GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida was sluggish at the start, but used a 21-point second quarter to take a command lead and went on to a 38-0 victory over Kentucky on Saturday.
It was the Gators' final tune-up leading to a showdown against LSU in two weeks in Gainesville.
The Gators, 4-0 for the third consecutive season, beat the Wildcats (1-3) for the 26th straight time, the longest active winning streak in the nation in a series against a major conference opponent.
Kentucky quarterback Maxwell Smith, who leads the SEC in passing but sustained a shoulder injury last week, went through pre-game warm-ups but did not start.
Morgan Newton opened at quarterback for Kentucky in his place and struggled throughout.
Both teams were sluggish in the beginning, but Florida took the lead for good on a 27-yard field goal by Caleb Sturigs with 5:20 left in the first quarter. Quarterback Jeff Driskel's career-long 38-yard run set up the score.
Kentucky's Craig McIntosh missed wide left on a 54-yard try that would have tied the score.
The Gators then drove 73 yards to increase the lead to 10-0 on a one-yard run by Mike Gillislee, who had 13 carries for 56 yards. Driskel's 24-yard pass to Frankie Hammond on third-and-seven from the Florida 40 was a key play in that drive.
Jaylen Watkins had Florida's second interception of a Newton pass at the 8:24 mark in the second quarter, returning it 26 yards for a touchdown. It was Watkins' first career interception and made it 17-0.
It was the Gators' first defensive score of the season.
Pop Saunders intercepted Newton in the Wildcats' previous possession, but Driskel threw his first interception of the season to end that scoring threat.
McIntosh missed a second field goal attempt on Kentucky's next passession, this one from 46 yards.
Driskel, who completed 18-of-27 passes for 203 yards, threw a 52-yard completion to Omarius Hines to move the ball to the Kentucky 23. It was the longest catch in Hines' career. But Sturgis' 39-yard field goal try was tipped wide by Kentucky's Collins Ukwu, his second miss in 10 attempts this season.
Driskel connected with tight end Jordan Reed for a 34-yard completion with a minute to go in the half. A personal foul penalty because of a blow to the head on Kentucky's Mikie Benton moved it to the 19.
After two incomplete passes, Driskel hit Quinton Dunbar for the score to make it 24-0 with 44 seconds left in the first half.
Driskel added his first career rushing touchdown in the third quarter, going in from one yard out.
NOTES: After having only three interceptions all season, Florida picked up three Kentucky passes in the first half alone. It was the first time since 2006 that Florida had three players intercept a pass in the same game. ... Florida, which has a bye week before facing second-ranked LSU, has beaten Kentucky 46 times, the most victories against any school in the program's history. ... Mike Gillislee's first half touchdown gave him five rushing scores this season. ... It was the first time since 2006 that Kentucky had been shut out. ... Nine players caught passes from Jeff Driskel, who only played three quarters before departing. Backup Jacoby Brissett finished the game. ... Wide receiver Trey Burton of Florida missed the game because of back spasms.