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Florida vs. Kentucky: Highlights from a scintillating first half

NCAA Football: Kentucky at Florida Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Florida is up, 24-0, on Kentucky at halftime. And the path to those points has been a fun one to run down for the Gators, with a pair of brilliant defensive plays, a connection on a beautiful deep ball from Luke Del Rio to Antonio Callaway, and a doinked field goal that squandered the Wildcats’ only chance at points.

Florida got on the board thanks to a fine piece of running from Mark Thompson.

The Gators got the ball back on a fantastic Quincy Wilson interception.

The next play from scrimmage? Del Rio launching a bomb to Callaway for six.

A great play by DeAndre Goolsby to make a catch on the sideline helped keep one drive moving...

...but Del Rio’s first pick as a Gator would end it.

Kentucky couldn’t take advantage, though, missing a field goal that doinked off the left upright.

Florida would score next on a 53-yard field goal by Eddy Piñeiro — who made up for a missed kick earlier in the half, his first as a Gator.

Kentucky threatened on its next drive after a penalty against CeCe Jefferson and a big play on a reverse. But Teez Tabor snuffed it out with magnificent interception that combined superb anticipation with superlative athleticism.

Florida would go on to score again, with Del Rio firing a pass to Brandon Powell to close a drive that managed to cover more than half of the field despite a deep ball from Del Rio to Powell being overturned on replay.

Add in a drive that ended in a Jordan Sherit sack — his second — on a Hail Mary attempt, and you have the path to halftime in this one.