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College Football – Wildcat’s Defense Gets the Victory Over Bulldogs 24-2

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When Kentucky hosts Mississippi State it always gets the Big Blue Faithful excited for game day. There was even more hype this year with Mike Leach bringing his “Air Raid” offense into Kroger Field for the first time as the Bulldogs Head Coach. The Wildcats have remained winless this season and were looking to get over hump tonight at home before heading to Tennessee next week to face against the Volunteers.

It was an event less first quarter that negated any scoring by either team and they combined for 5 punts. The longest drive of the first quarter was Kentucky’s first drive of only 28 yards. The second quarter started off with a little more excitement. After a missed field goal by Miss. St. Terry Wilson ran a quarterback keeper for 51 yards and threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Keaton Upshaw.

Kentucky’s defense provided the next explosive play when Josh Paschal caught an interception and returned it 76 yards that ended just two yards shy of a pick six. Chris Rodriguez scored on the next play to push Kentucky’s lead to 14. The Wildcats’ defense stepped up again on the last play of the half and stopped a Bulldogs score with an interception in the endzone by Jamin Davis. Mississippi State remained scoreless and the Wildcats took a 14-0 lead to the locker room.

The third quarter was full of turnovers and weird plays. The Bulldogs went for a fourth and short early in the quarter on their own 34-yard line and threw an incomplete pass that gave the ball to the Wildcats. The Wildcats did not capitalize on the turnover because of a fumble by AJ Rose. Later in the quarter Mississippi State threw another interception which was caught by Kelvin Joesph. The Bulldogs scored on a safety when the ball was thrown over Max Duffy’s head and into the Wildcat’s endzone.

With a 14 to 2 lead the Cats started the fourth quarter with confidence and continued to play that way. Kentucky picked up their fifth interception which was a pick-six by Jordan Wright and gave the Cats a 21-2 lead. Kentucky sealed the victory on a 35-yard field goal by Matt Ruffolo and ended the game on a sixth interception by D’Eeryk Jackson. (Six interceptions is the second most in school history)

Kentucky’s defense was the catalyst for the 24-2 victory. Everyone was criticizing the pass coverage from the first two games, but tonight they showed that they were capable of not allowing any offensive scores by a great passing team. The defense held Mississippi State to only 20 yards rushing and 275 passing yards. The Wildcats will need another great defensive night next week in Knoxville, but after tonight’s performance I believe that they will.

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