Kentucky Wildcats vs. Florida Gators Full Game Recap

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First Quarter- Florida came ready to play on their first drive of the game, marching diligently down the field and scoring on a two-yard run by Matt Jones to go up 7-0. Fortunately, the Cats came to play today, marching 75 yards on their first drive of the game that was capped off with a 25-yard fake field goal run by kicker Joe Mansour. That drive, however, would be all the time Kentucky would get on offense in the quarter. Florida controlled the clock and the ball, ending the first quarter knotted up at 7-7.

Second Quarter- The muscle and grit of Florida really began to show as the Gators controlled the clock and the ball for most of the quarter. On the Gators first drive of the quarter, they marched 79 yards and scored on a nine-yard pass from Tyler Murphey to Trey Burton to go up 14-7. After a three-and-out by UK, Florida did it again. This time, Tyler Murphey ran it in from five yards out, capping off a 69 yard drive and extending the lead to 21-7. Kentucky would then move the ball down the field, only to have the drive stall, leading to a turnover on downs. They would not get another chance, as the Gators would run out the clock.

Third Quarter- Coming out of halftime, Kentucky needed to play with some fire and get the offense moving. They also needed to disrupt the Gators offensive rhythm and get them off the field. Starting off the half with a three-and-out was not what UK had in mind for their offense, but that’s exactly what happened. After driving down the field and looking like they were going to score again, Florida QB Tyler Murphey threw his first incompletion of the game, which was intercepted by Josh Forrest. Had it not been for Murphey getting the angle, Forrest would have had a pick-six. Instead, Kentucky was intercepted in the endzone five plays later, ending Kentucky’s last drive of the quarter. Florida would take the ball and their drive into the fourth quarter still leading 21-7.

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