KENTUCKY 0 0 0 0 0
FLORIDA 3 21 7 7 38
Date of game: 9/22/2012

Recap: Florida vs. Kentucky

Gainesville, FL (Sports Network) - Jeff Driskel passed for a score and ran for another, while the Florida defense remained firm, as the No. 14 Gators steamrolled the Kentucky Wildcats, 38-0, at the Swamp.

Driskel performed well once again, throwing for 203 yards on 18-of-27 attempts and rushing for 35 yards on eight tries for the Gators (4-0, 3-0 SEC), who racked up their 26th consecutive win over their conference rivals.

Mike Gillislee ran for 56 yards and a score, Quinton Dunbar hauled in three passes for 36 yards and a touchdown, while Jaylen Watkins returned an interception for another TD.

Morgan Newton struggled throughout as he subbed for starter Maxwell Smith, who did not play due to a shoulder injury. Newton threw three interceptions in the first half and finished 7-of-21 for just 48 yards passing for the Wildcats (1-3, 0-1).

"He wanted to go," said Kentucky coach Joker Phillips regarding his injured quarterback. "I was just not willing to do that to him or our football team. I treat him like one of my kids and I did not want to risk him to get injured and be out for a significant amount of time."

On the Gators' third possession of the game, Driskel's 38-yard run into Wildcat territory helped set up a 27-yard Caleb Sturgis field goal to give the hosts the early lead.

Following a 54-yard miss from Kentucky kicker Craig McIntosh, Gillislee carried six times on the ensuing drive for Florida, punching in a 1-yard touchdown to make it 10-0 early in the second quarter.

Newton was intercepted on Kentucky's next two possessions, his second returned by Watkins for a 26-yard score.

"Anytime you're able to score on defense, that creates a huge momentum swing," said Florida coach Will Muschamp. "We were able to rush four guys just how we wanted to and we were able to create turnovers."

With just over two minutes to play in the half, Driskel completed three straight passes, the last one a 25-yard strike to Jordan Reed, who drew a personal foul penalty on the play to move the Gators inside the Wildcats' 20- yard line. On the seventh play of the drive, Driskel connected with Dunbar for a 19-yard score to give Florida a 24-0 advantage.

The Wildcats started with the football to open the second half but punted after picking up just one first down. Their offense would not see the ball again until just under three minutes remaining in the quarter.

Florida ate up over nine minutes of the clock on its ensuing possession. Driskel went 6-of-7 on drive, capping a 15-play, 72-yard march with a 1-yard touchdown run.

Midway through the fourth quarter, the Gators added seven more after back-up quarterback Jacoby Brissett recorded a 1-yard touchdown run to account for the final margin.

Game Notes

Reed, Omarius Hines and Frankie Hammond Jr. each hauled in three passes for Florida ... Jonathan George led Kentucky in rushing with 52 yards ... Florida will head into their bye week before hosting second-ranked LSU on Oct. 6 ... Kentucky will host No. 7 South Carolina next week.

Utah over UCLA is the Pac-12 play of the year

UCLA is coming off its most impressive 2014 outing - a 62-27 romp over Arizona State. Utah lost its last game to Washington State. However, the Utes have a great chance to upset the Bruins.

The Inside Line: Stewart still coping with tragedy

Seven weeks after his involvement in an accident that took the life of Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car race on a dirt track in Upstate New York, Tony Stewart continues to deal with emotions surrounding the tragic incident.

Rivers, Watt named AFC's best for first month

San Diego Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee are the AFC players of the month for September.

Davis included on Tigers' ALDS roster

Rajai Davis is on the Detroit Tigers' 25-man roster for the American League Division Series. Whether the outfielder is in the starting lineup for Thursday's opener against the Baltimore Orioles remains unclear.

Nothin' but Net: Coaching hot seat already burning

With NBA Media Day barely behind us, it's perfect fair and reasonable to already speculate as to which coaches will be fired soonest.

Sens give Ryan 7-year extension

The Ottawa Senators have locked up one of their key offensive contributors, signing forward Bobby Ryan to a seven-year contract extension on Thursday.

Latest Sports Photos
Latest Sports Photos
0 Votes
Team CHOCOLATE MILK member Owen Hammond recovers post-race with lowfat chocolate milk after finishing 140.6 miles at IRONMAN Chattanooga.

0 Votes
a skydiver was injured when attempting to land in a pre game show at the Lookouts opening game on 4/3/2014

0 Votes
SEC Champions Alabama created by artist Ben Teeter S/N C.O.A. available for the dedicated Alabama fan!

1 Vote
first catch of the season looks like a good year

0 Votes
Gina McLeroy Spring City, TN

0 Votes
Our Son Brandon McLeroy MTSU Football 2011 Gina McLeroy Spring City TN

1 Vote
this is James Howard telling Gracie what to do.

0 Votes
Riverbend fun!

0 Votes
I nees a four letter word for the outside layer of a tree.

0 Votes
Cameron is a rising athlete. He has a God given talent for the game of football. This picture is of him stopping the ball carrier in our game in the ...
Featured Partners
The newly modeled East Ridge Residence is a must see with its spacious comfortable apartments. Plus, 3 delicious meals daily, geriatric physician, home healthcare services and fun festive activities. Schedule your visit today!
Together we can make a confident retirement possible. Simply click to get started with your private wealth advisor. Talk to Jimmy Scotchie, Certified Financial Planner.
Get started at $79.99 a month for 12 months. Plus, get a $75 VISA® Prepaid card.
Supermarket Guru
From The Archives
Scenic City Roots
Through Irish Eyes
Brand News
Prime Mashup
What's Trending
Megan Wise Goes Outside
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.