Strong Finishes Lead to Fast Start for Florida

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- No. 14 Florida had two numbers plastered around its facility during the offseason.

Players saw them daily. Coaches repeated them for motivation. They became as ingrained as the playbook.

Those numbers, 72 and 22, were what opponents and the Gators scored, respectively, in the fourth quarter of Southeastern Conference games last season. They offered a clear picture of coach Will Muschamp's team, the one he called soft in November and the one that was far from competitive late in games.

The message was delivered repeatedly over eight months.

Now, the Gators are doing something about it. Florida, which hosts Kentucky on Saturday, has gotten off to a great start by finishing games.

The Gators have outscored opponents 27-0 in the fourth quarter this season and 50-13 in the second half.

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