GAINESVILLE L ast week was a struggle; this week was a blowout. • Florida coach Jim McElwain criticized his team's performance against Massachusetts in Week 1. After the Gators' 45-7 shellacking of Kentucky on Saturday afternoon at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, McElwain largely praised his team. • "Great win for the Gators," McElwain said. "A common goal win, and that's something that was really, really good." Tabor Takeover Jalen Tabor put his hands on his head. Clearly frustrated. Clearly distraught. The ball popped up in the air after Kentucky wide receiver Dorian Baker failed to catch it. Tabor failed to catch it, too. A missed opportunity, just like when he missed an opportunity to play in Florida's opener against UMass. He got into an altercation with redshirt sophomore C'yontai Lewis in fall camp. Both were suspended for Week 1. Tabor redeemed himself Saturday, just like he redeemed himself for dropping that interception. On the next play, Tabor jumped in front of a bubble screen and intercepted Kentucky's Drew Barker . "The way he studied, he knew the tendencies, he knew the look, he knew the split," McElwain said. "He broke on it perfectly." Kicking problems Florida had struggled in the kicking game in recent years. The struggles continued Saturday: Eddy Pineiro attempted three field goals, making one. He missed a 42-yarder on the Gators' opening drive.When he bisected the uprights on a 54-yard field goal, the 85,821 in attendance chanted, "Eddy, Eddy, Eddy."When he tried a 48-yard field goal in the third quarter, however, he practically kicked a duck. Despite his misses, whenever he attempted an extra point or went to kick off, the crowd was still behind him. Offensive low point On a night when redshirt sophomore QB Luke Del Rio completed 19 of 32 passes for 320 yards and four touchdowns, he had one low point. On Florida's first drive in the second quarter, Kentucky sophomore CB Derrick Baity intercepted Del Rio at Florida's 35-yard line."That interception still is haunting me," McElwain said, "because it was exactly the way we drew it up against the right defense and the understanding of the attention to detail it takes to win in this league, that's unacceptable." Firsts Since the game was largely over by halftime, a lot of players got opportunities to accomplish something for the first time this season, or even their careers.After being in a position battle for most of the spring, graduate QB Austin Appleby saw the field for the first time this season. Appleby played most of the fourth quarter and attempted one pass.Freshman Freddie Swain recorded his first career touchdown on a 26-yard pass from Del Rio at the start of the third quarter. And redshirt sophomore Taven Bryan , who barley played last year and only recorded 10 tackles, got his first career fumble recovery. Honoring Florida icons Before the game, UF honored soon-to-be retired athletic director Jeremy Foley on the field. Also attending was the 2006-07 basketball teams that won two national championship. Former players, including Corey Brewer , Al Horford and Joakim Noah , helped lead the Mr. Two Bits cheer.