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FINAL: Kentucky defense pitches shutout in 24-2 victory over Mississippi State

After two weeks of serious questions for the Kentucky defense, Brad White’s unit came up with all the answers against Mississippi State, leading the Wildcats to a 24-2 victory.

Despite the Bulldogs coming in with the No. 1 passing offense in the country, Kentucky managed six interceptions on the day and held MSU head coach Mike Leach to the lowest scoring game of his career.

Jamin Davis led the Kentucky defense with 11 total tackles (four solo) and one interception, followed by DeAndre Square with nine tackles, Jared Casey and Jordan Wright with six, and Tyrell Ajian, Brandin Echols, and Yusuf Corker with five.

As for interceptions, Davis, Wright, Boogie Watson, Josh Paschal, Kelvin Joseph, and D’Eryk Jackson all snagged one, with Wright’s pick being returned for a touchdown.

As a unit, the UK defense allowed just 295 total yards, including 20 on the ground.

On offense, Terry Wilson finished with 73 yards and one touchdown to go with 75 yards on the ground. Chris Rodriguez added 38 rushing yards and a score on seven carries, while AJ Rose managed 22 yards on eight carries.

Joey Gatewood even got a few reps late in the fourth quarter, finishing with five rushing yards on two carries. He also had one incompletion.

Josh Ali led UK’s receivers with 22 yards on two catches, followed by Brenden Bates with 14 yards, and Justin Rigg and Keaton Upshaw with 12, with the latter adding a receiving touchdown.

As a team, the Wildcats finished with 157 yards and ten total first downs.

Here is the entire box score:

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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41 Comments for FINAL: Kentucky defense pitches shutout in 24-2 victory over Mississippi State

  1. dhard
    11:09 pm October 10, 2020 Permalink

    Great effort from the defense. 6 interceptions, is that a record?

  2. original slappy
    11:10 pm October 10, 2020 Permalink

    Gatewood looked poised and confident. Terry looked scared all night. Would it have killed then to try him earlier in the 4th (3rd?!)
    Also Gran sucks and should be forced to take a pay cut. Hopefully defense can keep Uncle mo when they switch back to man next week.

    • michaelb
      11:19 pm October 10, 2020 Permalink

      Lol silly comment , didn’t see enuff , saw jutahn though

    • damage_control
      11:23 pm October 10, 2020 Permalink

      Hahahaha!!! Hilarious take

    • Pensacola_Cat_Fan
      11:29 pm October 10, 2020 Permalink

      To answer your question, yes they should have put Gateway in much earlier in the game. The morons that replied to you are happy with 60 yards passing per game.

    • damage_control
      11:32 pm October 10, 2020 Permalink

      No- the morons that replied can see when there’s MSU players running around in the backfield like the O line doesn’t exist. Maybe “Gateway” would’ve handled it better but there’s absolutely no evidence of that.

  3. runningunnin.454
    11:12 pm October 10, 2020 Permalink

    Damn shame we had to sail one over Duffy’s head; hats off to the defense, this was their game; and for all practical purposes, they scored two of the TD’s.

  4. VMI1957
    11:12 pm October 10, 2020 Permalink

    Okay!!! A glimmer of hope!!! UK’s D showed up so maybe this will be the catalyst? Good to see so maybe I will change my view of the team…

  5. cats646
    11:12 pm October 10, 2020 Permalink

    I’m not even sure what I just watched. Lol. The “worst” secondary in the nation just had 6 interceptions?!?!!! I’ll take it!! Great game by the defense! Offense… FIRE EDDIE GRAN!! Lol. Heck of a win! GO CATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. dhard
    11:17 pm October 10, 2020 Permalink

    With the way our defense had played, I thought Mississippi St would have a field day. Give the coordinator and players props as they coached and played really, really well.

  7. michaelb
    11:18 pm October 10, 2020 Permalink

    February : Brad white hired as FLA D Coordinator

  8. Miller45
    11:18 pm October 10, 2020 Permalink

    I hope this is a little more indicative of how the defense is going go moving forward.

    I am so happy we won but the offense is disturbing/nauseating to watch and tried their best to give another one away

    • michaelb
      11:21 pm October 10, 2020 Permalink

      Yes . All of terry’s passes tonight we’re just bad . McLain needs some carries

    • bigbowdennation
      11:52 pm October 10, 2020 Permalink

      Man half of terry’s passes were on target and the receivers just dropped them … I think with the freshman receiving class we’ve got this year and gatewood next year we’ll have a legit passing threat. But this year I dunno

  9. TheBigjMan55
    11:22 pm October 10, 2020 Permalink

    Joey gatewood should be qb1!!!

    • damage_control
      11:24 pm October 10, 2020 Permalink

      So I guess that would make everyone feel so much better to watch gatewood getting swarmed in the backfield instead of Wilson because this O line CANNOT PASS BLOCK FOR SHIT!!

    • Middy
      11:48 pm October 10, 2020 Permalink

      I don’t think it’s the o-line. He’s getting 3-4 seconds. It seems the problem is that none of the receivers break free.

  10. makeitstop
    11:24 pm October 10, 2020 Permalink

    Can we stop the “touchdown Terry” hype train and admit we start the 10th best QB in the league and start looking for other answers? He can run… but u bring him down with one arm. He can’t pass w precision.

