Despite howling winds and a sprinkling of snow, Florida’s offensive attack stayed hot, pitching a 61-0 shutout against Kentucky in Lexington.
Playing without backs Jason Lentz and Tommy Gibble, the Gators shuffled their lineup with Daniel Clarke making his first career A-side start and flanker Mike Breske shifting to inside center.
After suffering a concussion against Georgia in the season opener, flanker Ryan Gilbert returned to the lineup and scored a try at the one-minute mark.
Brett Stubbs got the Gators back on the board four minutes later before Matt McGee and Will Greaves scored at 13 and 15 minutes, respectively.
Playing on the wing because of depth issues, Greaves’ quickness and ball-handling skills were on display as the senior posted a hat trick in the blowout. His final try came on a beautiful pass from Jared Rice, who broke the line before making the offload.
Scrumhalf Raf Freedman, whose addition to the team has allowed Greaves to be used in different spots in the lineup, matched Greaves with three tries of his own.
Other scorers for the Gators included Breske (15 minutes) and Lucas Baistrocchi (31 minutes). Baistrocchi was successful on three conversions despite the tough kicking conditions.
UF will get back to work in preparation for Friday’s matchup against archrival FSU before spring break.