Lots to say about the game today, so let’s get right to it with an immediate reaction…
1) Being a Kentucky football fan is hard.
Like everyone else, I was ready to swear off my loyalty to Kentucky football forever in the first half. The Cats looked awful to start the game and even trailed at halftime to a team picked fifth in the OVC. “This is Kentucky’s year to make the leap and challenge for the East,” we said all summer — yet, there we were, wondering if Eastern Kentucky (EASTERN F-ING KENTUCKY) would upset UK as 33-point dogs in the home opener. It’s a feeling we know all too well, BBN.
Luckily, Kentucky rallied and got the job done in the end. The record says 2-0, as expected, but we can’t pretend we didn’t flirt with disaster Saturday afternoon. We all played the “What if they lose?” game in our minds many times throughout the day. Thank God it didn’t come to that.
2) The Drew Barker debate is officially over.
Stephen Johnson had plenty of critics coming into the game and many fans went as far to say Drew Barker should be Kentucky’s starting quarterback. That argument is officially dead as of today, September 9, 2017.
Johnson played great and made several outstanding throws downfield. Toss in the plays he made with his feet (that TD sure was pretty) and you can no longer say he isn’t deserving of QB1. If you do, you’re lying to yourself.
Stephen Johnson haters at work on Monday. pic.twitter.com/yM2yEIaYAb
— Drew Franklin (@DrewFranklinKSR) September 9, 2017
Hopefully we’re all on the same page now.
3) The defense took a small step back from last week
What happened to the defense we saw at Southern Miss? It came back around in the second half when UK held EKU to only three points, but it was getting picked apart earlier in the game. The Cats somehow made Eastern’s backup QB look like Tom Brady for a drive, which is inexcusable.
Overall, the D got the job done. But it wasn’t perfect by any means. Any other team on the schedule puts up a lot of points in this one.
4) Darius West has been awesome
Couldn’t be happier for Darius West through his first two games as the team’s starting safety. He was on fire down in Hattiesburg last weekend and gave a repeat performance today, tallying 11 tackles for the defense. West is a young man who has been through a lot just to be playing football today, and he is showing a world of potential going forward. It’s safe to call him the MVP of the defense through two games.
5) 2-0 is 2-0
It hasn’t been pretty (it’s even been maddening at times) but undefeated is undefeated and Kentucky is undefeated.
Now let’s go down to South Carolina and beat that ass.