KENTUCKY POSTGAME NOTES
No. 20 Florida at Kentucky
Kroger Field, Lexington, Ky.
Sept. 23, 2017
FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 27, Florida 28
Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky is 3-1, 1-1 in the Southeastern Conference. Florida is 2-1, 2-0 in the SEC.
Florida leads the series 51-17, including 21-10 in games played in Lexington. The Gators have won 31 consecutive meetings dating back to 1986.
Tonight’s attendance at Kroger Field was 62,965, which is the fourth largest crowd in Kroger Field history since the renovation in 2015.
Kentucky will return to action Sat. Sept. 30 with a non-conference contest against Eastern Michigan at 4 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on the SEC Network. It also will be carried live on the UK Sports Radio Network.
Tonight was the third time in the last 31 years that Kentucky has held a lead against Florida after the third quarter. The other two games were 1993 and 2003.
Tonight’s loss was just the second for UK under Mark Stoops when leading after three quarters. UK is now 18-2 in those games.
Kentucky’s 27 points were the most scored in regulation against Florida since Oct. 20, 2007. The Wildcats scored 37 points in that game.
This was the first time Kentucky has allowed 28 points or less in each of its first four games of the season since 2008.
Kentucky is 10-4 in its last 14 regular-season games, which is its best record in a 14-game regular-season span since Oct. 7, 2006 to Oct. 13, 2007 when the Cats were also 10-4.
UK’s game captains were OG Nick Haynes, QB Stephen Johnson, LB Courtney Love and S Mike Edwards.
Stephen Johnson finished the game 17-for-25 for 196 yards and three touchdowns.
His three touchdown passes tied a career high, which he has set twice in his career. The last time he accomplished the feat was Nov. 26, 2016 against Louisville.
Johnson’s three TD passes were the most for a UK quarterback against Florida since Andre’ Woodson on Oct. 20, 2007 when he had five TDs.
Benny Snell rushed 14 times for 59 yards.
Snell leads Kentucky in rushing this season with 85 carries for 331 yards and three touchdowns.
Snell now has 1,422 career rushing yards, moving to 22nd all-time in career rushing yards at UK.
Garrett Johnson caught four passes for 56 yards and a touchdown in the game.
With his nine-yard TD catch in the first half, Johnson moved to sixth all-time in career receiving yards at Kentucky passing Randall Cobb and La’Rod King with 1,711 yards.
Johnson now has 10 career touchdown catches.
C.J. Conrad caught two passes for 34 yards and a touchdown in the game, marking his eighth career touchdown pass and third of the season.
Conrad leads Kentucky in receiving this season with nine catches for 195 yards.
Mike Edwards led Kentucky with 11 tackles, adding a pass breakup.
Edwards is third on the team with 24 tackles this season.
Austin MacGinnis hit two field goals in the game, breaking the school record for made field goals in a career with 58. The previous record was 57 by Joey Worley.
Blake Bone caught a 14-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, which was his fourth career touchdown reception and his first since 2015.
Darius West made his first career interception in the third quarter and returned it 21 yards.
For the game, West had eight tackles.