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Wildcats beat Gators for first time at home since 1986

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Kentucky Wildcats had to wait more than 35 years to celebrate a win over the Florida Gators at home. The Wildcats did exactly that on Saturday night.

The Wildcats won 20-13 over the No. 10 Gators at Kroger Field in Lexington, Kentucky.

Trevin Wallace returns the blocked field goal for a touchdown (Photo by Kentucky Wildcats Football/Instagram)

With the win, Kentucky improved to 5-0 on the season. This was the biggest win for the Wildcats thus far on the season.

The loss dropped the Gators to 3-2.

The Wildcats had lost their previous 15 games vs. Associated Press Top-10 teams. Before Saturday, they lost 22 of their 23 games facing a top-ranked team.

Kentucky also snapped a streak of 16 straight home losses to Florida. Their last win before Saturday was a 10-3 loss on November 15, 1986.

Wildcats quarterback Will Levis went 7 of 17 for 87 yards. He had one touchdown pass and one interception.

Chris Rodriguez Jr. had 19 carries for 99 yards and a touchdown. Wan’Dale Robinson — who transferred to the team this season after playing for the Nebraska Cornhuskers — has four receptions for 65 yards and a touchdown.

Gators quarterback Emory Jones went 23 of 31 for 203 yards. He had one touchdown and one interception.

Jones also led Florida with 13 carries for 63 yards. Jacob Copeland had six receptions for 59 yards.

The Gators — who nearly defeated the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide on Sept. 18th at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium — struggled in the second half of this contest. They scored just three points.

Kicker Jace Christmann made a 33-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.

Florida had six possessions in the second half. However, the team looked lackluster at times despite having more than 300 total yards.

Jones — who guided the team back against the Crimson Tide before falling by two points — could not get anything going. He also threw an interception in the second half, as well.

Mullen barely used super-talented freshman quarterback Anthony Richardson, who had one pass attempt and five carries.

Kentucky won the momentum in the second half after a game-changing interception in the third quarter. Trevin Wallace returned a Christmann blocked field goal attempt and returned it for a 76-yard touchdown.

Early in the fourth quarter, Rodriguez Jr. also scored on a nine-yard rushing touchdown.

Florida led 10-7 at halftime. Gators head coach Dan Mullen had a chance to add to that tally in the waning moments of the second quarter.

With three time outs, Mullen had poor clock management. He did not play for an additional score.

Instead, he sat on the ball and ran the ball to end the quarter.

Christmann made a 51-yard field goal. Jones also connected with Ja’Quavion Fraziars for a seven-yard touchdown reception.

Wildcats’ Levis hit Robinson for a 41-yard touchdown reception.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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