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Up Next: The Florida Gators

The BBN is most likely still stinging from Saturday’s Southern Miss second half debacle. But, just like in life, the season must go on. Mark Stoops and his Cats have no time to mope as it travels to Gainesville for an afternoon meeting with the Florida Gators. UF defeated UMass 24-7 in its opener.

Let’s take a look:

OFFENSE

Gator statistics won’t jump off the page. Florida led UMass 10-7 going into halftime. It later scored 14, 4th quarter points to salt the game.

— Scoring Offense: 24 points per game

— Rushing Offense: 107 yards, 3.69 per rush, 0 TD’s

— Passing Offense: 256 yards, 65.9% completion ratio, 2 TD’s

— Total Offense: 363 yards

Individual Leaders

— Passing: Luke Del Rio, 29-44, 256 yards, 2 TD’s, 0 INT, completed 65.9% of passes. He averaged 11 yards per completion

— Rushing: RB Jordan Scarlett, 13 carries for 70 yards, 0 TD

— Receiving: Brandon Powell 7 catches, Antonio Calloway 8

Miscellaneous Notes

— RB’s Jordan Scarlett and Mark Thompson combined for 9 carries that resulted in 28 yards

— 8 different Gators caught passes

— Only 3 completions of longer than 20 yards all of which occurred in the 4th quarter when UF scored 2 touchdowns

— In 3rd quarter UF managed only 11 plays for only 43 yards

— Florida scored on all three, 4th quarter drives

— 8 /10 drives were 9 plays or less. Only one of those drives were a 3 and Out

DEFENSE

UMass struggled offensively for sixty minutes.  It had only one successful third down conversion 

— Scoring Defense: 7 points

— Rush Defense: 46 yards

— Pass Defense: 141 yards

— Tackles for LossL-5

— Total Defense: 187 yards

— QB Sacks: 4

— QB Hurries: 4

Miscellaneous Notes

— No UMass run play exceeded 8 yards

— Allowed 1.3 yards per carry

— No interceptions, 1 forced fumble

— Leading tackler was All American LB Jarrad Davis with 9

— All American cornerback Jalen Tabor was suspended for game 1 and is likely back on Saturday


SPECIAL TEAMS

— Kicker Eddy Pineiro made field goals from: 40, 49, and 48 yards

— Punter Johnny Townsend punted 4 times and averaged 44.5 yards per

— Both Pineiro and Townsend were Phil Steele Magazine Preseason All SEC

— Returner Antonio Calloway was also a Phil Steele Magazine Preseason All SEC selection

What does all this mean?

UMass was a 3-9 football team from a year ago and never threatened. Florida’s starting quarterback Luke Del Rio is a well-traveled, twice transferred football player that has apparently finally found a home in Gainesville. Defense and special teams are the Gator’s strength. Playing at the Swamp is never comfortable, especially when a three decade old losing streak is on the line.

How will the Cats will rebound after a disappointing opener against Southern Miss? Impossible to project. The first half Cats would compete. The second half version, no chance in Hades. Time will only tell which variety shows up in the Swamp.

Article written by Freddie Maggard

Former University of Kentucky Quarterback and Andy Griffith Fan Club President

24 Comments for Up Next: The Florida Gators



  1. Rise
    10:13 am September 6, 2016 Permalink

    Why do teams even pass the ball against us? The D-line and LB’s are awful. You could literally run the ball every play of the game and beat us by 50. It has been like this for years. Just look back at our last two games for instance. Louisville had Bolin in the game passing the ball and we were up big. They bring in Jackson and start running the ball and we can’t stop them. Southern Miss did the same thing on Saturday. We have been outscored 50-0 in the second half the past two games with teams running the ball. Something has to change, and it has to be DJ Elliott.



  2. david8577
    10:38 am September 6, 2016 Permalink

    I will watch the game, evidently because I’m a glutton for punishment. It honestly sucks that being a UK football fan means 7 ruined Saturdays a year.



    • Sentient Third Eye
      10:44 am September 6, 2016 Permalink

      On the other hand, it builds character. If I were hiring people, I would seek out UK football fans for that reason alone.



    • kycats13
      2:01 pm September 6, 2016 Permalink

      I can’t justify to my wife the wasting of prime time any more. I will record the game and watch it when I have absolutely nothing else to do. It is truly a waste of time putting any energy into watching this product. I feel so sorry for all of you that have actual money invested in this team.



