Kentucky Football: Quick 5 things we learned from Wildcats mauling ULM

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No more boring predictable offense, Liam Coen brings the creativity

As much angst and frustration that Eddie Gran’s grind-it-out offense and Terry Wilson’s inability to throw the ball to his receivers drove us nuts, Liam Coen showed what truly is possible within the Wildcats offense.

First off thank heavens we do not have to run the Wildcat set over, and over, and over, and over…. well you get the point.

When Stoops brought Coen it from the Los Angeles Rams it was to get the ball downfield and breathe life into a run-happy offense that all defensive coaches had to do was stack the box.

Mission accomplished.

I loved the variety of plays and the confidence he showed in Levis and the other players. He even let Beau Allen stay in for a fourth-down play late in the game. While unsuccessful it was a teaching moment and nice to see.

The Wildcats putting up 419 yards to beat Terry Bowden in his debut at ULM, was the first time a UK offense has recorded over 400 yards passing in a game since a 2014 win over FCS UT Martin.

The last time Kentucky scored this many points UT Martin was also a victim having allowed 50 points on November 23, 2019.

He spread the wealth as 5 different players caught passes including one each at tightened by Bates and Justin Rigg. Ali pulled in five passes totaling 136 yards and Robinson five for 125.

Ali spoke about just how hard Levis can throw the ball and you better be ready.

"“I’ve seen him throw about 70 yards and to catch it is very hard. You gotta have your eyes open. One day in practice I blinked and it didn’t work out for me too well. You can’t blink, you gotta have your eyes open at all times”"

Kentucky only averaged 121 yards per game passing last year.

Then there in the backfield Christopher Rodriguez carried 19 times for 129 yards and a touchdown as the Wildcats put up 135 on the ground. Rodriquez had 100 plus rushing in 3 of the 4 final games last

Balance. Balance. Balance.

Three words we have longed for in an offense.