UK Football – Oh No, Not Again

Coach Stoops - Photo by Brendon Miller
Coach Stoops – Photo by Brendon Miller

Oh no, not again was exactly what the sparse crowd at Commonwealth Stadium and Wildcat fans across the land was thinking after watching Austin Peay jump out to a 7-0 lead after one quarter of play. Things could have been much worse as Austin Peay marched down the field on the opening drive to the UK 12 but threw an interception. UK could not capitalize and had to punt after gaining just 4 yards. Austin Peay would again march down the field and score on a 17 yard rush from Kente Williams.

Austin Peay would open the 2nd Quarter with a pick 6 to make the score 13-0. It was at this point just about everyone was saying, Oh No, Not Again ….. To the Wildcats credit, they did not lay down and awoke from their early game slumber. UK would score three times to end the half with a 21-13 lead. Benny Snell would score on a 30 yard run to make it 13-7. Stephen Johnson would then hit C.J. Conrad for 14 yards & a TD to make it 14-13 UK. The Wildcats then closed the half out with a Stephen Johnson touchdown pass to Garrett Johnson for 40 yards giving the Cats a 21-14 lead.

UK wasted no time to open the 3rd quarter scoring when S. Williams rushed for 25 yards for a score to make it 28-13 UK. Kentucky continued the onslaught taking any thoughts of an upset away when Benny Snell rushed for 48 yards to make the score 35-13. The Wildcats would hit pay dirt again before the end of the quarter when Jojo Kemp rushed for 40 yards and a score to make it 42-13 at the end of the quarter.

The only score of the 4th quarter came when Jojo Kemp rushed for 7 yards to give the game it’s final score of 49-13. After Austin Peay gave the UK faithful a scare, the Wildcats ran off 49 unanswered points and made them bowl eligible with the hated Louisville Cardinals left on the schedule. UK, took a quarter to get their motor running, but in the end, there would be no upset. They could put to rest the, OH NO, NOT AGAIN.