GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Always be closing.
Those were not the exact words Dan Mullen used in this morning’s team meeting with the undefeated and fourth-ranked Florida Gators, but it was essentially the message he delivered. Because while the Gators are in the top five nationally in points per game (44.5), yards per play (7.8), and passing touchdowns (10), Mullen thought some other statistics were worthier of discussion.
Nine plays, 13 yards, a three-and-out, and a turnover.
Those were the numbers from Florida’s two offensive series after senior all-purpose athlete Kadarius Toney evaded five South Carolina defenders and turned a simple third down conversion into a 57-yard touchdown reception last Saturday. Toney’s latest viral highlight put the Gators up, 38-14, with less than five minutes left in the third quarter.
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“If you look at the game from that point forward, offensively it’s not very good at all,” Mullen said via his Monday afternoon Zoom call with the media.
Mullen also mentioned 40 and 160. Those were South Carolina’s total plays and yards on its final three drives.
Despite allowing a 12-play, 75-yard touchdown drive on the game’s opening possession, the Gators