Kentucky Football: Uninspired, lethargic Wildcats fend of Chattanooga

Kentucky Wildcats players celebrate (Credit: Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports)
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The Kentucky offense lines up against the Chattanooga defense (Credit: Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports) /

Games are won and lost in the trenches and Chattanooga was in control

Football games are won and lost in the trenches of the offense and defensive line. Chattanooga won the battle on both sides but lost the war on the scoreboard.

The Wildcats are built around the offensive Big Blue Wall and on defense have in years past been able to shut down the big playmakers and apply backfield pressure.

Neither was the case against the Mocs.

Chattanooga didn’t do anything fancy. They aren’t a very good passing team, run the ball ok, but in the end, they don’t make many mistakes, can convert third downs, and just don’t beat themselves.

Kentucky’s tailbacks found very few holes to run through and got very little just making it to 102 total yards on 27 carries (3.35 yards per carry). Chris Rodriguez who rushed for 226 yards last week alone finished with 46. Kavosiey Smoke had 7 touches for just 27 yards.

That won’t win many SEC games. The Wall has to open bigger holes and push people around on the line.

On the other side the Mocs just relentlessly ran at the UK defense 27 times gashing them for 172 yards, an average of 6.1 yards per carry. The defense applied very little pressure and relied on its deep backs to make big play-saving tackles.

It has to get better up front on the line and Kentucky is built as the catalyst for winning games from these big guys.