Florida 14, Kentucky 9: Instant Analysis

Florida, um, survived a scare from Kentucky to start the Jim McElwain era 3-0. Here are some of the notable takeaways from the game:

It was over when… Quincy Wilson picked off Patrick Towles’ desperation heave on fourth and Mogadishu to go with under a minute remaining.

Play of the game… The play before Wilson’s pick, Gator lineman Jon Bullard sacked Towles for a gigantic loss to land a crippling blow to the Cats’ last ditch drive.

Game ball goes to… Alex McCalister, who was everywhere on this night. He recorded two sacks and led a Gator front that harassed Towles all night.

Stat of the game… 29. Florida has now beaten Kentucky 29 times in succession. This is by far the longest active winning streak by one team over another team in college football (Texas A&M’s 24 game streak over Texas Christian is second longest).

What to be proud of… Florida’s defense bent, but never broke, slamming the door shut with the aforementioned pair of big plays (Bullard sack and Wilson interception). They also kept an opponent out of the end zone for the first time this year.

What to work on… Will Grier wasn’t bad, leading the Gators on touchdown drives in each of the first two quarters, but he could have been a lot better at the same time, throwing a costly interception in the end zone. His offensive line could pitch in and make things easier, of course, but this passing game needs a lot of work if the Gators are to compete for a trip to Atlanta.

Bottom line: Florida won a game on the road in the SEC. That’s a big deal. Regardless of the opponent or the winning streak you have over them.

Scoring recap:

1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
FLORIDA 7 7 0 0 14
KENTUCKY 3 0 0 6 9

Scoring plays:

Team Time Play FLA UKY
FLORIDA 1st 8:48 W. Grier 1 yd run (PAT good) 7 0
KENTUCKY 1st 2:04 A. MacGinnis 29 yd FG 7 3
FLORIDA 2nd :14 K. Taylor 3 yd run (PAT good) 14 3
KENTUCKY 4th 14:51 A. MacGinnis 22 yd FG 14 6
KENTUCKY 4th 10:57 A. MacGinnis 45 yd FG 14 9

9 thoughts on “Florida 14, Kentucky 9: Instant Analysis

  1. why no long passes to no. 11????? I am gathering receivers were covered???? and that is why Grier ran so many timer…..I trust our new “offensive minded” coaches, lol, to realize that and work on it….hope so!!

    1. Will just didn’t have enough time to throw anything deep. The one big play in the passing game was on first down and we caught them napping on the run.

  2. Could’ve sworn I saw Muschamp on the sideline last night.
    – Double-digit penalties
    – No passing game
    – Lots of short gains on ground
    – Giving the ball away when at the goal line
    – O-line looked like a bunch of well-oiled turnstiles
    – Defense had to come to the rescue
    Just got chills… gonna hope this can be chalked up to playing a greatly improved UK squad along with first SEC-game growing pains for this staff and very young team/QB.
    I’ve gotta keep reminding myself that this is a rebuilding and foundation-laying year.
    We have no chance at Atlanta in December. Pretty sure Georgia will be representing the East this season. While they enjoy one last year at the top of the East, UF needs to continue building a rock-solid team. I love the direction, gotta be patient…

  3. Could’ve sworn I saw Muschamp on the sideline last night.
    – Double-digit penalties
    – No passing game
    – Lots of short gains on ground
    – Giving the ball away when at the goal line
    – O-line looked like a bunch of well-oiled turnstiles
    – Defense had to come to the rescue
    Just got chills… gonna hope this can be chalked up to playing a greatly improved UK squad along with first SEC-game growing pains for this staff and very young team/QB.
    I’ve gotta keep reminding myself that this is a rebuilding and foundation-laying year.
    We have no chance at Atlanta in December. Pretty sure Georgia will be representing the East this season. While they enjoy one last year at the top of the East, UF needs to continue building a rock-solid team. I love the direction, gotta be patient…

  4. Until McElwain gets better players, UF i going to struggle. This week will be a step up in the level of competition. New Mexico State is probaly still the worst team in the FBS. East Carolina was crushed by Navy this past week and Kentucky beat an awful South Carolina team that made Georgia’s quarterback, a guy who lost his job at Virginia, look like an All-American. Tennessee still has a mediocre quarterback and Butch Jones is still a bad game-day coach, but they do have athletes that match UF’s. They also have a gorilla hanging around their neck after not beating UF for a decade. I’d normally say UF is going to win, but UF’s struggles with two bad teams the past two weeks says differently.

  5. This offense actually moved the ball….a few penalties and one turnover killed potential scoring chances..This was Grier`s 1st full college game …. and the first full game as an offensive unit…I predict that UT in the Swamp will be Griers coming out party..The O-line will continue to struggle…but if they stay healthy…they will undoubtedly improve…Comparing this team to a Chump team is just ridiculous…we are airing it out a lot more and receivers are actually catching balls…take away two penalties and we win comfortably…. I see a lot of potential in this team…just need experience and to gel as a unit….This game was the confidence booster for our D…the secondary knows they are ballers….but the D-line is riding high….if we can get our trench players and DBs to play at a high level as a unit…the Gators will be scary to deal with….lots to improve….nowhere close to ready for ATL….but the puzzle pieces are now in front of us…stick with Grier and see where we end up in a few years….

  6. UF’s biggest problem is players and not that they don’t have good ones. First you had Lassiter recruiting a state of speed guys trying to turn them into maulers. Then tried to turn them into spread guys on the fly. Now a third system in 3 years. That’s a lot to put on kids.

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