Behind the Numbers: Florida Gators vs. Florida State Seminoles

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Nov 16, 2019; Columbia, MO, USA; Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen talks with quarterback Kyle Trask (11) in a time out during the first half against the Missouri Tigers at Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

What another great victory for your Florida Gators over the Florida State Seminoles!

The Florida Gators are State Champs for the first time since 2008 and have beaten Florida State two years in a row for the first time since 2008 and 2009. The Gators have their first back-to-back 10-win seasons for the first time since those aforementioned two years and are likely on their way to a “New Years Six” Bowl Game in back-to-back years for the first time ever.

The Gators dominated all facets of the game (sans a few strange special teams plays) and never once looked like they were in jeopardy of not blowing out a Florida State team that looked frankly unprepared, disorganized, and average at best.

As the Gators wait on their ranking in the CFB Playoff Poll and await the results of next week’s Conference Championship games, the coaching staff will turn to recruiting and closing in on a top-10 recruiting class before finding out their Bowl opponent.

  • Florida is 13-0-0 against FSU when only they are ranked.
  • The Gators 11 250+-yard passing games this season equal more than the Gators have had over the last three seasons combined (8).
  • The Gators had four games this season with a 70% (or greater) completion percentage for the second time under Dan Mullen. They had not done that in a season before since 2013.
  • The Gators 32 passing touchdowns are the most they’ve had since 2008 (33). If they finish above 34 on the season they will have the third-most passing touchdowns in a season (42 – 1996; 41- 2001).
  • The Gators 3,605 yards passing are the most in a season since 2001 (4,457).
  • The Gators rushed for under 100-yards for the fourth time this season (77), they last did that in 2017 and then last in 2010.
  • Kyle Pitts (51) is the first Gator since Antonio Callaway (2016) to have 50+ receptions. He currently ranks 4th in the country in receptions by a tight end.
  • Kyle Trask (8.3 yards per attempt) ranks 5th all-time (tied with Rex Grossman) in UF history in yards per attempt of those with over 100 passing attempts.
  • Lamical Perine ends his Florida Gators career (pre-bowl) ranking 28th all-time in scoring – ahead of the likes of Jeff Demps, Chris Rainey, and Ciatrick Faison.
  • The Gators 40 punts were their fewest in a season since 2009 (34).
  • The Gators only allowed teams to convert 32.89% of third downs in wins but allowed 59.1% in losses.
  • Teams only scored 20 of the 31 times they entered the red-zone against the Gators, which ranks 1st in the country (64.52%). The Gators ranked 116th last season.
  • The Gators have the 10th ranked defense – and are ranked in the top-10 in defense for the first time since 2016.
  • The Gators rank fourth in the country in sacks (46) and number one in the country against Power 5 teams (36).
  • The Gators rank number one in the country in fewest points allowed at home (5.5). The Gators beat teams at home on average 39.5-5.5.
Daniel Thompson
Dan Thompson is a 2010 graduate of the University Florida, graduating with a degree in Economics and a degree in Political Science. During this time at UF, Dan worked three years for the Florida Gator Football team as a recruiting ambassador. Dan dealt daily with prospects, NCAA guidelines, and coaching staff. Dan was also involved in Florida Blue Key, Student Government and Greek Life. Currently, Dan oversees the IT consulting practice of a Tampa-based company. Dan enjoys golfing, country music, bourbon, travel, oysters, and a medium-rare steak. Dan can be found on Twitter at @DK_Thompson.