UK VS. EKU | Sloppy play leaves Cats clinging to 7-6 halftime lead

10/03/2015 09:36 PM

LEXINGTON — Kentucky’s offense was about as cold as the weather in the first half as the Wildcats hit the locker room clinging to a 7-6 lead against FCS foe Eastern Kentucky.

The Colonels outgained the Wildcats 182-144 in the first half while Kentucky committed three turnovers and could only muster a measly 23 rushing yards with starter Boom Williams sitting out the game due to a “coach’s decision.”

New starter Jojo Kemp finished the half with only 18 yards on five carries.

Kentucky opened the game with a Jeff Badet fumble of its first possession, followed by back-to-back punts.

Junior quarterback Patrick Towles broke the scoring barrier on a 1-yard touchdown run with 0:51 left in the first quarter, but the Kentucky offense went to to sleep for the rest of the half with Towles completing just 10-19 passing attempts for 121 yards and two wobbly interceptions.

EKU quarterback Bennie Connie outperformed Towles, completing an efficient 12-17 of his passes for 110 yards, including a six-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Devin Borders with 8:49 left in the second half. Colonels kicker Lucas Williams missed the following PAT, however, to make the score 7-6.

The Wildcats were fortunate to enter halftime with the lead. Senior defensive end Farrington Hueguenin blocked a 47-yard field goal attempt with 1:31 left in the half that would have given EKU a 9-6 lead.

Senior linebacker Josh Forrest also forced a strip-sack fumble to give Kentucky possession near midfield early in the second quarter only for Towles to throw his first of two interceptions three plays later to return the ball back to EKU.

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