Good morning, Big Blue Nation.
After an abysmal start to the first half, the Kentucky Wildcats finally turned it on and cruised past the Central Michigan Chippewas 35-20 at Kroger Field.
While there were plenty of good things, the defense and the running game, the quarterback play left a lot to be desired. Both Terry Wilson and Gunnar Hoak got to play but neither player was able to firmly lay claim to the position.
Wilson ended the day with 78 yards and three turnovers. Gunnar Hoak ended the day with 55 yards and one touchdown. While Hoak looked good on a series to end the first half by scoring a touchdown and putting Kentucky up 21-20, he looked bad on the ensuing two series of the second half.
The quarterback questions still remain unanswered heading into a showdown in Gainesville to face the Florida Gators. Now I think fans saw why the coaches had such a hard time naming a starter.
Tweets of the Day
Second effort by AJ Rose nets him his second touchdown of the game. pic.twitter.com/1bAQ1ECMeR— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) September 1, 2018
AJ Rose was a revelation yesterday. He looked every bit as good as Benny Snell.
Kentucky has one hell of duo with Benny Snell and AJ Rose.— Shawn Smith (@gbbcountry) September 1, 2018
Thunder and lightning is back!
Josh Allen gets held but still gets to the quarterback. pic.twitter.com/KRgmkZkobx— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) September 1, 2018
Kash Daniel was ready for a real game, "I hate hitting my teammates. I love hitting somebody else though, especially that guy." pic.twitter.com/TYFdSJVdEs— Curtis Burch (@curtisburch) September 2, 2018
Kash Daniel had 13 tackles yesterday and is living up to his 4 star billing.
Nick Saban: their receivers were supposed to be pretty good— Mark Blankenbaker (@UofLSheriff50) September 2, 2018
Saban said Alabama made mistakes that would hurt it “against a good team in a close game. ... So if I sound a little bit pissed, I am.”— Eric Crawford (@ericcrawford) September 2, 2018
The Louisville Cardinals, players and coaches alike, talked A LOT of junk heading into last night’s showdown with the Alabama Crimson Tide. Nick Saban made sure to kick them when they were already down. Can’t say they didn’t deserve it.
Run game saves UK’s offense in opener | Courier-Journal- With Snell and Rose Kentucky has found what their offense should key on for the rest of the season. If they O-Line can hold up and a QB can keep the defense honest the Cats should have two 1,000 yard rushers.
Cats start slow but finish strong | WDRB- Kentucky fell behind 17-7 due to turnovers and an extremely boneheaded targeting penalty by Chris Westry. Once they shook off the cobwebs they dominated both lines of scrimmage and pulled away.
UK’s revolving door at QB | Saturday’s Down South- The QB was the glaring problem for Kentucky yesterday and it looks like they are farther away from answers than we would all like. I, for one, am all for sticking with Terry Wilson until he figures it out. I think his talent and ceiling sets him apart.
Kentucky picks up hard earned win | Team Speed Kills- Christopher Novak put it best with this quote, “That wasn’t how things were supposed to happen. But the end result was at least the desired one.”
Josh Allen’s vision is becoming a reality | UK Athletics- The senior linebacker was unstoppable yesterday as he had 10 tackles, three tackles for loss, and a sack. He was a shining star and looked every bit the part of a first round draft pick.
UK volleyball takes down Kansas | UK Athletics- The volleyball team continues their winning ways as the take the Bluegrass Battle crown.
Florida lights up Charleston Southern | Alligator Army- The Gators looked like an old version of themselves as they stomped all over Charleston Southern. It’s hard to say how good Florida really is but at least they handled their opponent like they were supposed to.
Vernon Carey to decide in February | ASOB- The number one recruit in the 2019 class doesn’t want to drag things out and will make a decision after all of his visits. Kentucky has been trending for him lately. It would be nice to nab the top overall player once again.
No Fiesta for Louisville | WDRB- Cardinal fans tried to take a walk down memory lane by invoking their win vs. Alabama in the Fiesta Bowl in the nineties. But that Bama team wasn’t coached by Nick Saban and it didn’t have a Heisman favorite at QB. Welp.
Let’s take a look back at some of Louisville’s bold proclamations:
Louisville WR Dez Fitzpatrick: Every one of our WRs can beat every one of Alabama’s DBs https://t.co/vqB94u6RNe pic.twitter.com/xIzJ92eiAW— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) August 13, 2018
Bobby Petrino at UofL Luncheon ending his remarks on the Alabama game:— Jason Anderson (@J680Anderson) August 17, 2018
"I believe we're gonna go beat em. And we will go beat em"
ICYMI last night, Louisville’s offensive line says it will “dominate” Alabama’s defensive front:https://t.co/6tKkZYaX7i— Jake Lourim (@jakelourim) August 29, 2018
That was a hard “no”.
Vince Tyra mentions season opener against “Alabama, who we’re going to play and beat.”— Jake Lourim (@jakelourim) August 17, 2018
Vince Tyra trying to get that Tom Jurich mouth going and flopped.
If you are going to talk that much trash and then get embarrassed on national TV then you deserve to called out on it. Not sorry.
Notre Dame foils Michigan’s comeback | ESPN- The Fighting Irish beat the Wolverines 24-17. Jim Harbaugh is now 9-9 in his last 18 games.
College Football winners and losers | CBS- Tom Herman and Chip Kelly highlight the losers while Alabama and Notre Dame were the biggest winners of the day.