Both the Kentucky and Florida football teams are coming off of Week 1 victories.
While the Cats made sure to take on Miami (Ohio) as expected, the then-unranked Gators upset defending Pac-12 champion Utah in Gainesville. Heading into Week 2, UK is ranked No. 20 and UF is No. 19, according to the USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll.
The victory was nice, but it came at a cost. Running back Ramon Jefferson tore the ACL in one of his knees and is out for the season.
Jefferson’s absence will be a loss, however, as linebacker Jordan Wright will return for UK after being unavailable in the season opener. Coach Mark Stoops did not refer to Wright’s Week 1 absence as a suspension, though he said he expected some UK players to face multi-game suspensions entering the season.
The Courier Journal writer Brett Dawson (@BDawsonWrites) will have full in-game and post-game coverage. In the meantime, you can follow all the in-game developments here.
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Florida leads Kentucky at halftime, 16-13
Will Levis had 155 yards through the air (10 for 15). Dane Key recorded three catches for 83 yards and a touchdown.
The Wildcats will take the ball to start the half.
Kentucky cashes in on turnover, scores on Will Levis touchdown – 1:25, Q2
Will Lewis punched in a 1-yard run, but a bad snap cost Kentucky a chance at the extra point.
Florida 16, Kentucky 13
Jordan Wright intercepts Anthony Richardson to give Kentucky first field goal – 2:47, Q2
Outside linebacker Jordan Wright made a spectacular leap at the 23-yard line and ran it back to the Florida 6-yard line. This is Wright’s first game of the season since he was unavailable against Miami (Ohio).
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Ball snapped over Kentucky punter’s head and into end zone for safety – 4:12, Q2
Things just aren’t going Kentucky’s way right now. On fourth down, long snapper Cade Lagraw lifted the ball over the head of punter Collin Goodfellow. Goodfellow kicked it out of the end zone to avoid further damage.
Florida 16, Kentucky 7
Florida takes the lead on a walk by Trevor Etienne
Trevor Etienne, the brother of Jacksonville Jaguars running back Travis Etienne, scored on an 11-yard run. The Gators went for two and converted after Etienne caught a pass from Anthony Richardson.
Florida 14, Kentucky 7
Kentucky turns the ball over – 9:05, Q2
Florida closes with a long-range goal – 10:01, Q2
Florida quarterback Adam Michalek hit a 50-yard field goal to pull the Gators within a point.
Kentucky 7, Florida 6
Will Levis throws a touchdown to Dane Key, Kentucky takes lead – 11:36, Q2
Will Lewis came up with a 55-yard bomb to Dane Key. The play was reviewed, but the touchdown call was ultimately upheld.
Levis has now completed 9 of 10 attempts for 143 yards.
Kentucky 7, Florida 3
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Kentucky defensive back Jaylen Geiger injured on blind block – 13:24, Q2
Jalen Geiger, a junior, had to be carted off the field after being hit by Florida wide receiver Justin Shorter.
Shorter was flagged for an illegal blindside block, a personal foul, on the play.
End of first quarter: Florida 3, Kentucky 0
Will Levis is back and has thrown for 76 yards (7 for 8). Jordan Dingle has two catches for 29 yards.
Kentucky backup quarterback Deuce Hogan steps in briefly for Will Levis
Deuce Hogan took a snap on 3rd and 17 after Will Levis’ helmet was removed on the previous play. Hogan handed off to Kavosiey Smoke, who ran for no gain.
Florida strikes first against Kentucky with a field goal – 10:03, Q1
Adam Michalek puts Florida on the board with a 39-yard field goal. Anthony Richardson has completed 2 of 6 passes for 40 yards for the Gators so far.
Florida 3, Kentucky 0
UK running back Chris Rodriguez out
According to Kentucky’s depth chart against the Florida Gators, Chris Rodriguez is not listed. Senior Kavosiey Smoke and redshirt freshman La’Vell Wright will serve as the Cats’ backs.
How to watch Kentucky vs. Florida football on TV, live stream, and radio broadcast information
Game Time: 7pm, Saturday 10th September
Location: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (Gainesville, FL)
TV channel: ESPN
Online Live Stream: ESPN watch
Earthy radio broadcast: 840-AM in Louisville. 630-AM, 98.1-FM in Lexington
Online radio show: UKAthletics.com
Satellite radio broadcast: Series 135/190; 951 in the SXM application
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Kentucky vs Florida football betting odds
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Miami (Ohio) started Barion Brown to open the second half of the Wildcats’ season opener, and he made the Redhawks pay, returning it 100 yards for a touchdown that helped break open a close game and push the No. UK’s 20 in a 37-13 win.
Read more about Brown here.
This article originally appeared in the Louisville Courier Journal: Kentucky football vs Florida: Live updates, scores, video highlights