With a win over Auburn Thursday night, Kentucky would move to 5-1 in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1983-84. If the Wildcats are going to do as much, they’re going to need to clean things up the closer they get to the scoring promised land. Well, that and slow down the opposing offense.
Through two quarters of play, Auburn, looking to salvage a season that has fast been slipping away, has essentially moved the ball at will up and down the Commonwealth Stadium field in taking a 23-10 lead into the halftime. Were it not for red zone woes for UK, however, AU could have found themselves down on the scoreboard.
With the Tigers leading 14-7 early in the second quarter, a Wildcat drive that began at their own seven moved 85 yards to the opposite eight-yard line. On first down inside the 10, however, Patrick Towles‘ pass was intercepted by Carlton Davis and ultimately led to an AU field goal and a 17-7 lead.
On the ensuing drive, Kentucky again marched into the red zone. A first-and-goal at the AU 10-yard line gave way to a second-and-goal from the four. After a Towles incompletion, the quarterback was sacked on third down that forced a field goal to closed the gap to 17-10. Two red zone possessions, three points will not get the job done against a Tiger team that can still put points up on the board.
Speaking of which, and after a poorly-thrown ball to a wide-open receiver in the end zone, the Tigers tacked on their last of three field goals in the half on the last play of the quarter. Neither defense, though, did much stopping of the opposing offense as the Tigers rolled up 297, the Wildcats 240.
Individually, UK’s Towles and AU’s Sean White threw for 161 and 186 yards, respectively. Ricardo Louis had five receptions for 114 yards — all in the first quarter — for the Tigers while the Wildcats were paced by Garrett Johnson‘s five catches for 103 yards.