Odds and Ends - Piling Up the Points

If Steve Spurrier was watching college football Saturday during South Carolina's bye week, he must have thought he'd stumbled across one of his old Bill Curry era Kentucky beatdowns as he flipped through the channels. The Gators humiliated Kentucky 63-5 at The Swamp in a game that was total dominance personified.

Florida only faced third down eight times in the entire game as they cruised past the Wildcats.

Florida's 28 first quarter points were the most they've scored in an opening period under Urban Meyer. The offensive outburst was more than Kentucky had allowed in any single game this season. With the hapless Wildcat offense unable to mount even a token attack, the Gators just kept putting the ball in the end zone. Florida scored touchdowns on eight of their first ten possesssions of the game. The Gators 63 points are the most they have scored in an SEC game under Urban Meyer.


Kentucky made a quarterback change early in the game, inserting redshirt freshman Randall Cobb for Mike Hartline at 3:15 of the first quarter. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, the move meant Cobb didn't have Kentucky's best weapon in the receiving corps - himself - available. Hartline returned at quarterback for the second half. His first pass was intercepted by Ahmad Black and returned 48 yards for a touchdown to make it 49-3 Florida, which pretty well summed up Kentucky's day.


Black's TD on that interception return was the fourth of the season for Florida. That ties them for the most in the nation with Missouri, Rice and San Jose State.


With the game out of hand so quickly, Florida had the opportunity to get redshirt freshman quarterback John Brantley some significant time against an SEC defense. Meyer opted to send in Tim Tebow to run the regular offense for the first series of the second half up 49-3 in the third quarter. After that drive ended in a Kestahn Moore touchdown run, Tebow's day was done. Brantley entered with seven seconds left in the third quarter and led a scoring drive capped off by a 38-yard touchdown pass to David Nelson.


While the Gator kick block team had a banner day, setting the rout up with two blocked punts and adding a blocked field goal for good measure, kickoffs continue to be an area of concern. Twice Caleb Sturgis hit kickoffs that sailed out of bounds, something which could cause Florida problems against a team with a pulse on offense. Two of Kentucky's points also came from a safety as the result of a botched snap on a punt late in the game.


How deep did UF go into their depth chart by the time this one was over? Redshirt freshman Vince Brown, Vernell Brown's younger brother, got a chance to carry the ball in the fourth quarter for one yard. He's not even listed as a running back.

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