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Gators roll over the Wildcats

Avery Dugan, Staff Writer

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On Saturday, September 23,  the Florida Gators took on a tough Kentucky Wildcat team on the road. The Gators ended up pulling off a miracle in the final seconds to beat the Wildcats 28-27. Throughout the game it looked like the Wildcats were going to beat the Gators for the first time in 30 years.

The Gators started off slow on offense in the first quarter as they had to punt the first two times they had the ball. But the Gators didn’t just start slow on offense, they struggled on the first drive against the Wildcats as Kentucky scored a touchdown on eight plays. The next time the Gators touched the ball, they knew they needed to put it in. That is exactly what they did as they scored very quickly, putting the ball in the endzone in one minute. The teams battled on defense the next time each team touched the ball as they both had to punt. On Florida’s 59-yard punt, the Wildcats returned it 52 yards and set up great field position as they were sitting on the Gator 10-yard line. The Wildcats only needed two plays to bounce back from that, as they took a 14-7 lead with seven minutes remaining in the half. The Gators were looking for answers on offense as they were looking for a big play to put them in the end zone. They found answers from star receiver Cleveland, and the game was tied back up 14-14 going into half.

Again the Gators started very slow as they were down 24-14 with little time remaining in the game, and they needed answers so they looked to their bench for backup quarterback Luke DelRio. The Gators found answers on the last two drives of the game taking a 28-27 lead. With 43 seconds left, the Wildcats had one last chance to score, and it looked like they were going to score. The Wildcats got called for a holding to push them out of field goal range. With a couple seconds left, the Wildcats attempted a field goal missed, giving the Gators a 28-27 victory in a defensive battle with not much scoring.

Catch the Gators in action Saturday, September 30 for their game against Vanderbilt.

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