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FINAL: Blue 31, White 20.
The score hardly matters. Rosters were mixed and matched in the second half, and starting QB Drew Barker did not play at all in the final two quarters – which were played with a running clock. Walk-on QB Davis Mattingly, a Male High alum, capped the scoring with a short TD run on a keeper. Jeff Badet’s two touchdowns, including an electric, 85-yard catch and run, highlighted the second half. Sophomore running back Sihiem King ran 11 times for 95 yard and a score, while senior Jojo Kemp ran nine times for 66 yards. Ryan Timmons caught a pair of passes for 74 yards, including a 64-yard touchdown from Barker. Denzil Ware (15 tackles, four sacks) and Alvonte Bell (six tackles, one sack) were standout defenders.
Blue 31, White 13 (9:08 4Q): Freshman QB Gunnar Hoak is on the board with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Badet on a nifty play that left him wide open. Hoak is 4 of 5 for 57 yards and Badet is up to 107 yards and two scores on just three catches. Sophomore running back Sihiem King, now working with the blue team (it’s mix-and-match rosters this half) is up to 95 yards on just 11 carries. (By the way, announced attendance is 28,441. The actual crowd is much smaller than that.)
Blue 24, White 13 (5:34 3Q): Jeff Badet is probably the fastest player on UK’s team, and he looked like it on an 85-yard, catch-and-run touchdown. He took a short pass from Stephen Johnson, who is quarterbacking the No. 1 offense in the third quarter, and zoomed away from the defense down the right sideline. One guy had a late chance at tackling Badet, but he hesitated and cut back and froze corner J.D. Harmon to polish off the impressive scoring sprint.
HALFTIME: Blue 17, White 13
Neither the starters (blue) nor backups (white) look very good on defense, but there are certainly some encouraging signs on offense. Sophomore starting QB Drew Barker completed 12 of 18 passes for 156 yards, two touchdowns and one interception (his only truly bad ball of the half) in the first two quarters – including a 64-yard strike down the middle to Ryan Timmons for a touchdown. Barker also connected with tight end C.J. Conrad for a 19-yard score, although the most impressive work was on the receiving end, as Conrad snagged the pass in traffic and held on despite a big hit.
Kentucky’s top three available running backs (Boom Williams is still sitting out while he rehabs his elbow) all shined. Sophomore Sihiem King ran nine times for 84 yards and a touchdown, looking quick and elusive, especially on his 43-yard scoot, against the starting defense. That’s one big concern, though, as King and backup QB Stephen Johnson ran all over the No. 1 D. Excluding sacks, Johnson ran eight times for 69 yards – despite the fact that he only needed to be touched by the defense to be ruled down. On the other side, Jojo Kemp (seven carries for 66 yards, including a 37-yarder) and Mikel Horton (four for 22) ran strong against the No. 2 defense.
Blue 17, White 13 (0:21, 2Q): First-team offense wit ha nice two-minute drill to march down the field for a 19-yard touchdown pass from Drew Barker to C.J. Conrad in traffic. A pretty good afternoon for Barker outside of the interception. He’s 12 for 18 for 156 yards, 2 TDs and one interception.
White 13, Blue 10 (1:57, 2Q): Walk-on redshirt freshman running back Ditalian Tobler with a 1-yard touchdown run to give the backups their first lead. Sophomore running back Sihiem King did almost all the damage on that drive and now has nine carries for 84 yards and one touchdown. This is the worst-case scenario from a public relations standpoint for UK to have both backup units outperform the starters considering how many walk-on are playing due to injuries.
3:41, 2Q (10-7): Drew Barker intercepted by backup cornerback Jared Tucker. Some debate about whether Tucker held onto the ball, but it was a bad throw from Barker either way. Now Sihiem King is gashing the first-team defense.
Blue 10, White 7 (4:31, 2Q): The backups are on the board thanks to a five-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back Sihiem King. Junior quarterback Stephen Johnson did most of the damage on that drive by scrambling. He’s got seven carries for 59 yards today if you don’t count the first-team defense’s three sacks so far. Definitely an encouraging sign to see the presumed backup QB be productive, but it’s worrisome that the first-team defense is struggling against a mobile quarterback again.
