GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Welcome to the latest installment of Inside the Numbers, a weekly column that breaks down the stats and numbers you need to know about Florida Gators football heading into gameday. The Gators are coming off a 33-17 loss to Michigan on Saturday that once again saw the offense struggle to find a rhythm and ultimately failed to move the ball. This week, we take a closer look at Florida’s offensive performance against Michigan and a general look at how the offense has fared since coach Jim McElwain’s first season in 2015.
The loss to Michigan marked the 13th time in McElwain’s 28 games at Florida that the Gators were held to 20 points or fewer. This is all points — including those scored on defense and special teams. Florida is 6-7 in those games.
If looking at how many times just the offense generated 20 points or fewer, the number rises to 16 (the 13 games previously referenced as well as Missouri in 2016, Missouri in 2015 and Georgia in 2015).
The Florida offense has now failed to score a touchdown in four games under McElwain. Three of those occurrences have come in the last seven games — Michigan on Saturday as well as Florida State and Arkansas in the 2016 season. The fourth game is Florida’s 27-2 loss to Florida State in 2015.
The Gators went 2 for 12 on third-down conversions against Michigan, partially due to their inability to make gains on first and second down. On Florida’s 12 third-down attempts against Michigan, the Gators were on average 9.3 yards away from the first-down marker. Eight of those 12 third-downs were from at least 8 yards away from the first-down marker. The two they converted came on a third and 15 on Florida’s third drive of the game (a Feleipe Franks 16-yard scramble) and third and 4 in the fourth quarter (Malik Zaire to Tyrie Cleveland for 22 yards).
The Gators recorded only 192 yards of total offense against Michigan. It’s the second-lowest offensive output under McElwain (also 180 vs. Alabama in 2015). It’s also just the seventh time overall since 2010 that Florida offense mustered less than 200 yards in a game.
Florida totaled 11 net rushing yards against Michigan (this includes negative yardage from sacks). It’s the fourth time under McElwain that the Gators had less than 15 net rushing yards in a game (also: 15 vs. Alabama in 15; 12 vs. Arkansas in 16; 0 vs. Alabama in 16). Prior to McElwain, one would have to go back to the 2011 season to find the last time the Gators had less than 15 net rushing yards in a game (-19 vs. Georgia; 15 vs. Alabama).
Florida had just 10 total plays in Michigan territory on Saturday. Four of those plays came on the first drive that ended in an Eddy Pineiro 46-yard field goal. Four more came after the Gators blocked a punt and started the drive in Michigan territory. Pineiro missed 47-yard field-goal attempt wide left after the Florida offense went three-and-out. Michigan, meanwhile, had 10 offensive drives end in Florida territory. Seven of those 10 drives resulted in points scored, two ended in missed field-goal attempts and one ended in a punt.
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