Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Notebook

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Notebook

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Byline: Michael DiRocco, Times-Union sports writer

MCCRAY COMES UP BIG

Florida DE Bobby McCray finally lived up to his boast about playing the game of his life. He was just three weeks late.

McCray, who said he was going to play the game of his life against Miami, had two sacks yesterday against 260-pound Kentucky QB Jared Lorenzen. Last week against Tennessee, McCray had six tackles and his first sack of the season.

"He felt like he was coming out of it last week," UF coach Ron Zook said of McCray, who had been bothered by a toe injury in the preseason. "This week he was even better. We got the sacks when we had to get them."

HALFTIME TIRADE

Zook lit into his players at halftime, but it wasn't because Kentucky led 14-3. Zook was more upset that his players had not been playing up to their potential.

It was the first time in his tenure that he had done that, he said.

"It was probably the first time since I've been at Florida, because I know that they know they weren't playing the way they need to play. And I know that they know that it was there. And I know that they knew they could reach down and get it."

The seniors took Zook's challenge personally, especially S Daryl Dixon and CB Keiwan Ratliff. Both were pretty vocal in the second half.

"I needed to get my guys fired up on defense," Dixon said.

ABNEY CONTAINED

UF's biggest fear unfolded at Commonwealth Stadium, but the Gators were able to wipe their tears away, thanks to a yellow hanky.

UK's Derek Abney, who returned a punt and kickoff for a touchdown last year in Gainesville, broke up the left sideline and went 87 yards on a first-quarter punt for a touchdown. It came after UF's second possession, and it would have given the Wildcats a 14-0 lead.

The play was wiped out because of a holding penalty, and the Wildcats went three-and-out and had to punt. …

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