Urban Meyer goes out with a win and a complimentary Bloomin' Onion as Florida defeats Penn State 37-24
Offense: Florida scored 37 points on Saturday, but don't think that means the Gators offense finally figured things out. Fourteen of those points came courtesy of the defense and special teams. Meanwhile, the two offensive touchdowns Florida did manage came on two drives totaling 40 yards thanks to Penn State turnovers.
In total, the Florida offense managed only 287 yards on the day, with its trio of quarterbacks combining to complete 14-of-27 passes for 102 yards. If there was a standout player for Gators on offense, it was Omarius Hines who had 59 all-purpose yards and a touchdown. Other than that, there wasn't much to celebrate on offense.
If the Gators were to hand out an offensive MVP for the game, it would likely go to kicker/punter Chas Henry or safety Ahmad Black. Grade:D
Defense: Thankfully for the Gators, while they still don't have an offense, the defense made the trip down south to Tampa on Saturday. Ahmad Black had a huge day in his final game as a Gator, including the deciding pick-six in the final minutes that put an end to Penn State's chances. All in all the Gators forced five turnovers on the game, all via the interception, and held Penn State to only seven points in the second half. Grade: B+
Coaching: You'd think that with over a month passing between Florida's last game and this one, the coaching staff might have been able to come up with an offensive game plan that wasn't as terrible as the one we'd seen all season. Unfortunately, even though Steve Addazio accepted the head coaching job at Temple, he stuck around Gainesville for this game. Still, since it was Urban Meyer's final game, and his beloved special teams unit got him a touchdown, the Gators staff still gets a decent grade. Grade: B-
Offense: To put it simply, Penn State's offense cost them a win on Saturday. Particularly Matt McGloin, who on one play would make a throw that completely surpassed your expectations, and on the next would throw a pass that completely defied logic. McGloin threw five interceptions on the day. Five.
You're not going to win many games turning the ball over that often.
Penn State's offense actually out-gained Florida's offense by 70 yards in this one, and Evan Royster rushed for 99 yards, but the interceptions and McGloin's overall decision-making killed the Nittany Lions. Grade: F
Defense: You can't pin this one on the Penn State defense at all. It did it's job and smothered a lackluster Florida offense, but the Nittany Lions found themselves in too many bad spots thanks to the turnovers. Really, the defense played well given the circumstances, holding Florida to field goals a lot of the time. Nobody on this Penn State defense has anything to be ashamed of following this game, and Matt McGloin owes everybody on this unit a free meal. Grade: B
Coaching: I did not like what Joe Paterno and the Penn State coaching job did on offense in this game. I'm sorry, but when my quarterback has had trouble with deeper routes all season long and is turning the ball over frequently, I'm not going to drop him back and have him throw 42 times. It just doesn't make any sense. If you feel you have to throw so much, then run plays with shorter routes. Yes, McGloin had a bad game, but his coaches didn't do him a lot of favors. Grade: D+
This game was not pretty. Not at all. Still, given the action going on around the state of Florida and in Texas elsewhere on Saturday at the same time, at least this one had a bit of drama in it at the end. It's for that reason, and that reason only, that this grade is even this high. Grade: C+