|Date of game: 9/13/2014
Recap: Florida vs. Kentucky
Gainesville, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Jones scored on a one-yard touchdown run in triple-overtime to lift the Florida Gators to a 36-30 win over the Kentucky Wildcats in a SEC thriller at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
Jeff Driskel threw for 295 yards and three touchdowns on 25-of-43 passing for Florida (2-0, 1-0 SEC), although he was also intercepted once. Jones rushed for 156 yards and the winning score on 29 carries and Demarcus Robinson picked up 216 yards and two touchdowns on 15 catches.
Patrick Towles threw for 369 yards on 24-of-45 passing for Kentucky (2-1, 0-1), but he his three touchdown passes were marred by three interceptions. Garrett Johnson was the top target for the Wildcats, finishing with 154 yards and two scores on six receptions.
Florida put up the first points of the game on a 35-yard field goal from Francisco Velez midway through the second quarter.
Kentucky evened the score with a 35-yard field goal from Austin MacGinnis at the end of the first half.
The Gators inched ahead with a 22-yard field goal from Velez with 7:32 left in the third period.
A 60-yard touchdown pass from Towles to Johnson two minutes later gave Kentucky a 10-6 lead.
The teams then traded touchdown passes, with Driskel hitting Tevin Westbrook from 10 yards out and Towles hooking up with Johnson for a 33-yard score.
Florida entered the fourth quarter with the lead, however, as Driskel threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to Robinson before the third period ended.
With under four minutes left in regulation the Wildcats pulled even on a 51- yard field goal from MacGinnis.
The Gators had a chance to win in the final seconds of regulation, but Austin Hardin missed a 52-yard field goal as time expired, sending the game to overtime.
On the first play of overtime Towles threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Stanley Boom Williams.
Florida faced a 4th-and-seven on its first possession, but Driskel managed to find Robinson for a nine-yard touchdown pass to extend the contest.
The Gators got the ball first in the second overtime and settled for a 20-yard field goal from Velez.
MacGinnis then kicked a 26-yard field goal to keep the Wildcats alive, but he missed a 41-yard attempt to begin the third overtime. That opened the door for Florida, which won on Jones' one-yard rushing score.
Florida has won 28-straight against Kentucky. The Gators had 237 yards on the ground compared to 81 for the Wildcats.Game Notes