Kentucky Blows Chance To Beat Florida On Defensive Miscommunication

Solid Blue fans take over downtown before UK vs. Florida game

Mistakes and blown coverages in two of Florida's four touchdowns, including the game-clinching touchdown with 43 seconds remaining, stood in the way of getting that elusive win the team has been seeking since a 10-3 triumph over the Gators in 1986. It was the second touchdown pass of the night from a Florida quarterback to an undefended receiver, the first coming before halftime on a 45-yard strike from Feleipe Franks to Tyrie Cleveland. Fans say showing that dislike of the opposing team is part of the game. "These players have worked to put themselves in position to play like that and sometimes you're going to come up on the wrong end". They twice left receivers uncovered for easy touchdowns, the second time allowing Freddie Swain to catch a five-yard pass from Luke Del Rio to give the Gators the lead in the final minute. The Gators beat Tennessee last weekend on a 63-yard "Hail Mary" touchdown pass as time expired.

Not to mention, even more satisfaction.

"Just can't tell you how much I really like our football team, our guys", Florida head coach Jim McElwain said.

TCU (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) forced a punt on the next drive and had a chance to put the game away early in the fourth quarter, but Hill fired incomplete on a 3rd-and-7 from the OSU 14.

Not only did the Gators' two wide-open touchdowns hurt the Wildcats, a holding penalty on a desperation drive that cost the the hosts 10 yards during the final minute pushed kicker Austin MacGinnis out of field-goal range. Kentucky had only 10 men on the field on the play.

Just like last week, it wasn't over until the very end. The pick was just a miscommunication on my part.

Del Rio, who came in during the third quarter, was 9-of-14 for 74 yards. He certainly did his best to shake his and Florida's offensive struggles.

The Gators, though, answered by going 80 yards in seven plays, with the big hitter coming on the first play of the drive when Kadarius Toney, who earlier had a 36-yard touchdown run, took an end-around pitch and heaved a 50-yard completion to Tyrie Cleveland to the United Kingdom 30.

It came down to the wire but Florida stole a win against Kentucky 28-27. Del Rio threw an interception but had the resolve to lead a fourth-quarter rally and find receivers.

Kentucky: The disappointment continues for the Wildcats. That brought on MacGinnis for the long kick, but the Prattville High School graduate was well short on the attempt.

The Seminoles dropped one spot, to No. 11, in the Week 3 AP Poll after not playing its game against Louisiana-Monroe because of Hurricane Irma and then fell to 12th in the Week 4 poll after not playing rival Miami, a game that was postponed.

Stoops, who climbed the coaching ranks as a defensive backs coach, said plays like that had never happened to him before coming to Kentucky.

United Kingdom has one last chance. McGinnis added field goals of 42 (in the third period) and a 50-yarder (early in the fourth) to stretch the the lead in their quest to break their 30-game losing streak in the series. He missed from 48 and 57 yards. Kayaune Ross with a terrific 21 yard catch and run that included faking out Florida defenders. The visiting Gators scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to win 28-27.

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