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On This Day in 2018: Kentucky Snaps the Streak vs. Florida

It has been two years since the Kentucky Wildcats marched into Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and defeated Florida, the program’s first win over the Gators since 1986.

In just his second game as Kentucky’s starting quarterback, Terry Wilson tore up the school he spurned on the recruiting trail by completing 11-of-16 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns, including a 54-yard bomb to Lynn Bowden on third and long. He also rushed for a 31-yard score to finish with 105 yards on the ground.

In his quest to become Kentucky’s all-time leading rusher, Benny Snell rushed for 175 yards behind a powerful offensive line. Bunchy Stallings’ first team All-American campaign began with one pancake on third and one that sprung Snell for a crucial first down.

The Wildcats’ defense surrendered 360 yards, but they made big plays when they needed it most. Darius West picked off a pass, while Josh Allen covered almost the entire end zone to bat down a two-point conversation attempt. College Football’s National Defensive Player of the Year ended the game by stripping Feleipe Franks, leading to one final touchdown.

Relive all of the big moments accompanied by the call from Tom Leach before going inside the postgame locker room with KyWildcatsTV. If you prefer reading through the delightfully traumatic experience, this tells the game’s story through my anxious eyes.

The victory over Florida was the first time Kentucky fans ever gathered at KSBar and Grille to watch a football game. Ryan Lemond’s shirtless champagne-popping celebration from on top of the bar may or may not have violated a health code or two.

If those videos didn’t hit you right in the feels, listen to Jared Lorenzen’s emotional call into the KSR Postgame Show after a fired up Mark Stoops joins the program.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

1 Comment for On This Day in 2018: Kentucky Snaps the Streak vs. Florida

  1. cats646
    1:59 pm September 8, 2020 Permalink

    4 absolute studs in that picture right there. Lol