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By Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The No. 14 Florida Gators have gained a reputation as a second half team in 2012, but they did most of their damage in the first two quarters in a 38-0 win over Kentucky on Saturday. Florida (4-0, 3-0 SEC) intercepted Wildcats quarterback Morgan Newton three times in the first half and led 24-0 at the break, and the Gators cruised from that point on.
Jeff Driskel threw his first interception of the season, but the sophomore turned in another solid performance. Driskel threw for 203 yards and a touchdown, and the Gators also hit the 200-yard mark on the ground to balance out the attack.
Florida’s defense made its mark on the game by holding the Wildcats (1-3, 0-1) to only 219 total yards on the afternoon. Jaylen Watkins put the Gators up 17-0 in the second quarter when he jumped an underneath pass from Newton for an interception and took it 26 yards for a touchdown. The Gators were suffocating in pass defense, holding Newton to a pedestrian 48 yards in the shutout victory.
The Gators will now have a bye week before they welcome LSU to Gainesville in two weeks.
Passing – Jeff Driskel, 18-for-27, 203 yards, TD, INT
Rushing – Mike Gillislee, 13 car, 56 yards, TD
Receiving – Omarius Hines, 3 rec, 52 yards
Passing – Morgan Newton, 7-for-21, 48 yards, 3 INT
Rushing – Jonathan George, 13 car, 52 yards
Receiving – Jonathan George, 1 rec, 24 yards