Pat Dooley’s Six Pack: 6 quick takes from Florida’s win over Utah

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Florida was ranked 38th in the preseason AP poll. That will climb after the thrilling 29-26 win over No. 7 Utah Saturday night.

Gator fans dealt with a storm that dampened their tailgates and long lines to get into the game to help pull out a win for the ages 29-26 over the Utes.

The Dooley Six-Pack takes a look at how it happened.

Throughout the game...

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… Amari Burney was given the task of handling NFL-caliber tight end Brant Kuithe on passing plays. And he struggled with a guy they split out a lot and ran precise routes.

So, if you were looking for the person you would like most to make the play to win the game, it was Burney. His third pick of his career – a diving catch in the end zone – not only won the game for Florida but avoided what likely would have been overtime if it had just been an incompletion.

Otherwise...

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… we might have gone to sleep thinking about that potential interception that was dropped by Ventrell Miller. Shame, too, because Miller played a heck of a game, including the forced fumble at the goal line on a hit of Travion Thomas.

Utah came out in the second half...

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… with the goal to impose its will on Florida and the Utes were dominant. Still, they only scored six points in the third quarter because of a Florida goal line stand. Still, the Gators only had 10 plays in the quarter. Utah outgained Florida 137-70 in the quarter.

The Gators did not have a great second half on defense and a lot of it was the lack of depth that showed up after intermission.

Oh, did we mention Anthony Richardson?

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What a night he had, especially the second half when Florida had only a handful of possessions. That game flew by like an NFL game. Richardson had one bad pass that could have been picked, but otherwise, he ran Florida’s offense about as good as you could expect for a guy getting his first home start in his hometown. The two-point conversion should be on Sportscenter’s Top Plays.

The Gators were supposed to be a team...

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… that eliminated the kind of mistakes that killed last year’s season. But Florida had four penalties (two on kickoff returns) and the huge fumble on Montrell Johnson’s first carry as a Florida Gator.

But all of the things that went wrong can be cleaned up...

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… and the game Saturday night got the terrible taste out of the mouths of the Gator Nation after what they witnessed last season. Johnson came back and had a big game (77 yards on 12 carries) and Florida was able to run for 282 yards and four touchdowns.

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