LEXINGTON, Ky. — It was hard to put into words in the moment, and yet Florida coach Jim McElwain and his players took a shot at lending perspective on the No. 20 Gators’ dramatic, come-from-behind 28-27 win at Kentucky on Saturday night.
Florida trailed by 13 early in the fourth quarter and had already yanked starting quarterback Feleipe Franks out of the game in favor of veteran backup Luke Del Rio.
Del Rio got off to an inauspicious start with a quick interception, but he steadied the offense with help from a pair true freshmen in receiver Kadarius Toney and running back Malik Davis. Toney threw a 50-yard pass to Tyrie Cleveland on a trick play, and Davis rushed for 60 yards on 13 carries in the fourth quarter.
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In addition to their contributions, the Gators got a 6-yard touchdown run from receiver Brandon Powell with 7:58 to play and a 5-yard touchdown pass from Del Rio to Freddie Swain with 43 seconds on the clock. And they held on from there as Kentucky missed a 57-yard field goal in the final seconds.
Here was the scene after the game:
Here’s what McElwain said in his postgame press conference:
And here were the postgame comments of Del Rio and defensive end CeCe Jefferson.