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  • VAUGHT: Line play, Bowden dominate in Wildcat thrashing of Cards

    By LARRY VAUGHT

    Not only did Kentucky rush for a school record 517 yards against Louisville Saturday, but receiver turned quarterback Lynn Bowden had 284 of those yards -- 11th most in any Southeastern Conference game and most ever by a quarterback. It was also the third most rushing yards by any player in the nation this season.

    Bowden averaged 12.9 yards per rush, third highest in SEC history with any player that had 20 or more attempts.

    Kentucky had six rushing touchdowns and the 517 rushing yards were the most this season for a FBS team against another FBS team and its 12.9 yards per rush were the most ever for a SEC team in a single game.

    Give Louisville defensive lineman G.G. Robinson credit for making no excuses and admitting UK's offensive line was just too good for Louisville, which did not have a defensive lineman that weighed 300 pounds or more like every SEC team does.

    "Theyíre up there with some of the best lines weíve seen this season. There were way more missed tackles than missed assignments. They took the D-Line out of the game," Robinson said.

    "The way they blocked, the three interior D-Linemen really couldnít make any of the plays. Iíll have to watch the film, but I definitely know it was way more missed tackles. If you want to win a game, you canít have that many missed tackles."

    Louisville missed a ton of tackles but maybe also credit Lynn Bowden, Chris Rodriguez and A.J. Rose for that along with the beating the UK offensive line put on the Cardinals.

    Louisville linebacker Dorian Ethridge was also a fan of the UK offensive line.

    ďYouíve just got to give credit to them. They have a really good running game, they blocked extremely well, we just didnít tackle well as a defense and that cost us," Ethridge said. "Their blocking scheme was really well, and they run block really good, so it was just tough. They switched up a couple things on their blocking schemes, but we prepared for it well but it was just up to us, not making are tackles and executing.Ē

    What about Bowden?

    ďHeís extremely slippery. Heís just one of those guys that youíve got to wrap up, run your feet and get down and we didnít do too good of a job of that today," the Louisville linebacker said.

    Louisville coach Scott Satterfield UK's offensive and defensive lines both wore down his team.

    "I think they kind of dominated the line of scrimmage in the second half and I think that was obviously the difference in the game," Satterfield said. "We knew they were gonna run the football, but itís still hard to stop. Defensively, weíve struggled quite honestly. We all know that. We had guys there tonight, several times, and just could not get them down, broke tackles, and then heís gonna score, you know, because thereís nothing else there.

    "Youíre trying to put everybody in that box to stop the run, and once they clear that five- to six-yard area, thereís not anybody else there, and if you donít make the tackle, itís gonna be a touchdown. Thatís why they had so many big plays.Ē
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    1. Terry Blue's Avatar
      Terry Blue -
      I thought our line play would carry the day