The 2010 Official Blue & White Kentucky Game Recap

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    The 2010 Official Blue & White Kentucky Game Recap

    Week 1:
    #25 Houston 49 @ Kentucky 14

    This matchup on paper looked pretty overwhelming for the Kentucky defense, and it proved to be exactly that as the game in Lexington wrapped up the 2nd half Saturday. Houston did whatever they wanted through the air, amassing 475 yards, and 606 yards overall. The Wildcats went for a meekly comparing 255 overall. While UK tried to slow down the tempo of the game, they never could get a rhythm and really never got off the ground.

    After the first drives of the game were over, the blue and white clad Kentucky faithful were buzzing after watching each team storm down the field to score touchdowns. But only the visitors from Houston kept the punches coming. At halftime it still looked to be in reach, but as the day wore on the UK defense just lost the will to fight. Case Keenum really started his Heisman candidacy right, starting hot and going 24 of 30 for 374 and 4 tds. Unfortunately he left the game in the 2nd half with an undisclosed injury, and hopefully it's nothing serious. In his stead Cotton Turner came in and went 5 for 7 with a td toss.

    If that's not enough to know the tale of the tape, the Cougars also went a dazzling 7 for 9 on 3rd down, racked up 23 first downs, and seemingly regardless of distance, kept the UK offense off of the field. There were 2 turnovers apiece, but while Kentucky was simply fighting for their life and collected 2 fumbles deep in their own end, they gave up a fumble that was taken back a mere 6 yards for a td and threw an interception after making some good progress on a drive in the first half.

    The lone bright spot for the Cats, was Derrick Locke, who gained 101 yards on 19 carries. Unfortunately for his team, 56 of those came on the 2nd offensive play of the game, and he was held relatively in check the rest of the day. Locke also caught 5 passes as the coaching staff tried to devise ways to get him the ball, but only gained 27 yards.

    The Cougars also 4 receivers with at least 5 catches and 75 yards, including James Cleveland who caught 6 for 159 and 2 tds. Next week, the Wildcats will travel to Iowa State, to face a Cyclone squad who just finished putting up 50 and winning a classic in South Bend. It will be the first of 4 straight on the road.
     
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    Week 2:
    Kentucky 21 @ Iowa St. 26

    This week Kentucky took their show on the road to Aimes, and the defense came to play. But for the second straight week, the offense sputtered for the final three quarters to leave the defense hanging. Still, the team almost pulled off a great victory by playing ball controlled, smash mouth football, but fell short in the closing minutes, due to untimely mistakes, and bad clock management late in the game. Also for the second straight week, the ISU Cyclones took a thriller in the last minute to get off to an exciting 2-0 start.

    The opening drive of the game saw the Wildcats roll down the field like slow, crackling thunder. Mixing in a sprinkled passing game with a rushing attack that, for the second straight game, marched the ball down the field to start, and then inexplicably, couldn't hardly get it going. The next drive for Iowa St saw them tear back down the other way, but stall in the red zone and settle for 3.

    And then lighting struck, as Kentucky return man specialist and wide receiver Randall Cobb slipped a defender and bolted outside for an electrifying 101 yard kick off return to put the momentum at Kentucky's fingertips. Moments later they seized control, after an interception got returned by M. Neloms for 29 yards and it was 21-3. The Wildcats would've been in terrific shape heading into the half, had linebacker M. Newton not stepped in front of a screen pass deep in Kentucky territory, to set up an eventual 1 yard TD run for Iowa St, with seconds to go. It gave the Cyclones momentum, and got the crowd back in it. "If we could've just gone into the half with that 21-3 advantage, we could've held on" said Coach Rich Brooks Jr, who has taken over the program from his father, and is off to a challenging start. "We started out so good, but sometimes, one play can change the whole game, and that was it.".

