Remember how Kentucky football is, well, not very good? How the team is 1-9 on the season, winless in conference, with one final shot in late November to notch a win in the SEC? Remember how Joker Phillips is set to be fired at the end of the season, and fans aren’t showing up to games? Remember that one win out of ten tries? That single victory on September 8, in front of 37,000 fans as reported by the Herald-Leader — the second-largest home crowd this season?
That victory was a decisive one over the Kent State Golden Flashes. Who are now ranked No. 25 in the Associated Press poll. Therein lies the small victory Kentucky can celebrate this weekend.
The Cats knocked off Kent State to the tune of 47-14 thanks to Maxwell Smith’s 30-for-39 passing, with 354 yards and four touchdowns. The performance was the most dominant for Kentucky this season. And the victory is looking even more impressive now that the Golden Flashes have yet to lose another game.
It might be the biggest head-scratcher for fans yet. How in the heck did Kentucky beat a team good enough to be ranked by 33 points? Where did that come from? Or better yet, where did that energy go?
Kent State plays in the Mid-American Conference where they have gone a perfect 6-0. Several weeks ago they knocked off No. 15 Rutgers on the road, giving the Scarlet Knights their first loss and only loss of the season. The Golden Flashes have two games remaining against the second- and third-best teams in the MAC; Bowling Green and Ohio.
The Golden Flashes may not finish the season ranked in the polls, but as it stands, Kentucky has beaten a ranked team, as has Kent State. Just for comparisons sake, you know who hasn’t? Louisville.