For the second straight week, the Kentucky Wildcats found themselves playing in monsoon-like conditions against an SEC East foe. Behind 200+ rushing yards from junior
wide receiver quarterback Lynn Bowden Jr., the Cats rolled Missouri 29-7.
Lynn Bowden is the Man
During the first half of yesterday’s win over the Tigers, I made the following comment on Twitter:
Can we just go ahead and build the statue of @LynnBowden_1 outside of Kroger Field?
— Sam Gormley (@GormleyKSR) October 27, 2019
I mean how can you argue against this? Bowden finished the game with 21 carries for 206 yards and two touchdowns. Through the air, he was 3-7 for 54 yards. All of those stats were while braving the elements of far less than ideal conditions.
Last season, when the game was on the line, Mark Stoops would turn to Benny Snell and let him run the clock out. Last night, it was Bowden who had the ball in his hands to perform that same task.
While he did finish the game with two fumbles, Bowden’s performance at the quarterback position the last few weeks has been nothing short of unbelievable. His one loss came on the road against a team that is arguably one of the best five or ten in the entire country.
The Youngstown native’s heart and hustle is really unmatched. I saw someone ask the question on social media as to who the last player that had the same mentality when suiting up for the Cats; the answer that was given was Chuck Hayes. Other than Stephen Johnson, it is hard to find someone that leaves it all on the field more than Bowden has the past three weeks.
Allen Dailey with a good penalty?
It is very rare that I will ever say that a player committed a “good penalty.” Allen Dailey had the epitome of just that last night.
Bowden was scrambling and as he ran out of bounds, he was hit by a Missouri player. Immediately, flags came in from the officials to penalize the late hit. Before they even hit the turf, Dailey got into the face of the player and gave him a shove.
Sure, it ended up negating the late hit penalty, but I think it shows a lot more than what those 15 yards were even worth. It shows what Bowden means to the team. It shows that a player will do anything to stand up and defend his quarterback on a blatant late hit.
Max Duffy for Heisman
Max Duffy entered his name into the stat book in a new way. Deep in Kentucky territory, Duffy had a snap that he bobbled ever so slightly. Due to the bobble, he had to run further than he usually does to kick it. As he prepared to punt, he looked up and saw nothing but green in front of him.
Max Duffy was slick for this ??pic.twitter.com/YgjpOCkR6D
— BBNation ? (@BBNation15) October 27, 2019
Duffy was credited for a career long 26-yard run and it turned out to be a major factor in solidifying the momentum for the rest of the game.
Defense shuts down Mizzou
The Kentucky defense completely shut down the Missouri offense in the 22-point beatdown. The Tigers were held to only 125 yards on the ground and 164 yards through the air. The Cats also forced four fumbles and recovered two of them.
The most important stat of all though was holding Missouri to only seven total points. Saturday became the third time UK has held an SEC opponent to seven points or less in the past year and a half (Vanderbilt and Mississippi State last season).
Chance Poore returns with good showing
The Kentucky kicking game started with back-to-back missed extra points by Matt Ruffolo. Our good friend Michael Bennett gave us an impressive stat about just that:
Last time @UKFootball missed 2 PAT’s? January 2, 2009 Liberty Bowl vs ECU the Cats went 1-3.
— Michael Bennett (@justthecatradio) October 27, 2019
At that point, Mark Stoops turned to Chance Poore, who hadn’t seen the field in over a month, to kick a 43-yard field goal in the closing seconds of the first half. The redshirt freshman nailed the kick and later made two extra points. At halftime, Stoops commented that it appears the kicking job is Poore’s once again.
Tennessee rolls South Carolina; Other SEC Scores
In other SEC games:
- Texas A&M beat Mississippi State 49-30
- #2 LSU beat #9 Auburn 23-20
- Tennessee beat South Carolina 41-21
- #1 Alabama beat Arkansas 48-7
There is the news you need to start your Sunday. May your NFL team win and your fantasy teams succeed. Don’t forget the basketball Cats play their first exhibition game of the season today at 5:00 on the SEC Network. Go Cats!