Florida coasts to victory, 49-28 over Kentucky

LEXINGTON, KY--The fifth-ranked Florida Gators (4-0) flexed their muscle Saturday afternoon and overwhelmed Kentucky (1-3) with seven consecutive touchdowns in the first half in route to a 49-28 victory Saturday afternoon at Commonwealth Stadium.

With 2:46 gone in the game, Kentucky led Florida 7-0. The Gator offense stalled on their first possession, leading to a three-and-out possession, and a blocked punt recovered by Jacob Tamme put Kentucky in excellent field position at the Florida 16. Three rushes later from Rafael Little, and Kentucky led 7-0. An Urban Meyer-coached team had not trailed in 39 quarters, and the University of Kentucky broke that string.

And then reality sunk in.

The Gators stormed back to score seven consecutive touchdowns on seven possessions, never punting again in the first half, in route to a colossal 49-7 lead. At halftime, Florida's talented quarterback, Chris Leak, had thrown for nearly 300 yards and four touchdown passes. The Gators had 22 first downs to Kentucky's four, and the time of possession reflected the domination, with Florida holding the ball more than 21 minutes in the half.

In front of a crowd that began with 66,820 in attendance, but had been largely depleted in the second half, the Cats fought back to make the final score respectable. The game was never in doubt after early in the contest, however. The second half saw the appearance of UK freshman quarterback Curtis Pulley, who rallied the Cats to two running touchdowns. Pulley finished 4-6, 38 yards, 0 interceptions or touchdowns. He also rushed seven times for 39 yards, including two touchdowns.

Sophomore Rafael Little also rushed for 77 yards on 19 rushes. Sophomore Andre Woodson broke a string of passes without an interception to have perhaps his worst game as a Wildcat, 11-27, 124 yards, 3 interceptions.

Florida outgained Kentucky 537 yards to 295 yards, and held a 27-19 first down advantage, with most of the Cats' first downs obtained after the game had already been decided.

Kentucky (1-3) will have a badly-needed open date next week, and return to play South Carolina in Columbia in two weeks. Florida (4-0) will face another unbeaten SEC foe next week in Alabama (4-0) in Tuscaloosa.

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