Discussion in 'RayGator's Swamp Gas' started by ETGator, Nov 12, 2022.
CBN, PT & the coaches inherited a team that was abandoned by Mullen and Grantham. I think the word 'abandoned' is more appropriate than saying the team quit. New system, new coaches, trying to create a new, winning culture. Patience by us fans is what they deserved, not flack. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, however a few games into this project and we all need to continue to be patient. The theories on CBN and PT's 'schemes' were, IMO, half baked. Obviously the work they did on building a winning culture is starting to pay dividends.
It's still going to take a few years to catch Georgia, so we have to be patient. I truly believe we got the right guy to coach us.
Now we need to sink the Commodores, and Chomp the nolies..
Love Etienne..so glad we have him on our team
Happy to see the aggressiveness on defense and the turnovers. Happy to see the ground game do so well. Thought we kind of took the pedal off the gas a bit in the second half...I prefer the "go for the throat" approach, but perhaps SC played better than in the first half. Finally good to see AR run the ball. Wish he would learn some touch and improve his timing. Threw a lot of balls behind guys tonight. But if was an encouraging game. Maybe we need to hire the special teams coordinator from SC. We have good kickers, but we could use better returns and at least some pressure on FG attempts and punts. Let's see if we continue to improve next week and against FSU.
If AR were to be drafted it would be as a project. He wouldn't last long as a running QB in the NFL. Still, some team might draft him as trade bait so we'll just have to wait and see.
The remainder of this season should be fun.
I have it on the best of authorities that this was AR’s last game at The Swamp.
2022 Florida Football Postgame Notes
Florida 38, South Carolina 6
November 12, 2022
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Steve Spurrier-Florida Field – Gainesville, Fla.
Gators Run Wild to Clinch Fifth-Consecutive Bowl Berth
• Florida’s win today makes the program bowl eligible for the fifth-straight season and for the eighth time in the last nine campaigns.
• The Gators totaled their most rushing yards (374) in an SEC game in over a decade – since running
for 405 yards vs. Kentucky on Sept. 24, 2011.
o This is Florida’s third-highest rushing total in an SEC game since 1996.
o Florida’s 374 yards rushing was the team’s most since running for 400 yards in the 2021
season opener vs. Florida Atlantic (Sept. 4, 2021).
• Florida turned in its first 300-yard rushing performance of the season and third since the start of the 2021 campaign.
• The Gators had two 100-yard rushers in the same game for the first time in 22 contests, as Montrell Johnson Jr. (161 yards) and Trevor Etienne (100 yards) both surpassed the century mark.
o Last time: Sept. 4, 2021 vs. Florida Atlantic QB Anthony Richardson (160) & RB Malik Davis
• Three different Gators rushed for over 95 yards, as QB Anthony Richardson finished with 96 yards rushing on 15 carries.
o Richardson, Johnson Jr., and Etienne each scored a rushing touchdown.
• Florida averaged 6.9 yards per carry, while South Carolina rushed for 1.9 yards per attempt. Gators Offense
● Florida fumbled on its final possession of the game, ending a streak of 50-consecutive offensive
possessions without a turnover.
o It was Florida’s first turnover since Week 7 vs. LSU.
● The Gators’ 6.1 yards per carry ranks second in the FBS and is on track to set a school record.
● Florida’s 225.7 rushing yards per game ranks 12th in the FBS.
● Florida scored its most unanswered points to open a game (24) since Oct. 9, 2021 vs. Vanderbilt (42-0).
● Florida scored 21 points in the first quarter against a Power Five opponent for the first time since Sept. 24, 2011 at Kentucky.
● First Half Superlatives:
o Florida outscored South Carolina, 24-7.
o Florida out-gained South Carolina, 362-112.
▪ UF out-rushed USC, 281-24.
o The Gators totaled 16 first downs while the Gamecocks had six.
o Florida won the time-of-possession battle, 16:55 to 13:05.
● The Gators eclipsed 400 yards for the fifth time this season including the fourth time in the last seven
o Florida amassed 400-plus total yards for the 22nd time in its last 33 games including 35 of
the last 52 contests.
