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BLOCKED KICKS HELP GATORS START FAST

Florida stuffs two punts as well as a field goal in the first half, each leading to a touchdown.

Florida coach Urban Meyer leads the special teams because he believes they can decide outcomes.

They weren't the difference Saturday, but they jump-started things as consecutive blocked punts and a blocked field goal helped spur a 63-5 victory over Kentucky.

The three blocks tied a school record, most recently done Nov. 11, 2006. That was when Jarvis Moss blocked a South Carolina field goal to preserve a one-point victory.

"It just felt like a block party out there," said freshman Jeff Demps, who blocked one punt and played a role in the other.

After Florida stalled on its first possession, the defense forced a three-and-out. That brought on Tim Masthay.

Florida's scheme was designed to free up Demps, who blocked one for a safety against Miami on Sept. 6. But the last defender jumped in front of him, giving freshman defensive end William Green a clear path to Masthay.

Chris Rainey recovered the ball at the Kentucky 3, and quarterback Tim Tebow ran it in on the next play.

"I feel like I'm finally contributing to the team," said Green, who had seen limited action.

On Kentucky's next possession, it was Demps' turn. The tailback started outside and came through the middle to stuff Masthay's punt. Deonte Thompson jumped on the ball at the Kentucky 1, and Brandon James punched it in on the ensuing play.

So with 9:22 remaining in the first quarter, Florida had only 17 offensive yards but led 14-0.

"Everything started clicking after that first (block)," Tebow said. "We really had the momentum and didn't really lose it."

It wasn't over.

An interception gave Kentucky, down 28-0, the ball at the Florida 37 late in the first quarter. The Gators forced the Wildcats to attempt a 32-yard field goal, but cornerback Joe Haden came from the outside and blocked the kick. Major Wright recovered it and returned it to the Florida 40. Three plays later, Demps' 61-yard catch made it 35-0.

"We hadn't really been rushing field goals like that," Haden said. "They had two blocked previously this season, so (defensive coordinator Charlie Strong) told us to just go in there and you might have a chance to block it."

Florida has blocked five kicks this season and 22 since Meyer arrived in 2005. The Gators are 12-0 under Meyer when they block a punt.

"You've got to take special teams like you take offense and defense," Green said. "That's how we win games around here."

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