Kentucky Defense Steps Up for the 2nd week in a Row

UK Head Coach Mark Stoops

For the second straight week, the Kentucky defense paved the way for a victory. This time, the Tennessee Volunteers were the victim, with a final score of 34-7.

Two weeks ago the Wildcat defenders intercepted six passes from the Mike Leach “air raid” offense. Saturday, the unit added three more, including two that were returned for touchdowns.

UK RB Chris Rodriguez

One thing that wasn’t the same from the previous week was the stagnant rushing attack we saw against Mississippi State. The offense wasn’t great, but Chris Rodriguez was a big part of it, rushing for 73 yards and a score on 13 carries.

The passing attack was not great, but still efficient. Terry Wilson threw for just 101 yards and a touchdown but completed 12 of 15 passes

Again, it wasn’t the offense that was the main story. This Kentucky defense held the Volunteers to one touchdown and less than 300 yards of total offense.

Kentucky defense
UK LB Jamin Davis

Jamin Davis, Kelvin Joseph, and Tyrell Ajian were the Cats who added interceptions to their stat sheets. In all, Kentucky has the same amount of picks as points they’ve given up over the last two weeks, nine.

Tennessee was expected to be closer to competing for the SEC East, but the way they played Saturday showed there is still a lot of work to do.

Kentucky vs Tennessee recap

This is the Kentucky defense we thought we had coming into the year. After giving up 71 points the first two weeks of the year, and being dead last in the country against the pass, they had fans starting to wonder who was wrong, us, or the pundits that doubt us every year.

This is not an admittance from me that I was wrong, however, this Kentucky defense has drastically improved. We still need to temper our expectations on the rest of the year, though. If they can get wins against Vandy and South Carolina, the Wildcats could squeak out a 5-5 record.

It’s not what we want, but it’s the best we could do.

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