Florida 31, East Carolina 24, Instant Analysis

Florida, um, survived a scare from East Carolina to start the Jim McElwain era 2-0. Here are some of the notable takeaways from the game:

It was over when… ECU QB Blake Kemp lost control of the ball as he was bringing his arm back to throw, lost the ball, and Florida’s Alex McCalister recovered with :14 seconds left.

Play of the game… Jalen Tabor’s pick six to extend Florida’s lead to 24-14 in the third quarter. ECU would not get closer than seven points the rest of the way.

Game ball goes to… Tabor, who saved a Gator defense that was stout at times but clueless at others. Not to mention an offense that was more down than up.

Stat of the game… -13. The Pirates rushed for -13 yards on the day. Yes, really. Naturally, this consistently put ECU in uncomfortable down and distance situations.

What to be proud of… Florida’s defense gave up some yards, but made some big plays when it needed to. This includes a key third down sack late in the first half by Joey Ivie and the aforementioned pick six by Tabor.

What to work on… Well, there’s a lot to work on (offensive line, missing tackles on defense, etc.). The first order of business, though, seems obvious. The penalties I’ve criticized Muschamp for so heavily returned en masse in McElwain’s second game as head coach. Florida scored four touchdowns on the night; they were called for unsportsmanlike conduct penalties after two of them. That’s simply disgraceful.

Bottom line: As bad as Florida played, and as much work as they have to do, they won the game. A win is a win. Just ask Bret Bielema.

Scoring recap:

1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
E CAROLINA 7 0 7 10 24
FLORIDA 10 0 14 7 31

Scoring plays:

Team Time Play ECU FLA
E CAROLINA 1st 8:23 D. Grayson 31 yd pass from B. Kemp (PAT good) 7 0
FLORIDA 1st 4:08 A. Hardin 37 yd FG 7 3
FLORIDA 1st :49 D. Goolsby 32 yd pass from W. Grier (PAT good) 7 10
E CAROLINA 3rd 10:43 I. Jones 27 yd pass from B. Kemp (PAT good) 14 10
FLORIDA 3rd 7:11 D. Robinson 6 yd pass from W. Grier (PAT good) 14 17
FLORIDA 3rd 1:49 J. Tabor 39 yd INT return (PAT good) 14 24
E CAROLINA 4th 12:25 D. Plowman 30 yd FG 17 24
FLORIDA 4th 6:57 K. Taylor 7 yd run (PAT good) 17 31
E CAROLINA 4th 3:04 B. Williams 7 yd pass from B. Kemp (PAT good) 24 31

6 thoughts on “Florida 31, East Carolina 24, Instant Analysis

  1. Florida is exactly the same team they were last year at this time. They opened like everything had changed on offense against a patsy and barely beat a team they were, supposedly, much better than at home the second week. They still have a major question at quarterback, without having the benefit of knowing who that quarterback is. They still have a raving lunatic on the sideline. McElwain’s performance might have been more over the top than anything Muschamp did, though. Kelvin Taylor is still an average back, at best. The secondary is, again, highly overrated. Demarcus Robinson was UF’s best player on offense again, and it’s not even close.
    Something different is the reaction after the game by the head coach. Muschamp was happy to win. McElwain was still about to bust a blood vessel.Unlike last year, Florida’s offensive line was unable to exert it’s will when needed.I don’t foresee this year’s team pulling off a game like they had against Georgia last year, where thy ran the ball at will. I doubt Martez Ivey playing will change that.
    I thought UF would lose to East Carolina, so UF is ahead of where I thought they would be, but I still see UF struggling to become bowl eligible this year.It all depends on the same thing UF has needed to get better in the five previous years, the quarterback. I’ve yet to see any improvement in that position. McElwain, I feel, needs to name a starter for the Kentucky game and not rotate quarterbacks anymore. I don’t think you can go into a hostile environment this week and not have a quarterback that has been blessed with the confidence of being the starter. It’s too close to call, but my choice would be Treon Harris.The reason for that is that I think he has played better than Grier and will be more apt to not make mistakes that will cost you the game. I saw Grier throw passes that never should have been thrown against East Carolina. It’s just fortunate that East Carolina didn’t capitalize on them. I think Bob Stoops will have a much stronger defense against the pass and will do things to confuse UF into making mistakes. For that resewn, I’d rather have the player who is greater running threat and smarter with the ball. I think that’s Treon Harris.

  2. Snowprint, you are an idiot, per usual comments. QB play has undoubtably improved behind a shaky line, which is actually impressive. Driskel is not behind center turning the ball over every other drive. The accuracy of Grier is something to really build on. Now all grier needs is a full season under his belt. Not a single gator fan truly believed we were going to be great this year, fans just wanted to see noticable improvement on offense and it looks like we are getting that. To think the gators will go 0-4 against our rivals is insane and has NEVER happened, so bowl eligability is a forgone conclusion. This season is all about putting the pieces in place to contend next season. Now pull your thumb out of your ass and find a life away from a computer screen.

  3. Taylor’s gotta do some stairs or something for that display of idiocy. C’mon bruh. It’s ECU. Who cares? We’re supposed to beat them.

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