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Good morning, BBN. It’s been another busy weekend for UK athletics that unfortunately ended with a tough 42-13 loss at the hands of the Georgia Bulldogs. So let’s get started with what you need to know to start your day.
A Quick Football Recap
The KSR crew had plenty of coverage for you following yesterday’s game, and we’ll have plenty more coming your way today. But, for now, here are some of the main takeaways:
Kentucky couldn’t stop Georgia’s run offense.
In fact, the Bulldogs nearly doubled the Cats’ total yards, finishing with 504 yards to UK’s 264 yards. Georgia’s pair of star running backs – Sony Michel and Nick Chubb – combined for almost as many rushing yards as the entire Kentucky offense with 238 yards between them. The Wildcats simply had no answer for those two.
There were three moments that really changed the game for Kentucky.
Sure, the Cats were outmatched on plenty of plays, but these three moments really shifted the momentum away from the Wildcats: Lonnie Johnson’s costly roughing the kicker penalty, Tavin Richardson’s shoulda-coulda-woulda drop at the end of the first half and Lynn Bowden’s thrown interception in the third quarter. With the exception of the roughing the kicker penalty, these moments came from an energetic Kentucky offense taking risks in order to try and make the big plays. Say what you want, but the Cats were not “playing conservatively.” In a game where you’re already a multiple-touchdown underdog, I don’t mind drawing up the big plays. But next time, let’s make them.
Move on and get ready for Louisville
Kentucky has no time to sit around and pout. Louisville is coming to Kroger Field in six days for a game that’s just as meaningful as the Governor’s Cup always is, if not more so. This team has done some special things this season, but losses to Florida and Ole Miss have already overshadowed some of the victories for fans. If UK loses to Louisville at home next week, I’m afraid all of the impressive things this team has accomplished will be forgotten.
Plus, who doesn’t want to beat Louisville? I’m getting excited just thinking about it.
UK Hoops Plays TODAY
The women’s basketball team is back in action today. They’ll play Washington State on the road at 4:00 p.m. this afternoon. The Wildcats are 3-0 on the season so far. They’ll once again look for strong performances from Taylor Murray and Maci Morris, who were the leading scorers in the Wildcats’ 17-point victory against Montana last week, scoring 18 and 16 points, respectively.
Kentucky narrowly defeated Washington State 69-67 in Memorial Coliseum last season, but the Cats were carried by two standout games by then-seniors Makayla Epps and Evelyn Akhator. Who will step up against the Cougars tonight? Listen to the call on 630 AM WLAP if you’re in Lexington, or catch the live stream on Pac12.com.
… And so does the volleyball team
The Wildcats will take on Ole Miss today at 2:00 at home. It’s senior night for Kentucky, so be sure to head over to Memorial Coliseum for today’s game. The No. 3 Cats are on a four-game winning streak, and they’re looking to improve their already impressive 23-3 record. This is your last chance to watch this season’s stellar team in regular-season play at home… don’t miss it.
NFL Games Today
Mourn one college football loss with a day full of professional ball. Here are today’s matchups:
- Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears at 1:00 on FOX
- Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Cleveland Browns at 1:00 on CBS
- Baltimore Ravens vs. Green Bay Packers at 1:00 on CBS
- Arizona Cardinals vs. Houston Texans at 1:00 on FOX
- Los Angeles Rams vs. Minnesota Vikings at 1:00 on FOX
- Washington Redskins vs. New Orleans Saints at 1:00 on FOX
- Kansas City Chiefs vs. New York Giants at 1:00 on CBS
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Miami Dolphins vs. 1:00 on FOX
- Buffalo Bills vs. Los Angeles Chargers at 4:05 on FOX
- Cincinnati Bengals vs. Denver Broncos at 4:25 on CBS
- New England Patriots vs. Oakland Raiders at 4:25 on CBS
- Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys at 8:30 on NBC
That’s all I have for now. Have a great Sunday morning and, as always, go Cats.