Pease, Muschamp now on same side
Published: Friday, October 5, 2012 at 3:58 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, October 5, 2012 at 3:58 p.m.
Brent Pease's last game against LSU is not a fond memory.
It was 10 years ago at Kentucky, where he was offensive coordinator for the Wildcats and Florida coach Will Muschamp was the defensive coordinator for LSU.
Kentucky was two seconds away from a 30-27 upset over No. 4 LSU when the Bluegrass Miracle happened.
“Will has reminded me a couple times this week,” Pease said on Thursday night's Gator Hotline. “He was at LSU when we played them and we had them beat. But they had the Bluegrass Miracle where they threw the Hail Mary and caught it with zero time on the clock for a 75-yard touchdown.”
This time around, Pease will face the Tigers with a more formidable team and Muschamp now on his sidelines. His chances are also better because UF is coming off of a much-needed bye week.
“We had guys on both sides of the ball who were dealing with some nagging injuries,” Pease said. “So the timing was right, especially playing a team like this. Our kids have taken a few days to get a lot better, get ready for this challenge, get healthy and gain some confidence.
“It's always great to have games like this where you're facing a real good team and you gotta play well to win. They know the challenge and the hype that's gonna be around Gainesville with both teams being undefeated. We're all excited, the kids are well-prepared and we've had time to heal up and get everybody back.”
Pease said the keys to the game offensively will be having a balanced attack, being productive on first down and creating at least eight explosive plays, which are pass completions more than 18 yards and runs more than 12.
“The kids know that if they can create those plays, then we're gonna get first downs and keep the ball more,” Pease said. “And what we do on first down will be very important, too. When you get behind the chains on these guys and into second down and long situations, it's tough to recover and generate first downs and drive down the field. So we need to do a good job of being as balanced as we can and continue to move the chains.”
Pease added he will open the playbook and show LSU things it hasn't seen on film.
“We'll open things up more to keep them off balance,” Pease said. “We gotta make sure that we've got a good plan and we're putting the ball in our playmakers' hands. They have to show up this week.”
One caller asked Pease if his new play calls will include a bag of tricks.
“It's kind of like Halloween,” he said. “You gotta show up at that house to get the candy. So I'll see you on Saturday.”