UK FOOTBALL | Offense working to improve second-half consistency vs. South Carolina
09/09/2015 05:04 PM
LEXINGTON — Not often will you face complaints after scoring 40 points in a season opener, but that’s what Kentucky Football is addressing this week after a sloppy ending to its 40-33 victory over Louisiana Lafayette on Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium.
After jumping out to an early 21-0 lead, the UK offense ran out of gas in the second half and needed a last-minute touchdown run from sophomore running back Mikel Horton to seal the victory after UL-Lafayette tied the score at 33-33 late in the fourth quarter.
Offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson addressed the offensive inconsistencies after Tuesday’s practice session, saying UK needs to learn how to capitalize on scoring opportunities to put away opponents.
- “It was unfortunate to be in that situation, to be honest with you,” Dawson told the media members in attendance, “because the way we were playing overall offensively, we should have put the game out of hand, and we didn’t.”
After starting hot by throwing for 219 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, redshirt junior quarterback Patrick Towles could not find his mark after the intermission, completing just 6-17 passes in the second half for 38 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.
- “A couple of them were bad throws,” said Dawson, “but I think he only had four to five bad plays in the game, really, that stuck out. But the bad part about those four or five plays is that they probably would have been touchdowns, and so they really kind of stuck out.”
KSTV discussed the offense’s rollercoaster performance against UL-Lafayette and where it needs to improve before traveling to South Carolina this Saturday: