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A matchup against Kentucky typically presents little trouble for Florida, which hasn't lost in the series in more than two decades.

This week, though, it's not just the Wildcats the Gators are trying to beat.

With players battling the flu, the top-ranked Gators hope to overcome the spread of an illness and win their 23rd straight over Kentucky when they meet Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium.

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First quarter Update: (yes, I said FIRST quarter)

Florida: 31 - Kentucky: 0


Halftime report: Florida: 31 - Kentucky: 7

Who does Kentucky think they are scoring on us???

Well to be honest I'm outraged, I want them to pay for that, we'll see how it goes, more details later..


Final: No. 1 Gators Take Down Kentucky, 41-7

The top-ranked Gator football team improved to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the Southeastern Conference with a 41-7 victory at Kentucky on Saturday evening at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington. The Gators were sparked by a record-breaking first quarter, in which they jumped out to a 31-0 lead, amassing 223 yards of total offense, compared to Kentucky’s -1 yard.

The Gators were led by senior quarterback Tim Tebow (St. Augustine, Fla.), who finished the night five-of-10 for 103 yards and one touchdown pass. Tebow surpassed his previous season-high rushing yardage mark in the first quarter against UK, tallying 79 yards. He finished the game with 123 yards on 16 carries with two touchdowns, marking the first 100-yard rushing performance by any Gator this season. His two rushing scores, the 47th and 48th of his career, propelled him to own sole custody of second place in the SEC record book for all-time rushing touchdowns.

The Gator offense went right to work, scoring on their first five drives, while the Gator defense forced Kentucky to three-and-out situations in the first five possessions.

After two rushing plays for short yardage and a third-and-five from Florida’s 34-yard line, Tebow carried the ball 29 yards for the first down, matching a career-long rush. Sophomore Jeff Demps (Winter Garden, Fla.) continued the drive with back-to-back first-down rushes of 17 and 14 yards, respectively, to put the Gators at first-and-goal. The Orange and Blue was forced to settle for three after kicker Caleb Sturgis (St. Augustine, Fla.) connected on a 22-yard field goal to give Florida an early 3-0 lead with 11:13 remaining in the first quarter.

Florida began its second drive of the game with excellent field position, starting on Kentucky’s 36-yard line, after forcing the Wildcats to punt from their own end zone. The Florida defense held the Wildcats to a quick three-and-out, led by junior Joe Haden (Ft. Washington, Md.), who sacked quarterback Mike Hartline for a loss of nine yards. Prior to this game, Kentucky led the SEC with fewest quarterback sacks allowed, with zero. The Gators were able to capitalize on the field position, tacking on seven points off a three-yard quarterback keeper by Tebow to give Florida a 10-0 advantage with 7:11 to play in the first quarter. The score marked Tebow’s 47th career-rushing score, propelling him to second place in the SEC record book.

A little over one minute later, it was the Gators’ special teams’ time to shine as redshirt sophomore Chris Rainey (Lakeland, Fla.) blocked Ryan Tydlacka’s punt and recovered the ball in the end zone to extend the lead in favor of UF, 17-0. The block marked both the first in 2009 and the first of Rainey’s career. The Gators have scored four touchdowns on blocked kicks under head coach Urban Meyer.

On the following possession, Tebow led the Gators on a six-play, 58-yard scoring drive, capped by a two-yard rush with 2:35 to play in the opening quarter. The drive, which spanned 2:34, was highlighted by an 18-yard reception by redshirt junior Emmanuel Moody (Coppell, Texas) and a 13-yard grab by redshirt senior David Nelson (Wichita Falls, Texas).

Florida put an exclamation point on an explosive first quarter with a 44-yard touchdown reception by junior Aaron Hernandez (Bristol, Conn.) in the closing seconds. A successful point-after attempt by Sturgis put the Gators up 31-0, marking the most points scored in the opening frame under Meyer.

The Gator defense held the Wildcats without a first down until 8:48 remaining in the first half, but the Wildcats went on to collect three more first downs on their 14-play, 58-yard scoring drive, capped by a two-yard reception on fourth-and-goal by Ross Boque. The Wildcats cut into Florida’s lead, 31-7, to close the scoring for the first half.

Florida got its first points of the second half off a 32-yard field goal by Sturgis with 3:49 remaining in the third quarter to give Florida a 34-7 advantage.

A fumbled snap by quarterback John Brantley (Ocala, Fla.) with 12 minutes remaining in the game gave the Wildcats possession at their own 27-yard line, however they failed to capitalize on the turnover and were forced to punt. The teams traded turnovers as junior Major Wright (Miramar, Fla.) intercepted a Hartline pass and returned the ball 31 yards to give the Gators possession at the Kentucky eight-yard line. Brantley needed only one play to connect with senior Riley Cooper (Clearwater, Fla.) on an eight-yard touchdown pass to give the Gators a 41-7 lead and cap off the scoring with 6:39 remaining in the final stanza.

