Kentucky Defense Shines In Loss To Louisville

09/14/2013 02:41 PM

The Kentucky defense was nearly flawless in the first half, and despite a fourth quarter surge, Kentucky fell to Louisville 27-13.

The UK defense rattled UofL quarterback Teddy Bridgewater in the first half and held him to just 91 passing yards (he averaged 230 coming into this game). In fact, UK quarterback Maxwell Smith passed for two more yards than Bridgewater over the first two quarters. Za’Darius Smith sacked Bridgewater once and the rest of the defense made sure he had plenty of grass stains on his jersey, as they limited the Louisville offense to just 10 points.

With the futility on offense for the Cats, the defense quickly ran out of gas in the second half. The Cardinals pushed their lead up to 17 by the end of the third quarter, but hope was not completely lost, even as time rolled off the clock. With Smith out of the game with a shoulder injury, Jalen Whitlow took over. The back up quarterback led the Cats down the field but couldn’t get into the end zone. Wildcats settled for a field goal, and on the next drive for the Cats, Whitlow rushed for 15 yards on fourth down to keep the drive alive. Two plays later, Whitlow connected with Alexander Montgomery on a three yard touchdown pass.

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