Kentucky Wildcats Win Over Florida Gators 20-13
Our upset of the week this week comes from the SEC. The 10th ranked Florida Gators traveled to Lexington to face the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday night. The Wildcats call Lexington home, but the Gators have felt more than at home there over the last few decades – having won every game played in the Bluegrass State since 1986. But that streak came to an end on Saturday when Kentucky took home a 20-13 win.
Defense was the name of the game for Kentucky’s historic upset, at least on one pivotal drive. Florida has the ball first and goal at Kentucky’s 9-yard line with 2:29 left in the game. A touchdown and a two-point conversion wins the game. The Gators ran two plays and got the ball to the 5 for third down when they were flagged for a false start. Third and goal from 10. Florida QB Emory Jones’ pass falls incomplete, but there is a face mask penalty called against Kentucky. It’s 5 yards and a fresh set of downs for Florida with less than a minute left.
The Gators run three plays and are called for a penalty to bring up fourth and goal from the 8-yard line with 18 seconds left. Jones drops back to pass with the game on the line. He tries to find wideout Trent Whittemore in the endzone, but the pass is broken up at the goal line. Kentucky takes over, takes a knee, and sends the Gators back to the Swamp with their first loss at Kentucky in 35 years and just their second loss against the Cats in the last 35 meetings.
Kentucky was only +245 on the money line before the game, so it’s not as big an upset as some of our past upset specials. But the significance of the win makes it hard not to select for this week. People were thinking Florida could be a serious contender after their close loss to Alabama, but this game just shows why college football is truly one of a kind.
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