UK VS. FLORIDA | Wildcats trail 14-3 after sloppy first half

09/19/2015 07:43 PM

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LEXINGTON — Mistakes and missed opportunities have plagued Kentucky as the Wildcats trail the Florida Gators 14-3 at halftime at Commonwealth Stadium.

UK managed only 100 yards of offense in the first half with a huge turnover stopping a chance to take an early lead.

After forcing a three-and-out on the Gators first offensive series, wide receiver Dorian Baker dropped what would have been a 42-yard touchdown pass from Patrick Towles in the endzone before another pass went through Baker’s hands two plays later, resulting in a Florida interception and return down to the Kentucky 10-yard line.

Towels himself made the tackle on the interception return to prevent a pick-six, but freshman Florida quarterback Will Grier converted and 4th-and-goal scramble from the 1-yard line a few plays later to take an early 7-0 lead.

Towles finished the half 3-7 for 43 yards and the one interception.

Sophomore kicker Austin MacGinnis converted a 29-yard field goal with 2:09 left in the first quarter to pull Kentucky within 7-3, but Florida running back Kelvin Taylor capped a 10-play, 57-yard drive with a three-yard touchdown just 0:14 before halftime to give the Gators its 14-3 lead.

It could have been worse for the Wildcats, but senior defensive tackle C.J. Johnson blocked a 34-yard Florida field goal attempt with 5:42 left in the second quarter to keep three more points off the scoreboard.

Sophomore runningback Stanley “Boom” Williams was one of the few bright spots for the Wildcats, rushing eight times for a team-high 57 yards.

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