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    Florida Tops Kentucky, 24-7


    By Tim Letcher
    SEC Digital Network

    Matt Jones rushed 28 times for 176 yards and a touchdown as the Florida Gators beat the Kentucky Wildcats 24-7 on Saturday night in Lexington.

    Tyler Murphy, who started at quarterback in place of the injured Jeff Driskel, played well in his first collegiate start. Murphy was 15-of-18 through the air for 156 yards and a touchdown, with one interception. Murphy also rushed seven times for 36 yards and a score.

    Florida's defense was also stellar in the game. Florida held Kentucky to only 173 total yards in the game, and only 48 yards on the ground. Kentucky's only touchdown came on a fake field goal.

    The game was tied at 7-7 after the first quarter, but Florida scored twice in the second quarter to lead 21-7 at the break.

    Statistical Leaders


    Passing - Tyler Murphy, 15-18, 156 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT

    Rushing - Matt Jones, 28 carries, 176 yards, 1 TD

    Receiving - Trey Burton, 6 receptions, 66 yards, 1 TD


    Passing - Maxwell Smith, 12-20, 90 yards, 1 INT

    Rushing - Joe Mansour, 1 carry, 25 yards, 1 TD

    Receiving - Alex Montgomery, 4 receptions, 47 yards

    Quick Notes:

    Florida has now beaten Kentucky 27 straight times.

    Joker Phillips, former head coach at Kentucky, returned to the Bluegrass as wide receivers coach for Florida.