The Kentucky Wildcats were in Kroger Field once again on Saturday when they faced the Chattanooga Mocs looking to get off to a 3-0 start in 2021.
It was a shaky start for the Cats as they drove down the field to take a 7-0 lead, but the defense allowed the Mocs to go on their own 75-yard drive to tie it up at 7-7.
Once the 2nd quarter started, the Cats found some energy as Will Levis led a 7 play, 68-yard drive that ended in a 20-yard TD pass to Isaiah Epps making it 14-7 Cats.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t able to spark the Cats as their offense struggled for the rest of the half failing to put any more points on the board.
A poor thrown ball that resulted in an interception for Levis set up the Mocs in good field position but the Cats’ defense stepped up to hold them to a FG as Kentucky took a 14-10 lead into halftime.
The second half didn’t get off to a better start as Chattanooga was able to get a FG with their possession, making it 14-13.
Late in the 3rd quarter it looked like Kentucky may be gaining some momentum but a 2nd INT from Levis once again took the wind out of the sails as the game entered the 4th quarter 14-13.
The Mocs were able to get another FG early in the 4th giving them the 16-14 lead.
However, Levis and the Kentucky offense stepped up and had a 77-yard TD drive to regain the lead, 21-16.
With the Mocs deep in Kentucky territory, the defense steps up with a massive interception and returned it for a touchdown to make it a 28-16 ballgame.
Chattanooga was able to march down the field and punch it in for a TD making it a 28-23 game.
Kentucky was able to recover the onside kick and take a knee to come away with a narrow 28-23 win. The Cats will now travel to Columbia for a Week 4 clash with the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Well, the offense was absolutely putrid all day and was getting dominated in the trenches throughout.
The one thing that kept the Cats in the game was the defense keeping the Mocs’ offense in check for the most part. With that being said, the defense is getting today’s MVP.
Kentucky’s offense sputtered for basically the entire game and with the Cats leading 21-16 with about 8 minutes to play, Tyrell Ajian picked off Chattanooga and returned it 95-yards for a pick six.
It wasn’t a clean or dominating day for the Cats’ defense by any means, but they made big plays when they needed to helping Kentucky escape with a win.
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