Steve Addazio is finally gone. Before he left, however, he called plays for Florida’s offense one final time in the Outback Bowl.
The game was pretty much what we’ve come to expect out of Addazio. Actually, the game was exactly what we’ve come to expect of him. Short passes, predictable runs up the middle, and a lot of offensive ineptitude. Fortunately, this was one of those games where the defense bailed us out, scoring twice and setting up the offense with a short field countless other times. Sure, Florida scored 37 points on the day, but Florida’s touchdown drives on the day went for 0, 0, 15, and 25 yards.
Revel in this game Gator fans. Revel in the fact that this was the last time you’ll have to watch a team consistently try to pick up 2 yards and 3rd and 8 (I counted at least 4 times we ran two yard crossing routes into traffic on 3rd and 5 or longer, and at least one other QB draw on third and long). Revel in the fact that this was the last time you’ll have to see us go an entire half where the furthest the ball ever traveled downfield in the air was 12 yards (with the second furthest being a 4 yard slant pass to Karl Moore on 3rd and long early in the game), which Florida did once again on Saturday.
That is, unless you decide to start watching Temple football. I’m sure you’ll see plenty of that there if you ever miss it.
There were lots of interesting stats that came out of this game. John Brantley went 6/13 for 41 yards with an INT. More impressive about that performance though is the whopping 3.2 yards per attempt. Jordan Reed’s horrible 4.6 ypa actually seems good by those standards. As bad as those ypa numbers are, the yards per completion numbers are even scarier at 7.2. Not only was that by FAR (needed some emphasis there) the worst yards per completion number of any team that played on Saturday, but it was also worse than more than half of the teams that played on Saturday’s yards per attempt numbers.
Our leading rusher (Reed), rolled downfield at 2.8 yards per rush on 24 carries. Some of that was set back by sack yardage, but still, we see what happens when the defense knows that every play is going to be a run up the middle or a pass within 3 yards of the line of scrimmage.
Truly, our best offense on the day was our defense, and that’s where our stat of the game comes in. Ahmad Black was, in a sense, our leading receiver. His 129 return yards on his 2 interceptions were more than every Gator receiver had on offense combined, and by a comfortable margin.
And that is how Steve Addazio leaves us, as fantastically as he began. Farewell, Steve Addazio, and good luck Temple Owl fans.