Young Gators to be Tested on the Road Against Improved Kentucky

By on September 18, 2015. Posted in , , , , .

Two home wins have started Florida off on the right foot, but now the Gators hit the road for the first time in 2015 to take on Kentucky in UF’s first SEC game of the season, Saturday night in Lexington.  Kick-off at Commonwealth Stadium is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. with all of the coverage airing on the SEC Network.  The Baltimore Gator Club will once again host a watch party for the game at The Greene Turtle at McHenry Row, complete with raffles and merchandise sales, so come on down in your best Orange and Blue to watch the Gators take on the Wildcats.

The Greene Turtle – McHenry Row

1606 Whetstone Way

Baltimore, MD 21230

Despite two turnovers and eight penalties, Florida (2-0, 0-0 SEC) hung on for a 31-24 win over East Carolina at the Swamp last Saturday night.  It was the Gators’ second win over the Pirates in 2015 (winning 28-20 in the Birmingham Bowl in January) and more importantly, a win when not playing well.  Quarterbacks Will Grier and Treon Harris again split time for UF, with the freshman Greer taking the majority of the snaps and tossing two touchdown passes.  Running back Kelvin Taylor also added a score while defensive back Jalen Tabor turned the game with his interception return for touchdown.

So far this year, Greer has completed 74.3% of his passes (26-for-35) while throwing four touchdowns compared to one interception.  Junior Demarcus Robinson has led the receivers with 11 catches for 89 yards and a score with Taylor gaining 109 yards on the ground and scored twice.

Kentucky (2-0, 1-0 SEC) won its first conference road game since 2009 on Saturday as the Wildcats took down South Carolina in Columbia, 26-22.  After USC took a 7-0 lead less than three minutes into the game, UK scored 24 points unanswered before halftime.  After the break, the Gamecocks rallied and pulled within two on a touchdown by Jerell Adams, but on the ensuing two-point conversion, Denzil Ware scooped up Pharoh Cooper’s fumble and rumbled nearly the length of the field for the two-point PAT return.

Patrick Towles was an efficient 21-for-29 throwing for Kentucky while Stanley Williams carried the ball 14 times for 107 yards.  Jojo Kemp, meanwhile, got 13 carries rushing for 78 yards and a touchdown.

Florida has won 28 straight games against Kentucky, dating back to 1987, which is the longest active winning streak over a single opponent in the nation, and fifth-longest of all time.  Overall, the Gators are 48-17 all-time against the Wildcats after winning a triple-overtime nail-biter at the Swamp, 36-30, a year ago.