Andreu’s Answers: Some good, plenty bad

Florida Gators running back Lamical Perine (22) is stood up by the Alabama defense in the first half during the SEC Championship game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta Saturday Dec. 3, 2016. Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun

ATLANTA — Before every game, veteran Sun college football writer Robbie Andreu comes up with five pertinent questions and then answers them after the game. Here’s Week 12:

1. Will the Florida offense have any plays of 20 yards or longer against the dominant Tide defense?

One of the Gators’ primary goals on offense was to somehow produce some explosive plays against the nation’s No. 1 defense. To their credit — and the credit of Jim McElwain and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier — the Gators stunned everybody with their ability to make some chunk plays against the Tide. They had five plays of 20 yards or more, including a 25-yard touchdown pass from Austin Appleby to tight end DeAndre Goolsby in the closing seconds of the first half and a 32-yard screen pass from Appleby to true freshman tailback Lamical Perine early in the third quarter. The problem with the latter is the Gators failed to follow it up. The play gave UF a first-and-goal on the two, but the Gators came away with nothing on the goal-line stand by the Tide.

2. Can Florida’s injury-depleted defense keep the game close and competitive heading into the second half?
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