  3. BluKudzu
    10:52 am September 6, 2016 Permalink

    We are worse than UMass. Florida, at home, covers big.
    Mitch, I will do the job, with the same experience at head coach, as the last two, for vastly less money! CALL ME! I will bring my pen and we can sign everything today.
    Go Cats.
    Until the battle is won!



    • UK Fan In Nashville
      11:21 am September 6, 2016 Permalink

      We are NOT worse than UMass. That is an assinine statement. We are better at literally every position except for maybe punter. Use your head before you make a comment.



    • BluKudzu
      11:34 am September 6, 2016 Permalink

      Except head coaching, amiright?



  4. kyle heavy
    11:31 am September 6, 2016 Permalink

    Cats by 90



  5. lexslamman
    11:31 am September 6, 2016 Permalink

    Florida by between 31 and 42. Might as well scuttle the football season, thank goodness we’re just weeks from basketball.



  6. stoopstroops
    11:35 am September 6, 2016 Permalink

    I think it’s obvious to mention after watching this team but I do not want to have a big lead at halftime. It’s like they lay down 2nd half, as if they’ve already won the game.



    • kycats13
      2:03 pm September 6, 2016 Permalink

      I am not sure what our coaches talk about at the half. Too, the laughing and yucking it up on the sidline by out team before the clock reaches 0:00 and we win has to stop.



  7. BluKudzu
    12:14 pm September 6, 2016 Permalink

    Please post these same statistics of this game after UK plays Florida, for comparison, only. Would like to know how we compare, statistically, against a lower level OVC type team. Just guessing, but, they beat us statistically in defense. Giving up over 500 yards and 44 points to CUSA, I think that should tell us all we need to know.
    Unti The Battle Is Won.



  8. Sentient Third Eye
    12:30 pm September 6, 2016 Permalink

    If this team can figure out how to stop the run, they can still have a pretty good season because they do most other things pretty well. But if they can’t, then it will be a 4-win season.



    • kycats13
      2:04 pm September 6, 2016 Permalink

      We haven’t stopped the run consistently in my lifetime of watching, say maybe 55 years.



  9. Patches
    1:22 pm September 6, 2016 Permalink

    Stoops is all you need to say for the rest of this miserable season.



  10. deltasig41
    1:28 pm September 6, 2016 Permalink

    The most frustrating part of Saturday’s game was there were absolutely zero defensive adjustments. Put an extra man in the box. Or two. Try to take away the rushing advantage and lean on our supposedly outstanding corners to cover the outside. I literally saw no change. Insanity.



  11. kycats13
    2:06 pm September 6, 2016 Permalink

    If I were a player on this team, I would have absolutely no confidence that the coaching staff on the defensive side of the ball has any clue.



  12. CPACAT
    2:07 pm September 6, 2016 Permalink

    This script has been written at least 29 or 30 times already…the Gators struggle in week 1, we get a little confidence from our win over a MAC school (or humiliating loss to a C-USA school). Then Florida figures it out, starts a new running QB, star D-Lineman come off of probation, finds their next gear, etc. Florida by 21 (if we are lucky). Different season, same script.



  13. KentuckyFootballFan
    2:20 pm September 6, 2016 Permalink

    I have complete faith this team can go to the swamp and win, I’m not saying they will but i believe they can. If you don’t, rewatch the first half. We can be very good this year. 11 Games to go and we need 6, simple.



    • lexslamman
      2:59 pm September 6, 2016 Permalink

      That’s great. I don’t even have confidence that this team can play football.



  14. BluKudzu
    2:28 pm September 6, 2016 Permalink

    Anybody think the UK Defense will hold Florida under 363 total yards, or under 107 yards in rushing?
    Nah, me neither.



  15. snotslinger
    4:13 pm September 6, 2016 Permalink

    How about hiring Dale in Frankfort for half time
    A$$ ripping adjustment.



  16. CPACAT
    4:33 pm September 6, 2016 Permalink

    How about this out of the box idea. Simply forfeit the Florida, UT, Georgia, and Alabama games. This will give us 5 automatic losses. Then use those 4 bye weeks to prep for other “winnable” games, avoid injury, etc. IF (and this is a HUGE IF) we won our other 6 games, we would be 6-5 heading into the blitzkrieg ass kicking we will surely take from Bastard U down the road. Then we are 6-6 and bowl eligible and only have to take one butt-kicking in the last game of the season.



    • BluKudzu
      6:17 pm September 6, 2016 Permalink

      I don’t like our chances. Vandy and South Carolina look unbeatable when you have Ediot’s defense. Giving up 500 yds+ against CUSA, not a good thing.