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It was safe to say that Saturday night’s game in Lexington was very important for the future of LSU’s Ed Orgeron, especially coming off the Auburn debacle. Well, things took an embarrassing turn for the Tigers football program, after the 42-21 loss to Kentucky.
As we’ve seen with Kentucky so far, the hype is real, as we hit the midway point of the season and the Wildcats are now 6-0. This Kentucky team has found different ways to win, like you witnessed last weekend against Florida, where a blocked field goal, returned for a touchdown, was the turning point in the game. The rushing attack from Kentucky was the key point of emphasis against LSU, especially through three quarters. As both teams prepared for the start of the 4th quarter, Kentucky had rushed for 245 yards, while LSU had only gained 237 yards. This stat should not surprise most folks, especially if you watched the Tigers 4th quarter offense against Auburn.
But tonight felt different, it felt as if LSU was done, before the game had begun. Now, this doesn’t center around the talent that the Tigers have, it centers around the coach that is leading the Tigers. Not once, did I ever feel like Kentucky wasn’t going to win this game, even though they cut the lead to 35-21, with 5:29 remaining in the game.
The one thing Kentucky continues to prove to opponents is the fact they don’t need their quarterback to throw for 300 yards to beat you. The Wildcats usually get an equal dose of the running and passing game, which has caused their opponents trouble, six games into the season. Take tonight for instance, Will Levis was 14-17 for 145 yards and 3 TDs, adding 2 TDs on the ground. By the 4:23 mark in 4th quarter, Kentucky had rushed for 311 rushing yards, adding a touchdown and putting the Tigers to bed.
The focus for Kentucky now turns to Georgia, as the Wildcats will head to Athens next weekend for a game that will decide first place in the SEC East. I honestly don’t know if Kentucky has what it takes to hang with the Dawgs for four quarters, but from what we’ve seen so far this season, I’d say just about anything is possible.
As for LSU, there are boosters most likely on a conference call into the early hours of Sunday morning, trying to figure out what could be the right steps for the program. No, I am not saying it happens this week, but with games upcoming against Florida, Ole Miss, Alabama and Arkansas, there’s more than a good chance we see a new head coach in Baton Rouge next season. It wasn’t the score, it was the manner in which they lost.
Will Levis had five total touchdowns, Kentucky outgained LSU 330-147 in the rushing category and it felt as if the Tigers weren’t mentally prepared for tonight’s game.
Asked what he told the team postgame, about what they must do to get better and fight through the tough times, Orgeron was very clear.
“Stay Together, we know it’s going to be tough, but we have to stay together”
Another winning performance from Kentucky, while LSU continues down the wrong path, which could lead to some big changes in Baton Rouge.
Only time will tell, but right now Mark Stoops has his team playing complimentary football, which has put them in a great position.