GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Much of the hype surrounding the Florida midfielder Anthony Richardson was dissipated, or at least lessened, in the Swamp on Saturday night.
Number 20 Kentucky intercepted Richardson twice, including one Keidron Smith Return 65 yards for a touchdown, and the Wildcats overthrew the 12th-placed Gators 26-16 to win this streak in a row for the first time in 45 years.
Richardson took all games off, a stark contrast to last week’s three-touch, no-revenue performance compared to when it was No. 7 Utah. He had two pitches in an outright header, and the Wildcats (2-0, 1-0 Southeast Conference) cost him dearly.
Richardson said: “I feel like I let everyone down, especially in defence, because I looked people in the eye in defence and I told them I had them and I was going to score. points for them”. “Obviously I don’t have one.”
Linebacker Jordan Wrightcleaned up to play Thursday after sitting out the opener, made a caught a hand on Richardson’s pass into the apartment end of the second quarter. Kentucky quarterback Will Levis score three subsequent plays.
Richardson’s second pick is more serious. He misaligned the defense and launched a pass close to the penalty area for Smith to catch easily. blacksmith return it to the sideline and just have Richardson juggle to make it to the last area.
“I think sometimes quarterback, you get your attention,” Florida coach Billy Napier said. “The fact that there are things around you that can be done will contribute to midfield play.”
Richardson’s interceptions were among three big plays that helped Kentucky win a row over Florida (1-1, 0-1) for the first time since 1976-77.
“You have to be a tough son of ab to come here and win,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said, referring to an SEC Network analyst who called his team. was soft earlier this week. “That’s what we showed. We could win or lose, but we were tough.”
22 scouts from 15 NFL teams were on hand for the game. Most of them were probably there to see Richardson. None of them can be impressed with what the third year student has accomplished in the beginning of his third career.
The Gainesville native completed 14 of 35 143-yard passes. He also ran six times in 4 yards. Kentucky piled on a slew of scenarios and forced Richardson to become a pocketbook, clearly understanding that Gator had few differentiating players other than their quarterback quartet, who looked like a budding star seven days before.
Levis was significantly better. He completed 13 of 24 202-yard passes, with one touchdown and one interception. Choice is one great play by Florida defenders Brenton Cox and Gervon Dexter. Cox puts pressure on Levis and deflects the pass, and Dexter makes a catch dive.
But it was the Kentucky defense that stole the show.
“Defense, what else can I say?” Stoops said.
Kentucky: Wild cats are not soft. SEC Network analyst Roman Harper called the Cats “a little softer” than Florida on the Paul Finebaum Show earlier this week, and Kentucky players used it as motivation. Kentucky dominated the second half, beating the Gators 13-0.
Florida: The Gators spent last week being patted and may be ripe for disappointment. Despite that, the Wildcats have exposed their weaknesses and show that Florida still has a long way to go to catch up with the SEC East.
Kentucky will overtake Florida next time AP college football poll.
“Heck, we have to jump into the top 10 now,” Stoops quipped.
The victory overtook Paul “Bear” Bryant for the most wins (61) in Kentucky football history.
“I’m glad it’s here,” Stoops said. “You love being at home with family and friends, but we’ll have time for that. We need this win. Just to get this chance. I’ve had incredible support. That’s it. a team effort.”
Kentucky Safe Free Jalen Geiger was taken off the field in the second half with what appeared to be a serious leg injury.Team The trainers placed an air cast on his left leg before helping him get into the car.
Kentucky: Host the Youngstown State Soccer Championship next Saturday.
Florida: Host South Florida next Saturday. The Gators are leading 2-0 in the series in the state.