Their D played with a short field all night, which contributed to the yardage metrics. The other thing about our D that year was we played Heacock’s classic “bend, don’t break” scheme. The gamble was that if you kept everything in front and made the opponent go 10-12 plays to score, they’d be likely to make a mistake, resulting in a punt or TO, before they scored points. That worked really well until The Game (although that should’ve been an easy 11 point win Instagram of giving up a late TD using a scheme where we were dropping Freshman Rob Rose into coverage) and then the MNCG.
Our LBs spent all night (and much of the season) dropping ten yards deep at the snap, and Florida just chewed up the intermediate gaps. The shame was that we did nothing to adjust the game plan to put pressure on their O while our own offense was struggling. And as I am sure Urban had countermoves ready for our D, he never had to do anything differently.
Land for those who weren’t there to witness the Debacle in the Desert, Urban could’ve done anything he wanted in the second half, but he just ran down the clock. 41-14 was just about the absolute best it could’ve turned out once the game started. It could’ve been so much worse.