Offense A-

First half: After a bad first drive that included a fumble and a terrible third-down throw, Feleipe Franks settled down and the Gators got the running game going. Florida drove 75 and 69 yards for touchdowns, but Franks was still shaky on throws down the field.

Second half: After a slow start in the second half that included a missed field goal, Florida gashed the South Carolina defense for 255 rushing yards after intermission. That opened up the passing game for some big completions as well.

For the game: Florida had a season-high 33 first downs in the game, none more important than the third down that Jordan Scarlett picked up at the end of the game, Scarlett was a beast throughout the game, rushing for 159 yards as Florida finished with 367.

Defense C

First half: If you didn’t think the Gators could play much worse than they did against Missouri, you were wrong. Florida looked like it had never seen a hurry-up offense even though they faced one last week. South Carolina has been on a roll lately on offense, but at home you expect more from this defense.

Second half: Although South Carolina got 10 points early to take a 31-14 lead, Florida limited the Gamecocks to 38 yards the rest of the game. As bad as Florida was early, the defense made the plays it had to make to win the game.

For the game: This defense is still a mystery, especially when it comes to covering the tight ends. It looked like this defense was going to challenge the Florida record for most yards given up in a game and instead responded when it needed to.

Special teams C+

First half: The Gators were playing with fire kicking the ball to Deebo Samuel and he almost burned them on one return. Maybe Evan McPherson’s leg is getting tired because his final kickoff of the half was really short.

Second half: The fumble on the punt return by Kadarius Toney in the third quarter could have been disastrous, but only led to a field goal. McPherson’s missed field goal was pushed to the right and hurt, but Florida covered kickoffs well in the half.

For the game: Coach Dan Mullen said Florida won all three phases of the game, but it was pretty much a wash with the turnover and missed kick. Still, the Gators did a good job covering kicks and Tommy Townsend averaged 60 yards on his two punts.

Overall B+

The Gators showed the resolve that we weren’t sure was still there after two straight losses. While this win wasn’t all that big in the overall scheme of things, it was an important one for the future of the program. And it certainly improved Florida’s bowl profile.