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Top 25: No. 14 Florida 38, Kentucky 0

Published September 22, 2012 1:44 pm

Top 25 football • The Gators recorded their first shutout in conference play since 2001.
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. • Jeff Driskel accounted for two touchdowns to help No. 14 Florida beat Kentucky 38-0 on Saturday and extend its winning streak to 26 in the series.

The Gators (4-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) also recorded their first shutout in conference play since a 52-0 victory against Mississippi State in 2001.

Florida struggled early in the game, not a great sign with No. 2 LSU up next in two weeks. The slow start also was a rarity against the Wildcats (1-3, 0-1). The Gators had outscored Kentucky 94-3 in the first quarter in the last four meetings, sealing games before some fans settled into their seats.

It took a little longer Saturday.

The Gators scored three times in the second quarter, enough to put Kentucky away and extend the nation's longest winning streak in a current series between two teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

The Wildcats played without quarterback Maxwell Smith. He sat out with a shoulder injury. Backup Morgan Newton missed open receivers early and often, giving Kentucky little chance at an upset. —