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GAME 5: FLORIDA 42, ARKANSAS 7 // Wuerffel has a ball against Razorbacks

Danny Wuerffel couldn't help himself.

Sometime early in the third quarter, with Florida's lead over Arkansas still uncomfortably slim, the senior quarterback strode over to his ultra-competitive coach and gushed about how much fun he was having.

Gosh, there it was, the second half and all, and the top-ranked Gators still were in a tight ballgame. And Wuerffel still was in, period.

Arkansas, as it turned out, was not.

Florida scored 28 unanswered points in the second half, and Wuerffel threw for a single-game school record 462 yards in what became a lopsided 42-7 victory before 52,318 at sold-out Razorback Stadium.

"Danny Wuerffel said at the start of the third quarter, "This is fun,' and I said, "Yeah, it is,'

" coach Steve Spurrier said. "This was the first time we've not been so far ahead at halftime."

See what happens when Wuerffel gets to play four quarters?

"At the beginning of the second half, no matter who you are or where you are, it's great to let everything down and go out and play," Wuerffel said. "That's what's fun.

"I wasn't playing to break a record today. One day I'm sure it'll be nice, but that's not the focus right now. It's good to get a win against a team that was ready to play."

Wuerffel's record came despite playing behind an offensive line that spent the week playing musical chairs. Three of five linemen were in new positions when the game started. And it showed.

Arkansas sacked Wuerffel twice, batted his arm once as he threw, forced a holding penalty and forced him to scramble for 14 yards. It was Florida's longest run of the half.

"Danny Wuerffel is the story of our game today," Spurrier said. "Danny was exceptional. He got the school record for passing yards, I think. He certainly deserves it. With all that he's done for the University of Florida, he deserves about all the records."