The Florida Gators no longer control their own destiny in the SEC East after a loss to the Georgia Bulldogs, but still have much to play for including a 10-win season.
While the Gators looked out-played, out-coached, and out-hustled on Saturday the Gators will need to avoid a “hangover” game like last season and not let an inferior team beat them this weekend in Gainesville, in Vanderbilt.
Reviewing the numbers in a loss is always tough because no one wants to see them, but there is a lot to learn in this loss and, frankly, the numbers tell the story.
- The Gators averaged nearly 31 minutes a game in Time of Possession before the Georgia game, where the Georgia game where they ended with just 24:12.
- The Gators also ran their fewest plays in a game (52), their fewest in a game since last season against Colorado State where they ran 44 but scored 48 points, but it was their fewest against a Power 5 team since Michigan in the 2016 Citrus Bowl (52).
- Florida was able to hold Georgia to their fewest rushing yards (119) on the season and held them to zero touchdowns, which is the first game where they didn’t have a rushing touchdown this season.
- On the contrary, they only allowed Florida to gain 21 yards rushing, the fewest they have allowed in a game since Missouri in 2015. The Gators 21 yards are the fewest they have had on the ground since Michigan to start the 2017 season.
- With Kyle Trask throwing for 257 yards, the Gators have thrown for 250 yards in eight games this season. They threw for 250 yards just eight times in their previous 37 games.
- The Gators have 18 turnovers this season, but only one over the last three games – and zero combined in their two losses.
- The Gators have allowed opponents to score the last 11 times they’ve entered the red zone. They started the season only allowing points in five of the 14 previous times.
- The 66.67% (12-of-18) conversion on third down is the worst 3rd down defensive percentage since Kentucky in 2018 (9-of-13) and also a loss. The Gators allowed Jake Fromm to complete 10 passes on third down (77%) for 119 yards and a touchdown on third down.
- The Gators also have 29 sacks this season and have zero combined sacks in their two losses. Over the last two seasons, the Gators have had 66 sacks and just two have happened in their five combined losses.
- Kyle Pitts crossed the 400-yard mark receiving (469) — the first time for a Gators tight end since 2012 with Jordan Reed.