John Brantley – Florida State cornerback Mike Harris picked off John Brantley inside the FSU 5-yard line and returned the ball 89 yards to the Florida 4.
Three plays later, FSU’s Devonta Freeman scored on a 1-yard run to give the Seminoles a 14-0 lead. Brantley was trying to hit Chris Rainey out of the backfield but he threw across the field where four FSU defensive backs had a chance to intercept the ball.
Stat of the half: Florida has out-gained Florida State by 101 yards (140-39) yet trails by 14 points because of three Brantley interceptions. The Seminoles have minus-1 yards rushing on 20 carries.
Best player in the half: Freeman ran for only 38 yards on 13 carries, but he did score both Florida State touchdowns. He also was the only Seminoles ball carrier with positive yardage. E.J. Manuel was at minus-27 and Rashad Greene was at minus-12.
Best call: Florida used a fake punt to gain a first down inside the Florida State 30 in the second quarter. The Gators faced a fourth-and-1 at the FSU 27 and lined up for a field goal. Trey Burton lined up at holder instead of John Crofoot, and the Gators quickly snapped the ball before the Seminoles noticed.
Burton gained 3 yards. The Gators would end up turning the ball over on downs four plays later when Burton went for minus-14 yards on fourth-and-1.
What Florida needs to do: With Brantley’s status uncertain for the second half — he got sandwiched between Timmy Jernigan and Brandon Jenkins and Jenkins’ helmet smacked into Brantley’s facemask — the Gators are going to have to come up with something offensively that backup Jacoby Brissett feels comfortable with.