Kentucky’s drives at The Swamp

With Kentucky being shut out Saturday for the first time since 2006, a look at its possessions against Florida.

1Q-13:31: Got the ball after Florida opened with a three-and-out. Morgan Newton was the surprise starter at quarterback and he opened with a 24-yard pass to running back Jonathan George. The Cats even moved the ball to a fourth-and-three at the Florida 33, but Newton’s pass to Ronnie Shields was off target and the Gators took over on downs Plays: 7 Yards: 41

1Q-9:56: After Florida’s second three-and-out, UK took over on its own 8-yard line after a Gators’ punt. Raymond Sanders picked up a first down at the 20 after breaking a tackle on a six-yard run. The Cats ended up punting when Newton couldn’t connect with Aaron Boyd on a slant. After two drives, Newton was four-of-eight for 29 yards passing. Plays: 6 Yards: 9

1Q-5:18: After Florida kicked a field goal to take a 3-0 lead, Kentucky started at the 25 after a touchback. George picked up 12 yards on a third-and-10 draw play. Sanders followed that with a 12-yard run. LaRod King showed good concentration on a first down catch at the Florida 49-yard line. Alas, the drive stalled at the 37 when Newton missed Darryl Collins on a long pass to the UF 10. Craig McIntosh came on for a 54-yard field goal attempt, but the kick missed wide left. Plays: 10 Yards: 38

2Q-11:56: Florida extended its lead to 10-0 and Kentucky started its next drive at its own 28. It would end with the first of Newton’s three interceptions. The series began well with a nine-yard Newton run. On third-and-seven from the 46, Newton threw a floater intended for George that landed in the arms of Florida’s De’Ante Saunders, who returned the pick 29 yards. Plays: 4 Yards: 18

 2Q-9:02: After Martavius Neloms intercepted a Jeff Driskel pass in the end zone, Kentucky started at its own 20. This ended in the second of Newton’s interceptions. The key play, however, was the one just before the interception. Newton had Darryl Collins wide open on a wheel route at near midfield only to overthrow him. The play could have gone for a touchdown. Instead, the very next play, Newton telegraphed a slant pass that Jaylen Watkins intercepted and returned 26 yards for a touchdown and a 17-0 Florida lead. Plays: 3 Yards: 5

2Q-8:24: UK started at the 35 and thanks to a 24-yard run by Newton managed to cross into Florida territory. The Cats reached the Gators’ 29-yard line but Newton threw low to King on a slant on a third-and-three. McIntosh came on for a 45-yard-field goal attempt, but it missed. Plays: 7 Yards: 36

2Q-2:55: The Cats started at 22 and quickly went three-and-out, which was better than an interception. True freshman Dyshawn Mobley had two carries in the series. Plays: 3 Yards: 2

2Q-0:38: A two-play series that ended with Newton’s third interception of the quarter. He did complete a 12-yard pass to Gene McCaskill on the first play, but then threw a pass directly to Michael Taylor, who had dropped into a zone reat. Plays: 2 Yards: 12

3Q-14:53: UK started the second half with a drive that began on its own 21. A couple of running plays produced a first down, but the series quickly fizzled after that. Newton threw just one pass, resulting in a one-yard loss after a catch by LaRod King. Plays: 5 Yards: 7

3Q-2:50: After Florida scored on a drive that lasted over nine minutes for a 31-0 lead, Kentucky took over at own 25 after a touchdown. Just a three-play drive, all runs. Raymond Sanders was stopped for a two-yard gain on third-and-three. Plays: 3 Yards: 9

4Q-12:52: True freshman Jalen Whitlow took over at quarterback as UK started a drive on its own 6-yard line. After a three-yard run by George, Whitlow throw a pair of incompletions. Plays: 3 Yards: 3

4Q-6:37: Kentucky’s final possession of the game. The Cats took over at own 20 after Florida scored again to go up 38-0. Whitlow did complete a 12-yard pass to A.J. Legree for a first down. True freshman to true freshman. Mobley picked up a first down with a 13-yard run to the Florida 45. But three straight incompletions, Landon Foster punted yet again. Plays: 7 Yards: 35



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