So many college football pundits wondered what Kentucky might look like against Mike Leach’s air raid offense this week. To the surprise of many, the Wildcats defense completely shut it down allowing no offensive points from the Mississippi St. Bulldogs. Kentucky won their first game of the season Saturday night 24-2.
It was a great turnaround from two weeks of struggling against the pass. While the Wildcats offense did not set any records by any means (only 157 total yards), they took care of business enough for Kentucky to avoid going 0-3 on the season.
The Kentucky defense came away with six interceptions on the game, two in the end zone. They also forced four sacks and held the Bulldogs offense to less than 300 yards of total offense. The two points is the lowest score of any team Mike Leach has ever coached.
While you could certainly choose a number of different Wildcats, today’s MVP goes to the man wearing Chris Oats’ No. 22. Jamin Davis led the team in tackles with 11, had four solo tackles, and came up with a huge interception at the end of the first half in the end zone. He was a real leader for the defense, who looked like the unit we all expected coming into the season, and he honored his fallen teammate in the process.