The Kentucky Wildcats opened their season with a 44-14 win over Ball State, and it included one will be one of the craziest backdoor covers of Week 1.
Coming into the game, Kentucky was a 26.5-point favorite (via DraftKings) over the Cardinals out of the MAC. After the Wildcats blocked a Ball State field goal with 3:22 left in the fourth quarter, it seemed like they would just run out the clock while leading 37-14 and possessing the ball at their own 34-yard line.
However, Mark Stoops and Liam Coen had other plans, as they had the Wildcats run what was effectively the two-minute offense.
Then in the closing moments, Ray Davis broke off a 30-yard touchdown to beat the spread with just seconds remaining.
Ray Davis’s Kentucky debut:— Cam Mellor (@CamMellor) September 2, 2023
14 carries, 112 yards, 2 TDs
Dude’s such a stud pic.twitter.com/dFHAAMpAV3
As you can see, the clock was running, so Kentucky could have simply let it run out and end the game at 37-14, coming up just short of the 26.5-point spread.
You don’t typically see teams trying this hard to score in the closing minutes with a 23-point lead, so you can bet this will be among ESPN’s Bad Beats segment with Scott Van Pelt.
But most importantly, the Cats are 1-0 to open the new season.