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Live updates from Kentucky-Florida football at Kroger Field

After snapping a 31-game losing streak against Florida with a win in Gainesville last season, Kentucky welcomes the Gators to a sold-out Kroger Field on Saturday night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN.

UK, who has not won two straight over Florida in football since 1976-77, will start Sawyer Smith at quarterback. The grad transfer from Troy is replacing the injured Terry Wilson. Led by quarterback Feleipe Franks, Florida hasn’t lost in Lexington since 1986. It’s the SEC opener for both schools.

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John Clay is a sports columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader. A native of Central Kentucky, he covered UK football from 1987 until being named sports columnist in 2000. He has covered 20 Final Fours and 37 consecutive Kentucky Derbys.
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