Four plays from 6-0, the Kentucky Wildcats.
Rich Brooks lifted a glass half full following his team’s bungled opportunity at South Carolina last week. “I still think we’re a very, very good football team.” Coach speak. Brooks’s toast was two “verys” too long.
Kentucky is a good football team. Skip the verys. A very, very good football team seizes the day, i.e. Stanford, Cincinnati, Missouri. Instead, for another autumn, Steve Spurrier extended his ‘Who’s Your Daddy?’ mastery of Kentucky. Spurrier’s mystique was good old fashion southern ball coachin’. Bull rush Kentucky’s offensive line early, force Andre Woodson to make decisions where he is most uncomfortable, on the run.
Presto! Two Woodson fumbles, the fault of poor pass blocking and (his) bad decisions, became gift touchdowns and winning margin.
Kentucky’s defense held Carolina to 86 rushing yards and three touchdowns, but the secondary was gingerbread soft, letting Kenny McKinley become Jerry Rice.
UK’s pass rush let a big-eyed wobbly legged red-shirt freshman quarterback settle down and play like a Heisman guy.
Kentucky coaches were reminded also their senior stars don’t always shine either.
– Woodson was a panicky sophomore again. Fluttering a no-look interception in the red zone and overthrowing Keenan Burton 10 yards behind all defenders.
– Keenan Burton bungled two catchable passes, ran at least one bad route, and allowed the Gamecocks to muscle him around.
– Raphael Little botched a fair catch and fumbled away a touchdown run at Carolina’s 5- yard line. In the end, Brooks’ team had eight more first downs, 46 more total yards and, alas, its first loss.
This week No. 17 Kentucky (5-1) is a good team, but two “verys” short of being more. Opportunity presents itself again Saturday when behemoth LSU comes to Commonwealth Stadium, a day after introduction of Billy Gillispie’s basketball team.
With a CBS audience watching, Wildcat Nation will see how near or far its favorite team is anywhere near being very, very good.
Craig Biggio. Thanks for the memories. The Houston Astros Mr. 3,000 Hits Man retired last week. A play hard everyday man, Biggio was ever a fan favorite. He could’ve gotten more money, but played for one team all 16 years. We salute Biggio and sincere hope he is a Blueprint Man for, among other newcomers, Nyjer Morgan (Pirates), Joey Votto (Reds) and Bryan Braun (Brewers).