GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Even the casual observer could clearly see how dominant Florida’s defense was last Saturday against Georgia.
A simple glance at the box score and stats could further confirm that opinion as the No. 10 Gators held the Bulldogs to just 164 yards — less than half their previous season low — on the way to a 24-10 win in Jacksonville.
As they have all season, the folks at PFF shared their weekly report from the Gators’ performance with SEC Country.
Florida’s five highest-graded players from the game were all on defense with nickel Duke Dawson (89.2) leading the way followed by defensive end Jabari Zuniga (83.1), safety Marcus Maye (82.1), linebacker Jarrad Davis (81.1) and linebacker Alex Anzalone (79.1).
The PFF analysis involves grading every player on every snap and converting the data to an overall score on a scale of 1-100.
But it was a thorough effort from the defense as Florida had 11 players on that side of the ball grade out at 75.0 or better while holding Georgia’s touted backfield to a paltry 21 rushing yards.
Conversely, only one Gators offensive player — running back Jordan Scarlett (26 carries for 93 yards and a TD) — received a grade of 70.0 or better. Right tackle Jawaan Taylor was close with a 69.2
Back to the defense, though, the PFF data shows that Florida missed only 2 tackles and made Georgia quarterback Jacob Eason uncomfortable most of the game. (See below)
Gators create a long day for Georgia QB Jacob Eason
|When not blitzed||27||2||25||13||52.0||121||4.8||0/0||0|
This week the Gators take on Arkansas with quarterback Austin Allen, who is coming back from a knee injury but ranks third in the SEC with 2,048 passing yards.
He too has been affected by pressure in the pocket this season.
According to PFF’s data, Allen has faced pressure on a nation-leading 46.4 percent of his drop-backs while completing only 40.6 percent of his passes when pressured compared to 76.2 percent when kept clean.
Touching on the Florida offense again quickly, the main takeaway Saturday was Scarlett’s continued ability to maximize his carries and running room. According to PFF, he gained 65 of his 93 yards after initial contact.
Gators quarterback Luke Del Rio, who graded out at a 61.1, faced minimal pressure from Georgia’s defense. According to PFF, he was pressured on only nine of his drop-backs, going 3-for-7 for 11 yards and 2 sacks in those situations. The official game stats had him being sacked three times, including one on an intentional grounding penalty.
For the game, he had no pass attempts that traveled more than 20 yards in the air while finishing 15-of-25 passing for a season-low 131 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception.
The Gators were committed to the ground attack with a ratio of 48 rushing plays to those 25 passing attempts, which may be their preferred formula moving forward.