What looked like a promising bowl scenario on Saturday prior to kickoff was dealt a serious blow when the clock went to 0:00 at the end of the fourth quarter. The Wildcats had followed the same script they had two years ago in Commonwealth Stadium and allowed Mississippi State come in and run rough shod over the Wildcats in route to a 31-24 victory.
The Kentucky defense had been stellar most of the season; but allowed State's Anthony Dixon to rush for 252 yards on 33 carries. Time after time defenders looked a step slow, and attempts to bring down Dixon were poor, at best, as Wildcat defenders tried to many arm tackles, or tried to tackle Dixon high,instead of hitting him low and taking his legs out from under him.
The loss places Kentucky in likely must win situations against Eastern Kentucky University and Vanderbilt to assure bowl eligibility. What at one time looked like down years for Tennessee and Georgia have turned into solid seasons as they have picked up their play of late. While wins would not be impossible against those squads EKU and Vandy give the Cats their best shot at the magic six win mark.
Trevard Lindley once again did not play, which likely hampered the Wildcats' efforts as they were forced to go with a nickel package for much of the game against MSU's spread offense. Micah Johnson played, but was limited. Derrick Locke played in the second half with a bruised knee.
Mike Hartline was interviewed during the game. Hartline is now crutch free and could return in the coming weeks. His experience could have made a difference against MSU on the offensive end, when the Wildcats had three crucial turnovers in the game.
Loss to MSU puts bowl bid in jeopardy
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