Plenty of statistics illustrate just how thorough top-ranked Florida's 65-0 shellacking of Kentucky was at Florida Field, but how about this for something different?
The Gators wore out two punt returners.
The Gators, fresh off an emotional road victory over Tennessee and wearing the No.
1 ranking for the first time since 1994, fought off the letdown few would have blamed them for against overmatched Kentucky.
"This is a conference game," offensive lineman Donnie Young said. "If these guys beat us, it opens the door for Tennessee. We can't take any of our conference games, or any of our games lightly. It doesn't matter if it's Rooster Poot Arkansas Junior College."
Florida scored on seven of its nine first-half possessions as Danny Wuerffel threw three touchdowns, Bart Edmiston hit field goals of 39 and 27 yards, and running backs Fred Taylor and Elijah Williams chipped in one touchdown apiece to close out the first half.
Wuerffel set a school record for most pass attempts without an interception when he threw his 118th, breaking Wayne Peace's 1981 mark.
In the second half, sophomore Jacquez Green dropped back to return punts in place of Reidel Anthony _ worn out after five opportunities in the first half _ and promptly ran back two in a row for touchdowns of 66 and 79 yards. That set a single-game school record and tied a season record for most punts returned for scores.
The defense _ although it did not score for the first time _ got its first shutout, the biggest of an SEC opponent in UF history. The Gators held Kentucky to 67 yards, 1 yard short of tying a 35-year-old school record for fewest yards allowed.
"Our goal was to keep them under 150 total yards," senior strong safety Lawrence Wright said. "We didn't get a defensive touchdown, but it's good to get a goose egg."