All the talk about Hunter Cantwell being a high NFL pick incurred a quick demise today, Cantwell turning out to be UKÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s best offensive weapon, turning the ball over almost on demand. If passing the ball to Bilal Powell on his own two-yard line with UK defenders in PowellÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s face is an indication of CantwellÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s judgment, look for repeat performances in Big East play. My least favorite was the long pass to three UK defenders,Ã‚Â no Louisville receivers within 20 yards. Hello interception, putting the game out of reach in the fourth quarter.
Ron EnglishÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s defense showed KentuckyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s upcoming opponents exactly what it takes to shut down the Wildcats. Stop the run, they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have a passing game yet. This will be a long season for the Wildcats as well.
The defensive effort was the best in recent memory, making significant strides during the off season, holding the vaunted UK running game to a total of 63 yards on the ground. They had every excuse to throw in the towel often in the second half but refused to wilt. No one injured today that we know of, good to see Johnny Patrick get back off the ground.
If UKÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s offense was less than stellar, the CardsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ offense was anemic, unable to mount any semblance of a threat, showing little grit, even less poise. The triple threat backfield of Bilal Powell, Brock Bolen and Victor Anderson was mediocre at best.
Jeff Brohm has had a few challenges in his life, including an injury that sidelined him during his sophomore season, but none any larger than restoring a hint of offensive respectability in very short order.
Football is not meant to be played in 90-degree weather. The only reason this game was held in the afternoon is because Kentucky dictates too many of the terms for game time — thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the sad reality. No regard for fans or players,theirs or ours. Now that their football team has regained control of the series, UK can afford to be a little more reasonable when it comes to scheduling. But donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t hold your breath.