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The new Mikel Horton wouldn’t be stopped on the game-winning score

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With one minute to go in a tied ballgame, Patrick Towles handed the ball off to Mikel Horton, who carried it for 12 yards and the game-deciding score. The sophomore back ran into a Louisiana defender just short of the 5-yard line, but exploded through the attempted tackle and found the end zone.

That extra burst was a testament to Horton’s hard work in the offseason. He said afterward that he likely would’ve gone down on the play last season, but he’s much more agile and down 20 pounds from a year ago.

“I’m more explosive and I can bend down,” he said. “Last year, 245 pounds, I would probably fall. This year, I’m more agile to cut and run people over and it worked out.”

All of the credit on the run doesn’t go to Horton’s new frame, however. Horton was quick to thank his teammates for setting him up to make the play.

First, Patrick Towles rallied the team on the final drive, telling his offense, “Score. Let’s go.”

And then the offensive line and fullback Will Thomas Collins opened up holes for Horton to make his run.

“I was talking to the offensive linemen and told them, ‘It starts with y’all.’ And they did a heck of a job,” Horton said. “That’s really who scored the touchdown, especially our fullback.”

Garrett Johnson, the team’s leading receiver in the game, had no doubt his fellow sophomore would get it done. He said, “We knew there was no other way around it and we had to score so we put Mikel back in and let him do what he did.”

As did Dorian Baker, who told reporters, “He made a great touchdown. You know, we needed it. It’s definitely one of those joyful moments, so I’m just proud that he did that. He’s a great player, so I expect him to make those kind of plays.”

Listen to Tom Leach call the game-winner:

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

7 Comments for The new Mikel Horton wouldn’t be stopped on the game-winning score



  1. uk1983
    10:59 am September 7, 2015 Permalink

    great to see the stands full in the background of that photo.
    change is coming.



    • SMH
      12:19 pm September 7, 2015 Permalink

      Except by then the stadium was half empty. CBS showed tons of empty seats. Disappointing, but it’s Kentucky football. Disappointment is the norm.



    • BenHur
      12:59 pm September 7, 2015 Permalink

      ^ Hey look, it’s a card fan with no life.



    • Ha!
      2:41 pm September 7, 2015 Permalink

      UofL is 0-1

      UK is undefeated…. 😉



  2. Kussy
    11:55 am September 7, 2015 Permalink

    Great move, old news Drew. Got to do better guy.



    • Kussy
      2:57 pm September 7, 2015 Permalink

      I would start my own blog.

      If I was smart enough. 🙁



  3. Kevin C.
    12:30 pm September 7, 2015 Permalink

    “First, Patrick Towles rallied the team on the final drive, telling his offense, “Score. Let’s go.” ”

    Wow, without field general Patrick “Patton” Towles, we obviously would’ve lost the game. /s