How Kentucky lost: Quarter by quarter

September 22, 2012 

  • Tennessee at Kentucky

    When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30

    TV: ESPNU

    Records: Kentucky 2-9 (0-7 SEC); Tennessee 4-7 (1-6)

How Florida beat Kentucky 38-0 on Saturday, quarter by quarter:

First quarter

Florida 3, Kentucky 0

Summary: In a surprise move, Morgan Newton started at quarterback in place of injured Maxwell Smith (shoulder). Kentucky's defense forced two straight three-and-outs and Newton got UK to the Gators 33 before UK failed on fourth-and-3. Jeff Driskel's 38-yard run helped Florida get inside the UK 5, but the Gators managed only a field goal. UK's running game was effective but Craig McIntosh missed a 54-yard field goal.

Thumbs up: Give UK credit — it played spirited after the Western Kentucky debacle.

Thumbs down: UK still has not scored an offensive TD in the first quarter since the 2010 season.

Second quarter

Florida 24, Kentucky 0

Summary: A long Gators drive made it 10-0. Newton was intercepted but UK's Martavius Neloms shut off a Gators threat with an interception in the end zone. Newton was intercepted again, this one returned for a Florida TD. The UK offense could do nothing and the Gators eventually added a late TD. Newton was picked off a third time to end the quarter.

Thumbs up: The UK defense was solid.

Thumbs down: Hate to pick on the guy, but Morgan Newton's passing was terrible.

Third quarter

Florida 31, Kentucky 0

Summary: The UK defense played hard but Florida took over the game, taking 15 plays and more than nine minutes to make it 31-0. UK Coach Joker Phillips stuck with Newton running the offense, an offense that produced nothing in the third quarter. This one was ugly by now.

Thumbs up: About all you can say is the UK defense made Florida work.

Thumbs down: Since freshman QB Jalen Whitlow is not redshirting, why not try him?

Fourth quarter

Florida 38, Kentucky 0

Summary: Whitlow finally entered the game, with UK starting at its own 6-yard line. He was unable to provide any spark but it was meaningless by then anyway. Florida kept the ball entirely on the ground and scored again. Florida beat UK for the 26th straight time.

Thumbs up: UK home fans did not have to pay to see this.

Thumbs down: UK was shut out for the first time since 2006.

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