A look at the Gators vs 'Cats series...
Over the last 25 years, Kentucky has struggled to compete against Florida. In fact, Florida's 45 wins are the most over any SEC team. Despite the Gators dominance over the last quarter century, both teams have had their fair share of great performances.
We dug into the statistics and compiled a handful of the top performances by individuals of both teams over the last decade.
Let us know in the comments below which of these performances are tops on your list, and if there are any others we should include.
Florida's Best Offensive Performances
QB Tim Tebow, 2007
Seen as one of the best games in the Florida-Kentucky history, it also happens to be one of the best games in quarterback Tim Tebow's much lauded career. Tebow had five touchdowns in the game and accounted for 30 of the team's points in the 45-37 win over the Wildcats. Tebow passed for 256 yards and four touchdowns and also carried the weight of the team in the running game with 78 yards and an additional touchdown.
HB Ciatrick Fason, 2004
Ciatrick Fason was the Florida offense during the Ron Zook coaching era, and he did his job in the 20-3 victory over the Wildcats in 2004. Fason had 210 yards rushing and two touchdowns in the win.
WR Taylor Jacobs, 2002
Another competitive match-up with the Wildcats saw quarterback Rex Grossman throw for 375 yards and two touchdowns for a 41-34 win. However, the real star was wide receiver Taylor Jacobs who hauled in 12 catches for 183 yards and two touchdowns in the victory.
TE Trey Burton, 2010
Florida destroyed Kentucky 48-14. This game was all about Mr. Everything, Trey Burton himself, who on the surface only had 77 yards; so what makes this performance one of the best? Burton set the school record for the most touchdowns in a single game with six, five receiving and one on the ground.
RB Jeff Demps, 2011
Another blowout 48-10 win for Florida, which means another great performance for a Gator. Halfback Jeff Demps showcased his world-class speed in this game, rushing for 157 yards and two touchdowns during his final season in Gator uniform.
Kentucky's Best Offensive Performances
QB Andre Woodson, 2007
Once upon a time, quarterback Andre Woodson was considered to be a potential NFL player, and it was games like these against Florida that showcased his ability. He threw for 415 yards and five touchdowns, accounting for all the Kentucky scores in the process.
WR Dicky Lyons, 2007
Quarterback Andre Woodson didn't do everything himself in the 2007 match-up. Wide receiver Dicky Lyons gave Woodson a consistent target to look for and Lyons caught eight passes for 124 yards and three touchdowns.
WR Derek Abney, 2002
Derek Abney's only role was a special teams player. He returned a punt and kick for a touchdown, tallying 223 total yards in the 41-34 loss to Florida.
Florida's Best Defensive Performances
CB Keiwan Ratliff, 2002
Florida cornerback Keiwan Ratliff had a 62-yard interception return for a touchdown and two tackles.
DE Jermaine Cunningham, 2007
The offenses weren't the only players on the field during the 2007 game. Defensive end Jermaine Cunningham had seven tackles and 2.5 sacks.
LB Jonathan Bostic, 2011
Florida linebacker Jonathan Bostic was all over the field against Kentucky. He led the team in tackles (10), forced a fumble and sack. Emphasizing Florida's dominance over Kentucky in the 48-10 win.
CB Jeremy Brown, 2010
Florida Cornerback Jeremy Brown has had a rough time with injuries. However, back in 2010 he was a major contributor to the defense. Brown had a 53-yard interception return for a touchdown in the blowout 48-14 win.
LB Mike Nattiel, 2002
One of the most forgotten players in Florida football had one of the best performances against Kentucky. Linebacker Mike Nattiel had eight tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in the 41-34 win.
Kentucky's Best Defensive Performances
Unfortunately, there have not been many great defensive performances featuring Kentucky players, but there are a few that stood out in losing efforts.
LB Danny Trevathan, 2011
Despite the lopsided loss to Florida, Kentucky linebacker Danny Trevathan played well, accounting eight tackles, forcing a fumble and sack for the Wildcats.
LB Braxton Kelley, 2005
Another victory for Florida (49-28), another spirited outing for a Kentucky linebacker. This time it was from Braxton Kelley who had 11 tackles, forced a fumble and a sack in the loss.
S Muhammad Abdullah, 2003
One of the closes games in the rivalry saw Kentucky fall 24-21, with safety Muhammad Abdullah coming up big for the Wildcats. He had three tackles, a fumble recovery and an interception in the loss.
CB David Jones, 2005
Cornerback David Jones had a great day as a kick returner for the Kentucky. Jones accounted for 107 yard on just three kickoffs and helped give the Wildcats great field position in this high scoring game.
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