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No. 9 Florida rallies past Kentucky 29-21 in SEC opener

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Initially stunned by seeing Feleipe Franks lying in pain on the turf, Florida players soon swarmed the cart carrying him to uplift him - and then each other.

The No. 9 Gators then regrouped behind backup Kyle Trask to overwhelm Kentucky for an emotional victory.

Trask relieved the injured Franks and rallied Florida with three fourth-quarter touchdown drives, including his go-ahead, 4-yard scoring run with 4:11 remaining that lifted the Gators to a 29-21 victory Saturday night.

Franks, the Gators' third-year starter, was carted off with a right leg injury late in the third quarter with his team trailing 21-10. Stopped for no gain by Calvin Taylor on fourth-and-1 at the Kentucky 38, Franks appeared to bend backward on the tackle. Medical personnel came on the field and placed an inflatable cast under his right leg and he was taken off to applause from the sellout crowd of 63,076.

''When he went down, you could see something wrong with the leg,'' Trask said. ''At the end of the day, I'm proud of the resiliency of the team. He (Franks) was really emotional at that moment. I let him know, `I had your back.'''

Gators coach Dan Mullen had no immediate update on Franks' condition but said afterward, ''They feel pretty certain there was a break or dislocation, so he will be out for the year. That will be a huge loss for us.''

Trask's gutsy leadership in a pinch offered an upside.

He entered and led Florida (3-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) on a 62-yard drive, ending with Lamical Perine's 8-yard TD run to get the Gators within 21-16. Shawn Davis's interception with 6:05 to go gave the Gators another opportunity, and Trask capitalized with his go-ahead touchdown.

The two-point conversion failed, though, and Kentucky (2-1, 0-1) had a final chance to regain the lead. But Chance Poore's 35-yard field-goal attempt with 54 seconds left was wide right, and Josh Hammond's 76-yard TD run three plays later helped Florida avenge last year's loss in Gainesville.

The happy Gators then gathered in a corner Kroger Field to celebrate the hard-fought win with their fans before running and jumping on their way to a happy locker room.

''Still have a long way to go,'' Mullen added. ''Came on the road and in a very tough environment and got a big win. We found ways to win.''

Kentucky, on the other hand, was left wondering what could have been despite a strong beginning from its newly-minted starting QB.

Sawyer Smith accounted for all three Kentucky touchdowns with scoring passes of 26 and 13 yards sandwiched around his 2-yard run. Making his first Kentucky start a week after Terry Wilson was lost for the season with a torn left patellar tendon, the junior completed his first nine passes for 119 yards. He finished 23 of 35 passing for 267 yards, but also threw three interceptions including one as the game ended.

''We had an opportunity with a couple of plays, but we fell short,'' Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said. ''We'll come back and continue to work.''

TARGETING CALLS

The game featured three ejections for targeting, two by Kentucky. Free safety Yusuf Corker was cited for a first-quarter hit in the end zone, and defensive end T.J. Carter was penalized in the fourth on a sack of Trask.

Florida lost cornerback Donovan Stiner after a third-quarter hit on Kentucky's 6-foot-5 receiver Ahmad Wagner on a 20-yard completion.

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Florida grabbed the early lead as Franks hit a wide-open Freddie Swain with a 26-yard TD pass. Two years ago, Swain was all alone for a 5-yard TD reception with 33 seconds left to cap the Gators' rally from 13 down for a 28-27 win here.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Florida should remain in the top 10 after an emotional victory in Lexington.

THE TAKEAWAY

Florida's immediate concern is moving forward without Franks, who was 12 of 17 for 174 yards and 15-yard TD to wide-open Freddie Swain before the injury. Franks also committed two turnovers, with a fumble leading to Kentucky's go-ahead touchdown, but the Gators would prefer to have the veteran on the field as they hit the meat of the SEC schedule. The Gators won despite managing just one sack after entering the contest with a nation's-best 15.

Kentucky's offense operated well behind Smith and seemed in control midway through the third quarter. But his costly interception, a failed fourth down early in the fourth quarter and a defensive letdown allowed Florida to rally, ending any chance of consecutive wins against Florida for the first time since 1976-77. They now must bounce back on the road.

UP NEXT

Florida hosts Tennessee on Saturday.

