Anthony Richardson on struggles vs. Kentucky: 'I feel like I let everybody down'
Anthony Richardson and the No. 12 Florida Gators looked like a far cry from their Week 1 selves in a 26-16 home loss to No. 20 Kentucky on Saturday night.
The star quarterback, who was getting lots of Heisman Trophy buzz after Week 1’s win over Utah, looked off all night long, struggling to make plays when his team needed him.
Richardson completed only 14 of his 35 pass attempts for 143 yards, 0 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. He ran 6 times for only 4 yards.
After the game, Richardson said he felt like his play was a disappointment (via 247Sports):
“I feel like I let everybody down,” he said. “I turned the ball over twice, three times, I fumbled the ball once. So, tough loss, I’ve got to play better for the team and the university.”
He said he was trying to take what the Kentucky defense gave him, which wasn’t much:
“Pretty much just took what the defense gave me, you know, tried not to force it too much,” Richardson said. “I’m a quarterback so I told myself I was going to try to pass the ball more. So, I guess that probably affected my game a little bit. Just got to do better when the time comes.”
Richardson added that he needs to be a better leader moving forward:
“We lost, and I feel like it’s completely on me,” Richardson said. “A lot of people say it’s not, but I feel like it’s on me. I played terrible. I didn’t do anything that would’ve helped my team. I tried to lead, but I didn’t feel like I did that real well tonight. I take full responsibility for the loss.”
Florida hosts USF next Saturday with a chance to get right. We’ll see if Richardson can shake off this week’s bad start and get back on track and back to his Week 1 form.