GAME RECAP: Back in Control

The offense looked the way it did to start the season, and the defense made enough big plays in the end, helping the Gators to a 45-37 win over No. 8 ranked Kentucky.

In front of a Commonwealth Stadium record crowd of 71,024, the Gators proved to have more firepower than the Wildcats. Here's the scoring recap.

1st Quarter

Kentucky 7, Florida 0

Drive: 9 plays, 78 yards, 2:51
Scoring Play: Andre Woodson 33-yard pass to Dicky Lyons
Clock: 10:31
PAT: Lones Seiber kick
Drive Started: At Kentucky's 22-yard line, following a 41-yard punt by Chas Henry
Drive Summary: Andre Woodson completed 5-of-6 passes on the scoring drive, capped by the 33-yard touchdown pass. Woodson lobbed it up to Lyons who beat Jacques Rickerson down the right sideline.

Kentucky 7, Florida 7

Drive: 12 plays, 80 yards, 5:50
Scoring Play: Tim Tebow 10-yard pass to Cornelius Ingram
Clock: 4:41
PAT: Joey Ijjas kick
Drive Started: At Florida's 20 after the Gators took a touchback following UK's touchdown
Drive Summary: Tebow went 5-of-5 and rushed for another 25 yards. Ingram dove into the right pile-on for his team-leading fifth touchdown of the season.

Florida 14, Kentucky 7

Drive: 2 plays, 70 yards, :50
Scoring Play: Tebow 56-yard pass to Louis Murphy
Clock: :11
PAT: Joey Ijjas kick
Drive Started: At Florida's 30 after Kentucky's Seiber missed a 48-yard field goal attempt
Drive Summary: For just the second time this season, the Gators found the end zone after just two plays. Murphy's 56-yard catch was his second touchdown reception of the season as well as his longest of the year. It was the Gators' second longest passing strike of the season – second to Riley Cooper's 59-yard catch against Western Kentucky.

2nd Quarter

Florida 14, Kentucky 10

Drive: 11 plays, 57 yards, 4:41
Scoring Play: Seiber 27-yard field goal
Clock: 2:38
Drive Started: At Kentucky's 34 after the Gators were forced to punt and Keenan Burton had a 9-yard return (1st punt return against the Gators this season)
Drive Summary: Kentucky kicked the 27-yard field goal after converting on a 4th-and-9 from the Gator 36-yard line. Woodson hit Steve Johnson down the right sideline who had beaten Joe Haden for a 24-yard pick-up on the play. On the previous play, Jermaine Cunningham scooped up a fumble, but the play was reversed by instant replay.

Florida 21, Kentucky 10

Drive: 10 plays, 38 yards, 1:14
Scoring Play: Tebow 1-yard jump pass to Aaron Hernandez
Clock: :14
PAT: Joey Ijjas kick
Drive Started: At Kentucky's 38 after Brandon James returned a kick 61 yards
Drive Summary: The Gators brought back memories of last year's LSU game with a 1-yard jump pass from Tebow to Hernandez. It was the second touchdown reception for the true freshman. Florida had a big third down conversion when Tebow hit Harvin for a 13 yard gain when faced with 3rd-and-10 from the Wildcats' 13.

3rd Quarter

Florida 28, Kentucky 10

Drive: 7 plays, 46 yards, 2:30
Scoring Play: Tebow to Andre Caldwell from 8 yards out
Clock: 11:38
PAT: Joey Ijjas kick
Drive Started: At the Kentucky 46-yard line following a shanked punt that went just 25 yards
Drive Summary: Urban Meyer was urging for the old Bubba earlier in the week, and the old Bubba showed up on this scoring drive. Caldwell picked up 20 yards on an inside hand-off, setting up the Gators in the red zone. Caldwell then pulled in the 8-yard reception for the score. The Gators almost had to settle for a field goal, though, when Hernandez was called for the game's first penalty.

Florida 28, Kentucky 17

Drive: 8 plays, 78 yards, 3:22
Scoring Play: Woodson to Jacob Tamme for 28 yards
Clock: 8:09
PAT: Lones Seiber kick
Drive Started: At the Kentucky 22-yard line
Drive Summary: Woodson went 5-of-6 on another solid drive by the Cats offense. Tamme beat Tony Joiner and then A.J. Jones missed a tackle allowing him to go 28 yards for the score. Tamme caught two passes on the drive, totaling 42 yards.

Florida 31, Kentucky 17

Drive: 7 plays, 35 yards, 3:22
Scoring Play: Ijjas 21-yard field goal
Clock: 5:48
Drive Started: At the Kentucky 39-yard line after A.J. Nance touched the ball too soon on an onsides kick attempt
Drive Summary: The Gators settled for a field goal after consecutive drops in the end zone by Kestahn Moore and Ingram. Caldwell put the Gators inside the 5 after a 24-yard reception with most of the yards coming after the catch.

Florida 31, Kentucky 24

Drive: 6 plays, 74 yards, 2:38
Scoring Play: Woodson hit Lyons on a screen pass that went for 50 yards
Clock: 3:05
PAT: Seiber kick
Drive Started: At the Kentucky 26-yard line
Drive Summary: Another scoring drive behind the arm of Woodson. He completed 4-of-5 passes, including the 50-yarder to Lyons. Woodson also converted a 3rd-and-5 with a 10-yard completion to Johnson.

4th Quarter

Florida 38, Kentucky 24

Drive: 11 plays, 80 yards, 6:08
Scoring Play: Harvin 24-yard touchdown run
Clock: 11:57
PAT: Ijjas kick
Drive Started: At the Florida 20
Drive Summary: Tebow used his legs to set up Harvin's 24-yard touchdown run. Florida ran the ball nine times, with Caldwell catching a pair of 13-yard passes. The only negative to the drive was Florida committed three penalties – offensive hold, illegal substitution and encroachment.

Florida 38, Kentucky 31

Drive: 11 plays, 57 yards, 2:59
Scoring Play: Harvin 24-yard touchdown run
Clock: 3:35
PAT: Seiber kick
Drive Started: At the Kentucky 43, following a 51-yard punt by Henry
Drive Summary: The Wildcats manufactured another touchdown drive when they absolutely needed one. Woodson hooked up with Lyons for the third time for a touchdown on a 7-yard pass.

Florida 45, Kentucky 31

Drive: 5 plays, 57 yards, 1:55
Scoring Play: Tebow 2-yard touchdown run
Clock: 1:33
PAT: Ijjas kick
Drive Started: At the Kentucky 43, following a 51-yard punt by Henry
Drive Summary: The Gators finished off the Wildcats with a 5-play scoring drive that gave UF a two touchdown lead with less than two minutes to play. The score was set up by a 40-yard bomb to Harvin down the right side line, setting up the Gators at the UK 2.

Florida 45, Kentucky 37

Drive: 9 plays, 59 yards, 1:27
Scoring Play: Woodson 6-yard pass to Keenan Burton
Clock: 0:00
PAT: No kick
Drive Started: At the Kentucky 41
Drive Summary: The Wildcats finished off the scoring with a touchdown on the game's final play. Woodson connected with Burton for his fifth touchdown pass of the game.

Florida: 5-2, 3-2 SEC
Kentucky: 6-2, 2-2 SEC


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