No Jeff Driskel, no Dominique Easley, no problems. The Gators turned to Tyler Murphy and a still strong defensive unit to defeat the Kentucky Wildcats 24-7 on Saturday night and in doing so proved they could play and win without arguably their two most important players on the team.
The Gators were added by a solid ground attack that featured Matt Jones who ran for 176 yards and a touchdown. The defense may have played its best game of the season, spending plenty of time in the Wildcats backfield causing havoc for the running and passing game. Here is the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of this contest.
Both Tyler Murphy and Matt Jones can to the rescue of this team when it need them most.
Murphy threw for 156 yards and a score on Saturday night. This marked the 27th straight win over the Wildcats, who have not beaten the Gators since Bill Ransdell was the quarterback.
The Gators were able to move the ball effectively and were able to use the run game to help establish the pass. Murphy ran for 36 yards on his own and scored a touchdown to help his cause on the night.
Matt Jones was able to outscore the Wildcats all by himself. It was one of those performances that might not have been a record-setting event, but it was a dominant performance.
Florida did not score a second half touchdown, but it did not seem to matter. Murphy set the tone for the game by himself by completing the first 11 passes of the game. The consistency kept Kentucky off balance.
Where do we begin? The fact Kentucky could not move the ball, the fact the passing offense had only 90 yards on the game or the fact
The defense was the star of the game as well for Florida. The Gators held the Wildcats to just 48 yards rushing -- seven below their average -- and allowed just 1 of 8 third-down conversions.
The game was also a return to Kentucky for Joker Phillips, who was head coach of the team last season and now serves on the Gators coaching staff. The win must have felt like retribution for being fired last season.