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Matt Baker’s takeaways from Florida-Kentucky

Psst, Kentucky: You might want to try defending the Gators’ receivers.
Florida quarterback Kyle Trask (11) flips the ball in the air after running in for a touchdown during the second half.
Florida quarterback Kyle Trask (11) flips the ball in the air after running in for a touchdown during the second half. [ TIMOTHY D. EASLEY | AP ]
Published Sep. 15, 2019

The Wildcats lost to Florida here two years ago because they left a UF receiver unguarded twice, including Freddie Swain (who caught the game winner). That makes it even more mind-numbing for Kentucky to leave Swain unguarded again in the first quarter for the Gators’ first touchdown.

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UF’s offensive line looked like a unit that had to replace four of its five starters from last year. In the first half, the Gators had more rushes for negative yards (three) than rushes that gained more than four (two), and the Gators allowed too much pressure at times.

This will get overshadowed by the comeback and Feleipe Franks’ injury, but Shawn Davis was an unsung hero. The safety recorded a pair of interceptions, including one in the fourth quarter that set up Kyle Trask’s go-ahead touchdown.

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