United Kingdom 24 Florida 14 4th Quarter
- Author: Stacy Allen Sep 26, 2017,
Sep 26, 2017, 0:20
Freddie Swain caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Luke Del Rio with 43 seconds remaining to cap No. 20 Florida's rally from a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat Kentucky 28-27 on Saturday night. United Kingdom had the Gators on the ropes - up 27-14 early in the fourth quarter - before, yet again, collapsing in the game's final few minutes. Del Rio, Franks, Appleby and Grier delivered their key touchdown passes, and while Treon Harris played poorly in the 2015 victory over Vanderbilt, he completed his only two pass attempts on the drive that led to Austin Hardin's game-winning field goal. "That's kind of what life's all about".
Waggener wide receiver Manny Harper - a preferred walk-on commitment for United Kingdom in the class of 2018, and the Cats' only in-state pledge for next year - posted several photos after the game, including one with Western Hills standout Wandale Robinson, a 2019 recruit who ran for more than 300 yards the night before and was visiting United Kingdom for the second time in two weeks.
Stoops said his team was "deflated" after the loss and added you could have heard "a pin drop" as he tried to put a positive spin in his team's effort.
Yes, Florida, which rather spectacularly - though not as spectacularly as it beat the Volunteers a week earlier - did what it has now done 31 straight autumns by besting the best Kentucky football team in years by a 28-27 score that was every bit as close, contested and contentious as those numbers imply.
"I'll have two people watching the edges, the perimeter of the field, and if we're not in position, somebody better he hitting me over the head and I need to call a timeout", Stoops said.
That's of little solace to the Buffaloes, whose self-inflicted wounds included a trio of interceptions, several fumbled snaps and a too-early slide on third down by quarterback Steven Montez that led to a punt - which was blocked. Toney also had a 50-yard pass completion. That sparked a wild celebration by Gators players, who swamped the field after their improbable victory. "They played their tails off and probably had a chance to win it", McElwain said in his postgame interview on SEC Network.
"We knew they were going to come to play for all four quarters", said Johnson who threw for 196 yards and there touchdowns.
"They played well enough to win that game", Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops said of his team after the game. A late penalty after the Wildcats neared field goal range left MacGinnis with a long attempt that fell in the end zone. "Come up, make a play".
In their game against Tennessee, the Gators pulled off an insane hail mary for a last-second win.
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.
58 - New UK career field goals record for MacGinnis, passing Joey Worley. He missed from 48 and 57 yards.
2003 - The past year that United Kingdom outgained Florida in the rushing column.