The Kentucky Wildcats did just enough to hold off Chattanooga on Saturday and improve to 3-0 for just the third time under Mark Stoops.
The good news is Kentucky had a winning record the last two times it started 3-0 — 2017 and 2018. The bad news is this Kentucky team looks much closer to the 2017 team that floundered to a 7-6 finish than the one that went 10-3.
Here’s to hoping Mark Stoops can right the ship this week and beat the South Carolina Gamecocks in Columbia, something that ironically (or perhaps foreshadowing...?) the 2017 team accomplished. Kentucky is 2-2 in Columbia under Stoops.
Tweet of the Day:
9️⃣5️⃣ yards to the in the fourth quarter. @_tyrellajian #PickSix#ForTheTeam pic.twitter.com/ZQ4UAO7D8g— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) September 18, 2021
WHEW. That was a close one.
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With the Cats clinging to a 21-16 lead in the fourth quarter, Tyrell Ajian made the play that saved the game. Ajian intercepted a Chattanooga pass at the UK five and returned it 95 yards for what turned out to be the game-clinching touchdown.
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