Of all the Kentucky football wins, this was one of them.
Kentucky sprinted out to a 14-0 first quarter lead, poised to steamroll past Eastern Michigan for a blowout victory. That dream quickly dissolved into a nightmare.
A.J. Rose fumbled the ball on the one-yard line just before entering the end zone to take a 21-0 lead. Just a few plays later Jordan Griffin responded by picking off a pass, but penalties forced the Cats to settle for a field goal. On the ensuing drive Kash Daniel caught a tipped ball for his first career interception. More self-inflicted mistakes erased a long Kavosiey Smoke touchdown. A missed field goal from 49 yards out resulted in zero points from Daniel’s excellent interception.
The night never felt the same after that sequence. It only got worse when a horse-collar tackle on Terry Wilson sent Kentucky’s quarterback off the field on a stretcher.
Sawyer Smith entered the game and his first pass could not have been any better. A deep ball to Ahmad Wagner went 54 yards for the wide receiver’s first career touchdown. Smith went to Wagner again, and to no one’s surprise, Wagner drew a pass interference. Smith found Lynn Bowden on the following play for the final score of the game (one that secured a cover). The transfer from Troy completed 5-of-9 passes for 76 yards and two touchdowns.
Kentucky got a 38-17 victory over Eastern Michigan, but the second straight MAC win left the BBN uneasy as Wilson’s status remains unknown a week away from the showdown with Florida at Kroger Field.