Extra Points: How Florida beat Kentucky

September 28, 2013 

  • Tennessee at Kentucky

    When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30

    TV: ESPNU

    Records: Kentucky 2-9 (0-7 SEC); Tennessee 4-7 (1-6)

Recapping Kentucky's 24-7 loss to Florida at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday:

FIRST HALF

Summary: The pre-game buzz was all about UK ending Florida's 26-game series winning streak. Buzz kill? The Gators took the opening kickoff and went 93 yards in seven plays. Just as stunning, UK responded against one of the nation's top defenses. With Jalen Whitlow and Maxwell Smith alternating at quarterback, UK tied it 7-7 when kicker Joe Mansour ran 25 yards on a fake field goal. A 67-yard Matt Jones run set up Florida's second TD. The speedy Gators defense slowed UK, and a Tyler Murphy 5-yard run made it 21-7.

Halftime: Florida 21, Kentucky 7.

Thumbs up: The call on the fake field goal.

Thumbs down: Kentucky's defense could not stop a Gators offense considered less-than-powerful.

Worthy of a replay: The 25-yard fake field goal for a touchdown was SportsCenter-caliber.

SECOND HALF

Summary: The Gators were ahead 21-7, controlling the line, marching and in control when Josh Forrest picked off a pass and returned it to the Gators' 37. A trick play lost 11 yards, then Smith was intercepted in the end zone. That ended any momentum change. Even though UK managed only 10 yards in the third quarter and Florida was in total control, it was still 21-7 going to the fourth quarter. Florida added a field goal and the Gators defense was not about to let Kentucky back in this one.

Final: Florida 24, Kentucky 7.

Thumbs up: The UK defense kept battling.

Thumbs down: No offense, no chance of an upset.

Worthy of a replay: The Forrest interception woke up the crowd.

TALKING POINTS

■ Maybe too much was made of UK's defensive performance in the first half against Louisville.

■ The hope was to rattle Gators quarterback Tyler Murphy in his first start. He was perfect passing the ball and ran and threw for a TD in the first half

■ It is going to take a lot more Yahtzee's before UK matches up with the speed and athletic ability of SEC teams like Florida.

■ After its initial possession of the game, UK added 59 yards and three first downs until the fourth quarter.

■ Air Raid or not, UK needs more play-makers.

NUMBERS DON'T LIE

■ Florida never punted.

■ There were 14 passes thrown before there was an incompletion.

■ Before converting a third down play late in the third quarter, UK had failed on 18 straight attempts.

■ Kicker Mansour's fake field goal run made him UK's leading rusher (yikes).

■ Kentucky had the ball for less than six minutes in each of the first three quarters.

LOOKING AHEAD

UK visits Steve Spurrier and South Carolina. If that is not tough enough, Alabama follows.

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