The Kentucky Wildcats couldn’t parlay their impressive road victory at South Carolina two weekends ago into a program-changing win against the Florida Gators this weekend, but the effort was certainly encouraging.
Florida’s defense was the star on Saturday, holding the Wildcats to 241 yards and nine total points. Quarterback Patrick Towles day was frustrating to say the last, completing 8-of-24 passes for 126 yards with zero touchdowns and two interceptions. The Kentucky rushing game performed more admirably, rushing 41 times for 115 yards as a team, led by Stanley Williams’ 16 carries for 80 yards.
As a result of the defeat, Florida was able to extend their winning streak over Kentucky to a staggering 29 games, which is actually the longest in the nation by one program over another opponent. The Wildcats have not beaten the Gators since since 1986, a streak that will now last into next season at the least.
As a positive, Kentucky’s defense showed up along with Florida’s, holding the Gators to 245 yards and only 14 points. After allowing two rushing touchdowns in the first half, the Gators didn’t score the rest of the way and held quarterback Will Grier to only 125 yards through the air, completing 13-of-22 passes and an interception. Grier and running back Kelvin Taylor did the damage on the ground, however, rushing for 106 yards and two touchdowns combined.
The SEC slate continues for the Wildcats, who face Missouri next weekend on Saturday, September 26. Kentucky football tickets have an average price of $98.49 and a get-in price of $50 for entrance into Commonwealth Stadium, according to TiqIQ.com. It promises to be another jam-packed day at the stadium for Kentucky fans looking to get to a game this season. Hipmunk.com has cheap Lexington flights available for booking, in addition to Lexington hotels starting from $52 a night.
Missouri is 3-0 this season, but has yet to play a conference game, and the Wildcats will be their first. After winning their Week 1 cupcake game against Southeast Missouri State, the Tigers won on the road at Arkansas State by seven points. This past weekend, Missouri struggled at home against Connecticut, but squeaked by with an unusual 9-6 victory.
Expect the defenses of both teams to dictate the tempo much like the game against Florida. This week, however, the Wildcats hope to get into more of a flow offensively and put some points on the board.