    • damage_control
      11:26 pm October 10, 2020 Permalink

      You try passing to nobody receivers with an instantly collapsing pocket

  11. michaelb
    11:25 pm October 10, 2020 Permalink

    ALL of terry’s passes looked bad tonight , there’s no denying it . Every pass td is luck right now , I’m not even clowning … I hate it

  12. Section233
    11:30 pm October 10, 2020 Permalink

    Gate wood has to play. Terry not the same QB after the injury. Sure he can run straight and go out of bounds instead of cut back for a TD but he’s not the Touchdown Terry we saw against Fla
    Gate wood has to play and play next week

  13. Pensacola_Cat_Fan
    11:33 pm October 10, 2020 Permalink

    We have no chance next week with this offense so by all means keep running Wilson out on the field.

  14. damage_control
    11:38 pm October 10, 2020 Permalink

    This is the same crowd who cried and cried for Drew Barker over Steven Johnson and then was certain they knew that Gunnar Hoak was the answer in 2018.

  15. Section233
    11:41 pm October 10, 2020 Permalink

    We may not have an answer in 2020 either but man it ain’t the guy we just saw three weeks in a row. And how about Rodriguez gets some conditioning and stay on the field. Dude runs hard. Gran letting everyone take turns ok now start doing that with the QB

    • damage_control
      11:44 pm October 10, 2020 Permalink

      Just accept that you have no idea and trust that stoops and the coaching staff who’s job it is to evaluate them know what they’re doing and save us all the hot air.

  16. Section233
    11:49 pm October 10, 2020 Permalink

    Wow you’re a dick

  17. Section233
    11:49 pm October 10, 2020 Permalink

    Umm yeah so..Go Cars! lol

    • Skooms
      11:57 pm October 10, 2020 Permalink

      Go Cars?? Wtf you talking about?

    • Section233
      12:11 am October 11, 2020 Permalink

      Whoa that’s a typo buddy, Go Cats! Changing the subject from the guy who’s being a jackass ole damage who thinks touchdown Terry is still the man

    • kentuckybackupplayer
      12:03 am October 11, 2020 Permalink

      he left the D off because thats what he secretly loves

    • Section233
      12:16 am October 11, 2020 Permalink

      I loved the D tonight! Great effort and game plan. Backup Don’t be the guy who’s troll put down has something go with Louisville too many off those on here already

  18. Lip Man 1
    11:51 pm October 10, 2020 Permalink

    To say they needed that one would be an understatement.

  19. Section233
    12:00 am October 11, 2020 Permalink

    Trust Stoops and the coaching staff ha. Every week it’s fire Gran and Stoops…Stoops is a great defensive guy. Has no control over team, no discipline. He’s a great defensive coordinator who needs an offensive coordinator with elephant balls

  20. slam212121
    12:09 am October 11, 2020 Permalink

    Gatewood looks the part. If UK is ever going to be elite we need a TRUE quarterback. Wilson is admirable, but definitely far from elite.

  21. clarks
    12:15 am October 11, 2020 Permalink

    All the early drops by wr seemed to shake Terry’s confidence and he never regained it. Got super conservative after getting the lead as well. Win is a win however you get it and on to next. Ole miss maybe looking better than we thought after going toe to toe with bama.

    • CJKAssassin123
      12:55 am October 11, 2020 Permalink

      Which makes last week’s loss look even worse. However it does kind of give us a slimer of hope against Bama.

    • notFromhere
      2:04 am October 11, 2020 Permalink

      How tf does last weeks loss “look worse”…?

      If Bama couldn’t stop Ole Miss from scoring, how does that make UK LOOK BAD? It makes the loss look a lot LESS BAD. Still sucks that we gave them the game.

      Lots of drops today, but also holding the ball too long. Gotta know the situation and be ready to throw the ball away or see the man coming open. Missed a few deep shots that were wide open. Some were not even thrown that way. Checked down to less than yards needed on 3rd down too many times.

      Complete struggle on O, but a lot could’ve been solved by RUNNING WITH CROD, instead of having ARose in 90% of the snaps.

  22. KyZoneBlitz
    2:02 am October 11, 2020 Permalink

    Wilson just completed over 77% of his passes last week, and if not for 3 drops from DeMarcus Harris, he goes 17-18 (Which is around 94%/95% I’m pretty sure) with a TD. Our WRs are far from elite, and states front-7 was in the back field all night. I don’t get why Rose hasn’t been benched yet. The kid just hasn’t learned from his mistakes it seems. Until Smoke comes back, run CRod, Tisdale/McClain, and move Torrance Davis back to RB and let him tote the rock!! He will end up being what we thought Rose would become, but he’s bigger and faster. After Smoke comes back, run CRod/Smoke with Tisdale/McClain until Rose proves in practice that he’s mentally focused and prepared. Good win, now let’s go get a 2nd against the puke-orange vols next week!! Go Cats..

  23. notFromhere
    2:05 am October 11, 2020 Permalink

    What KyZoneBlitz just said

  24. Tyler_Stotts
    2:52 am October 11, 2020 Permalink

    I am so sick of hearing everyone talk about Terry like he is some elite level QB. The bottom line is Terry is not the caliber QB we need to take us to another level. The year we won 10 games he threw for 1800 yards 11 Td 8 int…. THOSE ARE NOT GOOD NUMBERS!!! Terry seems like a great kid BUT he is not a passing QB and we are wasting our time with him. Make the switch!!!