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I was at a wedding Saturday afternoon so I just watched the football game for the first time. Allow me to go over a few more notes from the game before we start focusing on Louisville tomorrow. Thank you.
The turnout was pathetic.
Only 58,022 people showed up for the game, making it the lowest home opener turnout since 2006 when just over 53,000 showed up for the game against Louisiana-Monroe. The crowd was a huge disappointment considering it was a gorgeous day in Lexington and UK was giving out two free tickets to any army, fire, police, and paramedic personnel. The 58,022 who did show up need to be a little more supportive as well. Many of them hit the exits pretty early once Kentucky took a two touchdown lead.
If fans want this program to compete in the SEC, they’re going to have to show up for games and act like an SEC-caliber fanbase.
Boogie was among the 58,022 in Commonwealth Stadium.
He loves the troops.
This team has to get off to a better start against Louisville.
The first half was UGLY for Kentucky for the second week in a row. Things were much better in the second half but the team can’t continue to fall in a hole early and have to try to climb its way out. I don’t know if it’s a lack of intensity, early season jitters, or what; but someone needs to a light a fire under the Cats early against Louisville to avoid another slow start. A 7-point deficit at halftime against a MAC school at home is inexcusable.
Matt Roark is not a fan favorite.
I really, really, really want Roark to be good but I’m afraid the young man is out of opportunities. The dropped pass in the end zone likely sealed his fate on the pine. We can still love him on special teams, though; Roark is going to block at least two kicks this season. Bank on it.
The secondary worries me.
Guys are still getting beat in the secondary. We saw it happen entirely too many times against Western (Jakes overthrew all of them) and it was happening again against CMU. Kentucky will get killed if guys keep getting lost and beat deep once conference play comes around. Anthony Mosley really needs to step it up next week.
Danny Trevathan and Winston Guy are studs.
Trevathan and Guy rank No. 1 and No. 2 in tackling in the SEC. Guy would have even more if he’d do a better job of wrapping the ball carrier up on tackles. These two are all over the field and seem to be involved in every play for the defense. They’ll be playing on Sundays next year.
Run, run, run, and run some more.
I still say Kentucky’s offensive line will be great once guys get back from injury. They looked better Saturday and once they really get rolling, look for the run game to take off right behind them. Josh Clemons is already showing us what he can do and the competition at running back is only going to make Raymond Sanders better. Sanders looked like a different player on the series following Clemons’ big touchdown run. Not to mention, Newton can take off with it as well. If those three can find success on the ground, it’ll set up the play action for Newton to throw that deep ball Joker Phillips’ praises. Just catch it when it gets there, LaRod.
Boyd played well on Saturday and he’ll see more playing time against Louisville. The movement continues. #FreeAaronBoyd
CMU’s call to go for it on fourth down is the dumbest move of college football this season.
What was going through Dan Enos’ mind on that fourth down call with four minutes to go in the third quarter? You HAVE to kick the ball there. Kentucky’s offense hadn’t done anything at that point in the game, so why would you give it to them on the 34-yard line where they could get some momentum? It was the turning point of the game and maybe even in Kentucky’s season. Dan, we appreciate your stupidity.