● The Gators eclipsed 500 yards for the third time this season including the third time in the last seven games.
o This is the 15th time in Florida’s last 34 games that the Gators have totaled 500-plus yards.
● The Gators have rushed for 100-plus yards in 12-straight games including all ten games so far this season.
o The Gators have now rushed for 100-plus yards in 21 of their last 23 games.
o Florida has rushed for 100-plus yards in 50 of its last 61 games.
● Florida rushed for 200-plus yards for the seventh time in ten games this season and for the fifth time in the last six games.
o Florida posted its 13th game of 200-plus rushing yards in the last 23 contests.
o This marks Florida’s 25th 200-plus yard rushing game in its last 61 games.
● Today marked Florida’s third 300-yard rushing game across the past two seasons (23 games).
o Week 11 vs. South Carolina was Florida’s first 300-yard rushing game of the season.
That’s Russian interference and misinformation
The best authority is him. What did he say?
● The Gators have out-gained their opponents in 17 of the last 23 games dating back to last season
(South Carolina, UCF, USF, Missouri, LSU, Georgia).
● Florida scored 30 points for the sixth time this season including the sixth time in the last eight games.
o The Gators scored 30-plus points for the 38th time in their last 61 games, including scoring 30-plus in 25 of the team’s last 37 games.
o The Gators scored 30-plus points seven times in 15 games last season.
● RB Montrell Johnson Jr. set a new single-game career high with 161 yards rushing, topping his previous best of 150 rushing yards vs Arkansas State on Oct. 21, 2021.
o Johnson Jr. rushed for 100-plus yards for the fifth time in his career and for the third time as a Gator.
o Johnson Jr. also set a career high with 24 rush attempts.
● Johnson Jr. and RB Trevor Etienne have combined for one rushing TD in all ten games this season.
o The duo has combined for 14 total rushing touchdowns.
o The duo has combined for 39 of Florida’s 65 explosive rushes (10-plus yards) this season (60.0%).
● WR Ricky Pearsall hauled in his third touchdown reception as a Gator to put Florida ahead, 14-0, in the first quarter.
o The grab was Pearsall’s longest touchdown reception of the season.
o It was the eighth receiving TD of Pearsall’s career.
o It was the 11th touchdown (rushing or receiving) of his career.
o The score marked his fourth TD of the season (three receiving, one rushing).
● Pearsall has now caught a pass in 25 consecutive games.
● TE Jonathan Odom caught his first career pass and later hauled in his first-career touchdown.
o Odom finished with two receptions for six yards on top of the score.
● With Odom finding the stat sheet, 19 different players have caught at least one pass for Florida this season.
● Etienne’s 85-yard TD rush was the seventh-longest TD rush in school history, and the longest by a Florida player since Lamical Perine’s 88-yard TD run vs. Auburn in 2019.
o Etienne’s big score is tied for the eighth-longest TD rush in the FBS this season.
o It marked the second-longest TD run by a Florida freshman in school history (John L. Williams, 86 yards vs. West Texas State, 1982).
o Etienne’s 85-yard TD was Florida’s second-longest TD run since 1988 – when Emmitt Smith ripped off a 96-yard TD (longest in school history) vs. Mississippi State.
● Etienne finished with a career-high 100 yards rushing.
● WR Caleb Douglas made his first-career start, becoming the first true freshman to start at wide receiver since Kadarius Toney vs. Kentucky on Sept. 23, 2017.
o Douglas is one of four true freshmen to start for the Gators this season, along with LB Shemar James, DB Kamari Wilson and S Miguel Mitchell (also vs. South Carolina).
o Douglas is one of six freshmen (true or redshirt) to start for Florida this season, joining James, Wilson, Mitchell, DL Justus Boone (R-Fr.) and OL Austin Barber (R-Fr.).
● Florida opened the scoring with a 14-play, 75-yard touchdown drive capped off by a three-yard
touchdown rush by QB Anthony Richardson.
o It marked Richardson’s ninth rushing TD of the season and the 12th of his career.
● Florida scored on its opening drive for the fifth time this season, including scoring an opening-drive touchdown for the third time this year (first opening drive TD since Week 7 vs. LSU).