Kentucky’s Hartline finished the game 14-for-30 for 92 yards and one touchdown. The Wildcats were also led by Derrick Locke who tallied 37 yards on 14 carries and Chris Matthews who had three receptions for 28 yards.

The Gators return to action on Oct. 10 as they travel to Baton Rouge to face the LSU Tigers.



Congrats on a great win, what are the reports on Tebow's injury ?


Thanks.. Here's what I'm hearing right now:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida quarterback Tim Tebow is back home after spending the night in the hospital with a concussion. How long before he plays again is now the big question facing the Gators.

Tebow was released from a Lexington, Ky., hospital Sunday morning, about 12 hours after sustaining a concussion in the Gators' 41-7 victory at Kentucky. He was held for precautionary reasons and test.

"Tim is doing fine this morning," said coach Urban Meyer, who stayed behind with Tebow. "His CT scans came back and indicated that Tim suffered a concussion. Our medical and athletic training staff will continue to monitor him to determine how much rest and recovery he needs. We will have additional information and updates this week."

Tebow flew back to Gainesville with Meyer and his family Sunday afternoon.

The top-ranked Gators (4-0) are off next week, then play at LSU on Oct. 10. It might be several days, maybe longer, before Tebow's status becomes clearer for what could be the toughest game on the defending national champions' schedule.

It would be even tougher without Tebow, the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner and the heart and soul of the Gators.

But his return home was welcome news for Florida players, coaches and fans who watched Tebow lay motionless on the field at Commonwealth Stadium.

"Everyone is concerned about Tim, and our thoughts and our prayers are with him and his family," said associate head coach and defensive coordinator Charlie Strong, who filled in for Meyer on the head coach's television show Sunday.

The Gators were leading 31-7 in the third quarter and were driving deep in Kentucky territory when defensive end Taylor Wyndham came unblocked off the right end and sacked Tebow. As Tebow fell backward, his helmet struck teammate Marcus Gilbert's leg, violently bending his neck forward.

Teammates and trainers rushed to Tebow's side, but several minutes passed before the quarterback sat up with help and then slowly made his way off the field. Florida's medical staff attended to him on the bench, and his parents came down from the stands to join him.

He started vomiting -- a common symptom of concussions -- and was carted off the field. About a dozen Gators fans showed up at the hospital after the game, standing outside in the rain and wishing the best for Tebow.

The injury ended what had been another impressive performance from the senior. He ran for 123 yards and two touchdowns, and threw for 103 yards and a score -- numbers that seemed unimportant the second he hit the turf.

Backup John Brantley replaced Tebow and completed 4 of 6 passes for 30 yards, including an 8-yard TD pass to Riley Cooper in the fourth.

If Tebow isn't able to play against the Tigers, Brantley would make his first career start.

The 6-foot-3 sophomore from Ocala has completed 73 percent of his passes for 232 yards, with four touchdowns and one interception, this season. Although Brantley has played mostly in mop-up duty, Meyer's plan all along was to get him meaningful snaps every game.

Now, they could really count. The Gators say they have nothing but confidence in Brantley.

"If you look at our future, it's going to be John Brantley," Strong said. "He does a great job. He knows how to manage this offense."

Certainly, the offense would change under Brantley. The Gators, second in the nation in rushing (307.5 yards a game), would probably become more of a passing team. Of course, they need to get their receivers healthy to make that happen. Deonte Thompson (hamstring) has missed the last two games, and Cooper was one of four starters who took a separate plane to Lexington because of respiratory and congestion issues.

Tebow was on that flight, too. So his day started and ended with health concerns.

If Tebow wasn't feeling well, it didn't show. The Gators scored 31 points in the first quarter and had the game in hand when Tebow got knocked out.

Meyer probably will face questions about why he still had his superstar on the field in a lopsided game, especially considering Tebow had missed two days of practice because of a respiratory illness.

But the Gators sputtered in the second quarter against Kentucky and struggled in the passing game last week against Tennessee. And pulling Tebow is always tough because he wants to play every down. Typically, the bruising 245-pound quarterback jumps to his feet after big hits -- some even harder than Wyndham's sack.

"He's a tough nut," Meyer said after the game. "We think he's going to be fine."

Added linebacker Brandon Spikes: "I'm pretty sure he's going to get himself together."


We play you next SSC, should be a good game..


Wow~ Gator's are good .. I knew we would be in trouble~ Congrats on the win..


Thanks :)

Our next game we play will be tough.., SSC's team LSU Tigers..

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