Florida Gators drop in AP top-25 football poll despite win over Kentucky
The Florida Gators dropped one spot to No. 21 in the latest AP top-25 football poll, which was released Sunday afternoon, despite its fourth-quarter comeback victory against Kentucky.
Florida improved to 2-1 and 2-0 in the SEC after a nail-biting 28-27 win over the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday night. After trailing by 13 points with 11:27 left to play, the Gators scored 14 unanswered points to win the game. Quarterback Luke Del Rio, who came in for starter Feleipe Franks in the third quarter, led both of those final drives.
The game-winning drive proved just how efficient Florida’s offense can be when all of its pieces are working together. The Gators marched 58 yards down the field on 13 plays — converting two fourth downs along the way — before Del Rio found Freddie Swain in the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown with 43 seconds left in regulation.
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Kentucky missed a 57-yard field goal attempt as time expired that would have won the game.
“This crew of guys, they’ve been through some ups and downs now and yet that’s a tight locker room in there and we’re starting to gain some leadership,” Florida coach Jim McElwain said after the game. “That’s great to see.”
It was the second-straight week that the Gators won on their last offensive drive.
Against Tennessee last weekend in Gainesville, Franks hit Tyrie Cleveland in the end zone for a 63-yard touchdown as time expired. Florida won 26-20.
The Gators also moved up two spots to No. 20 in the Amway Coaches Poll.
Florida now prepares to host Vanderbilt (3-1, 0-1 SEC) on Saturday. Kickoff is set for Noon ET. The game will be televised on ESPN.