● Richardson’s nine rushing TDs rank second among SEC QBs and rank t-fifth in the FBS.
● WR Kahleil Jackson set a career high with 23 yards receiving.
● Florida posted its best defensive performance in terms of points allowed (six) since shutting out
Vanderbilt, 42-0, on Oct. 9, 2021.
● Florida opened the second half by forcing a fumble on three-straight possessions – and recovering all three.
● Florida held its opponent to under 300 total yards of offense for the second time this season. o This is the sixth time since the start of the 2021 season that the Gators have held an
opponent to 300 yards or fewer.
● Florida held its opponent to under 200 passing yards for the third time in its last 11 matchups.
o This is the tenth time since the start of the 2021 season that the Gators have allowed 200 or fewer passing yards in a game.
● The Gators allowed fewer than 100 rushing yards for the second time this season
Odd peeve of mine - but I hate when sports references are made “the first time since…” and then the comparison is fairly recent history. 2017 was just a few years ago. This is not a situation where a large amount of time has passed since a big milestone. Using a phrase like “first time since” should be reserved in order to demonstrate the scarcity and infrequency of an achievement (IMO having at minimum 10 years past if not more). “First playoff appearance since 2018”… what? That was just a few years ago. First playoff appearance since 2001…now we are taking about a serious time lapse between achievements. Sorry weird rant, I just see “first time since” used way too much in sports reporting.
Wait, I saw him dancing and jumping on his way to sing the alma mater and he ran in front of the rest of the team clapping his hands and looked like he was loving life. First impression was your post was in jest. I didn’t keep the recorded game on after that, so I didn’t see him walk off the field. Did he really look dejected? ( I was out of town so I had to record and watch)
He was having a great time. He's pretty low key most of the time.
o This is the fifth time since the start of the 2021 campaign that Florida has allowed 100 or fewer rushing yards.
● The Gators recorded three sacks in tonight’s game.
o Since the start of last season, Florida has out-sacked its opponents by a plus-29 margin.
o Florida’s 174 sacks since 2018 season ranks second in the SEC and seventh nationally –trailing (or tied with) only Clemson (213), Pittsburgh (212), Alabama (197), Miami (181) and Ohio State (174).
o Florida ranked tied for 14th in the FBS and second in the SEC with 34 sacks last season.
● With three takeaways vs. Georgia, Florida’s defense has now produced 97 turnovers since 2018,
which ranks third in the SEC and tied for 20th in the FBS.
o The Gators have produced 19 turnovers this season with at least one each game.
o The Gators have produced multiple turnovers in six games this season.
o The Gators’ 19 forced turnovers this season rank second in the SEC and t-ninth in the Power 5.
● DB Rashad Torrence II forced and recovered a fumble in the third quarter, becoming the first UF
player to force and recover a fumble on the same play since Taven Bryan vs. South Carolina on Nov. 12, 2016 – six years to the date.
o It marked Torrence II’s first-career forced fumble and a second-career fumble recovery.
● Strangely enough, DL Desmond Watson accomplished the same feat on Florida’s next defensive
stand, forcing a fumble and recovering it for Florida’s second takeaway.
o It marked the first forced fumble and a fumble recovery in Watson’s career.
● S Kamari Wilson produced Florida’s third forced fumble of the game, marking the first of his career.
o Florida’s three forced fumbles (Torrence II, Watson, Wilson) came on three-straight drives to open the third quarter.
o S Trey Dean was credited with the fumble recovery – his second of the season and the third of his career.
● LB Ventrell Miller finished with four solo tackles, 2.0 TFL and one QB hurry.o Miller’s 2.0 TFL tied a career-high (sixth time).
● DL Gervon Dexter picked up 0.5 sack to move his season totals to 2.0 sacks and 3.0 TFL.
● DE Princely Umanmielen registered 0.5 sack to increase his season totals to 3.5 sacks and 7.5 TFL.
o Umanmielen also added two QB hurries.
● S Miguel Mitchell made his first-career start, becoming one of four true freshmen to start for theGators this season along with LB Shemar James, DB Kamari Wilson and WR Caleb Douglas.
● S Tre’Vez Johnson recorded 1.0 TFL to bring his season total to 2.0.
