- Mike DiRocco, ESPN Staff Writer
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- No. 23 Florida didn't look good early in the half against Bowling Green at Florida Field, but the Gators got better as the half went along.
Neither of the quarterbacks, however, did much, so it'll be interesting to see how the rotation will work in the second half.
Stat of the half: One of the things the Gators were supposed to have been working on throughout the offseason was being a more disciplined team. They need more work. UF committed 10 penalties for 76 yards, which included two personal fouls.
Player of the half: Florida RB Mike Gillislee ran for a career-high 94 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries, including a 38-yarder to put UF ahead 14-7 with 5:03 remaining.
What's working for Florida: After a slow start, the Gators' offensive line began to assert himself. Bowling Green was able to close down running lanes behind big defensive tackle Chris Jones on UF's first drive, but the Gators got much more movement on the second. That drive went 85 yards and all but 10 of them came on the ground. The Gators finished the half with 145 yards on the ground.
What's not working for Florida: The passing game doesn't look any better than it did under John Brantley last season. UF quarterbacks Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel (4-for-5, 27 yards) are still struggling with intermediate passes. Two of Driskel's four first-half completions were on wide-receiver screens and his one incompletion was because he threw behind a wide-open Quinton Dunbar. Brissett went 3-for-5 for 31 yards.
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