Kentucky Did What They Had to Do, Methodically and Gradually Pulled Away From Murray State

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Kentucky Did What They Had to Do, Methodically and Gradually Pulled Away From Murray State

Limiting Benny Snell’s carries (15) against Murray State was definitely a positive for Kentucky going forward. Photo: Vinny Hardy

By: Vinny Hardy

The new challenges facing the Kentucky Wildcats Saturday afternoon did prove to be challenging. They weren’t nearly challenging enough for Kentucky to be in any danger against the Murray State Racers because the visitors from Calloway County weren’t nearly good enough to take advantage of them.

On the surface Kentucky’s 48-10 victory will look exactly like what you would expect it to if you just happen to see the score scroll across the bottom line or in your sports app of choice on your phone. However the noon start, inferior opponent and monumental win over Florida seven days ago provided glimpses of the trap game formula you would expect with Mississippi State coming to town seven days from now.

There was some sluggishness that human nature just naturally allows to creep in no matter how much preaching and warning is done by the coaching staff leading up to the game.

The crisp, cohesive unit that dominated the Gators (in the run game and passing game) in Gainesville had a tougher afternoon against the Racers. There were several holding penalties and Terry Wilson saw more pressure than expected.

You can bet everything you own that Coach Schlarman will have all of this rectified for next week.

Defensively there were some unnecessary pass interference penalties in the first half and Murray State drove down the field with relative ease using their two-minute offense to set up their field goal to end the half. The edge just wasn’t as sharp as it needed to be.

On the positive side of things Benny Snell got his 15 touches and called it a day. Terry Wilson continues to get more comfortable with each game.

Gunnar Hoak and Danny Clark both saw action at quarterback. Running back Christopher Rodriguez ran hard and Zy’Aire Hughes and Allen Dailey both found the end zone from the wide receiver position. Youth was served on the defensive side of the ball too as Jamin Davis had a nice interception that he returned for 18 yards.

All in all Kentucky got a lot accomplished. They are 3-0 and ready for the meat of their SEC schedule. Time to bring that edge every week.

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