Florida-Kentucky Game Recap

As originally posted here.

Florida (4-0, 2-0 SEC) scored three touchdowns within five minutes in the first quarter on their way to a 48-10 trouncing of Kentucky (2-2, 0-1 SEC).

Florida running back Jeff Demps lead the way rushing for 157 yards from 10 carries and two touchdowns. His second score, an 84-yard run is the sixth-longest scoring run in the program’s history. It was also Florida’s longest run since Emmitt Smith’s 96-yard score against Mississippi State in 1988.

The Gators had a slow start, a Wildcat fumble by running back Josh Clemons at the Kentucky 45, gave the Gators the spark they needed. Florida quarterback John Brantley hit tight end Gerald Christian for a 45-yard touchdown pass across the middle in the middle of the first quarter and they never looked back.

The Gator backfield tore into the Wildcat defense for 405 rushing yards. Demps and senior Chris Rainey gashed the defense for 100+ yard games while Mike Gillislee and Trey Burton ran for scores. In a wild play, Rainey burned the Wildcats for 29 yards in what almost looked like an impromptu end-around which stopped at the goalline. The defense contributed on a score when Kentucky quarterback Morgan Newton got hit near their endzone as he threw the ball that went to tackle Jaye Howard’s hands for a 2-yard score.

The Gators outgained the Wildcats 520 yards to 299. Florida led 31-10 at the half which is not surprising considering the Gators have now outscored the Wildcats 94-3 over their past four meetings in the first quarter.

Brantley completed 8 passes out of 14 for 115 yards and a score while Newton completed 16 passes out of 33 for 124 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

The 15th-ranked Gators will face another undefeated SEC team in the 3rd ranked Alabama Crimson Tide invade “the Swamp.” They will be coming off their win from 14th-ranked Arkansas.

It does not get any easier for the Wildcats as they will travel to undefeated no. 2-ranked LSU Tigers, who is coming off their win of 16th-ranked West Virginia.


About Tom

Tom Chang is a freelance journalist with a background in multimedia journalism and web publishing. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St.Petersburg. He graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications at USF Tampa. Tom's interests include a little bit of everything from entertainment to sports. He also wishes to delve into creative writing writing sci-fi/fantasy stories. Tom was recently the Online Editor for USF St. Petersburg's the Crow's Nest, he joined the staff in January 2010 where he started freelance writing, photographing, copy editing and later became a staff writer. Tom’s freelance experience in journalism amassed a wide range of companies including Creative Loafing, The Focus Magazine, Lutz News, Examiner.com, and Tampa Tribune.
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