What a day.
Kentucky annihilated the Louisville Cardinals in a rain-soaked Kroger Field in what of the most dominating wins either team has ever had in the series.
A big part of that was the Wildcats doing whatever they wanted on the ground, as they broke multiple school records while running over Louisville. They finished the game with the only 500-yard game in school history at 517, which shattered last week’s previous record of 462 against UT Martin. They averaged a whopping 12.9 ypc doing so.
The Wildcats now have 3,293 rushing yards in 12 games, which is the single-season rushing record after the previous mark was set in 1974 (3,124).
For the first time in school history, Kentucky has ran for 400+ yards in three straight games. During that span, Kentucky rushed 142 times for 1,380 yards, averaged 9.7 ypc, and notched 16 rushing touchdowns.
Lynn Bowden nearly went for 300 yards vs. Louisville, while he, Christopher Rodriguez and Kavosiey Smoke all had runs of 60+ yards. Bowden’s 284 yards were 15 short of Moe Williams’ single-game mark of 299 against South Carolina in September 1995.
Kentucky’s performance was also the best rushing game any team in college football has had vs. an FBS opponent.
There’s a lot of credit to go around, but offensive coordinator Eddie Gran deserves a world of credit for what he did. I’d venture to say this is the best coaching job he’s ever done as an offensive coordinator, and it saved what was shaping up to be a lost season for the Wildcats after they started 2-3.
But we cannot forget what is arguably the best offensive line in college football, and they should get a national award for such.
And at this point, there’s no question this is the best ground game the school has ever had.