Jaye Howard scored the Gators' first defensive touchdown of the 2011 campaign and the Southeastern Conference took notice, naming him the best defensive lineman in the conference this past weekend.

The play that put Florida's 48-10 dismantling of Kentucky on ice came when defensive lineman Jaye Howard recovered a fumble forced by linebacker Jon Bostic and ran it two yards into the end zone.

Howard's touchdown gave the Gators a 28-3 lead, snuffing out any hopes of a Wildcat comeback.

In addition to recording his first fumble recovery since 2008, Howard also recorded three tackles and broke up a third down passing play in the red zone, forcing Kentucky to settle for a field goal to end the first quarter.

Gators ranked No. 12 in AP Poll

After a dominant 48-10 victory against Kentucky, Florida (4-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) has jumped three spots in the Associated Press poll this week, occupying the No. 12 slot.

The Gators will put their undefeated record on the when they play host to No. 3 Alabama in The Swamp this Saturday at 8:00 p.m. on CBS.

At this time last year, the Gators had an identical 4-0 record, but were ranked No. 7 heading into their matchup with the top-ranked Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa.

Florida fell flat at Bryant-Denny Stadium in last season's contest, turning the ball over four times on their way to an embarrassing 31-6 loss to Alabama.

While the Gators' jump in the polls was big, no move made more noise than that of Led Miles and the Tigers.

Coming off a 47-21 victory against No. 22 West Virginia, LSU (4-0, 1-0 SEC), Florida's next opponent, overtook Oklahoma to claim the No. 1 overall ranking.

Assuming that the Bayou Bengals take care of business against Kentucky this upcoming weekend, the Gators will face Top 3 opponents in back-to-back weeks during the regular season for the first time in school history.

Photo by Ed Reinke, AP