Florida vs. Florida State, Theater of Operations: Gators' offense comes alive against Seminoles

Melina Vastola-US PRESSWIRE

The Florida Gators' offense came to life against the Florida State Seminoles on Saturday to the tune of 37 points. This is part one of how they did it.

For the first time since their game against the South Carolina Gamecocks, the Florida Gators saw their offense come to life. Sure, they took advantage of five turnovers and got to play on a short field, but that's football: Sometimes you get to take advantage of mistakes.

And, this time, the Gators also racked up 394 yards of offense against what was supposed to be the No. 1 defense in the country.

I guess it's easy to have impressive defensive stats when you play Wake Forest, Duke, Boston College and N.C. State on a regular basis. That murderers' row definitely helps to make you overrated as a unit.

In all seriousness, though, the Florida State Seminoles have a great defense. It just wasn't good enough on Saturday.

We'll get into the statistics more in part two tomorrow morning, but for now, let's just get to the breakdown of a couple of plays.

Play No. 1: Jeff Driskel's 31-yard run


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This is the difference between Driskel and Jacoby Brissett. It's also the difference between an ankle just good enough to run on and one that is near perfect condition. The ankle only hurts him here at the end of the play.


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Even though it is third down, you can kind of take an educated guess that this was a running play from the start. Especially when you notice how the blocking is being done.


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After Driskel takes off, he gets a great block from Jordan Reed that allows him to get the first down.


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After a nice cut inside, he gets another great block from Frankie Hammond Jr.


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This is where having an ankle that isn't 100 percent hurts Driskel and the Gators. This little plant and attempt to cut here looked awkward and it looks like it hurt. Even his fall after the tackle looked like it was done gingerly. If Driskel's ankle is fine, he cuts this upfield and probably gains more than five additional yards.

Play No. 2: Mike Gillislee's nine-yard touchdown run


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Gillislee is going to get the pitch out wide on this play, which allows the time necessary for the blockers to get set up and take care of business on their end. You're not supposed to be able to run wide on great (and fast) defenses.


Makes you kind of think, especially since this really isn't a play we've seen a whole lot of this year. Those couple extra weeks of planning while we were screwing around with Louisiana-Lafayette and Jacksonville State may have paid off here.


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The block of Xavier Nixon's career? Maybe. He is going to take the only free defender and have his way with him.


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Nixon handles his block, while there is only one free Seminole that can stop the play. That is Christian Jones (No. 7) and Gillislee is going to make sure that he misses the tackle.


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Gillislee breaks through the tackle of Jones and heads right into another Seminole linebacker, Vince Williams (No. 11).


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Gillislee makes sure that Williams isn't an issue on the play, either. Touchdown, Gators.

As we said at the beginning of the breakdown, we'll get to the second half tomorrow morning. For now, just enjoy Driskel's 31-yard run on a bum ankle and Gillislee's ability to get through two linebackers on the same play against the No. 1 defense in the country.


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