Posted: 11:05 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013
In the first part of our video review, we'll look at some big plays by a Florida Gators defense that came to play early but in the end faltered as the Florida State Seminoles offense got going.
One of the strengths of the Florida Gators defense throughout the season as been their pass coverage. But if yesterday was any indication, the Florida State Seminoles don't care that the Gators have three NFL-level corners in Loucheiz Purifoy, Marcus Roberson and Vernon Hargreaves III.
They just don't care.
Even though Purifoy has played poorly quite a bit this season and Roberson has been hurt and has missed quite a few games (who on the Gators hasn't been hurt this year?), the fact that Jameis Winston and the Seminole receivers got loose for over 320 yards shouldn't have happened.
Kelvin Benjamin was the unquestioned star for the Seminoles as he had over 200 yards receiving and three touchdowns. Tight end Nick O'Leary had over 50 yards as the Seminoles' second option throughout the game as all his receptions came in big moments when the Gators' defense was bending but not breaking.
But the Seminoles have one of, if the not the best big-play offense in the entire country. And the Gators' defense are missing quite a few important pieces. The past few weeks it has only just been a matter of time before the defense broke and yesterday that was halfway through the second quarter.
Play No. 1: Purifoy's interception
Purifoy will be covering Benjamin on the play and it's going to just be a go-route. Purifoy will be with him all the way and will even have inside coverage when the ball arrives.
As the ball arrives, one could say that Purifoy may have gotten there a bit early and pushed Benjamin a little as he goes up for the pass. With both players fighting for the ball, if anything was called it would have been on Purifoy because he didn't turn around to look to see where the ball was.
As Benjamin falls down, Purifoy completes the catch for the interception. Nobody is doubting Purifoy's big-play ability, it's the general fundamentals of being a cornerback that have had Gators fans all season long questioning Purifoy's ability to play corner.
Hopefully things work out for him at the next level.
Play No. 2: Neiron Ball gets a sack
Ball is going to come in on a blitz, while pressure by Dante Fowler Jr. causes Winston to move up into the pocket right into the waiting arms of Ball.
Ball is engaged with his blocker (yellow square) as Winston scans the field but the coverage by the Gators' defense prevents him from throwing the ball. Meanwhile, Fowler Jr. is on his way to Winston and Winston will try and scramble away from the pressure.
Ball beats the block just as Winston takes off to avoid Fowler Jr. Ball will need no help in stopping Winston's scramble as he tackles Winston just beyond the thirty yardline. The Seminoles would end up settling for a field goal.
Play No. 3: Benjamin gets past Purifoy for a touchdown
Same route as the play profiled above, only this time Benjamin will get the better of Purifoy. He'll do that with the help of a little extracurricular activity though.
It's easy to create space when you throw the defensive back a few yards back behind you.
Space created and another touchdown for the Seminoles.
This touchdown pretty much sealed the game for the Seminoles as there would be no coming back. We'll get to their first touchdown in tomorrow mornings video recap, but this play was requested by numerous people.
All in all though, as the first half drew to a close, aside from a few plays here and there the Gators are going to struggle with plays to be proud of.