Mark Stoops had emphasized the importance of getting off to a fast start in a hostile Gainesville environment. Florida received first and moved up the field quickly on their first drive of the game, but the drive stalled near midfield and Florida gave the ball to the Cats inside their own ten-yard line.
Terry Wilson received the start at Quarterback for Kentucky and had some big plays with his legs on Kentucky’s first drive. First, Wilson kept it for a 31 yard gain to put Kentucky near the red zone. And he capped off the drive by escaping pressure, leaving the pocket and finding David Bouvier on the run for a 29-yard touchdown. Bouvier’s reception gave the former walk-on both UK touchdowns on the season.
Florida responded with a long drive of their own taking it down inside the Kentucky five. The Wildcats defense proved to be tough once more, pushing Florida back from there with the end result, a 29-yard field goal.
Kentucky failed to put points up on the board in their next drive, giving the ball back to the Gators who capitalized. Florida completed a four-play 63-yard drive with an 18-yard touchdown pass from Felipe Franks to Moral Stephens. The drive took only 2:08.
Terry Wilson would respond with a nice drive, racking up 50 yards in seven plays before Wilson fumbled on a quarterback keeper. It was Wilson’s 4th turnover in 79 snaps. Kentucky would get it back with a little over three minutes in the half and Benny Snell went to work. A 44 yard rush for Benny moved the Wildcats into Florida territory. Once again a promising Kentucky drive was ended from a turnover by their quarterback as Terry Wilson threw it right into the arms of a diving CJ Henderson.
Halftime: Florida 10 Kentucky 7
The Wildcats began the second half with the football, and avoided another costly turnover after Wilson had a bad toss to Snell. Fortunately for UK, and especially Wilson, it was ruled a forward incomplete pass. Wilson then kept the drive alive on 3rd and 7 with a 19 yard run. With Snell and AJ Rose picking up chunks of yardage into Florida territory, Wilson capped off the drive with a 24 yard touchdown.
Kentucky 14, Florida 10
The Cats defense would come through again on Florida’s first possession of the second half, holding them to a punt. On its ensuing drive, Kentucky took advantage. On 3rd and 16, Wilson fired a dart deep down the sideline to Lynn Bowden Jr. for a 54 yard touchdown.
Kentucky 21, Florida 10
Kentucky would then hurt themselves on defense with penalties. Lonnie Johnson was tagged with a pass interference, followed by a facemask against Chris Westry. However, some good luck finally went in favor of the Wildcats. Florida seemed to have made a 46 yard field goal, but it was waved no good for not clearing inside the upright. Kentucky holds the 21-10 lead.
Florida would get the ball back after a 3-and-out from Kentucky. The defense would then record its first interception of the season, thanks to Darius West.