Kentucky vs. Samford: Wildcats Route the Bulldogs on Senior Day 34-3

Nick NafpliotisCorrespondent INovember 17, 2012

Nov 17, 2012; Lexington , KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats quarterback Jalen Whitlow (13) runs the ball for a touchdown against Samford Bulldogs cornerback Alvin Hines (21) at Commonwealth Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-US PRESSWIRE

While the search for a new coach at the University of Kentucky continues, the Wildcats were able to giving outgoing coach Joker Phillips a final win at Commonwealth Stadium. The Samford Bulldogs may have not been a very stout opponent (compared to an SEC team, anyway), but it was definitely nice to see this team get to enjoy its Senior Night with a big win.


The Good

  • Larry Vaught posted a great video of Kentucky's Senior Day ceremonies. There is no doubt that this has been a disappointing season, but these seniors have played their hearts out for four years and should be applauded by the Big Blue Nation for their loyalty and hard work.
  • Kentucky's offense was great for almost the entire game, but nowhere else was that more evident than in the running game. UK rushed for 335 yards compared to minus-two total yards on the ground for Samford. Raymond Sanders led the Wildcat ground attack, carrying the ball 15 times for 123 yards and a touchdown.
  • At the quarterback position, Jalen Whitlow had by far his best game of the season, going 10-of-16 for 166 yards and a touchdown through the air while gaining 59 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
  • Bud Dupree and Avery Williamson both had two sacks in what was by far one of the best games for the Kentucky defensive line this season. The best play, however, was when Samford QB Andy Summerlin fumbled after being sacked by Donte Rumph. The ball was picked up by Tristian Johnson and returned 25 yards for a touchdown.
  • In addition to some nice returns (and an incredible block by Rashad Cunningham that was incorrectly called as an illegal hit), the special teams looked great tonight. McIntosh even managed to make both field goals and all four extra points that he attempted.


The Bad

  • Patrick Towles saw limited action, which unfortunately included throwing an interception midway through the third quarter. He ended the game going 4-of-6 for 47 yards.
  • On Kentucky's first offensive play of the game, Jalen Whitlow fumbled the snap from center.
  • Near the end of the first half, Jonathan George fumbled the ball on Samford's one-yard line and turned the ball over to the Bulldogs.





The Weird

  • Earlier this evening, University of Kentucky Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart sent out a tweet assuring the fans about the ongoing process in the football coaching search...and stated that "the passion of our fans has certainly been a positive in this process." This is a far cry from just weeks ago, when he claimed that those who wanted Joker Phillips fired "had a personal agenda."
  • A big thanks to Kentucky Sports Radio for showing us that Samford University may have the funniest (and admirably self-deprecating) football promo posters in the world.

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