Kentucky Football: Louisville Game A Microcosm of the Season

Sep 13, 2014; Gainesville, FL, USA; Kentucky Wildcats defensive end Za

The Kentucky football season started off with a bang as the Cats won five of their first six games. A valiant effort a Florida had them a few plays away from being 6-0. Win number six eluded the Cats all year long and their final opportunity came at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium against the Louisville Cardinals.

Kentucky needed a fast start out of the gate. They got one. Emotions were running high in pregame warm ups and trickled into the game.

The Cats came to play, forcing an interception and a blocked punt early on which propelled Kentucky to a 13-0 lead. Of course Louisville responded as expected. Reggie Bonnafon, Louisville’s starting quarterback was lost for the game with an injury and Lexington native Kyle Bolin sparked their charge. In blink of an eye Louisville led 14-13. They took a 21-20 lead to the locker room at the half.

Bolin found Devante Parker for a second receiving touchdown to put Louisville up 28-20. Austin MacGinnis booted in two fiend goals to bring UK to within two at 28-26. Mike Douglas chipped in a defensive touchdown just like Bud Dupree did in the South Carolina game. Boom Williams channeled his inner Marshawn Lynch with an epic “Beast Mode” run to pay dirt.

Yet the Cats still found themselves down 44-40 in the waning minutes. Kentucky’s final drive of the season ended with Patrick Towles being intercepted to seal it.

The game against Louisville today is comparable to the Mississippi State portion of the season for Kentucky. Kentucky fought against the Bulldogs much the same way they fought against the Cards. In both cases they couldn’t quite get over the hump.

So 5-7 it is for Kentucky and eyes look forward to next season. They still exceeded the expectations of most and were able to put consecutive 2-10 seasons out of our minds a little bit more. The effort they played with today was also much better than anything we had seen in their last few SEC games as well. It’s a small thing but it is something to build on heading into next season.