Florida vs. Kentucky: Former Gators go off on Twitter as Wildcats end losing streak with top-10 upset

By Adam Silverstein
October 2, 2021
Florida vs. Kentucky: Former Gators go off on Twitter as Wildcats end losing streak with top-10 upset

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In one of the worst losses suffered by the Florida Gators in years, Saturday night quickly turned from a feel-good road trip into a disastrous romp as No. 10 Florida was upset 20-13 by the Kentucky Wildcats at Kroger Field in Lexington, Kentucky. With the defeat, the Gators have taken a massive hit to their College Football Playoff resume and now must hope for at least two losses by No. 2 Georgia — one to Florida itself — if they have any chance to represent the division in the SEC Championship Game.

In falling to the Wildcats for the second time in four seasons, Dan Mullen becomes the first Gators head coach to drop two games to the SEC East rivals in his entire career at the program since Doug Dickey in 1977-78. He is now 3-3 against Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops in their last six meetings, including Mullen’s time at Mississippi State.

Kentucky ended a 16-game home losing streak to Florida that dated back to 1986 as it picked up just its second win in the series since that year (2-33).

Florida lost for the first time under Mullen when allowing 20 points or fewer (22-1). It is now 24-2 when outrushing their opponents (the other loss came to Alabama two weeks ago), 23-4 when scoring first and 26-3 when leading at halftime. The Gators are also now 6-6 in games decided by 10 points or less and 24-4 against unranked teams.

It should come as no surprise, then, that Gator Nation reacted poorly to the stunning defeat at the hands of a team Florida believes it should have defeated. A staggering 15 penalties for 115 yards — including three personal fouls and eight false starts, many of them on third or fourth down — continuously gave Kentucky extra life.

Here’s how a number of former Gators reacted on Twitter to Saturday night’s loss, which drops Florida to 3-2 on the season.

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