Sep 22, 2012 1:04 PM by Alan Cutler
Max Smith admitted his shoulder wasn't right on Tuesday. UK kept the problem quiet. Morgan Newton started at quarterback. Newton had a really bad game.
Florida's quarterback Jeff Driskel runs to the right for 38 yards. Ashely Lowery with a face mask penalty to give Florida 10 more yards to the 10. But, a Florida penalty and a bad snap forces the Gators to kick a 27 yard field goal. Caleb Sturgis is 9 of 10 on the season as Florida takes a 3-0 lead with 7:13 to go in the first quarter. It's a 5 play 49 yard drive that takes 1:55.
UK was playing with the kind of effort and energy they could have used against Western Kentucky. A 54 yard field goal attempt by Craig McIntosh went wide left. But, once again UK can't score a touchdown in the first quarter.
Florida takes control after the missed field goal. Mike Gillislee scores from the one. It's a 10 play 63 yard drive that takes 5:02. With 12:04 to go in the first half, Florida goes up 10-0.
After Morgan Newton throws an interception, he gets some help when Martavious Neloms picks off Florida's Jeff Driskel in the end zone.
Newton's troubles continued. After missing a wide open Darryl Collins for what might have been a touchdown, he throws another interception. Jaylen Watkins returns it 26 yards for a touchdown. Florida leads 17-0.
Jeff Driskel had an outstanding first half. He hits Quinton Dunbar for a 19 yard touchdown with 44 seconds to go in the half. It's a 7 play 76 yard drive that takes 1:18. Florida goes up 24-zip.
Newton's problems continued. With :16 seconds left, Michael Taylor, a backup linebacker with an interception. Newton completed 6 of 20 passes for 49 yards and three interceptions in the first half.
Florida with a big time drive in the third quarter. They play keep away. It takes 9:03 with Driskel scoring from the one. It's a 15 play 72 yard drive. Florida leads 31-0.
With the game over a long time ago, Florida scores again. Jacoby Brissett with a quarterback sneak from the one. It's a 9 play 37 yard drive that takes 5:10. Florida goes up 38-0.
Morgan Newton was 8 of 23 for 60 yards and three interceptions. Freshman Jalen Whitlow was 1 for 6 for 12 yards.
Florida's Jeff Driskel was terrific. 18 of 27 for 1 touchdown pass and 1 pick.
Jonathan George led UK in rushing with 52 yards on 13 carries. Raymond Sanders had 48 yards on 10 carries. Dyshawn Mobley, a freshman with a lot of potential had 22 yards on 4 carries.
UK drops to 1-3. Florida goes to 3-0.