“It was a special moment.”

Mark Stoops on John Schlarman getting the Florida game ball.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A couple of streaks ended Saturday night in the Swamp.

Kentucky got its first win over Florida since 1986; its first win in the Swamp since 1979 and one other big thing.

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UK rushed for 303 yards…becoming the first team to amass 300-plus on the ground against the Gators since Miami in 2002.

All possible thanks to the offensive line; which is why UK head man Mark Stoops handed the game ball to O-line coach John Schlarman, who continues to battle cancer while he coaches.

Hear from Stoops in the video.

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Alex Risen joined the ABC 36 News team in October of 2011 as ABC 36’s Weekend Sports Anchor/ Sports Reporter. Alex can also be seen Friday nights co-anchoring the Highschool Highlight Reel. Alex started out in the broadcast business while still in college at the University of Kentucky, heading up the school’s daily student news network as the Sports Director. He made his commercial televsion debut in May of 2011 while at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky as co-host of a weekly, half-hour high school sports program previewing area schools’ games on Friday nights and as a morning sports anchor. Alex has also spent time as an intern at ESPN in the Statistics and Analysis department, as a production assistant for NBC Sports horse racing and Sunday Night Football productions, and as an intern for WLKY in his hometown of Louisville, KY. Alex graduated from Saint Xavier High School in 2007 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2010 where he graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program. He’s excited to be covering his passion in his home state and make Central Kentucky his home for years to come. Alex can be reached at ARisen@wtvq.com