The Kentucky Wildcats started the 2nd half with the football and a possession that showed promise, with WR Ryan Timmons getting his first touch in the Blue and White before the longest pass of the night up until that point, a 30-yard pass to Demarco Robinson on the sideline. But Western Kentucky couldn’t capitalize and was forced to punt it away.
The Cats looked to be back on track, engineering a good looking drive up until Jonathan George came in on 3rd and 1. Kentucky has sold their short game the entire game by bringing in George and giving him the ball straight up the middle, but Toppers ILB Andrew Jackson read it and didn’t get touched while nearly decapitating George with a hard hit for a loss of five.
Western Kentucky recovered quickly to go on a quick 70-yard drive for a touchdown without even being forced to a 3rd down by the Wildcat defense. Behind a strong running game that has led them all night, QB Brandon Doughty finished off the 8 play, 70 yard drive by throwing a touchdown to TE Mitchell Henry on a play-action boot to extend their lead to ten, going up 28-17 with 2 minutes to go in the 3rd quarter.
Kentucky tried to respond with a good drive, but it was doomed from the beginning, going three-and-out after just 7-yards gained, leading to the punt that would bring us to the final 15 minutes of the game.