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No. 20 Florida rallies past Kentucky 28-27 to extend streak

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Florida's Hail Mary win over Tennessee apparently was just a teaser of how the No. 20 Gators respond to adversity.

Case in point was their latest comeback from the brink against Kentucky, a gut check that put them in a familiar place in the Southeastern Conference.

Freddie Swain caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Luke Del Rio with 43 seconds remaining to cap Florida's rally from 13 points down in the fourth quarter to beat Kentucky 28-27 on Saturday night.

The sophomore will surely remember his first catch of the season for what it achieved, but Swain said his only thought was, ''Make a play for my team. Come up, make a play.''

The Gators extended their winning streak over the Wildcats to 31 games, the nation's longest streak in FBS, and took early control of the SEC's Eastern Division. Coming a week after a last-second, 63-yard touchdown pass beat the Volunteers 26-20 , this rally required even more resolve after trailing most of the night.

Not to mention, even more satisfaction.

''Well, that was fun,'' Florida coach Jim McElwain said of his team's second straight escape. ''You could feel it on the sideline that they didn't have any quit in them.''

Down 27-14 in the fourth quarter, Florida (2-1, 2-0) got within a touchdown on Brandon Powell's 6-yard TD run with 7:58 left. Del Rio then marched the Gators 58 yards for the winning score to stun a blue-clad sellout crowd of 62,945 hungry to see Kentucky end a generation of frustration against the Gators.

Kentucky's desperation attempt to win ended when Austin MacGinnis' 57-yard field goal fell short as time expired. That sparked a wild celebration by Gators players, who swamped the field after their improbable victory.

Winning required replacing Feleipe Franks with Del Rio late in the third quarter with Florida down 24-14. The junior was intercepted by Darius West on his first series and struggled again on his second possession, but didn't give up.

''I just tried to settle down as best I could, move the ball, which was encouraging,'' said Del Rio, who led Florida's 45-7 rout of Kentucky last year in Gainesville. The pick was just a miscommunication on my part. I knew we could move the ball better.''

Del Rio ended up completing 9 of 14 passes for 74 yards and a victory that might shake up the quarterback spot. He certainly did his best to shake his and Florida's offensive struggles.

''We will sit down, evaluate it and look at the video,'' McElwain said.

Kadarius Toney rushed for a 36-yard TD and Tyrie Cleveland caught a 45-yard TD pass from Franks for a 14-all tie at halftime. Toney also had a 50-yard pass completion.

THE TAKEAWAY

Florida: The Gators played catch-up all night and their perseverance once again paid off in the end thanks to Del Rio, who was the QB in last year's 45-7 rout of Kentucky in Gainesville. Del Rio threw an interception but had the resolve to lead a fourth-quarter rally and find receivers. They ended up outgaining the Wildcats 395-340, including 186 rushing against a unit that entered the game leading the SEC, yielding just 57 yards per game and ranking third nationally. Malik Davis rushed for 93 yards on 21 carries.

Kentucky: The disappointment continues for the Wildcats. In control most of the game and holding what they thought was a comfortable lead, they couldn't close the deal again. With the loss went a chance to prove they could win a marquee game and reach a lofty status in the SEC.

Kentucky also wasted a three-touchdown performance from quarterback Stephen Johnson and field goals of 42 and 50 yards from Austin MacGinnis. A late penalty after the Wildcats neared field goal range left MacGinnis with a long attempt that fell in the end zone.

''There's quite a few plays in games and you never know which ones are going to decide the game,'' Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said. ''And there's probably one of 12 plays in there that changed the game. It's very disappointing that we didn't come up with those plays.''

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Florida could move up a spot with the road win.

Kentucky: The Wildcats received 11 votes last week but let a great chance to re-enter the Top 25 for the first time since November 2007 slip away.

SCHOOL RECORD

MacGinnis' field goals gave him 58 to break Kentucky's career record of 57 previously by Joey Worley. He missed from 48 and 57 yards.

UP NEXT

Florida: Hosts Vanderbilt on Sept. 30.

