Three things we learned from the Gators 37-20 win:
1. The Gators have found their quarterback.
It is now obvious that the preseason QB battle between Jeff Driskel and fellow sophomore Jacoby Brissett is now officially over.
Driskel has led the Gators to two consecutive second-half rallies on the road – in front of nearly 90,000 fans last week at Texas A&M and in front of more than 100,000 fans Saturday at UT.
Driskel did it Saturday with his arm (14-of-20 for 219 yards and two TDs) and his legs (8 carries for 81 yards). And, unlike last week when he held the ball too long and was sacked eight times, he did not take a single sack on Saturday. He is clearly getting better every week.
2. Get Trey Burton the ball.
UF Offensive coordinator Brent Pease coach seemed to forget about the versatile junior during the first two games, when Burton had two carries for one yard and four catches for 28 yards. At Tennessee, Burton had his biggest game as a Gator since a six-touchdown performance against Kentucky as a freshman in 2010.
Burton finished with 129 yards of total offense and had a hand in 17 of Florida’s points.
Burton finished with 91 yards rushing yards on three carries and scored two touchdowns, including a game-turning 80-yard run around the right end on first down. On the play, Burton lined up in the Wildcat and burned the Vols defense again when he faked an end-around to wide receiver Andre Debose.
In the first quarter, Pease lined the Gators up in the Wildcat package, with Burton at quarterback. Burton faked an end-around to Debose and went 14 yards untouched around right end to give Florida a 7-0 lead.
Burton also caught a 32-yard pass from Driskel to set up a third-quarter field goal to cut the lead to 14-13.
3. Florida is a second-half team.
Halftime has been go time for Florida in 2012.
Slow starts have been problematic for the Gators this season, but so far, it hasn’t hurt them. In three games this season, Florida has outscored its opponents 50-13 in the second half.
For two straight weeks, the Gators have rallied back from halftime deficits — the first two rallies of that kind under coach Will Muschamp.
UF has yet to allow points in the fourth quarter this season and based on Florida’s 17 fourth-quarter points against Tennessee, the offense proved its ability to close down a tight game. Whether this trend will continue as the Gators get into the meat of theirSEC schedule remains to be seen, but for now, they have controlled the final 30 minutes as well as any other team in college football in 2012.
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