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Florida vs. Kentucky, Game Thread, second half: Wheels Grier?

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Florida leads Kentucky 14-3 at the half. Can they hold on for their 29th straight win over the Wildcats?

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Florida goes into halftime in Lexington leading Kentucky 14-3, thanks to an interception return by Vernon Hargreaves to set up Will Grier's fourth-down TD run in the first quarter and a solid drive to close the half featuring a Kelvin Taylor touchdown.

Grier started at quarterback for the Gators and went 8-for-12 for 94 yards, with 36 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown, which was enough for him to take every snap for the Gators in the first half. Florida's offense so far has featured a lot of Grier, in fact — he leads the team in rushing yards — but has been hampered by an inconsistent offensive line and a blocked Austin Hardin field goal. Some key catches by Jake McGee and fourth-down conversions have kept scoring drives for the Gators alive.

Florida's defense, featuring Keanu Neal and Vernon Hargreaves playing together for the first time this year, has done its job and allowed only 87 yards of offense and one field goal, stiffening after appearing shaky early on. The Gators' defensive line has been getting solid push into Kentucky's backfield, and Patrick Towles has been sacked three times.

If Florida eliminates penalties and finds consistency on offense, it's a good bet that the Gators will leave Lexington with their 29th consecutive win in the series.