Dorian Baker rightfully deserved credit for being the hero of Saturday night’s escape, but the other outside wide receiver, Blake Bone, deserves credit for keeping Kentucky in the game.
Bone had not been targeted often this season, entering Saturday’s game with only 6 catches for 49 yards. Many receivers, especially one with a personality as big as Blake’s, could have put there head down and pouted. Instead, he had the best game of his career. He had 7 catches for 85 yards, one more catch than his season total and almost twice as many yards.
I haven’t re-watched the game yet to confirm, but I believe at least half of those catches were on third down. A few also got drives going by getting 7-8 yards on first down, helping gain momentum and open up the playbook
There weren’t too many highlights in the first half, except for this one.
Bone’s timely performance should give him the confidence to propel him forward for more success in the second half of the season.