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Florida makes it 30-for-30 with a 45-7 romp over Kentucky Wildcats

The Florida Gators produced their own "30 for 30" on Saturday, extending their winning streak over Kentucky to three full decades with a 45-7 romp over the Wildcats at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville.

Like many of its previous trips to The Swamp, Kentucky (0-2, 0-1 SEC) was overmatched in every regard, allowing 564 total yards. The Gators punted only once in the game, late in the fourth quarter when the outcome had long been decided.

Meanwhile, the Florida defense held the Wildcats to just 149 yards, including a woeful passing performance that saw Drew Barker and Stephen Johnson complete only three of 14 passes for 55 yards and three interceptions. Barker was picked off three times, while Johnson fumbled on only the second play of his UK career. 

"We weren't up to the challenge in any area of the game today," UK head coach Mark Stoops said.

Only a late touchdown run by Jojo Kemp with 4:27 remaining in the game saved the Cats from being shut out.

Florida got 320 yards and four touchdown passes from sophomore quarterback Luke Del Rio, who connected with wide receiver Antonio Callaway five times for 129 yards and a touchdown. Lamical Perine gained 105 yards on 17 carries to lead the Gators' ground attack. 

Six different players scored a touchdown for Florida (2-0, 1-0 SEC), while kicker Eddy Pineiro booted a 54-yard field goal. 

In this AW Rapid Recap feature, we touch on some quick-hitters from the Cats' loss... 

WHAT WENT WRONG:

Unlike last week's tale of two halves, this one was a disaster almost from the opening kickoff. Kentucky appeared to force a fumble against Del Rio on the opening series and J.D. Harmon returned it almost 60 yards for an apparent touchdown, but the play was overturned on an instant replay review. It was a harbinger for a day which saw almost nothing go the Cats' way. The Cats turned it over four times, were sacked five times, missed a 34-yard field goal and were sitting on 10 yards passing deep into the fourth quarter before a 45-yard strike from Johnson to Jeff Badet. The defense had no answers for a modest Gator offense that managed just 24 points last week against UMass. It was a completely non-competitive showing for the Cats, who had made great strides to give Florida highly competitive games in each of the past two seasons. 

BY THE NUMBERS:

6.8 - Yards per Florida play. The Cats managed only 3.1.

11 - Times during the 30-game losing streak that the Cats have lost by 30 or more points to the Gators.

70% - Florida's third-down conversion rate (14 of 20). The Gators converted nine of their first 12 on the day.

79 - Unanswered points by unranked opponents going back to second quarter versus Southern Miss.

1084 - Total yards surrendered by the UK defense in the first two weeks of the season.

1997 - The last time the Cats lost their second game of the season.

QUOTABLE:

"We've got to refocus and look at everything we're doing... You've got to look in the mirror, and it starts with me." - UK head coach Mark Stoops

UP NEXT:

Kentucky steps out of conference to face New Mexico State on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Commonwealth Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 4 p.m. The Aggies (0-1) were playing in-state rival New Mexico later tonight. 


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