The Kentucky Wildcats offense has been based on the running game for several years, and they have always had a workhorse in the backfield to rely on.
With Benny Snell Jr. gone and the other running backs somewhat unproven, the Wildcats had to find a new identity in a “grind it out” type of situation.
While the defense had an outstanding second half to help Kentucky kick off the 2019 season with a win, the offense’s productions came by committee on the ground and through the air. While there were certainly some struggles by the Cats, it’s always good to beat a team that will likely be a bowl team and may even win their conference.
There were several storylines running throughout Saturday’s game, and Twitter captured every single one of them.
By far, the best was seeing the love shown for Jared Lorenzen by Terry Wilson and the UK band.
Terry Wilson embracing Jared Lorenzen's mom before the game. pic.twitter.com/Kt5CIStSik— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) August 31, 2019
Today just wont be the same without you 22. pic.twitter.com/K8TxXDn817— KY Clips (@KY_Clips) August 31, 2019
Kentucky's band formed a 22 to honor Jared Lorenzen. pic.twitter.com/WxXPoceltS— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) August 31, 2019
Crazy TD. Kentucky RB Christopher Rodriguez fumbles trying to reach across the goal line, TE Justin Rigg recovers for the touchdown! pic.twitter.com/tVie8nq2UN— #FlashSZN (@ftbeard_17) August 31, 2019
Boogie Watson and DeAndre Square meet at the quarterback. pic.twitter.com/D3hk3ZUWe4— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) August 31, 2019
Bryce Oliver with his first career catch for Kentucky which resulted in being a TOUCHDOWN! pic.twitter.com/0LqkyfrEtI— Tres Terrell (@TerrellTres) August 31, 2019
So in summary, a massive human running full speed should be anticipating the QB slide and stop on a dime, got it— Keith Garrett (@B3KeithG) August 31, 2019
Lynn Bowden with the over-the-head catch to now put him over 1,000 career receiving yards at Kentucky. pic.twitter.com/anEdixL0eL— Tres Terrell (@TerrellTres) August 31, 2019
Terry Wilson's passer rating was 177.9 today. Would have been second-best mark last season (Louisville, 203.57).— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) August 31, 2019
I’m mad at my parents for not naming me Kavosiey Smoke.— Claire Crouch (@clairecrouch) August 31, 2019
This was called a face mask penalty. Really. pic.twitter.com/2VxGFOVNup— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) August 31, 2019
The worst face mask call I have seen.— Rich Brooks (@UKcoachbrooks) August 31, 2019
Kentucky defeats Toledo 38-24 to open the season.— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) August 31, 2019
Terry Wilson: 246 yards and two touchdowns on 19-26 passing
Kavosiey Smoke: 78 yards and a touchdown on seven carries
Lynn Bowden: 77 yards on six receptions
DeAndre Square: 11 tackles (7 solo), 1.5 TFL, 0.5 sacks, one INT
364 days ago, Kentucky led Central Michigan 21-20 at the half. Terry Wilson had thrown two interceptions.— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) August 31, 2019
Central Michigan finished 1-11.
Kentucky finished 10-3.
If you tweet hard conclusions at me right now, I will probably respond but I'm rolling my eyes as I type.