GAINESVILLE — He tried all week to downplay the significance, but with Saturday's 48-14 victory over Kentucky, Florida's Urban Meyer achieved his 100th career win as a coach.
Meyer is the second-fastest to reach 100 wins since Bud Wilkinson in 1945. Meyer currently is 100-18 in 10 seasons. However, he said his memories of the past 10 years are rooted in the players he has been privileged to be around, not the victories.
"I'm more into the people than the wins," Meyer said last week. "I just remember so many of the great efforts and have been blessed to have so many great players. … I'm more into some of these great young players we had."
NIGHT VS. DAY: Florida played its first night game of the season Saturday, and whether that was good or bad depended on whom you asked. Meyer said he's fond of day games because of his family.
"Selfishly, I like early games because that is the only day of the week I get to hang out with the family afterward," he said. "Sitting at a hotel, it's a nice hotel and everything. But to sit at a hotel for nine hours and watch other people play and be away from the family. … That's why coaches like early games."
But for many players, the allure of the night game is much greater, something they prefer both for the atmosphere — and escaping the brutal Florida heat.
"I keep telling the freshmen they haven't really seen a game in the Swamp until you come for a night game," senior DE Duke Lemmens said. "That's why you come here. My official visit was watching Jarvis (Moss) block a kick at night against South Carolina. I'll never forget that. I committed the next day. I love it. This is why I came here."
FRESHMAN FIRSTS: Freshmen Sharrif Floyd (DT) and Cody Riggs (CB) made their first starts Saturday night. Floyd became the first true freshman defensive lineman to start since Matt Patchan in 2008 while Riggs became the first freshman defensive back to start since Janoris Jenkins in 2008.
STREAK HALTED: Heading into Saturday's game, Kentucky was the only team in the nation without a turnover. Early in the second quarter, sophomore LB Jon Bostic ended that run with an interception of Mike Hartline. It was Bostic's third interception of the season.
FIGHTING MD: The Florida coaching staff joined more than 85 other college football coaching staffs across the nation in the "Coach to Cure MD" project. Every member of the Gators coaching staff wore arm patches in an effort to help raise awareness and funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
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