Florida football: Issues emerge in Gators’ landslide victory

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Florida football rolled to a big win over Colorado State in Week 3, but it was far from a perfect performance from the Gators, even in victory.

Aided by a staunch defensive effort the Florida Gators ran away from the Colorado State Rams, 48-10, in an early-season non-conference match-up. Florida scored three touchdowns in the second quarter to race out to a 27-0 lead and kept their foot on the gas, scoring three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to leave no doubt.

Florida redshirt sophomore quarterback Feleipe Franks completed eight passes for 119 yards in a somewhat lackluster performance for the embattled signal caller.

The Gators defense held a potent Colorado State offense to just 10 points and shut down the dangerous Colorado State passing game. The Rams had only 70 rushing yards on the day, averaging 1.7 yards per rush. Rams quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels was consistently under duress and the Gators forced several turnovers to swing the game early.

The Gators scored two touchdowns on special teams, blocking a punt and recovering it for a touchdown in the second quarter and Freddie Swain returned a punt 85 yards for the touchdown in the fourth quarter.

The game was 96 degrees at kick-off, matching the hottest game in the history of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Here are three takeaways from the Gator win: