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Cats take beating in Swamp, fall 63-5

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The Kentucky Wildcats came to The Swamp
beaten up. They left beaten down.
Tim Tebow threw two touchdown passes, ran for two scores and
fifth-ranked Florida thumped injury-depleted Kentucky 63-5
Saturday, extending its winning streak in the series to 22 games.
The Gators showed no signs of sluggishness coming off a bye and
didn't have a letdown following a 51-21 drubbing of defending
national champion LSU two weeks ago.
Now, they can focus on the game they've been looking forward to
for a year: Georgia, a hated rival that stomped its way to a
victory last season that essentially knocked Florida out of the
Southeastern Conference race.
The Gators (6-1, 4-1 SEC) looked every bit ready for the
rematch.
After sputtering in early starts against Miami, Mississippi and
Arkansas this season, Florida jumped all over the Wildcats.
The Gators blocked punts on Kentucky's first two possessions and
turned them into short touchdown runs, and led 28-0 before the
Wildcats (5-3, 1-3) even got a first down.
It got worse, too. Percy Harvin had a 16-yard scoring run that
made it 21-0, then added a 33-yard TD reception on a perfect pass
from Tebow.
Tebow was 11-of-15 passing for 180 yards, ran nine times for 48
yards and spent the entire fourth quarter on the bench.
Florida led 42-3 at halftime and scored on the first play of the
third quarter. Ahmad Black intercepted a pass from Mike Hartline
and returned it 40 yards for a score.
Kestahn Moore added a 1-yard TD run, and John Brantley hooked up
with David Nelson for a 38-yard score that made it 63-3 early in
the fourth.
The Wildcats, who added a late safety on a muffed punt, had an
excuse for their problems.
They were without leading receiver Dicky Lyons Jr. (knee) and
starting running back Derrick Locke (knee). Both are out for the
season. They also played without offensive tackle Justin Jeffries
(knee) and defensive tackle Myron Pryor (ankle). Five other
defensive players, including all three starting linebackers, were
slowed by injuries.
It showed.
The Cats hadn't allowed more than 24 points in any game this
season. The Gators scored more than that in the first quarter.
Kentucky had allowed just two rushing touchdowns all year. Florida
scored twice on the ground in its first eight plays.
The Wildcats looked like they would get on the scoreboard early
in the second after Randall Cobb took over at quarterback, but Joe
Haden blocked Lones Seiber's 31-yard field goal attempt.
It was the third blocked kick of the game for Florida and the
22nd in coach Urban Meyer's four seasons. Tebow hooked up with Jeff
Demps three plays later on a crossing route, and the speedy running
back took it 61 yards for a touchdown and a 35-0 lead.
Demps finished with 117 total yards.
Tebow's second TD run came late in the first half. It was the
36th rushing touchdown of his career, tying the school record set
by Emmitt Smith in 1989.
Cobb was 9-of-18 passing for 78 yards and ran nine times for 52
yards.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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