Cats win, but generate questions, not answers

"We just never got anything going," UK?quarterback Morgan Newton said. "There were just a lot of things that were not right."

NASHVILLE — A team that has been to five straight bowl games and aspires to play in an even higher level bowl this season does not rebuild when it loses key players. Or at least it shouldn't.

Kentucky didn't go into Thursday's season-opening game with Western Kentucky here Thursday sounding like this was a rebuilding year, either. Instead, it was going to be more of a remodeling season where the pieces were shifted around to produce an even better look.

Oops. It didn't exactly look that way, especially at halftime of the eventual 14-3 win when UK was lucky to have a 7-3 lead despite having all of THIRTY-FIVE total offense yards — and 14 of that came on the one touchdown run by true freshman Josh Clemons.

"Western Kentucky was a physical team and really did a good job stopping our offense," said Kentucky coach Joker Phillips after his team was limited to 190 yards by a team that won only two games last season.

Phillips said he was expecting UK?to score more, look sharper.

"This was not anywhere near what I expected," Phillips said. "But seldom has there been a situation where we played as bad as we did and still won."

That's stretching for a positive, but it was that kind of game for the Wildcats who did little to inspire the UK?fans in the crowd 24,599 or those who might have managed to stay up until nearly 1 a.m. EST to watch the finish.

"We just never got anything going," UK?quarterback Morgan Newton said. "There were just a lot of things that were not right."


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