Arkansas entered their game at Florida knowing they had to shut down the Gator’s run game led by the resurgent Matt Jones in order to escape with the upset win. Well, Arkansas held Jones in check, but it was the Florida passing offense led by Solomon Patton that stymied Arkansas’ secondary in the Gator’s win.
Patton matched his career high with six receptions he set earlier this year and established a new career high with 124 yards, breaking the 118 he set in the loss to Miami and had two huge touchdowns.
Patton’s first touchdown came with 20 seconds remaining in the first half on a third and two to put Florida up 17-7 entering half and with all the momentum in the world. Florida came out in the second half and Florida quarterback, Tyler Murphy found his go-to guy again for a 38-yard catch and run that showcased Patton’s yards after the catch ability.
After three games, Murphy has looked like a considerable upgrade over injured starter Jeff Driskel and Murphy has answered the biggest question Florida had on offense, which was who would step up at wide receiver.
The first touchdown Murphy threw this season was to Patton and now the duo has combined for 12 receptions for 209 yards and three touchdowns. Patton has been a revelation in his senior season after he was limited to 79 yards and eight receptions his first three seasons combined.
With Patton continuing to improve and Murphy getting more comfortable in the pocket, those who wrote them off when Driskel was injured may want to reevaluate this Florida team.