The Florida Gators (2-0) routed the Kentucky Wildcats (0-2) 45-7 in both team’s conference openers. Luke Del Rio and the Florida Gators’ offense played an outstanding game after struggling against a weaker UMASS team. The Florida Gators’ defense was too much for the Kentucky Wildcats, as they created four turnovers. With the Gators defeating the Wildcats, the impressive winning streak stays alive and is extended to 30 games. 1986 was the last time Kentucky Wildcats defeated the Florida Gators in a football game. The Gators played a great game with tons of energy and fire, which is something they were missing last week.
Luke Del Rio and the Florida Gators’ offense utterly dominated the weak Kentucky Wildcats’ defense. Luke Del Rio played extremely well in his first SEC game completing 19/32 for 320 yards and 4 TDs but 1 INT. Outside of the INT (which really wasn’t his fault) Del Rio did everything he was supposed to do and more.
The Florida running game played a great game with 50 carries, 244 yards and 2 TDs. True freshman RB, Lamical Perine, was the most effective runner, rushing 17 times for 105 yards and a 28-yard receiving TD. Junior RB, Mark Thompson, had 15 carries for 59 yards and a TD. Sophomore RB, Jordan Scarlett, had 9 carries for 43 yards and a TD. Antonio Callaway was hands down the best receiver in the game with 5 catches for 129 yards and 78-yard TD pass. Brandon Powell continues to play well with 4 catches for 43 yards and a TD. The true freshman WR, Freddie Swain, had only one catch, but that catch was his first collegiate TD. The O-line played much better than they did last week. The O-line played with some energy and looked like they wanted it more than the Wildcats’ D-line.
The Florida Gators defense was all over the field. The Florida defense had 4 turnovers and 5 sacks on the day. Junior DE, Jordan Sherit, had 5 tackles on the day which included 2 sacks. Redshirt-junior LB, Alex Anzalone, had 6 tackles in the game with 1.5 sacks, which he shared a half sack with redshirt-freshman LB, Kylan Johnson. The last sack of the game was a strip sack by freshman DE, Jachai Polite, which was recovered by redshirt-sophomore DE, Taven Bryan. Junior CB, Quincy Wilson, made a one-handed INT in the game that you will see on SC Top Ten Sunday. Junior CB, Jalen “Teez” Tabor, played his first game of this season due to a suspension and he also got an INT. The last INT of the game was by All-American safety, Marcus Maye.
The Florida Gators needed to beat Kentucky and beat them bad to show that week 1 vs. UMASS was a fluke. They did exactly that and Gators fans could not be any happier. The Florida Gators (2-0) will take on the North Texas Mean Green (1-1) at 7:30 at the Swamp on ESPNU. Go Gators!