Gators rally to beat Kentucky

Postado Setembro 24, 2017

Luke Del Rio found a wide open Freddie Swain in the corner of the end zone on a 6-yard touchdown pass to cap a fourth-quarterback comeback and give the No. 20 Florida Gators a 28-27 win over Kentucky on Saturday night.

Kentucky: The Wildcats received 11 votes last week but let a great chance to re-enter the Top 25 for the first time since November 2007 slip away. After going toe-to-toe with the Florida Gators throughout the game, the Kentucky Wildcats fell short for the 31st straight time.

The Wildcats (3-1, 1-1) drove into Florida territory in the final seconds and were in a position to attempt a game-winning field goal, but a holding penalty moved Kentucky back 10 yards to the UF 45.

Florida (2-1, 2-0 SEC) used 13 plays and chewed up 5:48 seconds in the game-winning drive.

Florida responded early in the second quarter with a 36-yard run by Toney to tie the game at 7-7. Feleipe Franks passed for 85 yards and one touchdown.

Del Rio, who entered in the third quarter, passed for 74 yards and a score. Franks lead receiver of the game was Tyrie Cleveland, who had four catches for 110 yards and a touchdown.

One of the standout players of the game for Kentucky was their backup running back Sihiem King.

Kentucky also wasted a three-touchdown performance from quarterback Stephen Johnson and field goals of 42 and 50 yards from Austin MacGinnis. It was the 58 field goal of MacGinnis' career, setting a school record.

Florida sophomore linebacker Vosean Joseph was ejected from the game with 2:30 remaining in the first half after being flagged for a personal foul with targeting on a hit to Johnson.

Stephen Johnson found Garrett Johnson in the right corner of the end for a 9-yard touchdown pass with 7:24 remaining in the second. The Wildcats went 75 yards on eight plays with a 21-yard pass from Johnson to Kayaune Ross helping set up the score.

"That's two weeks in a row we didn't give up", said UF coach Jim McElwain, a week after the Gators beat Tennessee on the game's final play.