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Blue Review: Instant analysis from Kentucky’s loss to Florida

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UK running back Benny Snell talks about UK's 28-27 loss to Florida at Kroger Field on Saturday night.
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UK running back Benny Snell talks about UK's 28-27 loss to Florida at Kroger Field on Saturday night.

Instant analysis from Kentucky’s 28-27 loss to No. 20 Florida:

How the game was won

Backup quarterback Luke Del Rio rallied Florida from a 27-13 second-half deficit to its 31st straight win over Kentucky.

Game balls

1. Luke Del Rio. Beaten out for the starting job before the season, the Florida QB led a rally to remember.

2. Malik Davis and Kadarius Toney. Florida’s true freshmen playmakers showed the future is bright.

3. Florida football program. Its role in life seems to be breaking Kentucky hearts.

Running gassers

1. Kentucky second-half play calling. When UK had the chance to go for the jugular, the offense got very conservative.

2. Kentucky leaving receivers uncovered for touchdowns. Giving up two TDs — TWO! — to uncovered wideouts is inexcusable.

3. Kentucky football program. Nights like these are why people think it is cursed.

Key number(s)

31. No explanation required.

Passion for fashion

For its 2017 SEC home opener, Kentucky wore silver chrome helmets, anthracite jerseys with white numbers and letters and anthracite pants.

Next up

Kentucky (3-1) will face Mid-American Conference foe Eastern Michigan at 4 p.m. Saturday at Kroger Field in a game that will be televised by the SEC Network. The Eagles (2-1) lost to Ohio University 27-20 Saturday in their MAC opener.

Know your foe

1. From 1997-2000, Eastern Michigan Coach Chris Creighton was head coach of Ottawa University in Kansas. A notable alumnus of Ottawa is Kentucky Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart.

2. A season ago, Eastern Michigan (7-6) ended the second-longest bowl drought in the country by earning an invitation to the Bahamas Bowl — where it fell to Old Dominion 24-20. It was the Eagles’ first trip to the post-season since they beat San Jose State 30-27 in the 1987 California Bowl.

3. Eastern Michigan already has a win over a major conference foe. In week two, Eastern Michigan rode three Paulie Fricano field goals to a 16-13 win over Rutgers of the Big Ten. It was the first win over a power-five conference team in school history.

Kentucky Coach Mark Stoops says communication breakdowns were the reason two uncovered Florida receivers both scored touchdowns in UK's 28-27 loss to the Gators.

UK linebacker Eli Brown talks about the Wildcats' breakdowns defensively in Saturday's 28-27 loss to Florida.

Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran on the team's 28-27 loss to Florida.

UK quarterback Stephen Johnson talks about the late holding call, the final walk off the field and more after the Cats' 28-27 loss to Florida.

Kentucky tight end C.J. Conrad talks about the Cats' heartbreaking 28-27 loss to Florida.

Kentucky field goal kicker Austin MacGinnis talks about his 57-yard attempt that fell short on final play of UK's 28-27 loss to Florida.

Kentucky offensive guard Nick Haynes talks about key holding penalty called on him on final drive of UK's 28-27 loss to Florida.

Six new members that were inducted in the UK Athletics Hall of Fame were recognized during halftime of the football game against Florida. Randall Cobb, Collin Cowgill, Ralph Hacker, Sherry Hoover Bordner, Sarah Rumely, and John Wall.

Members of The Stephen Foster Story outdoor musical joined the Commonwealth Choir in singing the national anthem at the football game against Florida, conducted by Everett McCorvey.

UK football players, along with Coach Mark Stoops, walked the Cat Walk at Kroger Field as fans cheered them on prior to their game against Florida.

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