Every game last season, offense was a problem for the Cats. But it appears that the talk of an improved offense was not just lip service, as Kentucky racked up almost 500 yards.
A lackluster first quarter led to the moans and groans of last season, but the Wildcats turned on the juice in the second quarter, never looking back. Led by Mike Hartline (222 yards and two touchdowns), the Wildcats offense dominated the rest of the game.
"Hartline played in the game like he did all fall," Rich Brooks said. "The thing that I was pleased with that helped him is that we had some players make some catches and make some plays on the ball. We had as many good catches in this game as we had in five or six games total last year."
"I've been waiting," said Hartline. "It's been a long road. I've been waiting to show that this is a different year for us on offense. We're not going to go back to where we were last year."
Hartline wasn't the only player to have a big game.
On the day Cobb rushed for 11 yards and a touchdown, caught seven passes for 96 yards and a touchdown. He also returned three punts for 28 yards.
Kentucky's offense looked potent, much like the years prior to last. "That's what we want to prove to people and to ourselves," Cobb said. "A lot of people don't believe we have an offense."
But the story of the day may be on the other side of the ball, where Kentucky forced its first shut out since 1996. Steve Brown's defense held Miami to only 188 yards of total offense on the day.
Cornerback Trevard Lindley led the way with 2.5 tackles and a pick six that virtually shut the door on any hopes Miami had of making noise in the second half.
Kentucky is next in action on September 19th when they take on the University of Louisville in Commonwealth Stadium for their home opener.
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