Gators snap shutout drought in SEC play

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- It took more than a decade, but Florida was finally able to post a shutout against a Southeastern Conference opponent.

The Gators’ 38-0 victory over Kentucky at Florida Field on Saturday was their first shutout since they beat Mississippi State 52-0 on Sept. 29, 2001. That’s a span of 142 games.

UF’s defense held Kentucky to 219 yards of total offense and intercepted three passes. The Wildcats were without starting quarterback Maxwell Smith, the SEC’s leading passer (322.0 yards per game), who was held out by coach Joker Phillips because of a shoulder injury.

Regardless, it’s an impressive feat, UF coach Will Muschamp said.

“Any time you get a shutout, those things are hard to come by in this day and age of football regardless of who you’re playing,” Muschamp said.

Florida’s last shutout was a 39-0 victory over UAB in the second game of the 2011 season.