With less than a minute left in the half, Kentucky had Auburn on the ropes. The Wildcats failed to deliver a timely knockout punch, leaving the door open for a disastrous fourth quarter for Mark Stoops’ team. No. 8 Auburn ran away with a 29-13 win over No. 23 Kentucky.
With only seconds remaining until halftime, Chris Rodriguez appeared to cross the plane on first down to give Kentucky a 14-8 lead. Officials somehow came to the conclusion that he did not score. On third down Terry Wilson’s pass was picked off and taken to the house. Luckily, an official review on a targeting call wiped away Auburn’s touchdown, giving the Cats a mulligan for the mistake.
Many Big Blue fans believed that was the worst mistake of the game. Unfortunately, it got exponentially worse in the fourth quarter.
Trailing 15-13 and facing a third and five, Wilson tried to make a move on a designed quarterback run but kneed the ball out of his own hands. Auburn recovered the ball just outside of the red zone on the UK 23 yard-line. Seth Williams caught his second touchdown of the day five plays later to take a 22-13 lead.
Oh. My. God. Seth Williams. pic.twitter.com/YkluMFh1pg
— Cam Mellor (@CamMellor) September 26, 2020
Trying to avoid a three-and-out on the following possession, Max Duffy was stuffed a on fake punt. Auburn only needed two plays to get into the end zone and effectively end the game by taking a 16-point lead.
Kentucky could not contain Williams whatsoever. The Auburn wide receiver caught six passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns from Bo Nix, who was only sacked once by the highly-touted Kentucky defensive line. The Tigers’ quarterback accounted for 267 total yards and threw three touchdown passes.
Kentucky’s offensive line was expected to dominate in the trenches, but UK only managed to rush for 145 yards. In Terry Wilson’s return to the field he completed 23-of-36 passes for 239 yards and one touchdown. He made a couple nice throws downfield, but most of his completions were in the flat near the line of scrimmage.
The Big Blue Nation had high hopes entering the 2020 season, and rightfully so. This is the first time the Wildcats entered the season ranked in the top 25 of the AP Poll since 1978. The hype could not prevent Kentucky from making fatal early-season mistakes.