Kentucky Wildcats vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers: Live Game Thread

Sept 15, 2012; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky WIldcats quarterback Maxwell Smith (11) throws the ball against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Commonwealth Stadium. Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

It is new beginnings galore as the Kentucky Wildcats kick off the 2013 NCAA Football season versus the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. The Hilltoppers shocked the Wildcats 32-21 last year in overtime, a game that eventually cost Kentucky coach Joker Phillips his job. Western Kentucky has a new coach as well, as Willie Taggart headed south to coach the South Florida Bulls. Bobby Petrino lands at Western about a year after his disgraceful exit from Arkansas.

In just a few months, Mark Stoops has re-invented the culture of football at Kentucky.  In just a few months, he propelled Kentucky to Rival’s 29th best recruiting class in 2013 and UK is a lock for a Top 15 class in 2014.  But now it’s time to play the game.  Kentucky has a ton of questions to answer, starting with the Starting QB.  Mark Stoops has said that both QB’s, Jalen Whitlow and Max Smith will play, and the common thought is Whitlow will get the start.

The other question is if the playmakers Stoops has brought in will produce.  WR Javess Blue is expected to start and expect to see Ryan Timmons and Alex Montgomery get their names called as well.  On the defensive side, JUCO players Z’Darius Smith and Nate Willis are expected to provide immediate impact for UK.

The game starts soon, so join the WBN crew as we do a livethread for the game.  Come prepared with your questions and comment below and lets talk football.

 

Topics: Football, Kentucky Wildcats, Western Kentucky

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  • Paul Jordan

    Hey gang …

    Paul here about :15 before gametime. Lots of traffic and a big crowd at the Catwalk. UK is wearing all white tonight. Should be a great night for football

  • Chazz Griffith

    I assume WKU is in those new duds they debuted earlier this summer?

  • Paul Jordan

    I didnot know they got new unis but I assume so

  • Paul Jordan

    I am not a huge fan of the Virginia Tech uniforms either

  • Chazz Griffith

    Hate Va Tech’s as well…Western’s are kind of nice though. It’s good they’ll be broken in right, with a loss.

  • Paul Jordan

    LOL Yea I am pretty confident. I picked UK 28-17. Your prediction?

  • Chazz Griffith

    I have it at 31-21!

  • Paul Jordan

    Yea I think we should win by 1-2 scores at least

  • Alan Smith

    I say UK pulls out a close one, 24-21

  • Jason Marcum

    Can’t remember hat I had. I’m feeling it doesn’t get past 28 for either squad.

  • Paul Jordan

    Hey Alan. You buying into the Petrino hype?

  • Paul Jordan

    UK kicking off to WKU. The Toppers moving Left to right

  • Paul Jordan

    I do like the WKU chrome helmets tho

  • Jason Marcum

    Already forcing it to McNeal.

  • Paul Jordan

    Andrews picked up 20 and could have ran all day. WKU with the ball near midfield

  • Chazz Griffith

    The nerves are getting to me, haha.

  • Alan Smith

    I think this job is a stepping stone for him and he’ll end up leaving within 3 years, but I can’t stand him.

  • Paul Jordan

    Both teams have nerves

  • Jason Marcum

    Joker’s presence still clearly being felt with this tackling

  • Alan Smith

    Too many arm tackles

  • Paul Jordan

    UK really missing a lot of tackles and not wrapping up players. This has to change

  • Chazz Griffith

    First thing I thought about the tackling…ugh.

  • Paul Jordan

    WKU is going to throw those short passes all day. WKU with first down near the 16

  • Chazz Griffith

    Not letting the pass rush get going.

  • Paul Jordan

    tHing is, the second drive will be different

  • Jason Marcum

    attacking our young secondary with quick throws. Gonna be a long day if we don’t get up and start jamming

  • Paul Jordan

    No, and the left side of the WKU line should be vilnerable

  • Paul Jordan

    Like I said, I expect the improvement from Drive 1 and drive two to be big

  • Paul Jordan

    That said, WKU made us look bad on that first drive. WKU 7 UK 0 10:53

  • Paul Jordan

    I agree Alan. He is there 2-3 years

  • Alan Smith

    Time to see what the offense is made of.

  • Jason Marcum

    A lot of missed tackles. WKU getting everything easy. Can’t give up easy plays.

