The Kentucky senior cornerback didn't make the same mistake the second half. He picked off a Daniel Raudabaugh pass at the Miami 25-yard line, avoided one tackle, managed to stay just inbounds and went into the end zone midway of the third quarter in UK's impressive 42-0 victory over the Redhawks.
"I should have had two touchdowns," said Lindley.
"I should have used my hands more on the one I dropped. The first one, I didn't even see it and it hit me. Somebody had me blocked on the ball. But the second one, that could have been a touchdown, too."
Lindley was originally called for pass interference in the second half, but the flag was waved off because Lindley made the hit behind the line of scrimmage.
"I saw the play coming and just made a play," he said.
It was the same when he did make his interception and return for a score.
"Once I had the ball, I had to make a little move around the receiver. Then I was looking for the quarterback (to try and make the tackle), but somebody must have blocked him. I just had to stay inbounds and run. It was actually pretty easy," Lindley said.
It was Lindley's second career interception return for a score to go with the one he had against South Carolina last year and only enhanced his reputation as one of the nation's top defensive players.
Kentucky coach Rich Brooks knew Lindley was disappointed with the potential interception he dropped, but that didn't change the coach's evaluation of his star senior.
"To me, he is the best cornerback in college football because of the way he covers the pass and also supports the run and makes tackles," Brooks said.