UF notebook

It’s all about the run for Florida Gators


Miami Herald Writer

The key to the Gators’ success this season is no secret — they want to run the football.

Georgia coach Mark Richt said stopping Florida’s rushing attack Saturday would be “huge.”

“That might be the biggest story in the game besides winning the turnover battle,” he said Wednesday.

UF ranks third in the Southeastern Conference and 25th nationally with an average of 212.7 rushing yards per game. On first down, the Gators have run 158 times compared to just 42 passes, which ranks 119th in the nation. With sophomore Jeff Driskel at quarterback, offensive coordinator Brent Pease has worked to establish the run on first down to create manageable situations on second and third downs.

• The forecast Saturday in Jacksonville is calling for a 50 percent chance of rain and winds of 25-to-30 mph with gusts to 40 mph, and chances are the game will be impacted by effects from Hurricane Sandy.

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