For a defense that has been nothing but criticized for the entirety of the season, UK’s performed exceptionally well last night. So well, in fact, to earn an A on SEC Country’s latest report card.
“The Wildcats defense was absent for three weeks but showed up against the Gamecocks. UK held South Carolina to just 268 yards of offense on 2.6 yards per carry. Stopping the run put pressure on freshman QB Brandon McIlwain. That’s just what the Wildcats wanted.
D.J. Eliot’s defense entered the matchup ranked 127th (out of 128 FBS teams) in opponent third down conversion rates. UK was allowing opposing offenses to convert 58 percent of third downs. South Carolina was 3 of 13 (23 percent) on third downs Saturday.”
There’s no doubt that UK’s defense stepped it up big time last night. South Carolina’s offense isn’t the most highly touted defense in the SEC, but hey, improvement is improvement. We were able to stop South Carolina’s run and actually put pressure on their quarterback. Alabama next week will be ridiculously tough, but it’ll be interesting to see how the defense does against the number 1 team in the nation.