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Running attack changes game tempo

The Gators didn't showcase the explosive passing plays they were hoping to on Saturday, but for Florida head coach Will Muschamp, that didn't matter. He has seen them throughout fall camp to know that they'll come. Facing an up-tempo offense like Toledo, the Gators wanted to control the tempo of the game on the ground and keep their defense from being worn out in the second half.

So they kept that from happening with their play on offense. The Gators ran the ball on 48 of 70 plays, trying to keep their offense on the field. If they tried to air it out and it ended in a three-and-out, the Florida defense would be thrown back on the field. Against a Toledo tempo that was expected to try running the Gators ragged, Muschamp wanted to keep his defense on the sideline for as... Recommended Stories