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.