Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/26/12
The GoodThe Florida Gator Run GameThe Gators were very impressive in their run game Saturday totaling 244 YDS on 47 carries. The Gators dominated the line of scrimmage wearing down the Florida State front seven. Mike Gillislee was absolutely magnificent rushing for 140 yards including a 37 yard touchdown that swung the game in the Gators favor. The Gator offensive line wore down the front seven of the Seminoles opening lanes for big gains. Matt Jones put the final nail in the coffin with a 32 yard scamper in the 4th quarter to put the game away.The BadFlorida State QB E.J. ManuelFlorida State quarterback E.J. Manuel turned the ball over four times Saturday. Manuel completed 19 of 36 passes for 188 yards and three interceptions.  After leading his team to 20 unanswered points things started to fall apart. Manuel fumbled on a critical drive which led to a Gator touchdown, the first of 17 unanswered Gators points that would eventually do the Seminoles in.The Ugly Florida State DefensePicked by many experts to win the national title because of their stout defense the Seminoles wore down as the game wore on in the second half. The offensive turnovers didn’t help. Nonetheless the defense gave up almost 400 yards of total offense including 244 yards rushing. The Florida State defense allowed 24 fourth quarter points which included touchdown runs of 37 and 32 yards. The Seminole defense could do nothing to stop the Gator running game which was the key to Florida’s victory.
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