Kentucky-63 Western Kentucky-28

The Cats cruised tonight to a 35 point win tonight in Commonwealth Stadium. Kentucky didn’t fire on all cylinders tonight but were able to win comfortably. The win moves the Cats to 2-0 on the season and next Saturday will feature the final “tune-up” before the SEC portion of the schedule gets kicked off. In a year where we have already seen a few upsets to BCS schools, it was good to see UK respond quickly after falling behind 7-0. Kentucky reeled off 35 unanswered points to make sure everyone in the stadium knew who would be walking out with the W.

The Good:

  • Joker Phillips becomes the first coach at Kentucky to start out his career 2-0 since Bear Bryant did it in 1946
  • Offensively the Cats looked very solid again tonight. We have now played 2 games and the offensive unit has turned the ball over 0 times.
  • The offensive unit also is featuring great balance right now. Tonight the Cats threw for 276 yards and rushed for 206. Those are good numbers to see and show that UK can move the ball on the ground or through the air.
  • 3rd down efficiency was excellent tonight. Kentucky converted on 8-12 (75%) attempts. Any number over 60% is a very solid number and the Cats continued to keep drives going tonight on 3rd down. This number also reflects solid gains on 1st and 2nd down setting up 3rd and short.

The Bad:

  • Defensively it was not the finest night for Kentucky. 1 score came off of a kick return so we won’t count that. Another came off of a run of 59 yards that was a result of a poor angle taken by SS Mychal Bailey. The big concern was the fact that Western Kentucky drove the ball for scores twice in the 2nd half. The defensive line really was pushed around at times by a Sun-Belt Conference team. This is a weakness right now and you can guarantee that it will be exposed once SEC play starts.
  • The kicking game continues to struggle. Plain and simple. Joe Mansour, the highly touted freshman, was yanked from the kickoff team tonight and seems to be 3rd on the depth chart for place kicking duties. Ryan Tydlacka failed to connect on his only field goal attempt from 35 yards out. Those have to be made consistently and were the difference in allowing Louisville back into last weeks game. Points are at a premium in the SEC and this issue needs to be corrected within the next to weeks.

All in all a pretty good night for Kentucky. There is still plenty to work on but as of now the Cats sit as 1 of 32 teams in BCS Conferences that are currently 2-0. We’ll get you ready this week for the Akron Zips who will roll into Commonwealth Stadium next Saturday. Go Big Blue!!!!

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