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Lynn Bowden provided enough both on the ground and in the air for the Cats to come out victorious on Jared Lorenzen Day.

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The Kentucky Wildcats beat the Arkansas Razorbacks Saturday night by a score of 24-20.

What a win, once again, with a wide receiver playing quarterback. That’s unheard of in the SEC.

Next up, the Cats will face an angry Georgia Bulldogs coming off a loss at home to the South Carolina Gamecocks.

Jared Lorenzen Tribute

The tribute to the hefty lefty was beautiful. The Cats has something to play for while the entire Lorenzen family was on the field.

Terry Wilson gave an awesome pregame speech in remembrance of Lorenzen. The team then announced that Lynn Bowden would start at QB and the crowd erupted.

There are some things that are bigger than football, and the Jared Lorenzen story surely is one of them, especially against the Hogs.

Kentucky also did a cool thing where they asked the crowd to make noise for 22 seconds.

In the words of the Pillsbury Throwboy, “Y’all gonna miss one hell of game.”

Slow start, but a solid recovery

The Cats got off to another slow start, but this time, they didn’t fold. Kentucky’s defense gave up a 74-yard touchdown run to Last Chance U star Rakeem Boyd on the second play of the game. However, they held strong after that.

Despite UK failing a fourth down conversion on their own 35-yard line, Kentucky still only gave up 13 total points in the first half.

A seemingly unmanageable 13-0 quickly switched to Kentucky in terms of momentum after Lynn Bowden led the Cats down the field for their first score of the game. UK went into the half down 13-7 and getting the ball back after the break.

Where’d the pass rush go?

Seriously, where’s Xavier Peters?

I mean, I knew Kentucky would miss Josh Allen, but I thought the collective unit on the defensive line would be hard to stop.

That’s not the case. The pass rush has been virtually nonexistent. Boogie Watson has stepped up the last couple of weeks, but why do the defensive linemen only bulrush and where is Josh Paschal?

And um, what happened to the best offensive line in the country?

I may be exaggerating a bit, but Kentucky was expected to have one of the best offensive lines in the countries. Well, they don’t.

I know the Cats lost two starters on the line, but they returned Landon Young and the group as a whole was supposed to be dominant.

They’ve thoroughly disappointed so far, and in a conference where the line of scrimmage wins game, not being able to control the line on either sides of the ball is problematic.

Chris Oats > Kash Daniel

I hate saying this, for like the seventh time, but Chris Oats is head over heels better than Kash Daniel.

Daniel is a leader and a Kentucky boy, but he just hasn’t been good. He’s a step slow and he just hasn’t been the same this year.

I think it’s time to realize Jordan Jones was more important than we thought, and Kash’s success was due to the pressure Jones provided.

Oats is the superior talent and player. It’s time to give him more playing time.

Lynn Bowden

Can we all just give a hand to Bowden for his gutsy performance?

Yes, Bowden played QB in high school, but they were simply giving their best player the ball on every play. It doesn’t exactly work like that in college, but he gave Kentucky a chance.

The former QB, and current wide receiver, threw the ball well, ran the option well, and kept the defense on their heels.

The box score won’t show the impressive job Bowden did throwing the ball. He threw multiple balls on the money that fell incomplete, due to no fault of his own.

His running performance, however, was great.

All in all, you couldn’t ask for more from the Cats star playmaker.

The Cats get the big time W against a desperate Arkansas team with a wide receiver at quarterback. GO CATS!!!!