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Blue Review: Kentucky offense impotent, defense ineffective

D.J. Eliot: "You gotta get off the field on 3rd down"

Kentucky defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot after his team's 45-7 loss at Florida.
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Kentucky defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot after his team's 45-7 loss at Florida.

Instant analysis from Kentucky’s 45-7 loss to Florida (gleaned from the CBS telecast of the game):

How the game was won

Florida outgained Kentucky 324-79 in the first half en route to a 24-0 halftime lead in a contest UK more or less no-showed.

Getting game balls

1. Luke Del Rio. The relatively unheralded Florida quarterback managed the game like a pro (19-of-32 for 320 yards with four touchdown passes and one interception) while leading UF to its 30th straight win over UK.

2. Florida defense. Gators’ “D” rang up eight tackles for loss, five sacks and three interceptions and held UK to 149 total yards.

3. Mike Summers and Greg Nord. How happy do you think the former Kentucky assistant coaches are to now be on the Florida coaching staff?

Running gassers

1. Mark Stoops. In a game in which the fourth-year coach needed his team to make a statement, the Cats laid a dinosaur egg.

2. Drew Barker. In his first career road start, the redshirt Kentucky sophomore threw for 10 yards — and actually completed more throws to Florida defenders (three) than UK receivers (two).

3. Kentucky offense. Expected to be UK’s strength, the Wildcats offense has essentially been impotent for six straight quarters.

4. Kentucky defense. Has now surrendered more than 500 yards (Southern Mississippi 554, Florida 564) in both its games.

Key number(s)

79-0. In between taking a 35-10 lead on Southern Mississippi before losing 44-35 in the season opener, and falling behind Florida 45-0, Kentucky was outscored 79-0.

Fashion police

For its 2016 road debut, Kentucky wore all white — helmets, jerseys, pants.

Who is next

Kentucky will face New Mexico State (0-1) Saturday at 4 p.m. in Commonwealth Stadium in a game telecast by the SEC Network. It will be the first meeting between the schools. The Aggies, who lost to UTEP 38-22 in their opener, faced intrastate rival New Mexico at 8 p.m. in week two.

Know your foe

1. New Mexico State is coached by Doug Martin, the former Kentucky Wildcats backup quarterback (lettered 1981-84) who was a member of UK’s Hall of Fame Bowl teams in 1983 and ’84.

2. As a college head coach, Martin has specialized in working in hard-to-win jobs. In seven years at Kent State (2004-10), Martin went 29-53. Now in his fourth season as New Mexico State head man, Martin was 7-30 going into the New Mexico game.

3. No one has recently won at New Mexico State. After going 7-5 under Tony Samuel in 2002, the Aggies are 36-123 since (not counting the New Mexico game). Another coach with local ties, former UK coach Hal Mumme, was New Mexico State head man this century. From 2005-08, Mumme went 11-38 with the Aggies.

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