A Game of Inches|UK loses a close one to Northwestern 24-23

12/29/2017 11:55 PM

What a crazy bowl game. In the first quarter it looked so promising for the cats as they drove down the field in their series and Benny Snell scores an easy touchdown to get the Cats lead 7-0 early. In the second quarter the tables turned quickly after Benny Snell gets ejection from the game for dening help for the ref using his hand to smack it away.
Northwestern took advantage of the situation by handing the ball to their Senior running back Justin Jackson who rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns.
After only trailing 17-7 at halftime, the wildcats started to build some momentum. Stephen Johnson lead the cats down the field for 74 yards including him rushing for a 3 yard touchdown making it 17-14 Northwestern.
In the 4th quarter UK defense stepped it up with a few big stops putting Stephen Johnson and his offensive in a position to take the lead. With 7:49 left in the 4th Stephen Johnson tries to throw a pass to tight end Greg Hart but it was intercepted by Kyle Queiro and returned for 26 yards touchdown. That made the score 24-17.
Just when you thought the wildcats were done at that point, Superman Stephen Johnson answers right back with a nine yard touchdown run with only 37 seconds left on the clock making the score 24-23. After a few timeouts from both teams, Coach Stoops and his staff made a decision no overtime for them and refused to kicking the PAT. They came to win. Johnson last pass went to his 6’3 214 pound wide receiver Tavin Richardson who had a career best 89 yards receiving but he couldn’t hold on to for the catch as it slipped out of his hands. Tough loss for the cats but the program definitely headed in the right direction.


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