  • Paul Jordan

    Whitlow is the starter

  • Paul Jordan

    Almost intercepted. Threw right at Cam Thomas and hit him in the numbers

  • Paul Jordan

    Welp. Not a good start at all, An ugly three and out to start as Whitlow threw the 3rd and 10 pass into the ground

  • Alan Smith

    As much as I like Whitlow, Smith is what they need. Especially since he’s a more consistent player and has experience

  • Jason Marcum

    Safe to say Whitlow has a few butterflies

  • Paul Jordan

    I thought that Smith’s accuracy would be needed.

  • Paul Jordan

    Willie McNeal dropped a sure TD pass there

  • Jason Marcum

    Big 1-on-1 stop there for Brown.

  • Paul Jordan

    I really like Kory Brown

  • Paul Jordan

    FUMBLE

  • Paul Jordan

    Andrews was fighting for yardage too much and UK recovers the fumble in good shape

  • Jason Marcum

    NOT BIG RUMPH!!!!

  • Alan Smith

    I’m so glad they missed that tackle, we would never have caused that fumble

  • Paul Jordan

    Donte Rumph on the field tho

    It’s WKU 7 UK 0 8:43

  • Paul Jordan

    Yea, Andrews would have converted that

  • Jason Marcum

    Donte Rumph walking off field slowly. Not good.

  • Jason Marcum

    Helped up, hobbling off on his own.

  • Jason Marcum

    Got to make sure we do this now:

  • Paul Jordan

    Sanders and Raymond Sanders going at it

  • Jason Marcum

    Hey Andrew:

  • Alan Smith

    Would you all consider this an upset or not if WKU won?

    • Jason Marcum

      No. Say what you want about their team, but they have legitimate NFL talent on their team.

  • Paul Jordan

    Thrird and 7 for UK

  • Paul Jordan

    hitlow hit Kendrick on a big third down play inside the 10. defensive holding on WKU

  • Jason Marcum

    Linebackers Xavious Boyd & Jackson will be drafted, as will safety Jonathan Dowling

  • Paul Jordan

    not really Alan. Most preseason pubs have WKU ahead of UK

  • Paul Jordan

    3rd and goal completeion to the five yard down. Joe Mansour boots the FG.

  • Paul Jordan

    WKU 7 UK 3 4:35

  • Alan Smith

    My old next-door neighbor got smashed on that screen pass.

  • Paul Jordan

    lol Montgomery?

    • Alan Smith

      yes lol

  • Alan Smith

    We’re getting bullied right now on defense, that flag helped them a lot. Huge lack of tackling

  • Jason Marcum

    Shades of Jack Doyle killing UK’s defense slowly last year

  • Paul Jordan

    Defense is not looking good at all

  • Paul Jordan

    And now Nate Willis is hurt

  • Jason Marcum

    Hope it’s just cramps

  • Paul Jordan

    Andrews is going to have his way with us all night. DL getting blown away

  • Chazz Griffith

    Please just be a cramp! Our defense has really surprised me…didn’t expect fundamentals to be this sloppy.

  • Paul Jordan

    Finally Bud Dupree gets some pressure on the QB

  • Jason Marcum

    Touchdown WKU. UK about to be trailing 14-3 in first game of Mark Stoops era.

  • Paul Jordan

    defense has to improve or its going to be a long night

  • Paul Jordan

    Sanders breaks lose for a long run and there is a flag on the play. Offsides on the defense

  • Paul Jordan

    Sanders with 50 on the run. ball near the 20

  • Jason Marcum

    Outstanding blocking there by UK to give Sanders wide-open lane

  • Jason Marcum

    That’s why Whitlow is starting folks :)

  • Paul Jordan

    And that is why he is the starter. Whitlow runs the ball for 19 yards and a UK TD

  • Alan Smith

    Touchdown!!

  • Paul Jordan

    WKU 14 UK 10 12:47 left in second

  • Chazz Griffith

    YES!!!

  • Paul Jordan

    Defense has to be inspired to make a stand here

  • Paul Jordan

    Blake McClain getting some action

  • Chazz Griffith

    Definitely need to get a stop…give this D some confidence, and rest, lol.

  • Paul Jordan

    Willie McNeal drops a lot of passes

  • Alan Smith

    Whitlow is what we need as a dual-threat QB

  • Jason Marcum

    Solid tackle by McClain there

  • Paul Jordan

    He needs to be more accurate passing then

  • Chazz Griffith

    That. Was. Crazy.

