Highly Offensive

Phillips and the Cats have yet to find a solution to their offensive woes. photo:kentucky247sports.com

I’m a Kentucky native, was born and raised there.  I’m fortunate enough to have most of my family there including two of my grandparents.  Everyone knows that Kentucky is traditionally a basketball power.  But that doesn’t mean that we don’t like football, don’t like watching good football, or don’t like seeing the team play competitive football.  That made today’s 54-3 drubbing at South Carolina especially hard to watch.  Even though it was 7-3 after one quarter, the game was never competitive. 

After struggling to beat Western Kentucky in the season opener and Central Michigan in the home opener and losing to rival Louisville you could kind of see this coming even though you hoped that maybe it wouldn’t.  Oh did it come.  Kentucky began SEC play with a greuling  3 game gauntlet with Florida at home followed by trips to LSU and South Carolina.  They came out of it very scathed, going 0-3, and were outscored by a combined 137-20.  I know Randall Cobb and Derek Locke have moved on, but this is unbelievable. 

The game couldn’t have started any better for Kentucky, their special teams  forced a fumble on the opening kickoff gave the offense the ball deep in South Carolina territory.  They only managed a field goal on a 6 play 15 yard drive, an average of 2.5 yards per play.   That was a sign of things to come right there.  It was all downhill the rest of the way.  The Cats had 6 turnovers today and they found new and creative ways to be offensively inept.  There were interceptions on attempted halfback passes, botched snaps that hit the man in motion.  They eeked out 96 yards of total offense, 17 yards passing and 79 rushing . . . for the game.  Not in a half, which is bad enough, for the game.  The defense has battled all year the best it can, a few issues on third and long aside,  but you can’t keep asking them to come back onto the field and shut teams down after inordinate amounts of three and outs, fumbles, and interceptions.  South Carolina nearly doubled UK in time of possession, 38 minutes to UK’s 21.  The defense was on the field for 91 plays.

No matter how you slice it, it’s a bad looking recipe.  How do you know where to start when so many things are broken?  It’s like a 1500 piece jigsaw puzzle scattered all over the floor right now.  Fortunately, the Cats have a bye, then Jacksonville State at home, before finishing out the remainder of their conference schedule.  It’s a start, it’s probably not enough time, but it has to at least help.  Hopefully.

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About the Author

My name is Vinny Hardy. I am a freelance sports blogging correspondent for the John Boy & Billy Big Show. I'm from Lynch Kentucky. I currently live in Morristown, Tennessee. My wife Katie and I have been married for 10 years and we have a 3 year old son, Micah. I would like to thank Will West of WNML in Knoxville for urging me to start blogging and the Big Show's very own Terry Hanson for his unbelievable mentoring and support. Without him absolutely none of this is possible. I hope you enjoy the blog. The articles can also be seen on theisn.net, check out that site too. Leave a comment and definitely come back regularly and see what's new.