31st loss to Florida among the worst in losing streak's history

Tuesday, 26 Sep, 2017

Florida (2-1, 2-0 SEC) won for the second straight week in dramatic fashion. Facing a third-and-1 at the United Kingdom 5, Del Rio took the snap from center and lofted a soft pass to Swain, all alone in the right flat of the end zone. Stephen Johnson finished the drive with a nice 14 yard TD pass to Blake Bone in the corner of the end. The Pokes' defense forced a three-and-out on TCU's next possession and its offense moved to the TCU 23, but a wide receiver pass by Jalen McCleskey was intercepted at the 5-yard line by TCU's Nick Orr.

First half: Let's face it, the biggest play of the first half came when Kentucky forgot to cover Tyrie Cleveland.

Del Rio ended up completing 9 of 14 passes for 74 yards and a victory that might shake up the quarterback spot. The Wildcats went down to Tim Tebow and Florida's offense 28-10 in the second half, but UK's offense pulled within a score in the third quarter. But, Austin MacGinnis hits a 42 yard field goal and United Kingdom goes up 24-14. A pair of Gator fourth-quarter touchdowns would seal Florida's 45-37 victory, with Kentucky scoring a touchdown in the final seconds.

Florida scored the winning touchdown with 43 seconds remaining, when Luke Del Rio found a wide-open Freddie Swain for a 5-yard touchdown.

Johnson continued his hot hand in the third quarter.

For almost 60 minutes Saturday night, it looked as if the streak was going to end.

And what Kentucky loyalist could forget the 1993 Peach Bowl, when linebacker Marty Moore recovered a Clemson fumble late only to fumble it back rather than hitting the turf and securing the win. The winning streak started the next season in the annual series. In the fourth quarter, the coaches leaned heavily on Davis as ran through Kentucky's SEC-leading rush defense.

There was the 24-22 home loss to Tennessee in 1987, when Kentucky made a decision to send the diminutive dynamo Mark Higgs over the top four times from inside the 2-yard-line - hey, he did rush for more than 130 yards that day - to no avail. They held the lead until Cleveland's score with 3:16 left.

Kentucky had a chance to take the lead just before intermission, thanks to a couple personal fouls against the UF defense, including a targeting call on lineback Vosean Joseph that, by rule, resulted in his ejection. It takes away from the passion and energy the guys played with. The 9 yard TD play to Garrett "Juice" Johnson makes it 14-7 UK.

Charles Walker with a great punt return.

Washington outscored the Buffs 27-3 after halftime, sparked by Quinten Pounds coming down with a 43-yard touchdown pass from Jake Browning between two defenders.

It ended with Florida on top, this time by overcoming a 27-14 hole inside the game's final 12 minutes.