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Kentucky avoids disaster, beats MTSU 34-23

Phew. What was supposed to be a fun, get-back-on-track Senior Day almost ended in disaster for Kentucky.

The Cats beat Middle Tennessee State 34-23, but the Blue Raiders put up a heck of a fight, and the issues on offense AND defense in the second half will do little to quiet the coaching staff’s critics. Kentucky made enough plays to advance to 8-3 on the season, their best record since 1984, but man, that was ugly.

The day had plenty of highs and lows. Mike Edwards got a pick six to start the game and forced a fumble a few plays later. Josh Paschal returned to the field for the first time after battling cancer AND got a big tackle, bringing fans to their feet. Josh Allen broke the Kentucky Football record for career sacks in what may have been the play of the game, stuffing Brent Stockstill on fourth down with the Blue Raiders down eight. He did it again with 39 seconds left to break the single-season sacks record, previously held by Dennis Johnson.

If not for Allen’s heroics, this would be a very different recap. MTSU moved the ball way too easily, outgaining Kentucky in total yards 392-324. Kentucky’s playcalling in the second half was puzzling, most notably the decision to keep Benny Snell on the sidelines on a crucial drive at the start of the fourth quarter. With one game left, Kentucky’s done incredible things this season, but today’s performance will still have fans grumbling.

Again, phew.


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

28 Comments for Kentucky avoids disaster, beats MTSU 34-23

  1. Bigblue7982
    3:24 pm November 17, 2018 Permalink

    Eddie gran again.

    • CATandMONKEY
      12:43 am November 18, 2018 Permalink

      Eddie didn’t give up 392 yards.

  2. dhard
    3:24 pm November 17, 2018 Permalink

    Our team is not the same team that we saw earlier in the year.

    • binarysolo
      3:25 pm November 17, 2018 Permalink

      Agreed. This team would get blown out in Gainesville.

    • dhard
      3:29 pm November 17, 2018 Permalink

      It seems other teams have adjusted to what we do and our coaches have changed nothing.

    • henderblue
      3:51 pm November 17, 2018 Permalink

      Our team is not executing the way it was earlier in the year. The o-line is not performing the way they were. The defense is not wrapping up the way they were. Our outside containment lacks a lot to be desired. If it wasn’t for Josh Allen today we could have gotten beat. Great to see Josh Paschal playing again

    • Miller45
      11:40 pm November 17, 2018 Permalink

      Nothing has been the same since the third quarter of the Carolina game

  3. davis2319
    3:43 pm November 17, 2018 Permalink

    A wins a win. However, it still doesn’t look like we have addressed the issues that have hurt us this second half of the season. How are we out gained by a team who on paper we are WAY better than?? Play calling suspect once again. I understand Stoops and Gran are boys, but the offensive being this stagnant since the South Carolina game is EXTREMELY concerning. Defense is worn out and it shows. You don’t go from holding opponents to 12 ppg, to giving up 23 against Middle Tennessee State. A team that got crushed by Vanderbilt

  4. cats646
    3:46 pm November 17, 2018 Permalink

    Extremely proud of these seniors!! However, FIRE EDDIE GRAN!!!!

  5. Trueblue44
    3:46 pm November 17, 2018 Permalink

    Honestly at this point it is what it is. He doesn’t have the ability to adjust or change so I’m of the mind of just taking whatever we get from the offense. RPO run for Snell between the tackles is what he is going to call 60% of the time, might as well get used to it. Me personally, I’m going to enjoy watching Snell and Allen and Edwards the rest of the year and not let Gran steal the fun any longer

  6. Luether
    3:46 pm November 17, 2018 Permalink

    You’re right, Mrs TT – an ugly win is still a win – and I’ll take it any day…

    • JASUN74
      6:23 pm November 17, 2018 Permalink

      Luether, I believe your sources finally got one right. Lol I agree and I’ll take that win. Now let’s pluck the feathers off them damn dirty birds. Go Cats, win out or Bust. . Lol

  7. Matt10
    3:51 pm November 17, 2018 Permalink

    Notice how dynamic and creative MTSU was on offense? I’m talking to you, Eddie. They out gained your side and once again the D is the only thing that saved this from being a loss. Without the early pick 6 and fumble and the late heroics you’d be on a skewer tonight.

    • michaelb
      4:22 pm November 17, 2018 Permalink

      That’s what I was thinking the whole game . Gran needs to follow this offense on twitter . Notice how super effective their screen pass game was ? I loved their team – it was a great team , they just were little out matched . Ala us vs. uga

  8. Blue Bill
    3:55 pm November 17, 2018 Permalink

    Amen. 8-3. Oh, sorry, I’m supposed to be bitching like an old man.

  9. michaelb
    4:19 pm November 17, 2018 Permalink

    When will they ever learn to stop doing qb sneak with Wilson ? It’s never even looked promising on any of the previous attempts!!!!!

  10. Kentuckiana
    4:20 pm November 17, 2018 Permalink

    I think I would rather have a “boring” 8-3 record than an “explosive” 6-5 record at this stage of the season.
    It sure isn’t pretty, though.

  11. michaelb
    4:20 pm November 17, 2018 Permalink

    It’s not so much that we don’t look like/ execute like the same team . It’s more to do with the progression of each team as the season goes by. Teams get better across the board .

  12. michaelb
    4:22 pm November 17, 2018 Permalink

    I’d love to have their o coordinater

    • pappageorgio
      5:56 pm November 17, 2018 Permalink

      We did have him. Franklin was UK’s O coordinater back in 2000. He coached here for a few years.

  13. 8generationsblue
    4:46 pm November 17, 2018 Permalink

    I was at the game and it was ugly. The product on the field is not good. I can see the possibility of us losing next week as Louisville will play loose with nothing to lose. Also winning a bowl game is doubtful unless UK returns to early greatness. The fans are adapting to the product and can’t be blamed for their discouragement.

    • kurofmi
      7:32 pm November 17, 2018 Permalink

      It’s an entertainment industry. Period. What’s entertaining about the UaK offense? Instead of flicking to another channel fans ‘flick’ to activities that bring joy and contentment. MHO. Go Blue!

  14. JohnnyCheeseSticks
    4:47 pm November 17, 2018 Permalink

    Offensive Talent increases each year, while the offense continues to sink lower in the national rankings each year. Some of you d-bags like Nick Rousch will die defending Gran while he ruins the program.

    • Miller45
      11:45 pm November 17, 2018 Permalink

      Yep, there is no reason this group should have had the struggles they have this year even with shoddy quarterback play

  15. BluKudzu
    4:59 pm November 17, 2018 Permalink

    What a shame. We, too, could have an explosive offense this year, going high tempo, but we do not.

  16. BigolBlue
    5:10 pm November 17, 2018 Permalink

    Was taking middle and the points ever a question? Guarentee money