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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Southern Miss in the Rear-view Edition

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Time to move on from Southern Miss, but not without a last quick look.

NCAA Football: Southern Mississippi at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, and welcome to the Tuesday Morning Quickes. Today, I’d like to add my two cents worth on the Kentucky football performance in the season opener against Southern Mississippi. I’ll condense it down to a few bullet points:

The Good
  • It was a win, on the road, in the first game of the season.
  • Go back, think about the last six or seven years, and re-read the statement just above.
  • Special teams was very special indeed. They kept SM backed up all day with great punts, had a long kickoff return that led to a touchdown.
  • The defensive line turned in their best performance against the run in years, and produced two turnovers and a touchdown.
  • I never felt like Kentucky was in danger of losing the game, even when the momentum shifted in the third quarter.
  • Kentucky overcame some very questionable officiating — most notably a clear fumble that wasn’t reviewed and a 4th down measurement that was clearly short getting called a first down.
The Bad
  • Fumble near the goal line by Snell cost UK a touchdown, and momentum.
  • The defensive secondary was extremely raw for such an experienced unit, leading to several big plays for SM in the passing game.
  • The offensive line struggled in run blocking, and didn’t protect the passer all that well.
  • Bizarre, single-minded offensive playcalling.
  • Poor route-running by the receivers.
  • Stephen Johnson’s low release led to several incomplete passes in the middle game.
  • The offense lacked passion, and execution was downright indifferent.

That’s how I saw it, anyway.

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