    More key plays would be the undoing of the now 0-2 Wildcats, as 5 fumbles from Derrick Locke, and a mistake by the defense allowed a toss to go 58 yards from the Iowa St 1 yard line to change field position after a great punt early in the 4th quarter. Locke blamed himself, "you just can't make those kinds of mistakes, you just can't. They only got one, but it was the final nail in our coffin, and I feel terrible for providing it. I don't know, I just couldn't hang on today, and I'm a leader on this team, I'll just have to be better."

    Alex Robinson had a great game rushing for the 2-0 Cyclones, going for 106 and 2 big tds, one at the end of each half, and the last one untouched, 18 yards to the right corner on a terrific misdirection call by the ISU coaching staff. It seemed Robinson couldn't be handled, as the Kentucky defense was trying to find coverages to stop the pass, and it only took 9 carries for him to get the yards. "Man, Tiller was off all day, but every time they needed to calm down, Robinson would step up and give them a big run", coach Brooks said. "We've got to be better at sustaining drives for our defense, it's the second game we've done nothing offensively in the 2nd half. But they fought, we're getting better."

    Next week UK will face the Akron Zips, and it would be a great time to fit their first win of the year together, as Florida is after that.
     
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    Great write up man and, again, heck of a game. I thought I was doomed after you went up 21-3. I was melancholy as hell, but I was able to get that touchdown at the end of the 1st half and it just seemed like a different ball game after that.
     
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    Hmmmmm, I don't know whether to laugh or cry. LOL......sigh
     
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    Week 3:
    Kentucky 35 @ Akron 0

    In a game that really wasn't much of one, the Kentucky Wildcats put their first stamp on the win column in 2010, shutting down the Zips of Akron with little trouble. Derrick Locke went for 125 yds and a touchdown, while backup Donald Russell carried 6 times for 89 yds and another score. QB Morgan Newton also tore away in the 3rd qtr for a 20 yard scamper into the endzone.

    Along with those 3 rushing tds, the defense provided 2 more scores, both off of interceptions, as they held Akron to less than 200 yards total offense. The Zips had an early drive end in a missed field goal, and that was really their best chance to get on the board until late in the 3rd qtr when they failed 4th down inside the redzone.

    Coach Rich Brooks Jr: "We played a very good football game today. No turnovers, mistake free football. It definitely was a good step, but we have much bigger steps to take! This is just the beginning for us. Now it's time to start SEC play."

    Next week the Wildcats travel to The Swamp to face the Florida Gators, in the first conference matchup of the season.

    After the game it was announced that :3stars: HS recruit Aaron Peoples, a 6-4 wide receiver out of Shively, Ky, has become the first signing for the 2011 class.
     
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    Week 4:
    Kentucky 0 @ Florida 14

    In the second quarter the Gators took a 14 to 0 lead. And that's all they would need as the lifeless Wildcats got eaten alive at The Swamp. UK Coach Rich Brooks had to miss the game due to illness and the Kentucky team that played at Iowa State, seemingly never got off the bus for this one.

    Next week Kentucky hits the road again for a showdown with Ole Miss, at Oxford.
     
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    Week 5:
    Kentucky 10 @ Ole Miss 35

    For the second game in a row Coach Rich Brooks Jr. wasn't available to fly with the team to the game. Also for the second game in a row, the Wildcats got cremated from the opening kickoff. The offense put together some lackluster scoring drives late in the game, but desperation is kicking in for Kentucky. Fans are getting anxious and the team is getting worse.

    Interim coach Roshaun Pesho Davis was not happy with the way things happened: "We have some ideas for what we want to do, and we think we got the pieces here to make it happen, but we just have to show better effort! Not sure if we're scared right now or what, but we have to improve our effort! This is the SEC. If we don't show up, we're gonna get hurt! Us coaches will find a cure. I don't know what it needs to be, but we're gonna move some pieces, find a spark and go with it!"

    Hopefully he talked to Coach Brooks.
     