Kentucky visits Mississippi State on Saturday.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:33
19-E.McPherson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
29
21
Touchdown 0:44
10-J.Hammond runs 76 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
80
yds
00:14
pos
28
21
Missed Two Point Conversion 4:11
11-K.Trask to KEN 2 for no gain (56-K.Daniel).
plays
yds
pos
22
21
Touchdown 4:15
11-K.Trask runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
66
yds
01:57
pos
22
21
Missed Two Point Conversion 12:41
11-K.Trask incomplete. Intended for 8-T.Grimes.
plays
yds
pos
16
21
Touchdown 12:46
2-L.Perine runs 8 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
62
yds
02:14
pos
16
21
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 5:39
12-C.Poore extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
21
Touchdown 6:04
12-S.Smith complete to 88-K.Upshaw. 88-K.Upshaw runs 13 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
62
yds
01:50
pos
10
20
Field Goal 8:39
19-E.McPherson 32 yards Field Goal is Good.
5
plays
45
yds
01:28
pos
10
14
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 7:46
12-C.Poore extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
14
Touchdown 7:52
12-S.Smith runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
12
plays
54
yds
06:07
pos
7
13
Point After TD 14:16
12-C.Poore extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 14:30
12-S.Smith complete to 14-A.Wagner. 14-A.Wagner runs 26 yards for a touchdown.
13
plays
89
yds
05:57
pos
7
6
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 6:27
19-E.McPherson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 6:33
13-F.Franks complete to 16-F.Swain. 16-F.Swain runs 15 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
8
yds
1:21
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 21 26
Rushing 4 10
Passing 12 14
Penalty 5 2
3rd Down Conv 4-8 8-15
4th Down Conv 0-1 1-2
Total Net Yards 436 399
Total Plays 57 76
Avg Gain 7.6 5.3
Net Yards Rushing 138 140
Rush Attempts 27 41
Avg Rush Yards 5.1 3.4
Net Yards Passing 298 259
Comp. - Att. 21-30 23-35
Yards Per Pass 9.9 7.4
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-2 1-8
Penalties - Yards 7-78 9-79
Touchdowns 4 3
Rushing TDs 3 1
Passing TDs 1 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 2 4
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 1-1
Int. Thrown 1 3
Punts - Avg 1-44.0 2-54.5
Return Yards 70 40
Punts - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 1-18
Int. - Returns 3-70 1-22
Kicking 3/4 3/4
Extra Points 2/2 3/3
Field Goals 1/2 0/1
Safeties 0 0
1234T
9 Florida 3-0 7031929
Kentucky 2-1 0147021
298 PASS YDS 259
138 RUSH YDS 140
436 TOTAL YDS 399
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
F. Franks 13 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
70.6% 174 1 1 164.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
70.6% 174 1 1 164.2
F. Franks 12/17 174 1 1
K. Trask 11 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
69.2% 126 0 0 150.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
69.2% 126 0 0 150.6
K. Trask 9/13 126 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Hammond 10 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 76 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 76 1
J. Hammond 1 76 1 76
L. Perine 2 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 27 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
14 27 1
L. Perine 14 27 1 8
F. Franks 13 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 23 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 23 0
F. Franks 8 23 0 13
D. Pierce 27 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 8 0
D. Pierce 2 8 0 8
K. Trask 11 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 4 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 4 1
K. Trask 1 4 1 4
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
V. Jefferson 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 93 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 93 0
V. Jefferson 7 93 0 31
K. Pitts 84 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 63 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 63 0
K. Pitts 4 63 0 30
F. Swain 16 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 57 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 57 1
F. Swain 4 57 1 20
T. Grimes 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 50 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 50 0
T. Grimes 2 50 0 32
L. Perine 2 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 23 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 23 0
L. Perine 3 23 0 9
J. Hammond 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 14 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 14 0
J. Hammond 1 14 0 14
M. Davis 20 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
M. Davis 0 0 0 0
L. Krull 7 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
L. Krull 0 0 0 0
T. Cleveland 89 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
T. Cleveland 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
D. Reese II 33 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
15-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-0 0 0.0
D. Reese II 15-0 0.0 0
V. Miller 51 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
V. Miller 5-2 0.0 0
J. Greenard 58 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.0
J. Greenard 4-1 1.0 0
S. Davis 31 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 2 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 2 0.0
S. Davis 4-1 0.0 2
J. Moon 7 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
J. Moon 4-0 0.0 0
L. Ancrum 98 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
L. Ancrum 4-0 0.0 0
K. Campbell 55 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
K. Campbell 3-0 0.0 0
Z. Carter 17 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
Z. Carter 3-0 0.0 0
B. Stewart Jr. 2 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
B. Stewart Jr. 2-1 0.0 0
L. Brunson 34 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
