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Florida Gators’ Will Muschamp encouraged by 3OT win

Muschamp encouraged

Florida needed triple-overtime to survive a thriller against Kentucky, but coach Will Muschamp still walked away encouraged.

UF’s secondary yielded 250 yards and three touchdowns after halftime, but Muschamp wasn’t alarmed by the inexperienced unit’s performance, saying: “You’re not looking at it going, ‘Wow. We couldn’t cover this guy.’ That wasn’t the case. The encouraging thing for me as you watch the film is it’s all correctable.”

The Gators’ much-maligned offensive line struggled to protect quarterback Jeff Driskel, but Florida’s coach was very pleased with the run blocking (237 yards) and redshirt freshman right tackle Roderick Johnson’s debut as a starter.

“Rod did a good job for his first start,” Muschamp said.

Two-headed attack

Florida abandoned its tailback-by committee approach against Kentucky, as starter Matt Jones (156 yards, game-winning touchdown) and backup Kelvin Taylor (64 yards) shared all 44 carries.

Senior Mack Brown failed to register a single rush for the first time since 2012, and electric freshman Brandon Powell (Deerfield Beach) remained on the bench.

“I think the game dictated that a little bit,” Muschamp said.

JESSE SIMONTON

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