Kentucky Football: Cardiac Cats remain unbeaten with spectacular defense

Kentucky Wildcats celebrate after a Matt Ruffalo kick. (Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports)
Kentucky Wildcats celebrate after a Matt Ruffalo kick. (Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Kentucky Wildcats running back Kavosiey Smoke (Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports) /

Hold on to that gosh dang pigskin will you?

Ok, Stoops may not say it exactly like that, and I am sure he had some choice words for Chris Rodriguez who coughed it up twice again, and Josh Ali who carried it so loose the wind could have blown it out of his hands.

Kentucky was, fortunately, able to recover two of those but in the close game, those will come back to bite you and the better teams will definitely capitalize on UK’s fumbles.

Unbelievably for the season, Kentucky has coughed it up 14 times in 12 quarters with six going over to the other side.  For the season they are minus -9 on turnovers but yet remain unbeaten.

C-Rod came out after each fumble, one happening again near the Kentucky goalline that would have been an easy touchdown situation for the Gamecocks. Thankfully his old buddy Eli Cox was there to bail him out AGAIN.

Ali’s are just inexcusable and someone needs to teach him what the word ball security means. Otherwise, stop giving him the ball on sweeps.

Rodriguez did redeem himself and did much of the grinding work as Kentucky was working the clock down to the final whistle.

He carried the ball 26 times for 144 yards and moved into 11th place all-time in rushing. It was his ninth career 100 yard plus rushing game.

His running mate Kavosiey Smoke had nine carries for 50 yards including Kentucky’s only touchdown on a 15-yard scamper. He also joined the Kentucky club of players who have rushed for over 1,000 yards and he sits at 1,032.

Will Levis didn’t do much through the air going 15 of 22 for 102 yards and one very ugly interception he should never have thrown. Thankfully the ball was picked off at the South Carolina 1 yard line.

We can’t keep saying clean it up week after week if this team wants to remain unbeaten.