Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday Hangover: Florida

This game would have been a shutout if the Tide didn't commit stupid turnovers. The longest drive Florida had yesterday was for 31 yards. 

I got what I wanted: Blake Sims throwing the ball down the field. And he did a great job. 

He had two really bad snafus though. 

In other news, Amari Cooper has put himself in the Heisman conversation. 

Yesterday afternoon he amassed 201 yards on 10 receptions and 3 touchdowns. One of the big mini-battles within the game was Cooper against Hargreaves, who could be the best cornerback in college football. Coach Kiffin strategically moved around Cooper during the game, but for the most part, Cooper won most of the battles against Hargreaves. 

Given a short field in the first half, the Tide defense played well. 

Tony Brown, a true freshman, started at corner and looked quite good. They brought him off the edge at least a couple of times on corner blitzes. 

On the D-line, Jarran Reed's name was called out often by the announcers. The D held Florida to 107 net yards rushing. 

Yeldon had sort of an off game, but I was surprised when Yeldon worked out of the wildcat. Those plays brought back memories from Ingram's stellar performance against South Carolina in '09.  

Through the first part of the game, one of my refrains was, "Where's Henry?" We got a steady dose of 27 in the second half though. Overall, he gained 112 yards on 20 carries. As much as I really like Yeldon, Henry is a beast that they don't use enough. 

For some gaudy stats, check out Blake Sims: 23 completions on 33 attempts, 445 yards, 4 touchdowns, 1 interception. 

I would imagine that in the bye week two matters will be emphasized: ensuring ball security and avoiding stupid penalties. Those two matters kept Florida in the game when they shouldn't have been. 

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