It is senior day for the Kentucky Wildcats and the last home game for head coach Joker Phillips. Phillips will not be returning next year as Kentucky is struggling through a 1-9 season. Samford, a FCS team, is 7-3 and is ranked #27 in the FCS rankings. The game will kick off at 7:30 PM EST in Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington and the game is broadcast on CSS. We realize that a lot of you may not get that so Terry Brown is in the pressbox and will keep you up on the score and the goings on at CWS tonight.
Towles takes a knee and the Cats win in Joker’s home finale, 34-3.
Again, both teams just want this to end. 3:46 left and the clock is running, Cats 34-3.
It seems as if both teams are taking turns just running the ball up the middle. Everyone’s ready to go.
1st and 10 Cats at the SAMFORD 29 yard line. 9:38 left in the fourth quarter.
Announced attendance is just over 46,000. Don’t believe it.
End of the third quarter, UK 34-3 and driving again. 1st and 10 at SAMFORD 30 yrd line.
UK takes over on downs, up 34-3 with 1:19 left in the third. 1st and 10, Cats at their own 24. Whitlow back in at QB.
Towles back in at QB… and promptly throws an INT.
6:15 left in the third and UK is in cruise control. SAMFORD driving, 1st and 10 at UK 45.
A penalty causes the drive to stall. McIntosh out for a 43 yard field goal. It’s good. UK 34-3, 7:35 left in the third quarter.
Sanders explodes for 27 and gets it down to the SAMFORD 16. 1st and 10 Cats.
Looks like the Cats are content to run the ball and let the clock run down.
Whitlow is back in at QB. Cats driving. 3 straight running plays gets UK a first down near midfield.
SAMFORD T.O. 4th and 8 at the UK 37. UK leads 31-3, 11:40 left in the third quarter.
Call overturned. 3 and 8 for SAMFORD at the UK 37.
The play is being reviewed. Looks like the defender trapped it.
UK INT, but the officials are talking. Looks like it could have been a trap. SAMFORD’s razzle dazzle didn’t work. UK’s ball.
Dense needs to step up.1st and 10 SAMFORD at UK 39.
SAMFORD is now driving. 1st and 10 at their own 47.
The second half is underway. Stanford 1st and 10 at their own 22 yard line.
3rd down conversions: UK 4 out of 8, SAMFORD 0 for 5.
UK total yards: 266. 153 rushing, 113 passing. 18:43 time of possession
Halftime: UK is up 31-3.
After review. PAT is good, UK 31, Samford 3. :30 left in the first half.
The UK defense forces a fumble. Tristan Johnson scoops it up for a TD.
Sanders walks in 14 yards for a UK Touchdown. PAT good. UK 24-3, 1:07 left in first half. UK with an Oregon like 3 play drive.
3rd down and 9 for SAMFORD. 17-3 Cats, 1:44 left in the first half. Cats D holds, forces a punt. UK calls timeout with 1:41 left.
George fumbles at the 1 yard line. Sanford ball.
Towles to Boyd for a first down. Personal foul on Sanford. 1st and goal UK at Sanford 8. Not understanding these PF calls.
Patrick Towles in at QB, already picks up a first down.
Great block on UK punt return springs Sweat for a TD. Flag on the field. Personal foul penalty brings it back. Looked clean to me.
The UK defense comes up huge, forcing a 3 and out for Sanford. Intentional grounding call.
Kentucky goes with an odd onside kick. Sanford recovers. Tried to hit it over the frontline, but not quite to the back. UK couldn’t recover.
McIntosh hits a 35 yard FG after the UK offense sputters. 17-3, UK. 7:10 left in the first half.
Whitlow looks so comfortable in the pocket. 1st and 10 at Sanford 25.
Cats hold on 3rd down, force punt. It’s UK 1st and 10 at its own 48.
UK outgained Sanford 157 yards to 43 in the first quarter. UK won time of possession, 10:56 – 4:04.
1st and 10 Sanford at its own 21.
4th and 4 and the UK punt unit makes an appearance.
32 yard runback on the kickoff. The Cats are running hard.
UK 14, Sanford 3. 13:33 left in First Half.
Incomplete pass on 3rd down brings out the field goal unit… It’s good.
Sanford seems to be running a modified Oregon offense. 3rd down.
End of the First Quarter, UK is up 14-0.
Cats put together a 70 yard, 11 play TD drive.
Whitlow tucks it on a designed QB draw. 20 yard TD run. PAT good. 14-0 UK 1:19 left in First Quarter.
Despite an offensive holding penalty, the UK rush offense looks great. Much improved.
A steady diet of George and Sanders has the offense rolling.
HUGE run by George. Ball comes out, still UK ball. 1st & 10 at own 45
UK Defense forces a punt. UK ball, 1st & 10 on its own 33.
Sanford ball, 3rd & 11 from their own 34.
The Cats with a big 3rd down here. Crowd forces a timeout from Sanford.
Touchback on the kickoff. Sanford ball at the 25.
14 play 69 yard scoring drive for the Cats. 7-0 8:26 in the first.
Penalty moves the Cats back to 2nd & Goal at 13 yd line.
A lot of Jonathan George gives the Cats a first and goal at the 8.
The play calling has been great on this drive. A real mix.
Big 3rd coming up and… Whitlow runs for the first down.
Besides the first fumbled snap, the offense looks fluid.
After 8 yard gain on 2nd down, Whitlow rushes for 9, 1st and 10.
Fumble on the snap. UK recovers. 2nd and 12.
From the goal line, Sanders brings it out to the 31. 1st and 10.
Sanders and Collins are back to receive.
UK has won the toss and elected to receive.
Fireworks as the team runs out onto the field.
Has Sandstorm become the most overplayed song ever?
The National Anthem has been played and the teams are ready to take the field.
And the call to post has us ready to go at Commonwealth.
If you don’t get weepy at My Old KY Home… move away.
The crowd gives the seniors a loud, hearty ovation.
The Wildcat Mascot is out giving high fives.
The Senior Day Ceremony has started.