Instant Analysis: Season ending loss

Oct 3, 2021 | 0 comments

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No. 10 Florida bungled their way through a sloppy performance that saw countless penalties and a blocked field goal returned for a touchdown in a 20-13 loss to unranked Kentucky. It was the Wildcats' first home win against the Gators in over 30 years.

Here’s our Instant Analysis:

IT WAS OVER WHEN: Down 20-13, Florida marched down the field with a chance to rescue itself from a woeful performance. After a difficult run of plays in a goal-to-go situation, in a drive extended by a facemask penalty, the Gators had the ball at the eight-yard line. Emory Jones’ pass fell incomplete in the endzone, and the game was over.

THEY STOLE THE SHOW: Despite the offensive woes, this was another good outing from Emory Jones. He completed over 75% of his passes and had an efficient day through the air on what was otherwise a nondescript day for the offense.

The defense was stout against a good Kentucky offense, but it was far from a show-stealing effort.  

THESE STATS DON’T LIE: 15 penalties. 115 penalty yards. That level of undiscipline will doom a team almost every time. The rowdy Kentucky crowd played a role in some procedural penalties, but that many flags, including eight, count them eight, false starts, is inexcusable. 

Equally damning was Florida’s third-down efficiency. The Gators went 3-12 on third down in this game, affected in large by several key penalties. Penalties and third downs will tell you who wins a football game more often than not, and this was no exception. 

THIS MATCH-UP PROVED KEY: Florida’s offensive line, the strength of the team through four weeks, were manhandled by Kentucky’s front seven. The Gators ran for only 171 yards, well under their 300-yard average, and didn’t look anywhere near as dominant upfront. Against Alabama and Tennessee, the Florida offensive line asserted its will and set the tone for the game. Against Kentucky, that dominance was nowhere to be found.

OH WHAT A PLAY: There were some nice plays from Florida on the night, but no real highlights for the Gators. The opening two drives had some nice throws from Jones, including the first collegiate touchdown for Ja’Quavion Fraziars.

UP NEXT: The Gators will host one of the worst teams in America next Saturday when Vanderbilt comes to town. Florida’s Homecoming game is set for a noon kickoff.

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