First things first: Congratulations to the Louisville Cardinals on their third straight victory against the Kentucky Wildcats. They were clearly the better team on this occasion, but I like our chances of turning the fortunes of this series around next season. But for this season, kudos to the Cards for a well-earned victory.
Kentucky turned the ball over and dropped passes. I think we all know that's where things went wrong. It didn't help that Maxwell Smith got hurt, but he was always likely to get hurt due to a shoulder that never will properly heal. He played reasonably well, but I thought he threw the ball waywardly too many times.
Jalen Whitlow played a strong game in relief, doing mostly good things, along with a few bad ones, like dropping my damn football. Still, he was a net positive even with two fumbles, one of which UK lost, and surrendered 3 points on.
Jojo Kemp was awesome. He needs more carries.
Special teams was outstanding today, very similar to WKU. Bradley Dale Paveto, you da man.
The defense got tired, but they played well in the first half. Credit Louisville for adjusting, and Louisville's defense for holding Kentucky to very few first downs.
Javess Blue had a good game both returning and catching the football. The negatives were like 3 dropped balls.
Ryan Timmons continues to get better.
Loved the D-line play in the first half, but they really struggled with Rumph out of the game.
Overall, we lost a game we were supposed to lose. I think maybe we are a bit better than most people think, and I think Louisville is a bit worse, I'm going to say that they don't deserve a top ten ranking but do deserve top 15. But they are 3-0, so there's that.
Let's hear your take on the game. We'll have a full postmortem later. For stats guys, here's the box score.