● LB Amari Burney finished with four tackles (one solo) and 0.5 TFL.
● DL Desmond Watson totaled three tackles, 0.5 TFL and one forced fumble.
● LB Antwaun Powell-Ryland Jr. notched 1.0 solo sack for the second-straight game.
o Powell-Ryland Jr. now has 2.0 sacks and 4.0 TFL on the season.
● DB Jordan Young recorded his first-career pass breakup.
● LB Derek Wingo tallied his first-career sack in the fourth quarter.
● LB Bryce Capers made his collegiate debut.
Florida Special Teams
● P Jeremy Crawshaw punted two times for an average of 58.0 yards, including a long kick of 67yards, one 50-plus yard punt and one kick inside the opposing 20-yard line.
o Crawshaw’s 67-yard punt was his longest of the season (career long: 69).
o Crawshaw has punted for 50-plus yards on 28 of 671 career punts.
● K Adam Mihalek went 1-for-2 on field goal attempts.
o Mihalek connected on a 28-yard attempt in the second quarter.
o Mihalek’s 36-yard attempt in the third quarter was blocked.
Explosive Plays (13)
● Anthony Richardson: 10-yard rush, first quarter
● Montrell Johnson Jr.: 22-yard rush, first quarter
● Caleb Douglas (from Anthony Richardson): 27-yard reception, first quarter
● Ricky Pearsall (from Anthony Richardson): 15-yard TD reception, first quarter
● Trevor Etienne: 85-yard TD rush, first quarter
● Anthony Richardson: 23-yard rush, second quarter
● Montrell Johnson Jr.: 31-yard rush, second quarter
In the 3rd quarter of that game specifically. Man/press on the back-end with pressure on the QB up front works.
● Montrell Johnson Jr.: 20-yard rush, second quarter
● Anthony Richardson: 19-yard rush, second quarter
● Anthony Richardson: 18-yard rush, second quarter
● Montrell Johnson Jr.: 11-yard rush, third quarter
● Lorenzo Lingard: 10-yard rush, fourth quarter
● Kahleil Jackson (from Jalen Kitna): 23-yard reception, fourth quarter
● Tonight’s game represented the 43rd all-time meeting between Florida and South Carolina including the 19th matchup in Gainesville.
● With tonight’s victory, Florida improves to 30-10-3 (.733) vs. South Carolina and 17-2 (.895) at home.
● The Gators are now 25-7 (.781) against the Gamecocks since 1964 and have won four-straight home games in the series since 2016.
• HC Billy Napier defeated SC HC Shane Beamer in their first meeting as head coaches.
• This year’s matchup marked Florida’s largest defeat over South Carolina (38-6) since the Gators’ 44-11 home victory (33 points) over the Gamecocks on Oct. 20, 2012.
• Florida held South Carolina to its fewest total yards in the head-to-head series since November 14, 2015 (201 yards allowed).
o South Carolina’s 44 yards rushing were the team’s lowest against Florida since Nov. 12, 2016 (43 yards).
● Florida boasts a 355-113-13 (.752) all-time record at The Swamp, holding the second-highest home winning percentage in the nation since 1990 with a 174-34 (.837) record.
o The Gators have outscored opponents, 7,828 to 3,369 in 208 games inside The Swamp, putting the average outcome at 37.6 to 16.2 (21.4 points).
● UF has scored in 433-consecutive games -- which is an NCAA record and 56 games longer than any other college football team in history.
o The Gators broke Michigan’s record of 365-consecutive games (1984-2014) against LSU on Oct. 7, 2017.
● Florida has finished with fewer than 10 penalties in 49 of its last 54 games.
● Florida Game Captains: #2 Amari Burney, #76 Richard Gouriage, #51 Ventrell Miller, #86 Jordan Pouncey
● South Carolina won the toss and deferred; South Carolina defended the south end zone.
● Attendance: 89,454
Seems like they are jelling well and growing as a team. Damn sure hope I didn’t just jinx us…
Let's be a little real... the schedule also lightened up.
I hear you on special teams but it looks like adjustments are being made. I think Ricky was the punt return man the entire second half. I say he or Etienne should get the return reps