SEC Country is looking back at the top 10 plays of Florida’s season.
Here is No. 7:
Florida opened the 2016 season with an underwhelming 24-7 win over UMass. Fans were expecting much more offense from the Gators against one of the worst defenses in FBS. They began SEC play the following week against Kentucky. UF moved the ball well on the game’s first drive, but it ended with a missed field goal. The Gators scored a touchdown on their second offensive possession, and then the defense made an interception on the next series. That opened the floodgates.
On the ensuing play, the Gators hit Kentucky with a play-action pass. They had ran the ball times 11 times on their 15-play, 84-yard touchdown drive. Coming off the turnover, quarterback Luke Del Rio faked a handoff to running back Jordan Cronkrite and dropped back to throw the deep ball. He launched a 56-yard bomb in the air to wide receiver Antonio Callaway, who was behind the secondary. Callaway caught the perfect pass in stride and outran two UK defensive backs for a 78-yard touchdown.
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Florida took a 14-0 lead with that bomb and would go on to score 45 straight points before UK added a late touchdown. The offense racked up 564 total yards and a whopping 28 first downs in the 45-7 win. Del Rio set several significant passing marks, most notably becoming the first UF quarterback since Rex Grossman (2001) to throw for 320 yards and four touchdowns against an SEC opponent. For Callaway, the touchdown catch is still his longest reception as a Gator and led to his fifth career 100-yard receiving game.