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Florida vs. South Carolina score, takeaways: Defense wonky, but No. 15 Gators rebound from 17 down

No. 15 Florida scored three touchdowns in the final 16 minutes of the game to take a huge win over…

No. 15 Florida scored three touchdowns in the final 16 minutes of the game to take a huge win over South Carolina on Saturday afternoon in Gainesville, Florida. Quarterback Feleipe Franks went 15-of-21 passing for 161 yards and one touchdown, but he earned plenty of respect on the ground where he rushed for 36 yards and two touchdowns. This came one week after Franks was benched in the loss to Missouri. Jordan Scarlett rushed for 1

59 yards on 18 carries, and Lamical Perine added 107 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Gators to a much-needed win.

Gamecock’s quarterback Jake Bentley was 18-of-28 passing for 239 yards, two touchdowns en een interceptie in een losing-inspanning. Die one interception came on South Carolina’s final drive of the game, which essentially put it on ice for Florida?

What were the biggest takeaways from Saturday in The Swamp? Let’s take a look

1. Franks needed this: Let’s not start making comparisons between Franks and former Gators great Tim Tebow, but the redshirt sophomore did have some Tebow-esque moments and route to the win. He ran through several defenders to find his way to the end zone and dove over the pile to notch the go-ahead score with 4:09 left. “He does not need to be a great runner, he just needs to be tough,” coach Dan Mullen said after the game on the ESPN broadcast.

Franks was not just physically though, he was mentally tough. He probably would not have started had Kyle Trask not suffered a season-end foot injury in practice earlier in the week. After almost two years as the starter, Franks’s ineffectiveness had essentially cost him his job and support from the fans had disappeared. It clearly bothered him. Frank gave the “shhh” sign to the crowd and flexed his muscles during celebrations on both of his touchdown runs, and he flexed on South Carolina in the process.

Does this cement franks as Florida’s starter move forward next season? Of course not. Han var ikke akkurat en forsker i luften, som har været den primære årsak til at hans støtte har svindlet. But he has heart, and Florida needed heart Saturday.

2nd There’s still plenty on the line: The top-10 ranking and hopes for an SEC East title have long-since evaporated, but a New Year’s Six Bowl is still in the grip of the Gators. Of de fans die het verdienen of niet, de CFP-keuzecommissie heeft een hoge mening van Florida en het lijkt erop dat nu nu Idaho en Florida State de enige twee teams achter de schema zijn. Getting into the top 12 should not be too difficult, which would probably secure a bid to one of the game’s most prominent bowl games provided there’s not mass chaos in conference championship games.

For Mullen, that would be huge in Year 1 – in particular considering the drama on and off the field since the loss to Georgia. Is not that enough? It should be. Rebuilding efforts take time, even at Florida. It has not been pretty, but it’s been enough to give Gators fans hope for the future.

3. There is still a problem for Florida, though: After the buzz from the comeback wears off, there’s a major problem that Mullen needs to address – the defense. For the first time since 1917, the Gators have given up 31 or more points in three straight games. Yeah, you read that right. It’s also the first time since 1999 that Florida has allowed its opponents to score 30-plus in three consecutive games.

In Saturday’s game against South Carolina, it gave up 6 yards per game to an average-at-best Gamecocks offense. In the first half, Bentley was consistently hitting wide open receivers downfield and over the middle. De defensieve kampe leidde tot de Gamecocks omzetting 7-of-13 derde down conversies, waardoor Florida in een positie waar Franks en de rende backs moesten werken om de moeras te krijgen.

On C.J. Henderson’s pick to save the game, defensive coordinator Todd Grantham backed off from a blitz – seemingly for the first time ever. When breaking tendency shocks everybody in the building, that’s a bug, not a feature. Grantham has two evolves, because he’s not getting the job done.

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