By CHANDLER WILCOX, Contributing Writer
Kentucky absolutely ran over Louisville today in the Battle of the Bluegrass, winning 45-13 and officially finishing the season 7-5.
Once again, Kentucky was masterful in the run game, as they rushed for yet another school record 517 rushing yards.
“I think it’s a testimony to our kids and the coaches,” offensive coordinator Eddie Gran said about the way the team is able to run the ball. “They’ve done a good job of mixing formations and personnel.”
Head coach Mark Stoops was also very complimentary of the offense, as he said, “Anytime you run the ball for 521 yards you are gonna have a good chance of winning the game.”
Now quarterback Lynn Bowden was a huge part of the success running the ball, rushing for 286 yards, the most by an SEC player this season and third most by a player in D-1 this season, along with accounting for four touchdowns.
“He is truly remarkable in so many ways,” Stoops said as he was glowing about how important he is.
“(He is) maybe the best I’ve ever seen right there at his position doing what he was doing,” Gran said of how Bowden has adapted to the role of playing quarterback.
Bowden himself made sure to give credit to the offensive line that opened up holes he could run through, saying of them, “They are the best in the nation.”
The offensive line may not get an award for being as dominant as it is, but for Kentucky, it is as crucial as any part of the team. Center Drake Jackson points towards hard work and a good game plan for the performance they put on today.
“I think we had a good game-plan and we played hard,” Jackson said.
It was not just Kentucky’s offense that played great, but Kentucky’s defense was also dominant, as they held Louisville to just 13 points, and for the most part contained an explosive offense for Louisville.
Defensive coordinator Brad White made sure to give a lot of credit to the work ethic of the players saying, “What I do know is the kids are playing hard.”
White also mentioned how the Cats did a nice job containing the offense of Louisville, as he said, “For the most part I thought we did a nice job eliminating explosive plays.”
The defense has been masterful all season, and they will only get stronger next season, something Cats’ fans can look forward to, as Kentucky finished the season strong as a whole with this dominant win over Louisville today, and it will only help with momentum into the bowl game and next season.