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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