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Kentucky's only points came on a touchdown run by kicker Joe Mansour on a fake field goal.

Saturday September 28, 2013Surprise! Gators Get Hookwinked on Fake Field Goal

Kentucky's only points came on a touchdown run by kicker Joe Mansour on a fake field goal.

Chris Harry
By Chris Harry
GatorZone.com Senior Writer

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The Florida defense had done its part, thwarting a promising first drive by Kentucky and forcing a long field-goal attempt on fourth-and-9.

As is often the situational case, the UF defense stayed on the field for the kick.

Then ... Wham!

“They just caught us in something,” junior defensive back Cody Riggs said Saturday night, shrugging off the Wildcats’ lone highlight in a 24-7 victory for the Gators. “Give them credit.”

Kelly Mason’s snap went to holder Jared Leet. That much looked normal.

But then placekicker Joe Mansour took off to his right and Leet flipped him the ball.

Meanwhile, a wingback positioned off the right side of the line took off diagonally across the Gators' secondary, dragging safety Jaylen Watkins away from the action and opening what looked like an area code of green grass -- practically a third of the field -- up the right sideline.

Apparently, both of Mansour’s feet work very well; not just the one that kicks. He looked awfully fast racing untouched for a 25-yard touchdown that temporarily tied the game at 7-7, sent the home crowd into an early tizzy and sent UF’s coaches scurrying for their clipboards.

“We have to clean up things with our field-goal block team, as far as responsibilities,” Coach Will Muschamp said. “We need to have someone on the edge to make sure that doesn’t happen to us.”

It was an excellent call by UK coach Mark Stoops, whose staff had a week off and probably recognized a vulnerability in Florida's kick-blocking scheme.

Sometimes that’s how it works.

“We adjusted to it,” Riggs said. “It won’t happen again, I guarantee you that.”

Junior cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy shrugged it off, too.

It’s easier to shrug, after all, following a victory.

“Yeah, it was wide open, so we couldn’t do a whole lot about it,” Purifoy said. “But they weren’t going to beat us all night with a bunch of trick plays.”

 

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