LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Jeff Demps ran 10 times for 157 yards and two touchdowns as No. 15 Florida routed Kentucky 48-10 on Saturday night for the Gators' 25th straight win in the series.
Florida (4-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) scored three touchdowns in a 4:31 span during the first quarter, taking advantage of two Kentucky turnovers, and Demps iced the game with an 84-yard touchdown run, the sixth-longest scoring run in Florida history.
The Wildcats managed to frustrate the Gators early on in their first road trip of the season. On the first drive of the game, one scripted beforehand by offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, Florida went three-and-out for just the fourth time all season, and the second drive didn't prove to be much better.
But a fumble by the Wildcats provided the burst of energy Florida (4-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) needed. Josh Clemons lost the ball on second-and-1 at the Kentucky 45, and John Brantley hit Gerald Christian on a 45-yard touchdown pass across the middle on the next play to give the Gators a 7-0 lead with 8:10 in the first quarter.
The Wildcats (2-2, 0-1) failed to pick up a single yard on their next possession, and Demps ran off tackle for 20 yards for the Gators' next touchdown, capping a four-play drive that took just 1:23.
Kentucky picked up a first down on its next drive ‚Äî its first of the game ‚Äî but Matt Elam picked off a pass by Morgan Newton at the Kentucky 46 and returned it 17 yards to the Florida 28. Chris Rainey ran most of the rest of the way, with Trey Burton polishing it off with a 1-yard TD run to put the Gators up 21-0 with 3:39 in the first quarter.
Florida has outscored the Wildcats 94-3 now in the first quarters of the past four meetings.
Kentucky gave the ball away again in the second quarter, deep in its own territory. Jonathan Bostic hit Newton as his arm was behind his head, Newton dropped the ball and Florida's Jaye Howard grabbed it, running 2 yards for a touchdown to make it 28-3 with 11:30 remaining in the half.
The Wildcats managed to make the Gators pay for a mistake of their own for their lone touchdown. Brantley headed to the locker room a few minutes before halftime after getting drilled by Danny Trevathan, the SEC's leading tackler. On his second play, backup quarterback Jeff Driskel fumbled the ball as Trevathan hit him, and Trevathan fell on the ball at the Florida 26.
Newton, who was 16-of-33 for 124 yards with two interceptions, threw a 19-yard touchdown pass two plays later to La'Rod King with 1:18 before halftime to cut the Gators' lead to 31-10.
But the Wildcats were too far in the hole at that point, and couldn't stop Florida's speedy running backs in the second half.
Demps, who won a national title in the 60-meter dash at the 2010 indoor NCAA championships, showed the speed the Gators have become known for as he raced by defenders for his long touchdown run. It was Florida's longest since Emmitt Smith's 96-yard touchdown run against Mississippi State in 1988.
Rainey added 105 yards for the Gators, who finished with 405 yards rushing, and Brantley was 8 for 14 for 115 yards and one touchdown. Florida hosts No. 3 Alabama and travels to No. 2 LSU in the next two weeks.
Kentucky also couldn't do much on offense against the Football Bowl Subdivision's top run defense, picking up just 134 yards on the ground. The Gators also entered the game ranked sixth in scoring defense and seventh in total defense.
No. 15 FLORIDA 48, KENTUCKY 10
Florida 21 10 10 7--48
Kentucky 3 7 0 0--10
Fla_Christian 45 pass from Brantley (Sturgis kick), 8:10.
Fla_Demps 20 run (Sturgis kick), 5:44.
Fla_T.Burton 1 run (Sturgis kick), 3:39.
Ky_FG McIntosh 24, :00.
Fla_Howard 2 fumble return (Sturgis kick), 11:30.
Fla_FG Sturgis 45, 2:54.
Ky_King 19 pass from Newton (McIntosh kick), 1:18.
Fla_Demps 84 run (Sturgis kick), 10:24.
Fla_FG Sturgis 27, 3:10.Fourth Quarter
Fla_Gillislee 60 run (Sturgis kick), 7:44.
First downs 17 16
Rushes-yards 46-405 36-134
Passing 115 165
Comp-Att-Int 8-18-1 22-44-2
Return Yards 61 20
Punts-Avg. 5-36.0 6-42.8
Fumbles-Lost 2-2 2-2
Penalties-Yards 5-45 2-12
Time of Possession 28:15 31:45
RUSHING_Florida, Demps 10-157, Rainey 15-105, Gillislee 6-84, T.Burton 6-33, Hines 1-12, Joyer 3-11, M.Brown 2-6, Brantley 1-2, Driskel 2-(minus 5). Kentucky, Newton 6-50, George 8-38, Williams 11-33, Roark 1-7, Clemons 3-7, Gainer 4-6, Max.Smith 3-(minus 7).
PASSING_Florida, Brantley 8-14-0-115, Driskel 0-3-1-0, T.Burton 0-1-0-0. Kentucky, Newton 16-33-2-124, Max.Smith 6-11-0-41.
RECEIVING_Florida, Hammond 3-42, Christian 2-56, Hines 1-11, T.Burton 1-4, Demps 1-2. Kentucky, King 5-50, T.Robinson 3-19, Roark 3-7, Fields 2-16, D.Robinson 2-16, Shields 2-10, Williams 2-1, Melillo 1-29, Clemons 1-9, Warren 1-8.
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