Florida’s stingy defense then did the rest to make it stand. Quarterbacks Will Grier and Treon Harris have each started a game, playing well under center for Florida, and McElwain is expected to use both again.
Northwestern State (0-3), which plays at the Football Championship Subdivision level, had 257 total yards. I put it more on me than on them.
The Florida Gators leaned on their defense to hang on late and defeat the Kentucky Wildcats 14-9. South Florida (1-2) also had its share of miscues – including two turnovers, a dropped potential touchdown pass, a holding call that wiped out a touchdown run, and a personal foul penalty that erased a fourth-quarter first down when the score was 28-17. For 29 consecutive years now, the Gators have beaten the Wildcats to continue the longest active head-to-head winning streak in all of college football. Having several players back from injury certainly helped the Gators, with Hargreaves wasting no time making his presence felt after missing last week’s victory over East Carolina with a leg injury.
This one’s name is Will Grier.
United Kingdom quarterback Patrick Towles completed just eight for 24 passes with two interceptions and 126 yards against Florida Saturday. After kicker Austin Hardin missed two field goals against East Carolina last week, he had his only field goal opportunity blocked against Kentucky.
“I think one of the things you learn, you take something away that’s important to you”, McElwain said about the impact sitting a player can have. In all three games, amidst a lot of growing pain, I’ve seen signs of significant growth. In rushing, Kelvin Taylor had 55 yards and a touchdown in 16 carries while Jordan Cronkrite added 47 yards in nine runs. There’s still room for improvement as the Gators were penalized 10 times for 61 yards but those flags didn’t cause too much damage.
“(The win) just shows us that we don’t let adversity hit us and we keep fighting until the clock says zero, and we have to live with the results”.
Get ready for another Florida freshman quarterback: Just what Tennessee didn’t need.
Kentucky meanwhile must regroup from a performance of mostly what-ifs that spoiled hopes of beating Florida for the first time since 1986.
Considered the heir apparent to 2015 NFL Draft first-round pick Bud Dupree, Hatcher will make his season debut against Florida after serving a two-game suspension for an undisclosed violation of team rules.
“I was pleased with the overall effort”, Stoops said. We’ll learn from it. That’s why we play the game.
“We talked about it all week”. We were far from that defensively, but I thought our guys played really hard. Give [Kentucky] credit for that because they had some explosive runs.