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?