Was it a clean hit? Florida’s Justus Boone sacks Kentucky’s Will Levis

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All eyes were on the quarterbacks coming into Florida’s matchup with the Kentucky Wildcats, but it’s the defense that’s turning heads early.

Gervon Dexter Sr. kicked things off with the first Gators sack of the season during the Wildcats’ first drive, but it’s defensive end Justus Boone’s leveling hit on UK quarterback Will Levis that has people talking. The Swamp immediately erupted after Levis went down, but a flag for targeting quickly changed the mood in Gainesville.

After a fairly short review of the play, the referees overturned the call and ruled there was no targeting or intent to go after Levis’s head from Boone. That meant that the sack and seven-yard loss held up as well, making it easy for the Gators to force a punt.

Here is a look at the big hit itself and the social media reaction to Boone’s first sack of the season.

On3's Zach Abolverdi got a great shot from the sidelines of the big hit

Once the targeting call was reversed, UF fans could celebrate

College football twitter quickly caught on

The banana talk came out fast...

It was a pretty eventful quarter for the Gators defense

And it things aren't slowing down...

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