on the previous drive, Richardson came into the game with 10:29 in the fourth quarter and humiliated USF’s defense to the tune of an 80-yard touchdown run.

That’s Cam Newton-esque from Richardson.

UP NEXT: The season gets underway proper next week, with the biggest possible SEC opener, hosting No. 1 ranked Alabama in a sold-out Swamp. Weeks One and Two were warmups, next week things get real and the Gators get their biggest test of the season.

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