Florida vs. Kentucky: 5 Halftime Adjustments Wildcats Must Make

Jeff KneisSenior Analyst IIISeptember 24, 2011

LEXINGTON, KY - SEPTEMBER 17:  Morgan Newton #12 of the Kentucky Wildcats throws the ball during the game against the Louisville Cardinals at Commonwealth Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Kentucky comes into this SEC matchup with a record of 2-1. The Wildcats look to bounce back after a tough loss against rival Louisville last week. Kentucky looks to make a statement in their first SEC game of the season.

The Wildcats have played better than the score indicates. Kentucky needs to find ways to limit the big plays the Gators had the past half. There are still 30 minutes for UK to turn the game around.

Here are five things Kentucky must do in the second half against Florida:


1. Spread the Field with Quick Passes

Florida's front four on defense are playing extremely well, and this will help limit the chaos they are creating.

This can also help the running game if the Gators are forced to focus on the outside receivers. There could be running lanes and there will be more room for routes that attack the middle of the field.


2. Continue to Play Excellent Special Teams

So far the Wildcats have been winning this underrated battle. Florida almost fumbled on the opening kickoff and with more hard work, a game-changing play could be made.

The game could come down to a battle of field position, and Kentucky will need to continue to dominate on the various return and coverage teams.


3. No More Turnovers

Against a great team like Florida, Kentucky has to play smart football and make the Gators work from deep in their own territory.

Josh Clemons' fumble was a tough way to turn the ball over when it seemed to be a routine run play. He will need to focus on covering up the ball while still running hard.

Newton's first interception was a pass that sailed on him as he tried to muscle the throw into a tight window.

Newton's second INT was caused by a blindside blitz. Kentucky needs to keep in a RB to help protect the the QB.


4. Solve the WR Drops

This problem has plagued the Kentucky WRs all season, and it has reared its ugly head once again versus Florida. Nothing kills a drive and confidence more than an open receiver dropping a ball that should be caught.

These drops are killing Kentucky's offensive drives and are allowing the Gators' quick-strike offense back on the field.


5. Take Advantage of the Gators' Aggressive Defense

WR screens, RB screens and TE screens can neutralize the Gators' aggression. This will also keep the Florida defense off balance, which can open up other plays for the offense.

RB or QB draws can also be effective against an aggressive defense. Expect more plays that will keep the defense on their heels as the Wildcats look to claw back against the Gators.