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Florida looks to continue mastery of Kentucky

Sep 19, 2006 - 8:51 PM Kentucky (2-1) at No. 5 Florida (3-0), 7:45 pm EDT

GAINESVILLE, Florida (Ticker) - After a huge victory, fifth-ranked Florida hopes to avoid a letdown when it hosts Kentucky in a Southeastern Conference matchup.

The Gators rallied for a 21-20 triumph at SEC East Division rival Tennessee last Saturday behind Chris Leak, who threw three touchdown passes, including a go-ahead 21-yard toss to Dallas Baker with 6 1/2 minutes to play. It was Baker's second TD catch of the game.

Leak has thrown a national-best 10 TDs with three interceptions thus far, leading the country in passing efficiency (177.5) and the SEC in total offense (261.0 yards per game).

Florida (3-0, 1-0 SEC East) has dominated Kentucky over the past generation, winning the last 19 meetings since a 1986 loss. It is the third-longest Division I-A winning streak in an uninterrupted series.

Kentucky (2-1, 1-0 East), which has not won at Florida since 1979, opened SEC play with last week's 31-14 triumph over Mississippi. It was the Wildcats' first victory in an SEC opener since 1987.

Andre' Woodson was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for 293 yards and three touchdowns - two to Dicky Lyons - as the Wildcats posted their second straight victory.

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