The Kentucky Wildcats beat the Florida Gators 27-16 on Saturday to end a 31 year losing streak! The Wildcats defense was phenomenal and the offense put points on the board when it counted. Then they emphatically nailed home the victory with a returned fumble to score as time expired.
So many things went the Wildcats’ way on Saturday, but here are four things you need to know from the game.
The offensive line was outstanding.
The big guys on the line of scrimmage have been a signature of SEC football for quite some time, and it has also been an area where Kentucky has struggled. For the first time in a while, the Wildcats’ offensive line was obviously the most dominant force on the field against a major SEC opponent.
Game film will show that the Florida defensive front was consistently pushed off of the ball and holes where created across the line of scrimmage. The Wildcats ended the game with 303 rushing yards, which is impressive in any game but really stands out in a big game like this one.
The defense is for real.
Many have speculated that Mark Stoops finally has SEC talent on the defensive side of the ball, and so far this season that seems to be the case. The Wildcats held the Gators to 16 points on Saturday, which is always a big deal against a Dan Mullen coached offense.
The defensive front was strong and took Florida’s running game out of the equation until late in the 4th quarter. The secondary stepped up and showed that their core of veterans are ready to make this a special season. Darius West had a huge interception and Josh Allen was a monster.
Allen caused a fumble on Florida’s final offensive play that led to a Davonte Robinson touchdown as time expired.
Benny Snell is still Benny Snell.
Benny Snell had 175 yards on 27 carries against the Gators. On several drives, he carried the load and led the Wildcats down into scoring position. Then he killed the clock getting first downs to help the Wildcats seal the deal.
The offensive line was impressive on Saturday, and Snell took advantage of their play to make the most out of the holes they were creating. He continues to look like a first-team All-SEC running back, and one of the best ball carriers in the nation.
Snell was already going to go down as one of the greatest to ever play at Kentucky. Now, he’s forever immortalized in Kentucky lore before what likely is his final season even ends.
Terry “The Streak Killer”
One minute he’s Terry Touchdown, the next he’s Terry Turnover. One thing is for certain today: he is the first quarterback in 32 years that has led Kentucky over the Florida Gators.
Terry Wilson threw for 151 yards and 2 touchdowns in addition to rushing for 105 yards and 1 score. He did not have a perfect game, but he was apparently the perfect guy to end the streak!
The improvement Wilson made from Week 1 to Week 2 was nothing short of amazing. He was largely the reason no one picked Kentucky to win this game. He ended up being a damn good reason they won it.
As Tom Leach said when Kentucky ended that dreaded Tennessee streak, “DING DONG! THE STREAK IS DEAD!”