Florida Gators: Looking Back at the Win Over Mississippi State
The Florida Gators came into Saturday night traveling to Starkville to play Mississippi State. This would be the second SEC road game for the Gators. They won their first game last week in Knoxville over the Tennessee Volunteers. Florida dominated Tennessee last week and made them look silly. Moving forward, the schedule for the Gators will only get tougher. The first was the Bulldogs. The experts thought the Gators were going to lose this game.
This would be the first time in nine years that head coach Dan Mullen would return to Starkville as the Gators head coach. He helped build the program the Mississippi State program. He led them to multiple bowl game wins. This was an emotional return for Mullen. There was much going on in the 1st quarter as the only points scored was a Bulldogs field goal. They would lead 3-0. As the second quarter started, it would go back and forth. In the beginning, the Bulldogs would tack on another field goal and have an early 6-0 lead. Towards the end of the first half, the Gators would get a late field goal and would trail at the half 6-3.
As the second half began, about midway through the 3rd quarter, the Florida Gators would get a drive and score a touchdown. They would take the lead 10-6. The Gators defense would stay strong in the second half, and they would end the 3rd quarter up 10-6. The second half was a statement for the Gators on both side on the ball. The coaching staff adjusted at the half and were able to keep the Bulldogs off the scoreboard. They would add a field goal, and the outcome would be a 13-6 win on the road. This would be a big win, not the blowout win that many Gators fans are used to but it looks good for the Gators.
There are statement wins for all teams, and this was one for the Gators. They are now 2-1 in conference play, and their one loss came against the Kentucky Wildcats who are undefeated. The defense would once again come up big just as they did against Tennessee. The important thing I saw was the offense making significant improvements. I know the points didn’t show that, but they looked efficient. Mullen made the moves he needed to by exploiting the edges.
He got the run game going which had been a struggle in the past games. Feleipe Franks looked good and stayed away from making mistakes. Many people must give Mullen some time to get his players in and schemes in place. The Florida Gators are moving in the right direction. They will have to make sure they don’t leave points on the board moving forward. Now they turn their attention to the undefeated LSU Tigers.
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