Turnovers finally coming for Gators

September, 22, 2012
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida’s coaching staff has been harping on creating turnovers pretty much since the 2011 season ended. Looks like the message has gotten through.

The Gators intercepted three passes in their 38-0 victory over Kentucky on Saturday, marking the most turnovers forced in a single game since UF forced four in its victory over Kentucky last season. It matters not to the players that it came against a backup quarterback who said he didn’t know for sure he was going to start until pre-game warmups.

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Kim Klement/US PresswireFlorida cornerback Jaylen Watkins intercepts the ball and runs it back for a touchdown in the second quarter against Kentucky.
“The turnovers were big for us,” said LB Michael Taylor, who intercepted a pass in the second quarter. “Turnovers equal points, and points equal wins.”

The Gators, however, were only able to get seven points out of the three turnovers. That came on CB Jaylen Watkins’ 26-yard interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter. UF ended Kentucky’s previous possession with an interception, too, when S De’Ante Saunders grabbed a Newton pass and returned it 29 yards to the UK 23-yard line.

However, UF QB Jeff Driskel returned the favor when he was picked off in the end zone by Martavius Neloms.

Taylor’s interception came with 16 seconds remaining in the first half. UF was only able to run one play before time expired.

Mike DiRocco | email

ESPN Jacksonville Jaguars reporter

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