Despite a 17-point win over Kentucky and 523 yards of offense, Florida coach Ron Zook said Sunday the offense is a work in progress.
"The offense can go back (today) and our guys understand they've got some work to do," Zook said. "Five-hundred and 23 yards, yeah that's good, but you know what? We did not get in there when we had to get in there. Some of it was our fault, penalties and so forth. So our guys understand we've still got a lot of work to do."
Florida was inside Kentucky's 30-yard line eight times, but scored two touchdowns. Twice inside the red zone, Florida couldn't score.
"When you get down there, you have to turn up the intensity," Zook said. "We weren't as efficient down there as we have to be."
SERIOUS BOND: Running backs Ciatrick Fason and DeShawn Wynnhave insisted they share a close friendship and each wants the best for the other. That bond was evident Saturday afternoon.
Fason had just become the first Florida player to rush for more than 200 yards since Emmitt Smithin 1989, but his thoughts were on Wynn, who didn't get a carry.
"It's kind of what I wanted, but it kind of wasn't," Fason said. "DeShawn didn't get his opportunity today. I know he's going to come out in the upcoming weeks and prove himself. He's a great running back. It's kind of what I wanted, kind of not, but I'm glad we came out with the victory."
The two have shared time at the position since last season, but Fason has become the clear starter. Against Tennessee, Wynn had 15 carries for 59 yards and a touchdown, but was conspicuously absent from the action Saturday.
"He's a very, very talented young man," Zook said. "He's had a few nicks that have held him back, but DeShawn knows what he can do and we all know what he can do. He knows we need him and he knows he needs us. I'm going to talk with him to make sure we're all on the same page."
On Sunday, Fason was named the Walter Camp Foundation national offensive player of the week.
KEEP IT SIMPLE: After a less than stellar outing against Tennessee Sept. 18, the coaches cut back the defensive plan considerably.
"We came in with a very limited game plan because we knew they like to run the option and with that you can't do too much," safety Cory Bailey said. "So you have to come in and focus on a couple of things. We didn't have that many calls, maybe three or four, and that's all we really worked on all week."
UK had 207 yards, 73 rushing.
HURRICANE SAVVY: Defensive end Joe Cohen is proof there's only so much you can take. Cohen, whose family home in Melbourne was almost destroyed by Hurricane Charley, said he did not worry about Jeanne, which battered his hometown Saturday night.
"I ain't got no home, so it ain't so bad this time," Cohen said after the game. "Everybody is all right back home. My mom and (family) decided to stay home once again, they didn't come to the game. But they watched it on TV."
Cohen said the family planned to gather at the homes of his grandmother and aunt. "They've got two generators and a whole bunch of gasoline, so they said they're ready to go this time."
_ ANTONYA ENGLISH, Times staff writer