  • Paul Jordan

    That seemed like the UK players were moving in slow motion there

  • Paul Jordan

    rap. Mike Douglas with a stupid hit negates a fumble recovery

  • Chazz Griffith

    Of course it’s erased…what is this secondary doing?!?

  • Paul Jordan

    To be honest, Im not seeing the effort by this defense

  • Alan Smith

    Can someone tell me where Western’s QB played high school football?

  • Paul Jordan

    This is happening. WKU 21 UK 10 7:46

  • Chazz Griffith

    I’ve heard that from at least 3 or 4 friends in the past few minutes. Have to agree…nothing I hate more than a lack of effort. I’m sure our staff feels the same way, lol.

  • Jason Marcum

    WKU just gashing UK’s interior, right where arguably the strength of their team was

  • Paul Jordan

    Is Z’darius even playing?

    • Jason Marcum

      My thoughts as well

  • Jason Marcum

    Boyd just showed why he’ll be playing on Sundays

  • Paul Jordan

    Western truly playing inspired defense as they force another third down and long

  • Paul Jordan

    Hate to say it, but think we need to get Max in. Whitlow not getting it down with his arm and is too hesitant to throw

  • Paul Jordan

    He has almost thrown two picks already and been very shaky

  • Paul Jordan

    If not for McNeal’s drops, this would be uglier

  • Paul Jordan

    WKU facing a 3rd and 10 now

  • Jason Marcum

    Worth pointing out that Willia Taggert’s South Florida squad down 28-7 to McNese State. Maybe he was holding WKU back lol.

  • Paul Jordan

    Big break for UK if it stands on the turnover. WKU killing themselves with turnovers

  • Paul Jordan

    Did I saw we need to see Max? lol

  • Paul Jordan

    Whitlow with a 53 yard run

  • Jason Marcum

    I literally just had flashbacks of watching Randall Cobb run wild on whoever he wanted to

  • Paul Jordan

    JOJO KEMP

  • Paul Jordan

    Kemp with a gain of 13

  • Paul Jordan

    Jalen Whitlow with 72 yards rushing

  • Paul Jordan

    Jonathan George moves the pile into the endzone. 21-17 WKU with 3:55 left

  • Jason Marcum

    Sanders-Kemp-George. When have we had a backfield that good? Not since Little-Dixon-Locke in 07

  • Jason Marcum

    Wonder how Dyshawn Mobley will ever get on the field.

  • Paul Jordan

    ust think about next year

  • Chazz Griffith

    watch for the fake..

  • Jason Marcum

    Please watch for fake

  • Paul Jordan

    +UK with a chance to put points on the board

  • Jason Marcum

    NATE! Nice pop by Willis

  • Paul Jordan

    Z’Darius Smith with his first sack at Kentucky

  • Jason Marcum

    Back-to-back plays by the JUCOs

  • Jason Marcum

    They just said Joker was fired after back-to-back sub-.500 seasons…..How bout sub-competitive seasons

  • Jason Marcum

    Win or lose this game, these Cats have shown some nice fight in em

  • Chazz Griffith

    Now that was a stressful 1st half. But feels good to have some hope, unlike this time last year.

  • WBN Kyle

    As I had feared, Whitlow is basically an extra running back out there

  • Paul Jordan

    l,Halftime with UK down 21-17

  • Chazz Griffith

    I’d like to see what Smith can do, but I’m torn between that and not wanting to mess up what’s sorta kinda working out there, haha.

  • Paul Jordan

    I don’t think the D has shown any fight

  • Jason Marcum

    McNeese St leads USF 33-7 in third quarter

  • WBN Kyle

    The “Air Raid” looks a lot more like the spread option at this point

  • Paul Jordan

    More Big Least garbage

  • Paul Jordan

    Let’s see if Stoops can peel the paint at half and get some second half results like Papaw Brooks did

  • Paul Jordan

    16 passing yards is no bueno

  • Chazz Griffith

    I’m excited for this 2nd half. I think the defense plays better and we get the actual Air Raid going. 16 passing yards is unbelievable.

  • WBN Kyle

    I know people love Whitlow because of his athleticism, but his throws have been very “Morgan-Newton-ish” so far

  • Paul Jordan

    defense can’t play any worse …. and neither can the offense to be honest. We are very lucky to be in this game

  • Paul Jordan

    I wanted Max … but gonna support whomever

  • Paul Jordan

    Timmons with a five yard carry

  • Paul Jordan

    Nice grab by Demarco Robinson pulling that pass in.

