TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Despite a sloppy first half of football Alabama was able to take control of the game in the second half and outclassed the Florida Gators to the tie of a 42-21 drubbing at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Here is the good, the bad and the ugly from Florida’s first conference loss of the season.
The Good: Florida was able to create turnovers
The Gators offense was lifeless in Tuscaloosa. All 21 of Florida’s points came as a direct result of the defense creating a turnover. Actually, Florida’s offense only accounted for 14 points because Keanu Neal’s scoop and score — the first fumble recovery for a touchdown by the Gators since Jaye Howard accomplished the feat against Kentucky in 2011. Neiron Ball forced the fumble and Neal was able to take it 49 yards into the end zone.
Marcus Maye forced a fumble that Vernon Hargreaves recovered in the first quarter. Leon Orr forced a fumble on Alabama’s first drive of the second quarter that was recovered by Dante Fowler Jr. Ball also tipped a pass at the line of scrimmage that Antonio Morrison was able to come away with.
Four turnovers against the No. 3 team in the country is no small feat and a positive to take away from this game.
The bad: Jeff Driskel
Jeff Driskel’s final stat line reads: 9-28, 93 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions.
Treon Harris didn’t play a single snap tonight, the second game in a row that Harris hasn’t played. With Driskel stringing together two bad performances together it had fans on social media calling for a quarterback change — even a very famous alumni weighed in.
The Ugly: The defense
We credited the defense for being able to take the ball away but they had a terrible night on third down (Alabama converted 12-of-16 attempts) and gave up a school record 645 yards of offense.
The defensive tipping point was when Alabama was able to run a 16-play, 66 yard touchdown drive that ate up 7:15 of the clock and gave the Tide a 28-21 lead. Florida never recovered from that point.