Kentucky: Hosts Eastern Michigan on Sept. 30.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:43
15-E.Pineiro extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
28
27
Touchdown 0:43
14-L.Del Rio complete to 16-F.Swain. 16-F.Swain runs 5 yards for a touchdown.
15
plays
63
yds
05:48
pos
27
27
Point After TD 7:58
15-E.Pineiro extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
27
Touchdown 7:58
4-B.Powell runs 6 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
80
yds
03:29
pos
20
27
Field Goal 11:39
99-A.MacGinnis 50 yards Field Goal is Good.
6
plays
19
yds
2:29
pos
14
27
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 5:59
99-A.MacGinnis 42 yards Field Goal is Good.
8
plays
41
yds
4:16
pos
14
24
Point After TD 12:11
99-A.MacGinnis extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
21
Touchdown 12:11
15-S.Johnson complete to 87-C.Conrad. 87-C.Conrad runs 23 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
62
yds
01:48
pos
14
20
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:16
15-E.Pineiro extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
14
Touchdown 3:16
13-F.Franks complete to 89-T.Cleveland. 89-T.Cleveland runs 45 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
75
yds
04:08
pos
13
14
Point After TD 7:24
99-A.MacGinnis extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
14
Touchdown 7:24
15-S.Johnson complete to 9-G.Johnson. 9-G.Johnson runs 9 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
10
yds
00:39
pos
7
13
Point After TD 14:16
15-E.Pineiro extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 14:16
17-K.Toney runs 36 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
58
yds
00:00
pos
6
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 5:06
99-A.MacGinnis extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 5:06
15-S.Johnson complete to 6-B.Bone. 6-B.Bone runs 14 yards for a touchdown.
11
plays
80
yds
04:39
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 20 21
Rushing 9 7
Passing 10 11
Penalty 1 3
3rd Down Conv 5-14 1-10
4th Down Conv 3-4 1-1
Total Net Yards 393 326
Total Plays 63 59
Avg Gain 6.2 5.5
Net Yards Rushing 186 120
Rush Attempts 36 32
Avg Rush Yards 5.2 3.8
Net Yards Passing 207 206
Comp. - Att. 17-27 18-27
Yards Per Pass 7.7 7.6
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-2 4-14
Penalties - Yards -3--20 1-5
Touchdowns 4 3
Rushing TDs 2 0
Passing TDs 2 3
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 5-52.2 5-40.6
Return Yards 39 108
Punts - Returns 1-5 3-87
Kickoffs - Returns 2-34 0-0
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-21
Kicking 4/4 5/7
Extra Points 4/4 3/3
Field Goals 0/0 2/4
Safeties 0 0
1234T
21 Florida 2-1 01401428
Kentucky 3-1 7710327
207 PASS YDS 206
186 RUSH YDS 120
393 TOTAL YDS 326
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
F. Franks 13 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
58.3% 85 1 0 145.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.2% 372 3 1 141.1
F. Franks 7/12 85 1 0
L. Del Rio 14 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.3% 74 1 1 118.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.3% 74 1 1 118.0
L. Del Rio 9/14 74 1 1
K. Toney 17 WR
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 50 0 0 520.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 50 0 0 520.0
K. Toney 1/1 50 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
M. Davis 20 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
21 93 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
26 195 0
M. Davis 21 93 0 9
K. Toney 17 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 39 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 44 1
K. Toney 2 39 1 36
L. Perine 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 27 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
23 90 0
L. Perine 5 27 0 11
M. Thompson 24 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 14 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
15 57 0
M. Thompson 3 14 0 11
B. Powell 4 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 10 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 10 1
B. Powell 2 10 1 6
T. Cleveland 89 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 6 0
T. Cleveland 1 2 0 2
F. Franks 13 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
13 -8 0
F. Franks 2 1 0 3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
T. Cleveland 89 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 110 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 259 2
T. Cleveland 4 110 1 50
K. Toney 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 35 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 102 0
K. Toney 4 35 0 19
B. Powell 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 24 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 72 1
B. Powell 3 24 0 18
D. Goolsby 30 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 18 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 18 0
D. Goolsby 2 18 0 11
M. Davis 20 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 11 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 11 0
M. Davis 1 11 0 11
