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Kentucky Saves the Celebrating for a Later Date

The seventeenth-ranked Kentucky Wildcats defeated South Carolina 24-10 to improve to 5-0 and 3-0 in SEC play.

Since World War II the Kentucky football team has been 5-0 only five times.  The Cats are 3-0 in the SEC for the first time since 1977.  Mark Stoops’ team reached these milestones with a two-touchdown win, but it wasn’t enough to create another chaotic postgame scene in the locker room.

It’s routine now,” Stoops said.  “We didn’t even dance or celebrate at all. We just kind of, all right, that’s a good job. We expect to play that way.”

Kentucky held South Carolina to just ten points and 321 total yards.  UK’s first three SEC opponents have scored only 33 points, the fewest since 1977.  Still, tonight’s performance did not meet the Cats’ expectations.

“We celebrated,” said Derrick Baity, “but I feel like it wasn’t like usual because we didn’t play up to our standard.  Coming out (in the second half), we didn’t move the ball on offense.  We were on the field for like ten minutes.  That’s just not our standard.  It was a little frustrating for the team, but we got a team win and that’s all that matters at the end of the day.”

The defense did its job.  In every win this year Kentucky has limited their opponent to less than 360 yards (something that hasn’t been done in 31 years).  However, the offense did not do its job in the second half.

After rushing for 168 yards in the first half, Kentucky’s ground game only picked up 27 more in the second half.  The Cats could not consistently move the ball, but they did enough to grind away the game.  C.J. Conrad, who caught three passes for a team-high 31 yards, knows there’s still plenty of room for improvement.

“I feel like we haven’t played our best football yet.  The defense is playing unbelievable, but offensively there’s so much more out there for us,” Conrad said.  “It’s an amazing feeling to be 5-0 and 3-0 in the SEC, but our best football is ahead of us.”

Once Kentucky puts all of the pieces together, as Derrick Baity said, the sky is the limit.

“I think we all feel a little like we left a lot out there,” Stoops said. “We expect to play better and there’s a lot of things we can do better and will. We’re always striving for that perfect game.”


Article written by Nick Roush

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

13 Comments for Kentucky Saves the Celebrating for a Later Date

  1. J. Did
    7:08 am September 30, 2018 Permalink

    GO CATS!

  2. BluKudzu
    7:38 am September 30, 2018 Permalink

    The Defense is the star of this program, by far. Matt House has made it happen, he has this team playing at such a high level.
    SEC opponents averaging only 10 points per game. Awesome.
    Go Cats.

    • Skooms
      11:51 am September 30, 2018 Permalink

      Couldn’t agree with you more! They’re a true SEC defense, actually a true top sec defense this year! Hate that Kash got that targeting call, but he also seemed to re-energize the team on his way out!

  3. gasman01
    8:12 am September 30, 2018 Permalink

    We must be able to pass the ball. A&M will stack the box and play our receivers man to man.

  4. Larkin123
    9:25 am September 30, 2018 Permalink

    Does any have a clue why we started throwing deeper passes? The 5 to 15 yard passing game opened everything up the first half.

    • Miller45
      12:09 pm September 30, 2018 Permalink

      We were talking about that earlier, seriously though they were spreading the ball around forcing the defense to stay honest and cover the entire field, then in second half they had 8 people in the box to stop benny and we just kept beating a dead horse

  5. michaelb
    10:08 am September 30, 2018 Permalink

    We’re not gonna move the ball effectively until our second qb plays .

    • MadHatter
      11:34 am September 30, 2018 Permalink


    • BigBlueMeade
      1:46 pm September 30, 2018 Permalink

      Just stop with this nonsense. This would eliminate MANY of the plays that give us big yards.

    • CATandMONKEY
      9:27 pm September 30, 2018 Permalink

      Despite my love for freedom of speech, this website is replete with excellent support for abridging that freedom- absolutely, for some.

  6. duggan
    11:21 am September 30, 2018 Permalink

    Love this team. They just have a different attitude and I love it

  7. Catlogic15
    11:43 am September 30, 2018 Permalink

    Baity sounded a little perturbed at the offense. Can’t blame him.

  8. Aar
    2:47 pm September 30, 2018 Permalink

    IMHO, there were 3 great things about the win last night:
    1) Got past the trap game.
    2) Got the penalty challenges out of the way.
    3) It was a routine win.

    All wins over SEC team’s are great wins. In order to get to the “next level” all of BBN, including the players, needs to start acting like beating SEC teams is expected. Of this 4 week stretch, USC was the least feared opponent, the team has been winning on emotions and that was bound to run out sometime and the week between UF, MSU and TAMU was the easy comedown. It showed through the early sideline dancing and penalties. Great job by the Cats to not fall in this trap week. We are ranked. Everybody wants a piece and each game from here on out will be very hard to win. Go Big Blue!