The Kentucky Wildcats NARROWLY escape a monumental upset by Chattanooga.
The Kentucky line, by offensive and defensive, really seemed to be getting dominated all game long, with Kentucky being out-rushed by the Mocs, which hasn’t happened much, if not at all, during the Stoops era.
The offensive line struggled to open up holes for Rodriguez and Levis was forced to make some moves to get out of the pocket or take sacks. It was arguably the worst performance by the Big Blue Wall in many years.
The defensive line got virtually no pressure on Chattanooga, leading to more dink-and-dunk passes resembling last week against Missouri. They were fortunate enough to force pressure and forced an errant throw leading to a pick-six by Tyrell Ajian.
The Chattanooga offense drove down the field late in the game with a little over a minute left in the game, chewing six minutes off the clock, punching in a touchdown to bring the Mocs within five.
Hopefully this game was a wake-up call for Mark Stoops’ squad as they head to Columbia next Saturday for their first true-road game of the season under the lights.
The offense and defense will need to fine-tune themselves and quick, or else South Carolina could be a game that Kentucky gets embarrassed in.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Kentucky snatching victory from the jaws of defeat:
Really an awful performance by Kentucky and they're entirely fortunate to survive. But looks like they just came in with the wrong mindset and Chattanooga played like it was their Super Bowl.— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) September 18, 2021
Kentucky found a way to survive. 3-0 heading to South Carolina next week. A lot to clean up before they jump back into SEC play.— Shawn Smith (@gbbcountry) September 18, 2021
Your University of Kentucky Wildcats tackle football team has defeated the Chattanooga Choo Choos and remain undefeated. They continue to control their national championship destiny.— Aaron Flener (@AaronFlener) September 18, 2021
Man that was close.— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) September 18, 2021
Well we won
But that was a very disappointing performance
The ESPN+ crew has called Mark Stoops Bob Stoops at least three times today...— Alex Walker (@AlexWalkerTV) September 18, 2021
Wan'Dale Robinson with his third 100-yard receiving game, already more than he had in 18 career games at Nebraska.— TheCatsPause247 (@TheCatsPause247) September 18, 2021
Wan’Dale Robinson has reached 100 yards in all three games as a Wildcat:— Cats Coverage (@CatsCoverage_) September 18, 2021
Game 1: 125 yards
Game 2: 174 yards
Game 3: 111 yards
The pass rush is becoming very concerning— Kentucky Carpool Show (@KYCarpoolshow) September 18, 2021
The Kentucky football fan experience. pic.twitter.com/hly6oIj63W— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) September 18, 2021
One of the only nice things about being a Kentucky football fan is that you are always prepared for something like this.— Robert Kahne (@rkahne) September 18, 2021
Kentucky improves to 3-0 for the third time under head coach Mark Stoops and first time since 2018.— TheCatsPause247 (@TheCatsPause247) September 18, 2021
Watching a Kentucky football game at a Penn State campus bar on your phone while Will Levis struggled was a very interesting experience. Nittany Lion fans are all over the board when it comes to their former QB.— Brandon Ramsey (@BRamseyKSR) September 18, 2021
Mark Stoops chose his words wisely when asked about Will Levis’ decision making today. Ultimately he settled on “He’ll be better.”— Big Blue Drew (@BigBlueDrew33) September 18, 2021