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Gators extend win streak over Wildcats to 26

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The latest game in the Kentucky-Florida series went about like the previous four: the Gators took the lead early and won in lopsided fashion.

Jeff Driskel accounted for two touchdowns, and No. 14 Florida beat Kentucky 38-0 Saturday for its 26th consecutive win in the Southeastern Conference series.

The Gators (4-0, 3-0 SEC) also recorded their first shutout in conference play since a 52-0 victory against Mississippi State in 2001.

Florida struggled early, not a great sign with No. 2 LSU up next in two weeks. The slow start also was a rarity against the Wildcats (1-3, 0-1). The Gators had outscored Kentucky 94-3 in the first quarter in the last four meetings, essentially sealing games before some fans settled into their seats.

It took just a little longer Saturday.

The Gators scored three touchdowns in the second quarter, enough to put Kentucky away and extend the nation’s longest winning streak in a current series between two teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision. The Wildcats haven’t beaten Florida since 1986, haven’t won in Gainesville since 1979 and haven’t been all that competitive in the last five meetings. Florida has outscored Kentucky 238-36 in those five games.

The Wildcats, who entered with the league’s top passing attack, played without quarterback Maxwell Smith. He sat out with a shoulder injury. Backup Morgan Newton missed open receivers early and often, diminishing his team’s already slim chance at an upset.

No. 7 South Carolina………31

Missouri…………………………10

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Connor Shaw completed 20 straight passes and threw for two touchdowns, Marcus Lattimore ran for two scores and No. 7 South Carolina manhandled Missouri and the Tigers’ first Southeastern Conference road game.

Shaw missed his first pass to Lattimore on the game’s first series, then hit his final 20 and finished with 252 yards passing as the Gamecocks (2-0 SEC) improved to 4-0 for just the ninth time in 119 seasons of football.

 

No. 8 West Virginia………….31

Maryland……………………….21

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s Tavon Austin caught three touchdown passes in another remarkable game against his home-state Terrapins.

A Baltimore native, Austin accounted for half of West Virginia’s offense, catching 13 passes for 179 yards and setting a school record for career receptions.

 

No. 16 Ohio State……………29

UAB………………………………..15

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Braxton Miller ran for two touchdowns and Ohio State overcame a lethargic, mistake-filled and enigmatic effort to hold off UAB .

UAB (0-3) more than held its own against the Buckeyes (4-0), who committed drive-killing penalties, had a punt blocked for a touchdown and had trouble scoring against a defense that gave up 44 points and 477 yards in its first two games.

 

No. 17 TCU……………………..27

Virginia……………………………7

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) —

Casey Pachall threw for 305 yards with three touchdowns for the Horned Frogs (3-0).

Brandon Carter made an early one-handed catch that resulted in a long touchdown.

Linebacker Kenny Cain had two interceptions, returning one 40 yards to set up a field goal, and recovered a fumble after the first of Carter’s two one-handed grabs.

 

No. 25 Nebraska……………..73

Idaho St…………………………..7

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Rex Burkhead ran for 119 yards and two touchdowns and No. 25 Nebraska made quick work of Idaho State in a 73-7 victory Saturday.

The Cornhuskers (3-1) led 35-0 after the first quarter and 45-0 at half.

The Bengals (1-2), of the Football Championship Subdivision, have lost 34 straight road games.

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