After a 65-0 thrashing of overmatched Eastern Michigan last weekend in what was effectively the Gators’ season-opener, Florida now begins SEC play by hosting Kentucky on Saturday at The Swamp. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. with national coverage of the game provided by the SEC Network. The Baltimore Gator Club will once again be hosting a Watch Party at the Greene Turtle in McHenry Row with club members receiving a free raffle ticket to win Gator swag and GT gift certificates. So come on out and root on the Gators as they take on the Wildcats to open up the SEC schedule!
Florida (1-0, 0-0 SEC) scored early and often against the Eagles last weekend, finishing with the team’s highest point total (65) since 2008 (70-19 vs. The Citadel), and pitching the first shutout since 2012 (23-0 vs. Jacksonville State). Junior quarterback Jeff Driskel threw for 248 yards and one score while sophomore back Kelvin Taylor scampered for 68 yards and reached the end zone twice. Backfield partner Matt Jones gained 65 yards on the ground and also scored a touchdown.
Kentucky (2-0, 0-0 SEC) defeated Ohio, 20-3, last weekend in Lexington for the team’s second win of the year, matching UK’s win total from all of 2013. Signal caller Patrick Towles completed 17 passes for 170 yards and one touchdown while also running for 96 yards. The Wildcast defense held Ohio to just a single field goal while surrendering just 223 total yards.
The Gators have won 27 straight matchups with the Wildcats, the longest current win streak in an uninterrupted series in the nation. UK has kept it close in a couple of games since 1987, but last season the Orange and Blue ran over the Wildcats for a 24-7 victory in the Bluegrass State. Matt Jones ran for 176 yards in the game and one touchdown, ripping off a 67 yard run in the second quarter.