Florida returned to the win column on Saturday with a dominating 48-10 victory over Colorado State. In what can best be described as a ‘get well game,’ the Gators got back to basics and had some very special, special teams play. It all translated to a 27-3 lead at halftime and the Gators would never look back.
This result was much needed throughout the Gator Nation.
More questions than answers surrounded the Florida program following its loss to Kentucky a week ago. Primarily, how would this football team respond?
The answer: very well.
Florida special teams play was sensational against Colorado State. The Gators made two field goals, blocked a punt for a touchdown, and returned a punt for a touchdown. Florida had more athletes on the field and that was never more clear than when it came to the special teams.
Defensively, the Gators cleaned up their missed tackle woes from last week and put constant pressure on the Rams offense all night. Florida seemingly lived in the Colorado State backfield.
The Gators also shored up their rushing defense as well this week.
After being embarrassed to the tune of over 300 yards rushing by Kentucky one week ago, Florida held Colorado State to just 70 yards on the ground.
One issue that remained, and quite frankly will probably be an issue most of the season, was the play of Feleipe Franks. Franks and the Gator passing game was almost non-existent. Florida managed only 119 yards through the air on 15 pass attempts. That must improve as the UF enters the meat of its SEC schedule beginning next week at Tennessee.
Now, don’t mistake things about this win, Colorado State was a three-touchdown underdog for a reason. Florida was clearly the better team, clearly had the better talent, and should have won the game going away. However, after the events of last week, for Dan Mullen and his staff to have this team ready to play and to come out and dominate is a positive sign moving forward.
The Gators are sure to face more adversity in 2018. Games will certainly not always go according to plan, but they proved on Saturday that they can get off the mat, brush themselves off, and keep moving forward. For a young football team, that is exactly what you want to see.
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