L. Brunson 2-0 0.0 0
M. Wilson 3 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
M. Wilson 2-0 0.0 0
T. Slaton 56 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Slaton 1-0 0.0 0
D. Stiner 13 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
D. Stiner 1-1 0.0 0
T. Dean III 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Dean III 1-0 0.0 0
K. Elam 5 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
K. Elam 1-0 0.0 1
J. Taylor 29 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Taylor 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
E. McPherson 19 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 2/2
SEASON FG XP
1/2 2/2
E. McPherson 1/2 32 2/2 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
T. Townsend 43 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
1 44.0 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
1 44.0 1
T. Townsend 1 44.0 1 44
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
S. Smith 12 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.7% 267 2 3 131.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.7% 267 2 3 131.5
S. Smith 23/35 267 2 3
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
K. Smoke 20 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 81 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
16 81 0
K. Smoke 16 81 0 16
A. Rose 10 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 46 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
14 46 0
A. Rose 14 46 0 21
S. Smith 12 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 12 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 12 1
S. Smith 9 12 1 6
L. Bowden Jr. 1 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 1 0
L. Bowden Jr. 2 1 0 1
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
L. Bowden Jr. 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 70 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 70 0
L. Bowden Jr. 7 70 0 21
A. Wagner 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 70 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 70 1
A. Wagner 3 70 1 26
J. Rigg 83 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 50 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 50 0
J. Rigg 5 50 0 23
J. Ali 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 28 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 28 0
J. Ali 2 28 0 18
A. Rose 10 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 18 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 18 0
A. Rose 2 18 0 12
K. Upshaw 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 13 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 13 1
K. Upshaw 1 13 1 13
D. Schlegel 46 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 12 0
D. Schlegel 1 12 0 12
A. Dailey Jr. 89 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 8 0
A. Dailey Jr. 1 8 0 8
K. Smoke 20 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 -2 0
K. Smoke 1 -2 0 -2
Defense T-A SACK INT
K. Daniel 56 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
11-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-0 0 0.0
K. Daniel 11-0 0.0 0
B. Echols 26 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
B. Echols 5-2 0.0 0
D. Square 17 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
D. Square 4-2 0.0 0
J. Watson 31 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
J. Watson 3-0 0.0 0
C. Taylor Jr. 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
C. Taylor Jr. 3-2 0.0 0
J. Brown 32 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
J. Brown 3-0 0.0 0
T. Ajian 23 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
T. Ajian 2-0 0.0 1
K. Looney 59 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
K. Looney 1-0 1.0 0
J. Griffin 3 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Griffin 1-0 0.0 0
Y. Corker 29 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
Y. Corker 1-0 0.0 0
T. Carter 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Carter 1-0 0.0 0
J. Paschal 4 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Paschal 1-0 0.0 0
M. McCall 50 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. McCall 1-0 0.0 0
J. Wright 15 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Wright 1-0 0.0 0
T. Dodson 30 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Dodson 1-0 0.0 0
Q. Bohanna 95 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
Q. Bohanna 1-0 0.0 0
P. Delahunty 11 QB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
P. Delahunty 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Poore 12 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 3/3
SEASON FG XP
0/1 3/3
C. Poore 0/1 0 3/3 3
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Duffy 93 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 54.5 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
2 54.5 2
M. Duffy 2 54.5 2 63
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
L. Bowden Jr. 1 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 18.0 18 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 18.0 18 0
L. Bowden Jr. 1 18.0 18 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 FLA 25 1:35 5 0 INT
11:37 UK 31 5:04 11 36 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:16 FLA 25 0:00 2 21 Fumble
7:46 FLA 25 4:19 10 85 FG Miss
0:18 FLA 10 0:00 1 0 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:07 UK 21 1:28 5 45 FG
5:39 FLA 25 1:25 8 22 Downs
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 FLA 38 2:14 6 62 TD
10:50 FLA 4 2:58 8 44 Punt
6:12 FLA 49 1:57 7 66 TD
0:58 FLA 20 0:14 3 80 TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:58 UK 25 0:44 3 6 Fumble
6:27 UK 21 5:57 13 89 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:59 UK 46 6:07 12 54 TD
2:41 UK 20 2:16 7 24 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:11 UK 25 0:00 10 64 INT
7:54 UK 25 1:50 7 62 TD
3:29 UK 38 2:59 8 29 Downs
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:41 UK 25 1:08 3 8 Punt
7:52 UK 8 0:57 4 45 INT
4:11 UK 25 3:09 9 58 FG Miss
0:33 UK 25 0:27 7 -16 Game