The Kentucky Wildcats rose to the occasion in a gritty first half in the Swamp. Freshman kicker Austin MacGinnis drilled a 35-yard field goal as time expired in the half, and the Wildcats and Gators are tied 3-3 at the break.

Florida out-gained Kentucky by 73 yards in the first half, and UK converted just 1-of-7 third downs in the half, but a Jeff Driskel interception deep in enemy territory took at least three points off the board in a tight game. Kentucky’s Nate Willis was the man to register the interception.

Driskel was just 7-of-20 passing for 116 yards in the half, while Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles completed 9-of-16 for 119 yards. Florida had most of its success on offense when running the ball, amassing 116 yards on 22 carries. Kentucky, meanwhile, managed just 42 yards on the ground on 15 carries.

Florida’s Kelvin Taylor and Matt Jones combined to carry the ball 20 times for 116 yards in an otherwise uneventful, defensive struggle. Towles led Kentucky in rushing with four carries for 23 yards, and senior wideout Demarco Robinson led the Cats in receiving with three catches for 43 yards.

Kentucky will receive the opening kickoff of the second half in Gainesville.