M. Thompson 24 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 10 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 14 0
M. Thompson 1 10 0 10
F. Swain 16 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 5 1
F. Swain 1 5 1 5
F. Franks 13 QB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 -4 0
F. Franks 1 -4 0 -4
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Zuniga 92 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
J. Zuniga 1-0 1.0 0
T. Bryan 93 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
T. Bryan 1-0 1.0 0
C. Jefferson 96 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.5
C. Jefferson 1-1 1.5 0
K. Clark 54 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
K. Clark 0-1 0.5 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
E. Pineiro 15 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 4/4
SEASON FG XP
3/4 8/8
E. Pineiro 0/0 0 4/4 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Townsend 19 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 52.2 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
16 50.8 1
J. Townsend 5 52.2 1 61
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Massey 9 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 20.0 20 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 17.5 20 0
D. Massey 1 20.0 20 0
T. Cleveland 89 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 14.0 14 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 23.6 14 0
T. Cleveland 1 14.0 14 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
B. Powell 4 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 5.0 5 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 6.3 5 0
B. Powell 1 5.0 5 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
S. Johnson 15 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
68% 196 3 0 173.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.1% 765 5 1 149.7
S. Johnson 17/25 196 3 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
S. King 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 64 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
24 152 0
S. King 5 64 0 30
B. Snell Jr. 26 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 59 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
85 331 3
B. Snell Jr. 14 59 0 12
S. Johnson 15 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
28 134 2
S. Johnson 10 2 0 12
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
G. Johnson 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 56 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 161 1
G. Johnson 4 56 1 27
C. Conrad 87 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 34 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 195 3
C. Conrad 2 34 1 23
C. Walker 88 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 28 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 100 0
C. Walker 4 28 0 14
S. King 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 24 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 55 0
S. King 1 24 0 24
B. Snell Jr. 26 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 22 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 40 0
B. Snell Jr. 2 22 0 22
T. Richardson 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 21 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 65 0
T. Richardson 3 21 0 12
K. Ross 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 21 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 43 0
K. Ross 1 21 0 21
B. Bone 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 14 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 116 1
B. Bone 1 14 1 14
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Allen 41 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
J. Allen 1-0 1.0 0
D. West 25 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
D. West 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. MacGinnis 99 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/4 3/3
SEASON FG XP
8/11 11/11
A. MacGinnis 2/4 50 3/3 9
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Walker 88 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 29.0 52 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 21.5 52 0
C. Walker 3 29.0 52 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:29 FLA 11 2:32 4 20 Punt
5:02 FLA 14 2:13 6 39 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:18 FLA 42 0:00 4 58 TD
10:19 FLA 1 1:59 3 2 Punt
7:24 FLA 25 4:08 8 75 TD
0:16 FLA 30 0:00 1 6 End of Quarter
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 FLA 25 0:49 3 3 Punt
12:11 FLA 25 1:17 3 -1 Punt
5:54 FLA 25 1:26 4 22 INT
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
2:12 FLA 20 1:51 10 34 Downs
11:27 FLA 20 3:29 7 80 TD
6:31 FLA 42 5:48 15 58 TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 UK 35 2:24 6 24 Punt
9:45 UK 25 4:39 11 75 TD
2:40 UK 6 2:10 4 -1 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:16 UK 25 3:49 7 35 Punt
8:03 FLA 10 0:39 2 10 TD
3:16 UK 25 2:54 7 52 FG Miss
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:59 UK 38 1:48 4 62 TD
10:45 UK 35 4:46 9 41 FG
4:18 UK 46 1:58 3 1 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:25 FLA 48 1:46 4 16 FG
7:58 UK 25 1:18 3 -5 Punt
0:43 UK 25 0:40 9 36 Game