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Sunday Headlines: Time to worry?

Kentucky escapes a scare from Eastern Kentucky, but is it time to panic?

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The Kentucky Wildcats escaped for a win over Eastern Kentucky yesterday in a game that has many fans ready to push the panic button.

After going into the half tied 7-7, Kentucky rattled off four straight scoring possessions (going back to the first half) to eventually pull away.

But the defense certainly left a lot to be desired against an FCS opponent, letting Parker McKinney throw all over them and constantly leaving the middle of the field open.

To make matters worse, the offense, which features numerous weapons capable of putting up points, averaged just around 3 yards per play in the first half against a team that allowed a rebuilding Cincinnati team to post 66 points for the entire game on them last week.

Devin Leary eventually settled in and ended up throwing four touchdowns, but the offensive line and defensive line, along with the secondary and middle-of-the-field coverage, are beginning to be areas of concern for me — especially for a team that returned as many starters as Kentucky did.

Liam Coen said after the game that it looked like they were going through the motions in the first half. However, they opened things up in the second and walked out of the stadium with a little bit of confidence.

They will have one final tune-up game for the season when they host Akron next week before heading to Vanderbilt.

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