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    Week 6:
    Auburn 20 @ Kentucky 7

    The Wildcat faithful saw another collapse of Kentucky on a soggy, rain filled day in Lexington Commonwealth Stadium. This time the defense played quite well, but the offense had a lowly afternoon. After a great interception set the Wildcats up with a quick 20 yard touchdown, the only other hope was a 41 yard fill goal that came up incredibly short, on a play where the kicker slipped and couldn't get any power on the kick.

    Auburn took care of the rest, scoring every quarter. Though their offense was messy, the Tigers found a way to get the "W", and improve their record again.

    Kentucky Coach Rich Brooks Jr. after the game: "We're gonna switch it up. We're gonna throw (Mike) Hartline back there next week and see if he can get our offense going. It's downright shameful, our play right now. Embarrassing really!"
     
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    Week 7:
    South Carolina 21 @ Kentucky 14

    The rain slowed both offenses on Saturday afternoon, until a 4th quarter explosion and thrilling, heartbreaking finish left the Lexington crowd breathless and downtrodden. Mike Hartline was inserted into the starting lineup at quarterback to give the Wildcats a spark, but barely provided it.

    On the first drive of the game, and in the second play, the legs of UK running back Derrick Locke sprinted off tackle and found a gap for a 78 yard gallop inside the Gamecock 3 yard line, and the Wildcats would run it in the next play with backup Donald Russell. But then nothing happened until the 3rd because both defenses staggered their opponents.

    In the 3rd SC romped down the field in the first drive to tie it up. You could feel the UK faithful singing "here we go again", as SC then stuffed Kentucky for 2 straight drives and moved the ball with much more success. Finally they took the lead midway through the 4th and the Wildcats seemed done. The Coach Brooks decided to reinsert previous starter Morgan Newton to the field, and the Wildcats flipped the page on an otherwise horror filled offensive outing. Marching down the field in the last 3 minutes and throwing a 4th down strike to the back of the endzone, Kentucky thought this was the turning point of the season. The crowd revived for the first time since week 1, and the sideline was simply ecstatic.

    But South Carolina would have none of it, and quickly flattened the crowd noise with a wild drive that ended in a touchdown pass with 31 seconds to go. "It was the first time all year that the defense had a chance to pick the offense up, and failed to do it" said Brooks. "What can you do, they've played their hearts out all year, they'll come back next week with a solid effort".

    Kentucky wasn't done though, and took just a few plays to get it back to the other side of the field, inside the 2. A crazy, tip toeing catch by a Kentucky wideout on the sideline had the crowd going again, and with just 2 seconds to play. But unfortunately for everyone in Lexington, the next play went far from according to plan. Newton took the snap and rolled right, only to find that the flood of receivers heading that direction were covered by a wave of SC defenders. Seeing a sliver of hope in a dump pass, Newton would quickly flair the ball to Locke, but from there Locke was swarmed under and the Gamecocks came away with a big victory.

    Next week the Wildcats will find themselves in a real firestorm as #14 Georgia comes to town. About facing Georgia, coach Brooks said: "They're a heck of a team coming over here, and we're gonna have to play perfect to beat them."
     
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    Week 8:
    Georgia 34 @ Kentucky 28
    Maybe the best half of football for the Kentucky Wildcats, in the 2010 season, was the second half against Georgia on Saturday. Unfortunately, it followed a meager first half, and was not enough to get the job done.

    Georgia's 2 headed attack of Ealey and King went wild, racking up well over 200 yards on the ground, Ealey's for more than 100 in the first half, and they were just the beginning. Seemingly every play worked to perfection for Georgia's offense, running, passing and broken plays alike. 1st down, 2nd down and 3rd down were all success.

    Right at the end of the half a pattern worked to rub the safety and linebacker of Georgia, and 80 yards later the Wildcats put up their first points of the day. It was 34-14 before Kentucky made a furious rally in the 4th, behind the arm of Newton throwing for more than 350 and 3 tds, easily his best outing of the year. Kentucky even converted an onside kick with 19 seconds to go. But 4 shots into the deep Georgia territory came up short, and Georgia waltzed out of Commonwealth Stadium with a victory.

