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Cats Survive First Half Scare for 35-20 Win over Central Michigan

For the first 30 minutes of the 2018 season-opener, Kentucky did not want the football.

Terry Wilson threw two interceptions and fumbled a handoff.  Lynn Bowden fumbled a screen into the defender’s hands to give the Chippewas a simple scoop, score and a ten-point lead.  Central Michigan scored all 20 points off UK turnovers.

The Kentucky offense needed a spark, and they found it from an unusual place: Gunnar Hoak and David Bouvier.  The two connected three times on the final drive of the second half to cover 48 yards and give UK a 21-20 halftime lead.  The Cats captured momentum and never looked back.

A.J. Rose was absolutely incredible.  In only eight carries Rose rushed for 104 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Benny Snell continued to do Benny Snell things, finishing with 125 yards and 2 touchdowns on 20 carries.

Defensively, the scoreboard does not reflect how well they held the line.  Central Michigan struggled to regularly gain any momentum on the ground.  Future NFL running back Jonathan Ward was held to just 36 yards as Josh Allen and Kash Daniel reeked havoc all over the field.  Even when the Chippewas were setup for success after turnovers, the Cats forced them to field goals.

Costly mistakes prevented Kentucky from giving the Big Blue Nation a feel-good blowout to start the season.  The defense and rushing attack provided plenty of reasons to be optimistic, but the lingering question at quarterback creates an unclear forecast for the 2018 season.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

19 Comments for Cats Survive First Half Scare for 35-20 Win over Central Michigan

  1. Parker_UKFanNC
    7:09 pm September 1, 2018 Permalink

    Gunnar was only 4/9 Terry 11/18 but 2 int’s

    • cats646
      8:12 pm September 1, 2018 Permalink

      I blame the line for that. He had absolutely no time.

    • CombatMedic_98
      1:22 am September 2, 2018 Permalink

      Where is all these “rushing” touchdowns from TErrrry!

  2. Wade
    7:10 pm September 1, 2018 Permalink

    First game…. wait to panic… let’s get ready for do and a complete game! Hoak and terry need to play together not battle. Give them drives in these next 2 games and see what the plan should be???

  3. UKFootballYall
    7:11 pm September 1, 2018 Permalink

    Wow, time to re-evaluate the starters. Hint:Start with the quarterback position Stoopie and Gran! It looked more like Terry Trash than Terry Touchdown!

    • 4everUKblue
      7:55 pm September 1, 2018 Permalink


    • UKFootballYall
      8:28 pm September 1, 2018 Permalink

      Sorry, I was remiss. Terry looked tremendous. Those interceptions were pure coincidence and not total Ill-advised garbage throws.

    • cats646
      8:13 pm September 1, 2018 Permalink

      How?? Our line didn’t hold anyone off of him.

  4. zoupman
    7:14 pm September 1, 2018 Permalink

    Nice W

  5. Wade
    7:16 pm September 1, 2018 Permalink

    Ready for fl

  6. original slappy
    7:21 pm September 1, 2018 Permalink

    0% chance that either of these quarterbacks go to Florida and break the streak

  7. Le Docteur
    7:21 pm September 1, 2018 Permalink

    I was hoping for so much more from you Nick. Something like “maybe I was premature to deify Wilson.”

  8. EastKYCAT
    7:26 pm September 1, 2018 Permalink

    Defense was really impressive, especially with the bind the offense put us in. Come out with majority of FGs. Wilson struggled with 3/4 turnovers came from him. However I don’t understand passing so much in the first quarter. We area running team and our defense is descent, we should run to give defense some rest. However, we won! One game closer to 8 wins.

  9. makeitstop
    7:45 pm September 1, 2018 Permalink

    QB rating – 128 Hoak; 75 Wilson. Which one do u think Stoops starts? Defense was solid, helped by over 100 yards of self destructive penalties but we couldn’t force a turnover (against a first time starter). RBs looked great. Punter will be a plus… but the reason QB gets so much press is it’s so important and Stoops is in love w a guy who isn’t ready for prime time and goes to the Swamp next week. The streak looks safe.

    • rartis1986
      9:11 pm September 1, 2018 Permalink

      Lets be real though. Both INT came on throws he was getting killed on as he was releasing the ball. I think the kid is going to be good as long as our line starts to block somebody and if they don’t, his legs will get him out of jams that Gunnar’s won’t. I still say stick with Terry.

    • ibescootch
      10:43 pm September 1, 2018 Permalink

      Lord almighty, I knew this comment section was going to be a bunch of whiners, but you all are truly ridiculous. Sure, the guy threw 2 picks, but it was in his first start, and I think he rebounded really well in the second half. There’s even arguments to be had that he was forced into making bad decisions, but I digress. You can’t expect a guy to come out of the gate perfect, give him some time and if he’s consistently terrible, then put Hoak in. It’s such a small sample size, you can’t really say either is as good or as bad as they played.

  10. Miller45
    8:17 pm September 1, 2018 Permalink

    The careless fumbles in the backfield have been a trend for 4 years and 1 hame

  11. tippytoe
    10:03 pm September 1, 2018 Permalink

    15 turnovers as a JUCO quarterback? So, now what is the record for turnovers in the SEC???
    Could be another 70-7 showing in Gainesville ??