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Florida Gators 35, Troy 3 first-half notes, highlights, lowlights, musings and observations

GAINESVILLE -- Florida started slowly but scored four touchdowns in the second quarter on Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium to take a 35-3 lead into halftime.

--The first 17 minutes of the game were pretty nasty and not just because of the scattered rainfall. Florida fumbled the ball four times on its first six possessions. Jeff Demps, Emmanuel Moody, Tim Tebow and David Nelson were the culprits. Troy recovered the fumbles by Moody and Nelson.

--A dropped pass by UF receiver Deonte Thompson during the first drive of the game was pretty embarrassing. Thompson made up for the mistake later in the first half with a pair of touchdown catches. The second score -- a 33-yard play -- gave UF a 28-3 lead. Thompson appeared to injury his leg on the play.

--Jeff Demps has rushed for 87 yards on eight carries (12.4 ypc). Demps scored on a 24-yard option play with 4:03 left in the half to give UF its 35-3 lead.

--UF receiver Riley Cooper made an amazing block on Demps' touchdown. Cooper is an absolute wild man. His helmet flew off on the play and Cooper still held his block. After the play, Cooper gave Troy's cornerback a mouthful of smack. That's one crazy white boy.

--Ahmad Black started at safety.

--Will Hill played nickelback but also rotated to safety during the second quarter when the game was getting out of hand.

--Justin Trattou is having a nice game. He deflected a pass and recovered a fumble during the first half.

--Troy's offense is terrible. Having doubts that the Trojans will reach 14 points as I predicted. Florida should have no problem scored 55.

--Linebacker A.J. Jones recorded UF's first sack of the season.

--Janoris Jenkins' interception was the fourth of his career. Florida has intercepted a pass in 13th straight games. That leads the nation, according to UF.

--Tebow was pretty disappointed that the Gators didn't score to end the half. UF took over on its own 1 with 2:15 left in the second quarter but ran out of time at the Troy 16.

-jo-

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