Having watched the replay last night, I can sheepishly admit there may have been a couple of things I missed live, but I’ve also got to say that the broadcast didn’t come close to catching the raw emotional feel of the crowd at certain times, most notably in that last scoring drive when Samuel’s enthusiasm had the joint rocking.
Anyway, some things I caught the second time around:
- Jeebus, Jarvis Jones lived in the Gator backfield the entire game, it seemed. Shades of 1985 and Muddy Waters. Seriously, Jones was back there so often it looked like he and Brantley kept picking up an ongoing conversation.
- Aside from blowing the coverage on Jordan Reed on Florida’s only offensive TD, Alec Ogletree looked good for a guy who hadn’t played in six games.
- Speaking of which, I still don’t get going for it on fourth-and-nineteen there. Even if it did work.
- There were stretches in the second half where the offensive line looked dominant with its run blocking.
- Kickoff coverage looked even more pathetic on TV than it did live.
- Bennett’s TD catch was spectacular, especially considering that Murray didn’t put the ball in the best place. King’s was as good, but at least there Murray threw it where he had to.
- I’m still totally gobsmacked by that last completion to Conley. Murray had thrown nine incompletions prior to that toss to a true freshman at a spot when if it doesn’t work, there would have been a ton of second guessing about the call. Utterly ballsy play from Mike Bobo.
- And that’s one thing I’ll give Danielson credit for in what I thought was a fairly lazy performance on his part. He was properly floored by the call. That being said, he was way too kind to both quarterbacks and to Charlie Weis. And his Jordan Reed fixation got irritating. (I did like the way he gave Richard Samuel IV credit for running hard, though.) Admittedly, it was not a pretty game, but it was gutsy and, yeah, emotional. Verne and Gary both sounded a little detached from that at times.
- One other thing I will credit Danielson with: he did a solid job pointing out the efforts of Crowell (some good, some not so good) and Thomas in pass protection.
And on that note, I’ll leave you with a little post-game crowd enthusiasm.