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Gators again as Florida shuts down Kentucky

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Matt Jones rushed for 176 yards and a touchdown and Tyler Murphy threw for 156 yards and a score as No. 20 Florida beat Kentucky 24-7 on Saturday night, its 27th straight win over the Wildcats.
   
Murphy also rushed for a 3-yard TD in his first career start for the Gators (3-1, 2-0 Southeastern Conference), who closed a difficult week on a high note after losing starting quarterback Jeff Driskel and defensive tackle Dominique Easley to season-ending injuries.
   
Jones outgained Kentucky by himself while he and Murphy provided all of the Gators' touchdowns in the first half to extend the longest active winning streak over a major opponent. Florida gave Gator wide receivers coach Joker Phillips a happy return after his firing last fall as Wildcats coach.
   
Joe Mansour's 25-yard run on a fake field goal was the only TD for Kentucky (1-3, 0-1), which was outgained 402-173.

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