Kentucky Wildcats defeat LSU Tigers
The Kentucky Wildcats remain 6-0 for the first time since 1950 after pummeling LSU 42-21.
The Cats looked like a national playoff team last night against LSU. The level of confidence they're playing with is crazy for a group that pieced together a bowl last year after a 5 win season. That's not stopping them though as they have now made history for the program by becoming bowl eligible for six consecutive seasons with their victory last night.
That confidence was built early on when the Cats' defense forced a fumble on LSU's first drive to take possession of the ball for the first time in the game. The confidence was clear on the other side of the ball as well with Will Levis came out looking as calm as possible on offense.
That confidence paid off when the Cats needed it. When the Cats pushed down to the 3 yard line on that drive Stoops showed he had confidence in his team when he left the offense on the field instead of going for the easy 3. That call paid off when Kentucky walked away with the first points on the board after Levis was able to find Chris Rodriguez in the end zone.
The Cats held that confidence through the rest of Saturday night even when LSU tried to push back in the 4th quarter. They started to try to make it interesting but the offense just kept putting up numbers and collecting first downs.
This isn't to say that the offense won the game for us. It was a solid contribution from the defense that kept the Tigers at bay. Between setting the early tone with the forced fumble to holding LSU to just 120 yards of total offense in the first half the defense made it clear they weren't going to allow LSU to get easy conversions.
The Cats will need to carry this confidence with them as they travel to Athens, GA next weekend to take on the Georgia Bulldogs. This game will place the two undefeated teams in the SEC East on a collision course with only one keeping that title. You'll be able to catch that game next weekend at 3:30pm on CBS.