Will Levis’ mid-season slump came to an end Saturday night.
After a stellar Week 1 performance against ULM and a solid Week 2 outing versus Missouri, Levis struggled for three straight weeks despite the team’s success.
That turned around in a big way Saturday at Kroger Field, as the Kentucky signal-caller led the 16th-ranked Cats to a 42-21 win over the LSU Tigers.
Levis completed 14/17 of his pass attempts for 145 yards and three touchdowns. He added 75 yards on the ground and two rushing touchdowns to finish the night with five total touchdowns.
“Just having a good week of preparation and really trusting my timing and footwork with everything,” Levis said after the game. “Pass game that we had tonight, obviously I could have had some better throws accuracy-wise, but just my decision-making and my ball placement for the most part were pretty good when it needed to be. Just comes with good preparation and trust in the timing and progression of everything.”
It was Levis’ first game of the season without an interception as he threw one against ULM, Missouri, South Carolina and Florida and two against Chattanooga.
The UK quarterback’s season stat line now sees him with 1,134 passing yards with 11 touchdown passes and six interceptions.
“Just slowing down my footwork. Especially last week when we were watching the film comparing practice to the game,” Levis said of what he’s been working to improve on. “When I got to the game and the bolts were flying a little bit, I just kind of really got antsy with my feet, and I just got to trust that the timing in practice as long as we are going full speed is going to be the same as timing in the game. Just slowing my footwork down and just trusting the progression, and I think I did a pretty good job of that tonight.”
More importantly, Levis is now the first Kentucky quarterback since the legendary Babe Parilli in 1950 to lead UK to a 6-0 start.
Now, what weird eating or drinking video will we see from Levis this week so Kentucky can carry their momentum into Georgia next week for a potential SEC East championship game?