The Florida Gators are still a one-loss team, but the last few weeks, they certainly have been flirting with disaster. They hosted the hapless Florida Atlantic Owls on Saturday in a game that seemed to be a given for the Gators to win.
However, that wasn’t the case for most of the day. The Gators sneaked past the Owls with a 20-14 overtime win and it was certainly one of the ugliest games by Jim McElwain’s club this year.
The game started off pretty for both teams as the it was really only worth watching in the second half. The Gators and Owls went into halftime tied at zero.
The Gators finally got something going in the third quarter as they went up 7-0 on a Kelvin Taylor touchdown run. The one-yard plunge was set up by a 48-yard return by Taven Bryan.
The Gators added on to their lead later in the quarter when quarterback Treon Harris connected with Antonio Callway from 53 yards out.
The Owls hung tough however, making the score 14-7 with a 10-yard touchdown from Jaquez Jones to Kalib Woods.
The fourth quarter was one of the more entertaining ones for the Owl fans in attendance. Late in the game, trailing by 7, the Owls tied the game up after Ocie Rose recovered a Harris fumble in the endzone.
The two teams traded possessions and the Owls eventually ran the clock out to take the game to overtime, tied at 14. The Gators took no time getting down the field as Harris found Jake McGee from 13 yards out for the touchdown.
The Owls seemed to have a lot of momentum after they blocked Austin Hardin’s extra point. This followed Hardin missing two field goals earlier in the game.
The Gator defense knew they had to step up and they did. They forced the Owls into a fourth down situation and held tough to win the game 20-14.
Taylor led the Gators with 98 yards rushing and a touchdown, while Harris added on 122 yards and two touchdowns. He also had two key turnovers that led to scores for the Owls.
The Gators must find a rhythm in the kicking game if they are going to be successful. Next week, they play the Florida State Seminoles, who have arguably the best kicker college football has ever seen.
That could certainly be the difference maker in the game.
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