Nick Fitzgerald is going to have Josh Allen nightmares. The Kentucky pass rusher could not be contained by Mississippi State.
“They couldn’t block me.” Allen said he knew it was going to be a good night right away.
“I thought they couldn’t stop me after the first pass rush. I knew it was going to be a long day for them. I got their count right and that’s all she wrote. I was trying to get him every play.”
He didn’t get to Fitzgerald on every play, but at times it felt like it. Mark Stoops tried to do whatever he could to put Allen in a position to attack Fitzgerald.
“I was making sure we were being able to rush him as much we could because it seemed like he was unstoppable,” Stoops said. “He’s a dynamic player and he was very hard to block tonight. He’s a great football player. ”
Kentucky’s senior outside linebacker had 6 tackles, two for loss, a quarterback hurry and a sack that pushed Mississippi State out of field goal range. Those stats don’t truly reflect Allen’s impact on the game. His speed rush on a third and long forced Fitzgerald to step up into the pocket and throw an interception. On another third and long, Calvin Taylor reaped the rewards.
“He’s got so much speed on the outside, they’re setting real wide on him, so I got a one-on-one with the guard.” When Taylor got that one-on-one, it resulted in a sack.
It was truly an incredible sight to see. While Marcus Spears put the nation on notice, it’s nothing new to his teammates.
“Just Josh being Josh,” Kash Daniel said. “I see that everyday in practice. That’s nothing new to me. I’m just like, ‘Oh, Josh got a sack. Cool.’ Just line up the next play.”
Allen absolutely abused Miss. State’s tackles. Did Daniel feel sorry for them?
“I didn’t feel sorry for any of them. I hope they’re all crying. I hope they’re all sobbing. I hope all their girlfriends broke up with them. I don’t care about them at all.”
Mike Edwards has no pity for any of the Cats’ future opponents either. Tonight was the first of many spectacular performances by the future first round draft pick. He’s simply unstoppable.
“Nobody in the country can block him. No matter who you got, you can’t block Josh,” Edwards said.