Kentucky Gets Revenge Against Southern Miss

09/02/2017 07:55 PM

It wasn’t pretty, but Kentucky got its revenge against Southern Miss. The Wildcats hung on to beat the Golden Eagles 24-17 at M.M. Roberts Stadium.

After a scoreless first quarter, Kentucky scored twice in the second quarter to go into the half up 14-3. Stephen Johnson got the Wildcats on the board first, running the ball in from eight yards out. Johnson followed that up by hitting CJ Conrad for a 23-yard score. Conrad was Kentucky’s leading receiver, finishing the game with three catches for 97 yards and a touchdown. Johnson finished the game with 176 yards and the score to Conrad.

Kentucky really struggled to establish a running game, rushing for 78 yards on 35 carries as a group. Benny Snell led the way with 67 yards on 20 carries.

The play of the game came on the defensive side of the ball when Denzil Ware recovered Ito Smith’s fumble in the third quarter and ran it in for the touchdown. The score gave Kentucky a two touchdown lead. Ware finished the game with one sack, one forced fumble and the touchdown on the fumble recovery. Kentucky scored 14 points on Southern Miss’ three turnovers.

Southern Miss running back Ito Smith, who rushed for 173 yards and a score last year against Kentucky, rushed for just 37 yards on 16 carries. In total, the Golden Eagles rushed for 55 yards on 38 carries. That equates to 1.1 yards per carry.

Southern Miss outgained Kentucky on offense, thanks to a big second half from backup quarterback Kwadra Griggs. Griggs threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns to keep the Golden Eagles in the game.

Kentucky returns to Kroger Field next Saturday for the home opener against Eastern Kentucky. Kickoff is set noon.

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