The Florida Gators’ 51-35 win over Ole Miss on Saturday produced a lot of offensive highlights — for both sides.
We’ll try to stick to the ones for the good guys in this post.
First, here’s Florida’s official highlights package. (Warning: Contains Ole Miss TDs.)
Full game highlights from our 51-35 win over Ole Miss ⤵️#GoGators pic.twitter.com/1TwBSvW8kP— Gators Football (@GatorsFB) September 26, 2020
The official account also threw up a great field-level angle of Kadarius Toney’s 50-yard run in the first half.
️ @0fficialC2N pic.twitter.com/DGopQCIxMl— Gators Football (@GatorsFB) September 26, 2020
But Toney’s greatest highlight might’ve been a much simpler one: A vicious spin on a whip route freed him for a key third-down conversion.
This route from Kadarius Toney pic.twitter.com/Bbsez8akNC— Trevor Sikkema (@TampaBayTre) September 26, 2020
Florida’s running game was mostly an afterthought on the day, but it still produced a handful of highlights. Malik Davis trying to tear a defenders’ tendons was one of them.
Yikes ! pic.twitter.com/3PW7xXq8Cf— Will Blackmon (@WillBlackmon) September 26, 2020
Brett Heggie put a defender on a poster — and on the ground — on a powerful run block.
#Florida C Brett Heggie driving the defender 11 yards up the field. You love to see it on a Saturday #GoGators pic.twitter.com/rV9sCtiJFi— A ron Bloch (@PFF_Aaron) September 26, 2020
And redshirt freshman Nay’Quan Wright showed off his shiftiness on a nice catch-and-run late in the game.
Redshirt freshman Nay’Quan Wright is all about the jukes. #Gators pic.twitter.com/L2JUQDhOno— OnlyGators.com Florida Gators news (@onlygators) September 26, 2020
And, yes, Florida’s defense made a couple of highlights happen despite hemorrhaging points and yards.
Linebacker Ventrell Miller — who looked notably faster, with the broadcast crew attributing that to his losing weight this offseason — put a pair of great clips on his reel on one series in the second quarter, tracking and tackling a runner in space and destroying a third-down run by solidly filling a gap.
Come for the 1st down stop by Ventrell Miller, stay for the 3rd down bundle job. pic.twitter.com/9xXZTctpJT— Brian Shacochis (aka Shack, aka Shacknado) (@DynastyTools) September 26, 2020
And the revamped Florida front seven made one of the day’s biggest plays in tandem early on, as Brenton Cox Jr. leapt to swap a Matt Corral pass and redirected it right to the chest of Gervon Dexter, helping to erase an Ole Miss drive that seemed destined for points.
GERVON DEXTER is having a debut to remember for @GatorsFB!— CHRIS TORELLO (@TorelloSports) September 26, 2020
An INT in his first game! @GervonDexter @lwhs_f #Gators pic.twitter.com/jdSM49WXgd
Maybe the day’s most important clip came before the opening kickoff, though. Both teams — players, coaches, and staffers — kneeled down before the kick to “acknowledge the unrest in our country surrounding the treatment of African Americans.”
A showing of unity ❤️— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 26, 2020
Players and coaches on both teams took a knee ahead of Florida vs. Ole Miss. pic.twitter.com/cKqCJkorpy
September 26, 2020
That, too, was worth some applause.