Not much to be happy about, but ...
The offensive deep freeze would last through the third quarter. It’s nice to brag that your team has come back in the fourth, but it’s better to be leading.
To be honest, with the lack of efficiency and the inability to get Georgia off the field, it felt like the game was getting away from Florida. At one point it was about to go totally South.
Behind 16-3, Kyle Trask took a costly -19 sack late in the third and got badly behind in the chains. A penalty put it at third and 34. THIRD AND THIRTY-FOUR!
It was at that point, around halfway through the third, that I wrote in my notes, “can they make a game of it?”
Momentarily they did.
“And then we found our identity,” said Trask.
A long drive and 23-yard touchdown pass to Van Jefferson brought some life.
“NOW!” exclaimed Gator Radio Network analyst as the score changed to 16-10. “We have us a Georgia-Florida game.”
One last flicker of hope. Plenty of time. But Todd Grantham’s D had no magic today and could not stop Jake Fromm, who crushed it on third down with 12x18.
One of the most critical conversions was Fromm’s 52-yard competition to – who else? – Lawrence Cager again on a 52-yarder. That kept the ball away from Trask, identify or no identity. And polished off Florida in the final seconds, 24-10.
So it’s back to the drawing board for Mullen, with Vandy, Missouri and FSU left and a bowl game. “Plenty of football left,” Mullen rationalized. However, a big chunk of it drifted away down the St. Johns River Saturday.