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The likes of Tim Couch, Jared Lorenzen and Andre' Woodson have rewritten most of the entries in the passing record book at Kentucky but there is one mark that former UK quarterback Bill Ransdell still holds--the record for single-game passing accuracy.

Ransdell once completed 20-of-23 passes. It came on a gray, rainy November day at Commonwealth Stadium in 1986 - against the Florida Gators. Ransdell led his team to a 10-3 win that day and it marks the last time the Cats defeated the Gators.

By the way, the last UK quarterback to get a win at The Swamp was Juan Portela in 1979.

Third-down turnaround

From worst to first. That's the story of UK's third-down conversion stats from last year to this.

The Wildcats converted only 29 percent of their third-down plays last season, 12th in the SEC, but now they rank first in the league at 51 percent.

Burton and his Wildcat role


Florida excelled in red-zone offense in its win over Kentucky the last time the Cats visited The Swamp. That's because of the damage Trey Burton did from the Wildcat formation, scoring a record six touchdowns.

Burton was back in that role last week, scoring a pair of touchdowns in the win at Tennessee, one of them in the red zone.  That was a noteworthy change, given that the Gators have settled for a field goal on half of their trips inside the opponents' 20-yard line.

Gators to test Cats with ground game

Kentucky has struggled to stop the run in the first three games and now the Cats face perhaps their biggest challenge yet in that department.

Under first-year offensive coordinator Brent Pease, who came from Boise State, the Gators have improved their per-game rushing total by 90 yards per game, to 233 yards per game. That total ranks third in the SEC at this juncture of the season.

Florida offense's second half improvement

In wins at Texas A&M and Tennessee the past two Saturdays, Florida has dominated the second half. But Pease, who was the offensive coordinator at UK in 2001-02, says it's not because of some amazing halftime adjustments.

Here's what he said to GatorCountry.com this week:

"There's not a lot of adjustments," Pease said. "There's some minor things, and really when you take the game plan, you kind of eliminate some things that haven't worked and 'let's get away from this, here's what they're stopping us on.' We've got to make our adjustments to how we're going to attack them."

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