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Defense deeply offensive, but Cats win anyway

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In what has seemingly become a Kentucky football staple, the offense tallied more than enough points to win the game -- 45 to be precise -- and the Cats barely held on, 45-36, over Central Michigan.

Calls for the immediate dismissal of Defensive Coordinator Mike Archer certainly won't get any less loud, and rightfully so.

Joker Phillips and the offensive coaches have put together a team that can hang with most non-top 20 teams and even beat some of them. But the defense has gone backwards, and is an absolute embarassment.

Not to be lost, however, is that the Cats won, moving their record to 3-2 on the year. Now with three wins (Mississippi State is winless, Vanderbilt is beatable and Louisiana-Monroe is a must-win), the Cats can taste postseason football for the first time in Rich Brooks' tenure at UK.

Those games are not winnable, however, if the defense does not improve immeasurably.

An ESPN2 game with South Carolina looms, and they will obliterate the Cats if things don't change in a hurry.

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