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Thumbs up/Thumbs down: How Kentucky lost

Kentucky Wildcats quarterback Morgan Newton (12) was brought down by a group of Gators in the first half of the University of Kentucky vs. University of Florida football game on Saturday, August 24, 2011 at Commonwealth Stadium.  Photo by David Perry  |  Staff
Kentucky Wildcats quarterback Morgan Newton (12) was brought down by a group of Gators in the first half of the University of Kentucky vs. University of Florida football game on Saturday, August 24, 2011 at Commonwealth Stadium. Photo by David Perry | Staff

Breaking down Kentucky's 48-10 loss to Florida quarter by quarter:

FIRST QUARTER:

Summary: UK's defense started strong, then Josh Clemons fumbled at the UK 45. One play later, the Gators were up 7-0. Then speedster Jeff Demps scored from 20 yards. After a Morgan Newton interception, a dazzling 27-yard Chris Rainey run set up a 21-0 Gators lead.

Thumbs up: Kentucky did not have a kick blocked.

Thumbs down: Kentucky turned it over twice. Can't do that and have a chance.

SECOND QUARTER:

Summary: Newton was hit at the 2 and UF picked up the fumble and scored for a 28-3 lead. A drive of more than 8 minutes resulted in a Florida field goal. Newton hit La'Rod King for a 19-yard score to make it 31-10 after Danny Trevathan caused and recovered a fumble.

Thumbs up: Thank goodness for Danny Trevathan. What a motor.

Thumbs down: UK could not block the Gators defense, which is becoming the norm.

THIRD QUARTER:

Summary: Track star Jeff Demps flew by the Kentucky defense for 84 yards — the longest run by a Gator since a guy named Emmitt Smith went 96 yards in 1988. The Gators added a field goal after a Newton interception.

Thumbs up:Ryan Tydlacka's 49-yard punt to the Florida 1. He's UK's offensive MVP.

Thumbs down: Newton turned it over again.

FOURTH QUARTER:

Summary: Kentucky fans got a look at freshman QB Maxwell Smith seeing his first college action. As advertised, Smith has a nice arm, but this offense needs Tom Brady and more. Mike Gillislee went 60 yards for the Gators' final score.

Thumbs up: It meant little, but Smith kept a few fans in the stands.

Thumbs down: Florida has scored more than 40 points five straight years against UK.

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