No. 5 Florida 42, Kentucky 7
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) _ Freshman Terry Jackson rushed for three touchdowns and Danny Wuerffel completed two scoring passes to Chris Doering as No. 5 Florida crushed Kentucky 42-7 in the Southeastern Conference Saturday night.
With 12 straight losses dating back to a 73-7 loss to Florida in its second game of last season, Kentucky (0-2) holds the longest losing streak in NCAA Division I-A. Ohio snapped a 12-game losing streak Saturday with a 14-6 victory over Illinois State.
Florida coach Steve Spurrier also ran his record to 6-0 against Kentucky while Kentucky’s Bill Curry is winless in nine tries against the Gators.
Jackson rushed 16 times for 138 yards and scored on runs of 4, 8 and 6 yards as Florida (2-0) beat Kentucky for the ninth consecutive time.
Wuerffel completed 21-of-28 passes for 253 yards with one interception. He didn’t play after connecting on a 13-yard TD pass to Doering for a 35-0 lead in the third quarter.
Florida amassed 584 yards as reserve quarterback Eric Kresser contributed 122 passing yards on 9-of-17 attempts.
Fred Taylor accounted for Florida’s other score, sprinting in from the right side from the 1 for a 14-0 advantage with 1:49 remaining in the first quarter.
Kentucky’s touchdown came when reserve Billy Jack Haskins hit Craig Yeast on a 30-yard pass to complete a seven-play, 68-yard drive with 6:33 left in the game. Haskins completed all four of his passes for 60 yards.
Florida wasted little time in asserting its domination, going 85 yards on seven plays in 2:02 on its first possession. Wuerffel found Doering wide open in the left side of the end zone from 9 yards out.
Kentucky came up with two turnovers in the second quarter, but failed to capitalize on opportunities to keep the game close.
After Steven Hall intercepted Wuerffel’s pass at the Florida 43, Kentucky moved the ball to the 14. But safety Lawrence Wright picked off Jeff Speedy’s pass in the end zone with 10:04 left in the half.
Chris Ward later recovered Wuerffel’s fumble at the Florida 49, but Kentucky was unable to move the ball and punted four downs later.
Kentucky finished with 249 yards. Moe Williams rushed 12 times for 64 yards, and Speedy had 32 on 11 carries. Speedy completed 6-of-21 passes for 40 yards while Haskins hit on 5-of-5 for 82.