With many starters for Kentucky playing their last regular-season game under head coach Mark Stoops, the Wildcats routed the Louisville Cardinals 56-10.
For what was a perfect ending to a season that nearly no one saw coming, Kentucky’s aspirations for an even better bowl game become much more real. Specifically, four aspects from Saturday’s win should carry over to Kentucky’s postseason.
Though Louisville’s defense has given up an average of more than 60 points to top-25 teams, Kentucky’s offense lived up to the challenge with a 56-point outing.
Every player on the offense had a productive day, specifically quarterback Terry Wilson. Though Wilson did throw an interception, he had a highly efficient day by both running and throwing the football.
Absolute gorgeous throw by Terry Wilson to Josh Ali for the touchdown. pic.twitter.com/xkAmRETQ3v— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) November 25, 2018
As Kentucky celebrates their 2018 season and prepares for their bowl game, Wilson’s confidence should be as high as ever. Benny Snell, who played limited snaps due to the blowout, ran wild when given the rock. Wide receiver Lynn Bowden also had a day through the air, taking the top off of Louisville’s defense.
Kentucky’s offense had a “perfect game” to end their 2018 regular season.
Josh Allen had his career-moment on senior day, breaking both the program’s single-season sack record as well as the all-time record for sacks in a career. Leading up to Kentucky’s game with Louisville, there was noise surrounding the rushing stats of Benny Snell.
Benny. Snell. Junior.— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) November 25, 2018
Bouncing off tacklers and outrunning the rest. pic.twitter.com/g7s3iqbhLs
Going into the game, Snell needed just 207 yards on the ground to break the school’s all-time rushing record. With the blowout win, Snell’s presence on the field wasn’t a priority. However, Snell will still have Kentucky’s bowl game to record 107 yards to break the record.
Bowden Sounds Off
The sophomore wideout’s chemistry with Wilson has been consistent throughout the season. From his breakout game at Florida to a season-best six catches for 86 yards and two touchdowns against Louisville, the bar is set high for next season.
Terry Wilson spins a beautiful ball to Lynn Bowden for their second touchdown connection tonight. pic.twitter.com/iSuh56mlTC— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) November 25, 2018
With Wilson on the same track as Bowden, their connection will only grow throughout the off-season and into the fall of 2019. Though the Wildcats will lose the greatest running back in program history, retaining Bowden for at least one more season is a significant win.
After giving up nearly 400 yards and 23 points to Middle Tennessee, the Wildcats held the Cardinals in check by allowing just 10 points on Saturday. The senior-rich unit ended their regular season in style against their arch rival. With a talented team due up in their bowl matchup, another sound performance will be required if the team hopes to secure a double-digit win season.
Stay tuned for the release of Kentucky’s bowl game selection, which is anticipated to be the Citrus Bowl on New Years Day in a rematch against the Northwestern Wildcats.