The Kentucky Wildcats defeated the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders with a final score of 34-23 on Senior Day. While the Blue Raiders certainly came to play, the Wildcats were ultimately too much and put up the most points they have seen since September 15th when Murray State came to town.
Although the defense struggled for the second week in a row, this seemed to be a step in the right direction for the offense. They picked up chunks of yards on the ground and through the air, and saw production from several guys throughout the game. The Wildcats offense will take some confidence into next week’s season finale at Louisville.
The seniors played so well on Senior Day, especially on the defensive side of the ball, that I think we need more than one MVP for today’s game.
Mike Edwards really stood out, especially in the first half of the game. Edwards led the game off with a pick-6, the first touchdown of his career. He forced a fumble on the next drive that also led to a Kentucky touchdown.
Edwards also recorded 12 tackles, seven of which were solo and two were behind the line of scrimmage. After a rough outing in Knoxville last week, he certainly came to play today.
Josh Allen led the team with a career high 15 tackles today, including two sacks that made him the all-time leader in Kentucky football history and breaking the record for most sacks in a single season with 13. His sack came on a 4th and 1 in Kentucky territory on a drive where Middle Tennessee could have tied the game, and his second came on the Blue Raiders’ final drive in the red zone in the final minute.
These seniors will be greatly missed, and they made sure their farewell game in Kroger Field was one to remember.