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Today on KSR: The Best and the Weird from a Crazy Week One

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(Photo: © CFB150.0rg)

Good Morning, BBN!! I hope you all are enjoying your first victory-recovery Sunday of the season, but there’s still a lot to talk about today. College football is back and there is way too much to unpack from a fun and whacky week one. Let’s start with the good guys.

Kentucky starts off 1-0

Kentucky is off to a 1-0 start which means all is good in the bluegrass. This game went almost as expected; there’s a lot to dissect and we will do that here at KSR in the coming days, so I don’t want to spend too much time on the victory, but there are a few things I want to touch on.

Starting with the positives, the offense looked pretty solid in the second half. The first half was a little shakey, but as the typical Mark Stoops season opener goes, the Cats figured it out by the second half. It started with adjusting to the fact that relying on Benny Snell to win football games is no longer an option.  Gran and company went with a more ground and pound style offense to start the game, which only resulted in 14 first-half points, but when things opened up in the second half, Kentucky looked solid, especially at wideout.

For the first time in a lifetime, Kentucky didn’t have a single dropped pass and the young group made some pretty solid catches that willed the Cats to their first victory on the year.

There are also three certainties in life: Death, Taxes, and Ahmad Wagner drawing a pass interference. Wagner forced two PIs against the Rocket defense yesterday, continuing the most efficient play in Kentucky’s history. Even when he wasn’t drawing flags, Wagner went out and made some plays, finishing second on the team in receiving with three catches for 57 yards. The guy is just unfair.

All three running backs had a solid outing with a combined 176 yards on the ground. Just off name recognition alone, Kavoisey Smoke will be a star. The redshirt freshman drew a lot of national attention for his 40-yard touchdown in the fourth.

Touchdown Terry had a good day as well with 246 yards and two touchdowns on 19 of 26 passing.

On the defensive side of the ball, the secondary did struggle at times and the defensive front had a hard time on some plays as well. However, on Toledo’s last five drives Kentucky allowed 16 plays for only 43 yards while forcing four punts, three 3-and-outs, and a fumble.

DeAndre Square was the star on that side of the ball, with 11 tackles and a pick.

Overall I’d credit the defense with a solid day, but there is still a lot to improve on.

You can read more about yesterday’s game with Drew’s 10 takeaways.

10 Takeaways From Kentucky’s Win To Open The Season

Future Cats in Attendance

@the_JohnYoung

Look who was at the game yesterday! 2020 commits John Young, Beau Allen, Kalil Branham, and Torrance Davis were all in attendance to watch Kentucky beat Toledo yesterday. The BBN loves to see it.

Today, we will have more on how these guys and their 2020 companions performed on Friday night.

Now to the rest of the country.

SEC Woes

I have never been more convinced in my life that Kentucky is going undefeated.

It was not a banner day for the SEC as they went 9-5 in week one. Mississippi State was lucky to beat Louisiana Lafayette as the Bulldogs squeaked out a 38-28 victory. Same goes for Arkansas as they beat Portland State by just a touchdown.

Some other notable games from Kentucky opponents came out of the East:

South Carolina dropped their first game to a North Carolina team that just won two games last season, which has to be music to the BBN, and it also provided a great post-game interview with Mack Brown.

Coach Brown can bust a move, too.

Missouri also had a notable loss as they fell to Wyoming 37-31. A lot of people – including myself – thought the Tigers had a chance to make a huge leap this season and ruffle some feathers in the SEC East, but after their week one performance, I have much more confidence in the Cats when the Tigers march into Kroger Field here in a few weeks.

Am I missing anybody else?

No? Okay, just checking.

Just a reminder that all three losing teams from the East were predicted to finish above Kentucky in the race to Atlanta.

Georgia invades Vandy

Just wow, honestly.

Bo Nix Fulfills his Dream

It was a cool moment in last night’s primetime game when Bo Nix led the Tigers to a comeback victory in week one. The true freshman grew up idolizing Came Newton his whole life and even celebrated the 2011 BCS Championship with Cam after the Tigers beat the Ducks.

Fast forward eight years and Bo Nix gets to lead the Tigers on a game-winning drive to beat those same Ducks.

WHAT. A. SPORT.

Hugh Freeze

It appears that we have our first college football meme of the season. Former Ole Miss coach, Hugh Freeze, who now coaches at Liberty, is into a four-to-six-week recovery after surgery on his back. So, in Liberty’s biggest football game in the history of their program, Freeze decided to coach from his hospital bed.

From playcalling to the post-game press conference, Freeze did it all from the hospital bed. What a sport.

Women’s soccer

If you haven’t had your fix of Kentucky Athletics, don’t fret, there’s more! The women’s soccer team will be playing the Youngstown State Penguins today at the Bell at 2:00 pm ET. If you can’t make it out, they will be playing on the SEC Network+.

Go Cats!!

Article written by Brent Wainscott

Twitter: @BrentWainscott_

2 Comments for Today on KSR: The Best and the Weird from a Crazy Week One



  1. onlyone
    10:55 am September 1, 2019 Permalink

    Well the Cats are 1-0 which is better than almost half the other SEC teams. Looking much better second half but they do have to work on how to stop a running QB without injuring him so bad he cannot play. This will be a very interesting season I think.



  2. mashburnfan1
    1:31 pm September 1, 2019 Permalink

    The UGA game at UK last year was sad, only reason it was sold out was all the UGA fans despite our great season. Now it was nothing near that picture but considering we were playing for the SEC East and the Championship and a possible playoff no way we should have let that much red get in.