The Kentucky vs. Eastern Michigan football game feels like it happened at least 12 years ago. Somehow, it’s been less than a year since Terry Wilson went down with a season-ending injury during the Cats’ 38-17 win over the Eagles. September 7, 2019 feels eons away, but luckily the fine folks with the UK football twitter account are here to jog your memory. They’ve put together a short recap video of week No. 2 in Kroger Field last season, and it features some pretty memorable moments.
Before the game, Christi Thomas of the UK Sports Network reminded the Big Blue Nation of this impressive fact: In the second game of the season, Alabama was the only SEC school with a better record than Kentucky throughout the previous 14 games. In the minutes leading up to kickoff, Kash Daniel fired up his teammates with a “brothers’ keeper” speech, and Mark Stoops reminded his team to play “four freaking quarters.”
Kentucky sprinted out to a 14-0 first quarter lead before things started to slowly fall apart for the home team. There was a fumble on the 1-yard line, several penalties and a missed field goal. Things went from bad to worse for Kentucky when Terry Wilson was carted off the field with a knee injury following a horse-collar tackle. Sawyer Smith quickly warmed up on the sidelines.
Mitch Barnhart’s face says it all.
Sawyer Smith came in hot. On his first pass of the game, he launched a deep ball to Ahmad Wagner that resulted in a 54-yard touchdown, Wagner’s first of his career. Then, Smith went to Wagner again; this time, pass interference. Then, the pigskin went to Lynn Bowden. By the end of the night, A.J. Rose and Kavosiey Smoke both rushed for touchdowns of their own.
Still, it was not a fun time to be a Wildcat, as the severity of Wilson’s injury remained unknown. Coach Stoops tried to cheer up his players in the locker room after the win.
“Whoever the hell goes in there for us in any position, we’re going to win. You got me?,” Stoops says in the video. “Never before did we not need every guy in this room. That’a s a fact. Everybody in here; we needed everybody. And we need you with a damn tough, positive attitude.”
See everything (don’t worry – I mean everything except the play that tore Wilson’s patellar tendon, of course) for yourself here:
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) July 19, 2020
If you’re interested in the KSR version of the Recap Replay (or if you’re just really going through college football withdrawals), here are a few of our posts from that game and the following days.