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Gators using time of possession and strong defense successfully



Florida leads the nation in time of possession and Arkansas is ranked No. 13 nationally. So when the two meet on Saturday night in Gainesville, there's a good chance you won’t be seeing a lot of the hurry-up offense other teams have made their signature.

“This may be the quickest game in the history of college football,” Arkansas coach Bret Bielema jokingly said this week. “They’re No.1 in the country in time of, possession and we’re right outside the top 10. I know nobody is in a real hurry on offense. It will be fun to see those teams matchup.”

Florida is coming off a game in which it held the ball against Kentucky for 38:09. While the Gators don't expect that to be the case in every game,offensive coordinator Brent Pease said he likes the combination of time of possession and the Gators' defense so far.

“I'll be honest with you, to say that we're always going to carry it, have that time of possession, is probably not our total plan," UF offensive coordinator Brent Pease said. "But I think it worked out for at least this game. . . I think you feel comfortable in doing that. You've got a lot of good things going. That's what the kids did is they executed our plan real well. Protected Tyler (Murphy) a little bit, put him in good situations, kept our defense off the field. You know, when you play 47 plays, they're going to perform high at whatever numbers, but they're obviously a lot fresher when they don't have to perform at 60-70 number pace, as good as they are. But sometimes you still stress that you want to have explosive plays and you hope you get those where you're scoring in two or three. Then it limits your time of possession. So I think there's some give and take in it. But I think the kids worked the plan and it fit in our favor that knowing what we're doing we had a great time of possession.”


[Last modified: Thursday, October 3, 2013 1:12pm]


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