Kentucky’s second possession in the second quarter was one of the ugliest you’ll ever see. After starting with a five yard rush from Jonathan George, Morgan Newton threw the two worst back-to-back passes in the history of football. The first one should’ve been a Kentucky touchdown. The second was a Florida touchdown. It went like this:
Trailing 10-0, Kentucky got its opportunity to cut it back down to a field goal when Daryl Collins broke open down the sideline. When I say he was open, I mean he was wide open. Billy Gillispie could’ve parallel parked three school buses in the space between Collins and the Florida defense. But, instead of hitting Collins in stride and watching him coast to the end zone, Morgan Newton sailed the ball well over Collins’ head. The redshirt freshman wide receiver never had a chance to make a play. The missed opportunity stung, but Kentucky was still in the game — until Newton’s next throw.
On the very next play, Newton stared down EJ Fields and threw the ball directly into the arms of Jaylen Watkins. Watkins plays for Florida, in case you didn’t catch that. He returned the routine interception 26 yards for a Gator touchdown. Instead of a 10-7 game and some confidence in UK’s offense, the Cats trailed 17-0 and threw in the towel.
Newton would go on to throw another interception to finish the second quarter with a -49.9 passer rating. Twitter exploded.
We are UK.