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Mississippi State pick-six highlights a difficult first half for UF's red zone offense

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Oh, boy. It might be a long night.

Mississippi State back-up free safety Johnthan Banks returned a Tim Tebow interception 102 yards for a touchdown with 27 seconds left in the first half on Saturday at Scott Field to cut UF's lead to 13-10. The interception came three plays after UF's Chris Rainey blocked his second punt of the season.

The punt gave UF excellent field position-- the State 7 with one minute left in the half -- but UF failed to convert. UF was 0-4 on converting red-zone opportunities into touchdowns during the first half. That statistic is much more than a trend for the Gators' offense, it's a problem. In four and half Southeastern Conference games, UF is 6 of 24 in converting red-zone opportunities into touchdowns. You read that correctly, 6 of 24!

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