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Kentucky Guts Out 24-20 Win Over Eastern Michigan

Kentucky’s offense did not light up Kroger Field with explosive plays, but the defense and special teams did.

In an offensive struggle, UK’s defense kept Eastern Michigan quarterback Brogan Roback on his back in the second half.  The Cats had five sacks, two from Josh Allen, and three quarterback hurries to stymy the Eagles’ offense.

Kentucky won the game with big plays on special teams.  A muffed Eastern Michigan punt return led to a field goal that gave Kentucky the lead and a blocked punt by Josh Paschal set up the Cats game-winning score in the fourth quarter.

Kendall Randolph came up with another big play for the UK defense.  His fourth quarter interception   appeared to put the game out of reach, but the Eagles weren’t finished.  A two-minute, six-play drive ended with a touchdown to cut the Kentucky lead to four following the missed PAT.  Kentucky’s offense could not put the Eagles away (they finished the game with just 228 total yards), but the defense was prepared to save the day and close out the game for Kentucky’s fourth win of the season.

Just like Kentucky’s first two wins of the season, this win was not pretty, but after last week’s tough loss, taking an ugly win isn’t so bad.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

35 Comments for Kentucky Guts Out 24-20 Win Over Eastern Michigan

  1. A_Blue_Wildcat
    7:36 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

    There’s no such thing as an easy win with Mark Stoops as your head coach

  2. bailey000
    7:39 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

    Gotta clean up the o-line. They looked awful

  3. kenny
    7:40 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

    An ugly win is better than a pretty loss

  4. KYcats11
    7:41 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink


  5. MadHatter
    7:43 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

    MacGinnis have dead leg?

  6. Catlogic15
    7:47 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

    Eddie Gran is not an SEC offense coordinator.

    • I think you’re the same one who said this last week, but he was the Auburn OC when they had Ronnie Brown and Carnell Williams. You may wind up being right, but this isn’t his first rodeo.

    • bankerbh
      10:03 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

      What does that tell you about Coach Gran if he went from Auburn and eventually worked his way down to the AAC where he hooked up with former Coach Tuberville at Cincinnati? Doesn’t seem like a good trajectory.

  7. Catcasey1
    7:47 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

    Dead leg

  8. LegggoooCats
    7:51 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

    We didn’t gut out shit. We couldn’t even finish off a lousy ass Eastern Michigan team. The absolute best we will go is 7-5, and possibly 6-6. From there, it’ll be back to some lame bowl game that no one cares about. I’m so sick and tired of this mediocrity!!!

  9. KYcats11
    8:02 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

    Catlogic and Legggoo cats can get outta here 4-1 BABY!!!

  10. kydrummer
    8:17 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

    What’s wrong with AJ Rose?

  11. RealCatsFan
    8:46 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

    What would Neal Brown do with this group of athletes?

  12. UKPROF
    8:48 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

    It took WAAAY too long to get rid of DJ Eliot and now it is WAAAY time to replace Eddie Gran. If not replace, at least give him a good swift kick in the ‘asp’. What a lack luster, boring, and PREDICTABLE offense we have. Wonder if his wife finds him as boring and as predictable at home?

  13. Wow, not a lot of reaction here. I guess I’m not the only one who is still bummed about last week (the *way* we lost more than the fact that we lost…I think).

  14. Wildcat fan who got his masters at Troy here. Go Brown! They’re up 17-0 now!

  15. KYChris
    9:26 pm September 30, 2017 Permalink

    I don’t think tonight was so bad. It wasn’t pretty but some guys are hurt and we rolled in Bowden and Jackson. I foresee a lot more of both in the future. Let’s just get through Mizz, get a bye week to get some more practice in and get ready to go to Miss St.
    This is a good team and they still have a lot of wins in them. Only team that should beat us is Georgia. It’s football though and anything can happen.
    Go Cats!

  16. BluKudzu
    2:46 am October 1, 2017 Permalink

    Sunbelt. OVC. MAC.
    We are not that good.