Gators' blowout wounds Wildcats

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- The Kentucky Wildcats came to The Swamp beaten up. They left beaten down.


Tim Tebow threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more 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 after 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. They 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, who was 11-for-15 passing for 180 yards, ran nine times for 48 yards, and spent the 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. Backup Randall Cobb was 9-for-18 passing for 78 yards and ran nine times for 52 yards for Kentucky.

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.


In Nashville, Tenn., Nick Maggio kicked a 42-yard field goal in the third quarter after Duke missed its first two attempts, and the Blue Devils held on to snap a six-game skid in the non-conference series.

Duke (4-3) put a serious dent in Vanderbilt's bowl hopes. The Commodores (5-3) lost their third game in a row in trying to become bowl eligible for the first time since 1982. The poor stretch comes after Vandy opened the season with five wins in their best start since 1943.

Blue Devils coach David Cutcliffe was 23-2 when coaching against Vanderbilt with his stints at Tennessee and Mississippi. He improved to 6-0 as head coach against Commodores coach Bobby Johnson.

Duke controlled most of an ugly game, coming up with four sacks and three turnovers. The last sealed the victory with 38 seconds left. Chris Rwabukamba picked off a pass from Mackenzi Adams at the Vandy 1.



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