  • Paul Jordan

    Pretty uninspired playcalling there. Im staying off twitter tonight

  • Paul Jordan

    Blake McClain playing a lot

  • Jason Marcum

    Nice to see big Rumph in there. Missed a lot of first-half with injury

  • Paul Jordan

    olid defensive possession there as they looked inspired

  • Paul Jordan

    4th false start by the offense

  • Paul Jordan

    Whitlow to Blue for a thrd down hookup of 15

  • Paul Jordan

    Kentucky playing much better this half. Need to take the lead on this drive

  • Paul Jordan

    Ugh. And Andrew Jackson just ended that drive stuffing Jonathan George

  • WBN Kyle

    This is horrible

  • Paul Jordan

    And the interference penalty on the punt return hurts us

  • Paul Jordan

    Teddy Bridgewater will throw for 400 yards

  • Alan Smith

    There is no effort from the defense

  • Alan Smith

    Well…my prediction has been right so far.

  • Paul Jordan

    defensive line has been a huge disappointment

  • Paul Jordan

    Why are we not seeing Max Smith? Was that just coach speak?

  • Alan Smith

    Do we put in Max Smith now?

  • Paul Jordan

    WKU is just working us right now. 28-17 with 1:50 left in third

  • Paul Jordan

    idk man. you kill Whitlow’s confidence now if you yank him’

  • Jason Marcum

    1 more score and he’s in.

  • Paul Jordan

    its already the 4th quarter Jason

  • Paul Jordan

    espn has been running that damn tebow quote all day

  • Jason Marcum

    Still time to run offense same they’ve been.

  • Paul Jordan

    THis is officially embarassing. WKU 35 UK 17

  • Chazz Griffith

    Well, looks like I’m out a lot of pride and money…

  • Chazz Griffith

    Here we go Max. Do something guys!

  • Paul Jordan

    you bet on this lol

  • Paul Jordan

    Max Smith s in

  • Jason Marcum

    Steven Borden makes a catch

  • WBN Kyle

    Smith has more passing yards in three attempts than Whitlow had in three quarters

  • Chazz Griffith

    Lol Paul, I was confident. Still am really.

  • Paul Jordan

    what is that 5-6 false start

  • Paul Jordan

    Yea … Smith is so immobile tho

  • Paul Jordan

    lot of heat gonna come on Stoops

  • Paul Jordan

    if Smith puts up more numbers…..

  • WBN Kyle

    Since when does a quarterback need to be mobile? Running backs, wide receivers, tight ends…they run. Whats the point in a quarterback that cant throw?

  • WBN Kyle

    Mobile quarterbacks are only effective when they are PASSERS that can run

  • Paul Jordan

    love how loser UL fans have nothing better to do on a Saturday night. Obviously not getting laid

  • Paul Jordan

    no but when the line is not protecting him, got to have some mobility or quicker release

  • Paul Jordan

    and got to be able to tackle

  • Chazz Griffith

    Can’t decide between them. Like both Smith and Whitlow and what they bring to the offense, it does look better with Smith in there but Whitlow can get out and run when it hits the fan. We’re in a pickle, gents.

  • Chazz Griffith

    Not going to matter if we can’t stop anyone else from scoring the football though. Pretty sure WKU has had multiple scoring drives where we couldn’t even force a 3rd down.

  • Paul Jordan

    Depends on how many of your thugs are arrested or in prison by then

  • Devon Skeete

    24 of them can be on Death Row and your getting blanked. FIrst I was Cardinal now I’m a Gator. UK basketball fan who wants to read about 2014 recruiting not dream season crap. Basketball is a day closer. 2-9 if they’re lucky.

  • Chazz Griffith

    Haven’t lost this one yet, lol.

  • WBN Kyle

    I would be that genius. Glad your familiar with my work, because I don’t know who the fuck you are. Florida struggled with Toledo and their offense is concerning to any realistic observer, so there’s that, and also, a team CANNOT go 2-9 in a 12 game schedule, so congrats on being retarded.

  • Chazz Griffith

    Thank God that wasn’t a holding call…

  • Chazz Griffith

    Well, only thing worse than a holding call, a fumble. How fitting.

  • Paul Jordan

    Neither Florida or Louisville are going to win the BCS this year either so guess you need to jump to another team

  • Paul Jordan

    LOL we need to do a Louisville live blog tomorrow since their fans read us so much

  • Paul Jordan

    Guess there goes the cute Specialist twitter account now. Got to make the extra points