    Next week Kentucky will travel to Starkville and face a surprising Mississippi State team.
     
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    Week 9:
    Kentucky 10 @ Miss. St. 44

    The Bulldogs hammered a helpless Kentucky squad with a spread running game, and then flooded the stat sheet on the passing side. Kentucky never got anything going, save for a drive in the 2nd quarter, which at the time made it 14-7. However 3 minutes later it was 28-7, and the route was on.

    Next week a merciful by week befalls the 1-8 Wildcats.
     
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    Week 11:
    Vanderbilt 17 @ Kentucky 21

    On a chilly Saturday afternoon in Lexington, the Kentucky Wildcats finally showed a spark deep in the SEC season. Down 17-0 and close to going in the locker room for halftime, Sr QB Mike Hartline was inserted into the ballgame, and led a comeback with some electrifying passing and very solid decision making. After Morgan Newton went a disaster filled 2 for 7 with as many ints as yards (1), the coaching staff decided they had seen enough.

    Derrick Locke carried 26 times for 83 yards and a td, and Hartline went 14 of 23 for 198 and 2 tds. The 2 seniors talked after the game. "We can't let our guys go out without a fight" said Locke, and Hartline chimed in, "Yeah, we really just want to make a name for next seasons team now. It's all about leading the team to the end. Mine and D's and all of our seniors' careers have 2 games left, and we're going to play them like they are our bowl games. We want to leave a legacy of fighting to the end."

    The 2 seniors really did seem to put an energy back into the thin crowd and a reeling sideline, after what was a horrendous beginning, that saw the Commodores miss 3 fgs, and convert another, before scoring tds on 2 straight offensive possessions to take the 17-0 lead. Sophomore Larod King was the player of the game, catching 6 balls for 131 yards, including a 60 yard td in the 3rd quarter.

    Vanderbilt QB Larry Smith started off very well, and ended up going 19 for 31 with 277 and 2 tds. However the offense sputtered and faltered in the second half without a run game, producing only 15 yards on 27 carries. VU drops to 3-7 and is knocked out of any bowl game participation. UK improves to a still disappointing 2-8, but gets their first conference win. They will get their 2nd off week in 3, and finish the season with rival Tennessee in Knoxville, and Clemson in the final week at home.
     
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    Week 13:
    Kentucky 16 @ Tennessee 20

    Another Bluegrass Classic:

    Junior starting qb M. Simms was seriously injured for the Volunteers late in the 1st qtr against Kentucky when he got hit during a throw. At the time Kentucky had taken a 7-0 lead and was feeling really great about their chances with a true freshman coming into the ball game. But Tyler Bray would be up to the challenge, throwing for 255 yards on 18 completions, including a long touchdown on 3rd down in the 2nd qtr, and a final offensive drive that left Knoxville in jubilation when a perfect draw play to Poole found it's way into the endzone, again on 3rd and 10 yards plus.

    Kentucky played a heck of a game, especially defensively, holding the UT running game to 20 yards, and intercepting a Bray pass to set up a go-ahead fg with about 5 minutes left in the 4th. But 2 long 3rd down draw plays on the final drive would be the undoing for the defense. Mike Hartiline started for the 2nd straight game, and played very well, passing for 248 yards on 20 completions and throwing 1 td and 1 int. He led the Wildcats on their final drive that included two 4th down passing conversions, and had two shots at the endzone to win it. Neither one could quite find their target however, and the final shot got batted around several times before finally falling out of a Kentucky wr's hands and onto the turf.

    "Heartbreaking loss", said Hartline. "Really tough loss. We wanted it so bad, and as the game wore on, we felt we deserved it. We really thought we deserved that one. It's been such a long season, and we played so good." But the Volunteers improved their stock for a bowl game instead, finishing with an 8-4 record. Coach Rich Brooks Jr was not available for comment.

    The Kentucky Wildcats will finish their season against the #11 Clemson Tigers next Saturday at home. It will mark the end of the Rich Brooks coaching era at the University of Kentucky.
     

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