Florida vs. Missouri, Theater of Operations: Part two of how the defense and special team performed

Sam Greenwood

As we talked about in part one, part two continues talking about how the defense and special teams carried the Florida Gators to their victory over the Missouri Tigers.

We already went through the talking points yesterday in part one, so we'll just get right to the good stuff.

Play No. 1: Matt Elam's interception

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(Photo courtesy of ESPN)

Just before the snap, Elam is going to call for the switch with Josh Evans and take over as deep safety. Evans will go over to the right side of the field (top of screen).

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(Photo courtesy of ESPN)

It was a play-action designed play and I'm not sure if Missouri quarterback James Franklin knew that Dominique Easley was bearing down on him, but I'd like to think so.

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The ball (red circle) is clearly 5 or 6 yards over the receivers head. But at least it ends up safely into the arms of Elam (yellow circle) who will return the ball 42 yards.

Play No. 2: Jelani Jenkins' sack, forced intentional grounding penalty

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Jenkins is going to come on a blitz on the right side and nobody is even going to come close to putting a body on him.

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Free as a bird.

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As Jenkins is in the process of wrapping up Franklin (yellow square), Easley is breaking off his block and is heading right for the action. He probably would have gotten to Franklin or at least provided serious pressure had Jenkins not gotten to him first.

Play No. 3: Bullard and Easley's sack

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(Photo courtesy of ESPN)

The Gators defense was literally eating the right side of the Missouri offensive line alive the entire game. This play, like the one above, is just another example of that.

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Bullard pretty much immediately beats his block and begins his pursuit of Franklin.

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And then the swarm.

Play No. 4: Jonathan Bostic's interception

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(Photo courtesy of ESPN)

Bostic just drops back into zone coverage.

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There isn't even a whole lot of pressure.

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It is clear that Franklin just didn't see Bostic out in the middle of the field.

Play No. 5: Evans' game winning interception

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(Photo courtesy of ESPN)

Evans is way back in coverage.

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Once again though, no pressure.

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Ballgame. Gators win!

Done. Now go vote.

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