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Three Big Takeaways From Yesterday’s Blowout

It may be a week late but welcome to the new era of Kentucky football. The Air Raid was airy-er. The Defense was stouter. The game was fun again. Everything we had hoped to see last week against Western was on display against the overmatched Redhawks. While proper perspective has to be kept since the win was against one of the worst defenses in the MAC it was still a good glimpse of what we all wanted to see. Things like::

1. The New Guys Bust Loose

473 yards of the near record 675 came from guys who weren’t on campus a year ago. Clearly Stoops has brought in guys who are going to make an impact and if there were any naysayers after last week then this performance should shut them up for a while. You don’t build a football team with one class but clearly the foundation is there for the future. If Stoops and company keep bringing in guys like Ryan Timmons, Javess Blue, and Jojo Kemp then the future of football is very bright. Once those guys are seniors it is going to be a very fun time to be a fan of the Cats.

2. Improved Defensive Effort

The Cats were one poor decision away from pitching a shutout. Let that soak in for a minute. After years of the Nuclear Minter and Steve Brown debacle the Cats held an actual team nearly scoreless. an event that looked even better after WKU had their way last week. Za’Darius was the guy we expected him to be coming in racking up 3 sacks in the second quarter. The defense has a long way to go but after yesterday’s performance we can at least be assured that they will be making some strides all season long.

3. Restored Confidence

Coming into the year the team was riding a tidal wave of success. Then WKU smacked them around and that bubble was burst nearly as quickly as it had swelled. Yesterday’s win will go a long way to building this team up and believing they can be competitive as they face the gauntlet of these next four weeks. Had the game been close or heaven forbid, a loss, then the team could not have been mentally prepared to battle with some of the best teams in the nation. Now the team, much like the fans, should have a changed outlook for the season. That’s what posting the third largest total yards in school history will do to you.


What was your big takeaway following the big victory?

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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12 Comments for Three Big Takeaways From Yesterday’s Blowout

  1. KC
    4:15 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    Maybe, they can hang with U of L and if somethings fall the Cats way a win may occur.

  2. Brandon
    4:40 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    I thought Jeff Badet was huge part of the offense and will continue to be HUGE!

  3. Big Takeaway #4
    4:56 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    Our fans SUCK! To have the stadium the student section that empty to kick off the game and then all the fans that had left by the 4th qtr. COME ON!! We had some very important recruits in the house basketball AND football and we put on full display how WEAK our support is. You all knew it was gonna be hot out, that was the forecast ALL week. You stupid rookies who didn’t hydrate properly and then tried to drink YOU CAN’T DO THAT. Yes I am pissed because it was a Beautiful day and BBN decided to act like a bunch of pu$$ies, that being said to the fans that DID stay, YOU ARE AWESOME, Thank YOU.

  4. Third and long
    5:02 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    Write this story next week after the Louisville game. These freahman have played no one yet. Put this story on the back burner and write about it next week. Uk stats will be like miami of Ohio.

  5. Thanks So Much
    5:17 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    Thanks for your take on things Third and long. We have been waiting for a post like this all day. Your insights and keen analysis are priceless.

  6. niaps
    5:18 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    Cannot get too excited about a blowout win over a hapless Miami team. Yes the defense was good but till they play well against a team of equal or better talent it is not that big a deal. Also the win was tarnished a bit in my mind by lack of offense in the 2nd and 3rd quarters. I only hope this team does not get the deer in the headlights look next week.

  7. gossie21
    6:45 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    Technically the defense did pitch a shutout.

  8. schwing
    7:04 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    didn’t pretty much the exact same thing happen last year?

    1. opening loss
    2. blowout win at home
    3-12. disaster

  9. your equation is off
    7:20 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    #8. you forgot 1 thing in your equation……NEW COACH dumbass. Sorry to throw fact and logic on your previous equation.

  10. Your reality is not real
    8:35 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    #9 and you forgot 1 thing too…except for a handful of freshmen with potential, SAME ROSTER dumbass. Sorry to throw reality and truth on your equation.

  11. robuk
    8:40 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    This will all be forgotten after sat. Can’t wait till we get the next batch of recruits!!

  12. your wrong just go back to card chronic
    9:58 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    #10 so what your saying is we have the “SAME” roster, so pretty much all those players have a year of game experience under their helmet……and you’re saying we’ll have the same results. Yeah somebody failed common logic 101