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Florida sneaks by Kentucky, wins 29-21

A big fourth quarter pushes Florida by Kentucky.

NCAA Football: Florida at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Florida avoided a losing streak against Kentucky on Saturday with a big 19 point fourth quarter. After losing to Kentucky 27-16 in Week 2 of last season, Florida bounced back after a slow start in the beginning of the game.

Sawyer Smith was making his first start in a Kentucky uniform after the Wildcats lost Terry Wilson for the season. Heading into the fourth quarter, Kentucky had a 21-10 lead and was looking to win two in a row against Florida. However, the Gators defense held Smith and the Wildcats to no points in the fourth quarter, while scoring 19 of their own to come back and win.

Without Benny Snell, who ran for 175 yards in this game last year, Kentucky’s leading rusher was Kavosiey Smoke, who ran 16 times for 81 yards. In his first start with Kentucky, Smith threw for 267 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions, and Lynn Bowden led the way with 70 receiving yards on ten catches.

As for Florida, Lamical Perine was held to just 27 yards on 14 carries with a touchdown. Josh Hammond had a rush for 75 yards and a touchdown, which led the way for the Gators. Van Jefferson had 93 yards receiving.

The big story out of this game was Florida losing Feleipe Franks for the rest of the season to a dislocated ankle. Before leaving, he had thrown for 174 yards and a touchdown and interception. This will be a big blow for Florida, losing their starting quarterback.

Now, it looks like Kyle Trask will take over, as he came in to replace Franks on Saturday. He threw for 126 yards in relief.

The Gators will look ahead to next week when they host on Tennessee. Kentucky will head to Starkville to take on Mississippi State.