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Kentucky has 17-3 halftime lead, but it should be more, shouldn’t it?

Kash Daniel (56) had his first career interception. (Lacy Robinson Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky has a 17-3 lead over Eastern Michigan at halftime and has dominated the game. The Cats have 233 yards of total offense to just 111 for Eastern Michigan — and most of that came late in the second quarter.

However, there’s no way coach Mark Stoops was a happy Cat in the UK locker room with the scoring chances the Kentucky offense gave away.

After scoring on its first two possessions, Kentucky blew too many chances.

— A.J. Rose fumbled at the Eastern Michigan 1 to cost the Cats a score.

— After a Jordan Griffin interception and return gave UK the ball at the EM 11, the Cats lost 11 yards and had to settle for a Chance Poore field goal.

— After a Kash Daniel interception and 18-yard return to the 30-yard line, Kavosiey Smoke’s 21-yard touchdown run was wiped out by a holding call on Logan Stenberg. Eventually Poore missed a 49-yard field goal.

It was that kind of sloppy first half for the offense as Lynn Bowden — who had a 31-yard completion to Terry Wilson and a 29-yard punt return — had a fumble but recovered. He also dropped a pass.

The defense was dominant. Linebacker Josh Paschal had two tackles for loss and linebacker Jordan Wright had an 11-yard quarterback sack. Griffin and Daniel had the interceptions that both should have led to touchdowns but did not. Griffin also had a quarterback sack on Eastern Michigan’s one legitimate drive that prevented a touchdown and made the visitors settle for a 24-yard field goal.

Kentucky had unsportsmanlike dead-ball penalties on both Smoke and T.J. Carter.

Seems to me Kentucky should have a minimum of 28 points and probably 35. What do you think?

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  1. Could of, Would of, Should of …..

    In fact, both teams compete with all they have to win, and one team frustrates the other team’s plans and desires. Then the other team frustrates and causes havoc for the other guys. It is the nature of competition. Teams make mistakes as well on both sides of the ball. The quality of the team is defined by the number of mistakes a team commits and the ability to frustrate the other guys and let the other guys frustrate you.

    I saw this as a 3 TD Game (35-13), and it ended a 3 TD Game (38-17). The ebbs and flows of the full 60 minutes produce the final results, not the first, second, third or fourth quarters, not the first or second half.

  2. You are right Larry, we have to get better at making the most of our scoring opportunities. Sometimes when you dominate a team as early as we did, it causes a loss of focus. Florida won’t be so kind in letting us get away with that. This was a very nice win, but it showed us where we need work more than anything else. The front 7 redeemed themselves tonight, the secondary got worked over some. Terry wasn’t as sharp as the Toledo game, but was adequate. I hated to see him get hurt and hope he can be back for Florida. If not, Sawyer showed that he can step in and play when needed.
    We have won 2 games that were must wins. We have seen where we need work. Can we get better and beat Florida again? With an injured Wilson, you might think not, but with an opportunistic Smith, who knows. We need to win 2 of the next 4 games to stay on track for a decent bowl game. Its doable, but only if we get better secondary play and make the most of our scoring chances. This will be where we find out what kind of team we are. I hope we can rise to the occasion. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Terry. Kudos to Coach Stoops and his staff for doing enough to be 2 – 0. Now is their chance to show that last year was not a fluke.

  3. Could this, or any team be better? Sure it could

    Could this, or any team be worse? Sure it could

    Both statements are true if certain things that happened didn’t, or certain things that didn’t happen had happened.

    But, this team, and all teams, are what they are. That is the reality.

    I happen to believe this UK team is a good football team.

    I happen to believe this UK team is in the 8-9 win range, which if true, defies all of the expectations of the expert talking heads.

    I happen to believe that Terry Wilson’s loss will put this team to a new test and that this team will respond appropriately because this is the ultimate team sport, and while there may be some short term hiccups, the team will be what the team is.

    And as I said before, I believe this UK team is a good football team.

  4. You nailed it Professor. UK wins by 3 TD’s and that is all that matters. This EM team was no patsy. I hate it that UK lost TW, and I hope it is not a season ending injury. Smith did a nice job coming in, and UK rolled.

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