Inside the Numbers: Gators finally rack up the sacks, double season total
Following a huge come-from-behind win over Tennessee last weekend, the Gators face an equally important challenge this Saturday with a night home game against LSU.
Before the two teams kick off this weekend, we look into some of the good and bad numbers for the Florida Gators so far this season.
8: turnover margin. The Gators haven’t excelled in too many areas this season, but they have undoubtedly dominated turnover margin category. With a TO margin of plus-eight, Florida leads the SEC and is tied for fourth in the nation. As long as the Gators keep winning the turnover battle, that should keep them competitive in most of their games.
6: sacks by Florida against Tennessee. The Gators doubled their season total in just one game. Thanks to a huge performance by Bryan Cox, Florida was able to get constant pressure on quarterback Justin Worley. Head coach Will Muschamp said last week they needed to get a better pass rush in order to help solve some of the defensive issues and they did. Florida held Tennessee to just 233 yards of total offense and the pressure in the backfield played a big role in that dominating performance.
49: yard game-winning field goal hit by Austin Hardin. Aside from it being the play that gave the Gators the lead and eventually a big road win, it also signified a huge moment for Hardin. The redshirt sophomore kicker had struggled mightily at Florida, despite being the No. 1 high school kicker in 2012. Known for his strong leg, it was his first conversion from more than 40 yards.
3: interceptions by Jeff Driskel against Tennessee. Three more last weekend brings his interception total to six over the last three games. He’ll get an opportunity to redeem himself this weekend against LSU, but if he continues to be turnover-prone, the leash will get shorter and shorter for Driskel.
15: drops by Florida wide receivers this season. Obviously, Driskel hasn’t played well, but his receivers didn’t do him any favors. A key misplay and drop by Demarcus Robinson in the first half against Tennessee that led to an interception certainly didn’t help the offense, either.
10: Whether it was because of the quarterback or not, Florida’s offense simply hasn’t been scoring points. They’ve had only three offensive touchdowns in the last two games and were on its way to being shut out until a quarterback change was made. With Driskel back as the starter this weekend, the offense needs to put up more points on the board if they want to even think about winning the upcoming game.