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Monday, November 19, 2012
Film study: Gators vs. Jacksonville State

By Michael DiRocco

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Here’s an analysis of three key plays in Florida’s 23-0 victory over Jacksonville State on Saturday -- and what they mean for the Gators moving forward.

Poor tackling

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Jacksonville State WR Kevyn Cooper benefitted from poor tackling by Florida on Saturday. Watch Video

The score: Game tied 0-0 early in the first quarter.

The situation: First-and-10 at the Jacksonville State 17-yard line.

Why it didn’t work: CB Marcus Roberson and S Matt Elam failed to wrap up WR Kevyn Cooper.

The breakdown: The Gamecocks were in shotgun formation with one receiver to the left and two receivers to the right. Cooper is lined up to the far right.

At the snap, the Gators rush five players and drop into zone coverage. QB Marques Ivory rolls to his right and hits Cooper at the 21-yard line. Roberson comes up to make the tackle and meets Cooper at the 23-yard line. Roberson ducks his head and dives at Cooper’s legs. Cooper lands on top of Roberson’s back and puts his left hand on the ground to steady himself.

Elam, who had been lined up off the slot receiver on the same side of the field, lowers his right shoulder and hits the back of Cooper’s helmet and continues out of bounds.

Cooper regains his feet and heads down the sideline. WR Alan Bonner actually blocks CB Jaylen Watkins in the back at the 31-yard line. LB Jon Bostic finally runs Cooper down and makes a diving tackle at the 7-yard line.

Going forward: Roberson is not the most physical corner and has poor fundamentals when it comes to tackling. That could cost the Gators against Florida State’s big, physical receivers.

Big gain: 46-yard run

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Florida RB Mike Gillislee waited for his blocks before ripping off a 46-yard run Saturday. Watch Video

The score: Florida leading 7-0 late in the first quarter.

The situation: First-and-10 at the Florida 35-yard line.

Why it worked: RB Mike Gillislee showed good patience and C Jonotthan Harrison and RG Jon Halapio opened a big hole.

The breakdown: The Gators are in their jumbo package with two tight ends. TE Jordan Reed is lined up to the left of LT Xavier Nixon and TE Clay Burton to the right of RT Chaz Green. QB Jacoby Brissett is under center and Gillislee is lined up 8 yards behind Brissett.

The play is designed to be run to the left side of the formation, but Jacksonville State does a good job of stringing the play out. Eventually, though, the Gators win their blocks. Reed takes out DL Jordan Jackson, Halapio takes out DT DiMetrio Tyson, and Harrison pancakes DB Bryan Mitchell.

Gillislee had hesitated a moment behind the line and waited for the blocks to clear. The hole opens up between Halapio and Harrison and Gillislee hits it and accelerates past a diving DB Brooks Robinson and out-runs DB Francis Duncan.

Gillislee gets to the sideline and cuts back inside at the Jacksonville State 25 to avoid S Pierre Warren. That allows Duncan to catch him and he and Warren drag Gillislee down at the 19. The 46-yard run was a season-long for Gillislee.

Going forward: Florida’s going to have a tough time moving the ball on the ground against Florida State, which ranks No. 1 in the nation in rush defense. Expect the Gators to use the jumbo package a lot against the Noles.

Pick six: Bostic's TD

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Jon Bostic's interception, which he returned for a TD, was UF's 24th takeaway of the year. Watch Video

The score: Florida leading 10-0 early in the third quarter.

The situation: Third-and-10 at the Jacksonville State 2-yard line.

Why it worked: LB Jon Bostic undercut a route.

The breakdown: The Gamecocks are lined up in the I formation with a fullback, tailback and a tight end on the left side of the formation. RB Miles Jones is lined up as an H-back. Before the snap, Jones goes in motion from the left side of the formation to the right.

WR Trey Smith is lined up wide right. At the snap, Smith runs and in route while Jones runs and out route. The goal is to create confusion among the defensive players and hopefully get a pick to break one of the receivers free. However, Bostic recognized the play and played it perfectly.

He rolled to his left at the same time that QB Marques Ivory rolled to his right.

Ivory was trying to hit Smith for what would have been an 8-yard gain, but Bostic jumped in front of the route, picked off the pass at the 7, and scored the first touchdown of his career.

Going forward: That was the Gators’ 24th takeaway of the season and their second defensive score of the season. With its offense struggling, UF is going to have to force several turnovers against Florida State to beat the Seminoles in Tallahassee, Fla.