GAINESVILLE, Fla. — There’s a lot to like about Florida’s offensive performance in Saturday’s 38-24 win over Vanderbilt.
The points, obviously. It’s the most the Gators have scored since Oct. 15, 2016.
Florida also had a balanced attack, some aggressive play calls and zero turnovers. Perhaps the most impressive stat, however, is the red-zone efficiency.
The Gators scored on all five of their trips inside the 20-yard line, including four of which resulted in touchdowns.
“We should’ve had that one there right before half. And yet, we needed to get points and that was huge,” UF coach Jim McElwain said in his post-game interview with Brady Ackerman.
The 21-yard field goal by Eddy Pineiro tied the game at 17. Florida outscored the Commodores 21-7 in the second half, with running backs Malik Davis and Lamical Perine totaling 182 yards and 5 touchdowns.
“We hit a couple big plays and then let the O-line take it over. I thought they did that in our big package,” McElwain said. “We bring CeCe [Jefferson] in with Jordan Sherit, who had a great game defensively for us. Those guys look forward to that, and we dented them pretty good when we needed to.”
Quarterback Feleipe Franks enginered Flroida’s final drive of the first half and finished the game with 185 yards on 10-of-14 passing. Luke Del Rio suffered a season-ending injury in the second quarter.
McElwain’s praised the poise Franks showed after Del Rio went down.
“What he did in that one-minute drill and really understanding even when we did get down there, it had to be set your feet and ball out,” McElwain said. “He made some throws that could’ve been caught, and yet gave to a chance to get that field goal.
“Got it tied up and gave us momentum. I think the third quarter, he settled in well. I think our defense was only on the field for maybe 6 or 7 plays in the third quarter. That’s a good thing.”
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