Tonight’s football game against the Arkansas Razorbacks wasn’t just a football game. It was a celebration of the life of Jared Lorenzen. Jared was Big Blue Nation’s favorite player. He was not only one of the best quarterbacks to wear the blue and white, he was also one of the greatest fans of the football team. He loved this program and the fans loved him for it.
The fall weather made for a perfect night for football. The Wildcats, however, didn’t have a perfect start. It took only two snaps of the football before Arkansas scored on a 75-yard touchdown run by Rakeem Boyd. The Razorbacks scored two field goals before Kentucky could score their first touchdown of the game. The score ended the half and pulled the Cats within one score 13 to 7.
Even though the Wildcats where down at the half, they played reasonably well. Lynn Bowden, who played the quarterback role this game, passed a perfect 4 for 4 with 65 first half yards. Defensively, the Cats held the Razorbacks to only 41 passing yards and without the 75-yard touchdown run they would have only 60 rushing yards.
The Cats continued their success in the second half making a 50-yard field goal on their first possession and a beautiful 10-yard touchdown pass from Lynn Bowden to Clevan Thomas. That touchdown gave the Wildcats their first lead of the game heading into the third quarter.
The fourth quarter was exciting to say the least. After finishing the 3rd quarter up 17 to 13, the Cats allowed Rakeem Boyd to score his second rushing touchdown of the night to put Arkansas up by a field goal. That is when Lynn Bowden put on a show. He gained 95 yards rushing in the fourth quarter alone and tallied 196 rushing for the game. He had two total rushing touchdowns and one passing touchdown. His final run into the endzone with 6:53 left in the game gave Kentucky the victory 24 to 20.
This was a must win game for the Cats because they needed this victory before heading to Athens to play the Georgia Bulldogs next week. Now the question that the Big Blue Nation will be asking all week is “who will be the quarterback?”