September 26, 2010

Gator offense, passing game flourish

The Florida Gators' slow offensive starts in the team's first three games have been well-documented.

That issue was something the Gators wanted badly to fix.

Saturday night against Kentucky, Florida opened with back-to-back scoring drives that covered 64 and 85 yards to build an early 14-0 lead. By the time the first quarter had ended, the Gators already had nine first downs and 155 yards. That's 97 more yards than Florida had combined in the first quarter against Miami of Ohio, South Florida and Tennessee.

"On offense, we made a huge emphasis about coming out of the gate fast," Gators coach Urban Meyer said following Florida's 48-14 win. "They responded. I thought [Florida offensive coordinator] Steve Addazio did a heck of a job mixing run [and] pass. [Quarterback John Brantley] and a bunch of guys played their best game as Gators."

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