Despite the monsoon-like conditions, the Kentucky Wildcats put up their best offensive half of the season in the first two quarters against Missouri on Saturday. The second half was not quite as pretty, but Kentucky coasted to a 29-7 victory to make it five straight over the Tigers.
Lynn Bowden carried the offense once again, doing a lot of his work on the ground but throwing several strong passes. The Wildcats defense was strong as well. Aside from giving up a 74-yard screen pass for a touchdown, they held the sometimes high-scoring Tigers to just seven points.
The Wildcats now sit at 4-4 on the season, needing just two games to reach bowl eligibility. This was a huge win for the Cats, and very well may have salvaged the entire season.
This is a no-brainer if there ever was one. Lynn Bowden Jr. is everything to this team, and you can tell the entire offense has his full confidence. Bowden rushed for 204 yards (the most by an SEC player this season) and 2 touchdowns for the game, picking up several clutch first downs on unlikely scrambles.
Bowden also threw the ball well. Although he only completed 3 of 7 passes, he put his receivers in a position to make plays and made the tough throws when he needed to. Regardless of Sawyer Smith’s health, if you have to think this is Bowden’s team moving forward. The offensive scheme right now is clicking, and Bowden certainly seems to give Kentucky their best chance of winning at this point in the season.
Bowden has gone from a special talent that came in as a big recruit and met the hype to putting on a legendary performance playing out of position to save a season. Not altogether different from Randall Cobb playing a similar role many years ago, Bowden has single-handedly willed Kentucky to their last two victories.
Do you think Bowden should get the start at quarterback moving forward?