GAINESVILLE, FL —
The Florida Gators football team came into Saturday’s game against Kentucky with the longest winning streak against a single opponent having won 29 straight against the Wildcats. And they had little trouble extending the streak to 30 with a dominating 45-7 win in a game played at the Swamp in Gainesville.
After an opening game win over Massachusetts in which the Gators offense struggled a bit, quarterback Luke Del Rio completed 19 of his 32 passes for a total of 320 yards against the Wildcats. He threw for four touchdowns and had one interception. Florida’s Antonio Callaway had a big day catching five passes for a career-high 129 yards and one touchdown. The Gators running game was strong also as freshman Lamical Perine had 17 carries for 105 yards and the Gators as a team rushed for 244 yards and two touchdowns.
The Florida defense also came up big as they chased the Wildcats all over the field. Kentucky could not get the passing game going against Florida and had as many interceptions (3) as completions by the end of the game. For Kentucky, there is not a whole lot of good they can take away from this game except that they still have ten more games to play and to get better. Could this game have been a hangover from blowing a 35-10 lead in the opener and losing to Southern Miss last week? Maybe.
But Head Coach Mark Stoops will need to find a few ways to get both the offense and defense turned around quickly before the season gets too far along. The Wildcats (0-2) host New Mexico State next Saturday.
Florida has another home matchup next week taking on North Texas before traveling to Tennessee (2-0) for an important SEC contest on September 24th.