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Florida 38, South Florida 14: It Doesn't Have to Be Pretty

Ahmad Black snared two INTs in Florida's big win.
Ahmad Black snared two INTs in Florida's big win.

In the first quarter, it looked like more of the same from Florida. The Gators went three-and-out on their first drive, including a bad snap. The defense then let South Florida go methodically down the field and score a touchdown at the end of a drive that took 9:58.

The Gator offense went in fits and starts the rest of the way, finally scoring on a short field following an Ahmad Black interception to tie it at seven. It was looking like another long game in Gainesville.

Jeff Demps broke a 62-yard touchdown on the same play that he took for 72 yards last week, giving the team a cushion finally. The Gators seized the momentum, forcing a three-and-out and then scoring again. A Justin Trattou pick-six all but sealed it for Florida, who outscored the clearly tired Bulls in the second half 31-7.

It still wasn't an SEC division championship-caliber performance, as South Florida QB B.J. Daniels could only get things done on the ground and not at all through the air, but it appeared in the second half that Florida finally woke up and found a rhythm. There are no warranties for how that will translate in Knoxville next week, but the arrow is at least pointing up.