Blue 10, White 0 (9:34, 2Q): Finally an offensive highlight. First-team QB Drew Barker with a perfect throw over the middle to senior wide receiver Ryan Timmons, who goes 64 yards for a touchdown. Couldn’t see who got beat on the play, but Timmons had the defensive back by a step, and Barker hit him perfectly in stride.
Blue 3, White 0 (11:57, 2Q): The Blue team (first-team offense and defense) takes a 3-0 lead on a 29-yard field-goal attempt from Austin MacGinnis. In a sideline interview shown on the stadium video boards between quarters, offensive coordinator Eddie Gran lamented the third-down percentage so far. The two offenses are a combined 1 for 6 on third downs today.
END 1Q (0-0): New OC Eddie Gran figures to run the ball more than his two UK predecessors, and he sure seems to have a solid stable of backs with which to do that. Senior Jojo Kemp, junior Mikel Horton and sophomore Sihiem King have all looked good so far today. King has 23 yards on four carries against the first-team defense, while Kemp has 58 on five totes (including and explosive 37-yard scoot) and Horton has rumbled for 19 yards on three carries against the No. 2 D. The starting offense is in the red zone to start the second quarter.
5:11, 1Q: First scoring chance of the game was unsuccessful, as Austin MacGinnis misses a 52-yard field goal attempt. Sophomore outside linebacker Kobie Walker, making his first appearance on the Commonwealth Stadium field in front of fans, was credited with a sack of Drew Barker on the last drive.
8:34 1Q: We’re still scoreless after one drive for each side. Kentucky’s No. 1 offense went three-and-out against the No. 2 defense to start, and then the backup offense quickly picked up a first down against the starting D. Sophomore running back Sihiem King looks dangerous early, ripping off 14 yards on two carries against the starters.
PREGAME CROWD: Here’s a look at the crowd at the national anthem. Blue team gets the ball first.
TEAM ROSTERS: Here’s a look at the Blue and White rosters. The Blue team is supposed to be the first-team offense and defense.
BLUE: QB Drew Barker, QB Gunnar Hoak, RB Mikel Horton, RB Jojo Kemp, FB Will Tom Collins, WR Jeff Badet, WR Jabari Greenwood, WR Garrett Johnson, WR Ryan Timmons, WR Charles Walker, TE C.J. Conrad, OT David Baumer, OT Kyle Meadows, OT Cole Mosier, OG Nick Haynes, OG Ramsey Meyers, OG Zach Myers, C Sullivan Simpson, C Jon Toth, DE Kengera Daniel, DE Courtney Miggins, DE/OLB Denzil Ware, DT Matt Elam, DT Regie Meant, DT Naquez Pringle, OLB Josh Allen, LB Elijah Barnett, LB Alex Brownell, LB Jordan Jones, LB Courtney Love, CB Derrick Baity, CB Kei Beckham, DB Blake McClain, CB Chris Westry, S Marcus McWilson, S Darius West
WHITE: QB Stephen Johnson, QB Davis Mattingly, QB Luke Wright, RB Sihiem King, RB Ditalian Tobler, FB Tanner Fink, WR David Bouvier, WR Dakota Holtzclaw, WR Ryan Kendall, WR Charles Moushey, WR Tavin Richardson, WR Kynan Smith, TE Greg Hart, OT Tate Leavitt, OT Tristen Salyer, OT Mason Wolfe, OG George Asafo-Adjei, OG Dylan Greenberg, OG Logan Stenberg, C Drake Jackson, C Jervontius Stallings, DE Alvonte Bell, DE Logan Blue, DT Jacob Hyde, DT Adrian Middleton, DT Calvin Tayler, DT Zane Williams, LB Dameon Black, LB Eli Brown, LB Specner Foy, LB De’Niro Laster, LB Kobie Wlaker, CB J.D. Harmon, CB Kendall Randolph, CB Jared Tucker, S Isaiah Brown, S Darrien Jennings, S Marcus Walker
SPECIALISTS: K Miles Butler, K Austin MacGinnis, P Bryan Kirshe, LS Logan Blue, LS Tristan Yeomans