Team Records and Series Information

  • Kentucky is 5-0 overall, 3-0 in the Southeastern Conference. Florida is 3-2, 1-2 in the SEC.
  • Florida leads the series, 53-19.
    • Kentucky defeated Florida in Lexington for the first time since 1986. UF had won the last 16 meetings in Lexington.
    • 13 points is the fewest allowed by UK vs. Florida since the 10-3 win in 1986.
  • Next for Kentucky: on Saturday, Oct. 9, UK has its Homecoming game against LSU.  Game time is 7:30 p.m. and it will be televised on the SEC Network.

What the Win Means for Kentucky

  • Kentucky is 5-0 for the fourth time in the last 70 years (also 1984, 2007, 2018) and the 13th time in school history.
  • Kentucky is 3-0 in the SEC for the fifth time in school history (also 1949, 1950, 1977, 2018).
  • Dating back to last season, Kentucky has won its last seven games.  It is the fifth-longest win streak in school history.
  • Longest win streaks in Kentucky history:
    • 12 in a row in 1909-10
    • 10 in a row in 1950
    • 9 in a row in 1977
    • 9 in a row in 1898-99
    • 7 in a row in 2020-21
  • It is Kentucky’s first win over an Associated Press top-10 team since a 31-28 win over South Carolina in 2010.
    • It is UK ‘s 14th all-time win vs. an AP Poll top-10 opponent, fifth time at Kroger Field/Commonwealth Stadium.
    • Second win over a top-10 ranked Florida team, also 1974 when the Gators were No. 9.
  • Since 2016, UK is 19-7 in games decided by seven points or less. UK has won its last six in a row in this category, including the last four games this season.
    • This is the first time in school history that UK has played and won four straight games by seven points or less.
  • Kentucky has won six in a row at home, longest since the 2006-07 teams won eight in a row at home.
  • UK is 12-2 in its last 14 home night games.

Coach Mark Stoops

  • This was Stoops’ 54th win as UK head coach.  Paul “Bear” Bryant holds the school record with 60 victories.
  • This was Stoops’ eighth win over an opponent ranked in the Associated Press poll, one away from tying Bryant and Fran Curci for most AP poll wins.
  • Stoops becomes the first Wildcat coach since Curci to win at Tennessee and Florida.
  • Stoops is now 54-50 at Kentucky.  After two games of the 2016 season, his record was 12-26 but has gone 42-24 (.636) since.
  • Stoops extended his school records for most home wins (39), total SEC wins (27) and total games coached at UK (104).
  • Coach Stoops is in his ninth season as head coach of the Wildcats, tying Fran Curci (1973-81) for most seasons as head coach at UK. 

Team Notes

  • UK ran 47 offensive plays Saturday night, the fewest plays in a win since running only 42 plays in the 2019 victory over Louisville.
  • UK had 224 total offensive yards, the fewest yards in a win since 157 vs. Mississippi State in 2020.
    • It is UK’s fewest total offensive yards in a win over an AP ranked opponent since the Wildcats had 210 yards in 1976 vs. No. 16 LSU.
  • UK had 23:42 in time of possession, the least time of possession since the 2017 win over Tennessee, when the Wildcats held the ball only 21:35.
  • UK made 1 of 9 on third-down conversions.  The last time UK won with a worst conversion percentage was 2014 vs. ULM when the Wildcats converted only 1 of 12 on third downs.

Player Notes

  • Junior quarterback Will Levis completed 7 of 17 passes for 87 yards and one touchdown.
    • He had six rushes for a net 21 yards.
    • With starting lineups available since 1993, he is the second quarterback since that time to win his first five starts – also Terry Wilson (2018).
  • Junior running back Chris Rodriguez Jr. rushed 19 times for 99 yards and one touchdown.
    • He had a nine-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, his fourth rushing TD of the season and 21st of his career.
    • It is the most rushing yards for a Wildcat vs. Florida in Lexington since Moe Williams in 1993 (109 yards).
    • He has 1,982 career rushing yards, moving past former teammate A.J. Rose for 10th place in  school history.
  • Junior running back Kavosiey Smoke rushed four times for 17 yards.
    • He has 1,049 career rushing yards, moving past Dicky Lyons Sr. and Roger Gann for 36th place in school history.
  • Junior wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson led the receivers with four catches for 65 yards and a touchdown.
    • In the first quarter, he caught a wide receiver screen, and with the help of a springing block by Kavosiey Smoke, weaved his way through traffic for a 41-yard touchdown.
  • Senior linebacker DeAndre Square had a career-high 13 tackles, the second double-figure tackle game of his career.
  • Senior linebacker Jacquez Jones made nine tackles, including one for loss, a quarterback hurry, and the game-saving pass breakup on Florida’s final play.
  • Senior safety Tyrell Ajian tied his career high for tackles with eight, also earlier this season vs. Missouri.
  • Sophomore linebacker J.J. Weaver made his first career interception in the fourth quarter and returned it 20 yards.
    • He also had two tackles, including a shared tackle for loss, and a quarterback hurry.
    • He has had a tackle for loss in each of the first five games.
  • Senior defensive end Josh Paschal blocked a 48-yard field goal attempt in the third quarter.  Freshman Trevin Wallace caught the ball and returned it 74 yards for a touchdown to put UK ahead 13-10.
    • It was Kentucky’s first blocked field goal returned for a touchdown since David Jones had a 57-yard blocked field goal return against Vanderbilt in 2008.
    • It is Paschal’s third blocked kick of his career, also a blocked punt vs. Eastern Michigan in 2017 and blocked punt vs. Tennessee in 2019.
    • It is Wallace’s first collegiate score.
  • Paschal also totaled seven tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss.
  • Senior punter Colin Goodfellow punted six times for a 42.5-yard average, including three inside the 20-yard line.
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