Instead of a touchdown run that may have gotten the Tigers off to a more explosive start, Holliday had to settle for a run of 17 yards and LSU endured an incomplete pass, a rush by Jacob Hester for 3 yards, a pass for 9 more yards, and a 6-yard sack before Charles Scott took a delayed handoff from Ryan Perrilloux through the heart of the Wildcats defense and picked up 55 yards to give LSU a first-and-goal from the Kentucky 1-yard line.
That play ended the first quarter, but Scott was given the nod again once play resumed and scored on the opening play of the second quarter to put the Tigers within an extra point of tying the Wildcats. Scott would continue to impress prior to halftime, adding a 13-yard run off of a pitch from Matt Flynn for a touchdown that put LSU ahead, 17-7.
By halftime, Scott had rushed for
91 yards on just five carries. It almost seemed a certainty that headlines
LSU head coach Les Miles stated
following the game he was "surprised at how ineffective we ran the football,"
and that there was "no real reason" why the game plan shifted away from giving
Scott rushing opportunities. In all, Scott rushed seven times for 94 yards
against the Wildcats, his last attempt being a 1-yard gain that was 1 yard short
of a first down. Unfortunately for the Tigers, that run was the last play of the
game – a fourth-and-two in the final extra period of the night that saw Scott
met head-on by
"They had two fullbacks in motion to the right, and they had a down block on the end," Kelley said. "The fullback got to the ball, and I didn't get blocked at all. I ran through the gap in the middle and made the tackle. I knew it was fourth-and-two, and I could tell they were going to run the ball by the way they were set up. I had to make a play in the backfield, and there was no doubt in my mind that he (Scott) hadn't gotten any yardage."
According to Scott, Kelley came out of nowhere on what was a designed power play utilized to pick up short yardage. Even so, Scott was a little surprised by the outcome.
"I thought I was close," Scott said of the final play. "I thought I was real close, and they didn't measure. So …"
Shortly after that, Scott could see
Scott did add two receptions to his
offensive output in the second half, but they only accounted for 6 yards. The
second of those passes came with under half a minute to go, facing a
third-and-10 from the
Despite an incredible first half, Scott stated he wasn't taken aback about not being heavily utilized in the Tigers offensive attack in the second half.
"It wasn't really frustrating," Scott said. "I played a lot in the first half, and I kind of knew they were going to mix it up a lot in the second half. So it really didn't surprise me."
Factoring in his seven carries for
94 yards against
"It hurts," Scott said of losing to No. 17 Kentucky. "It hurts a lot. But, I mean, you've just got to push through. You've got to come back next week and work even harder. This feeling right here, you never want to feel it again. So it's going to be motivation for us to win."