Lexington, Ky. (LEX 18) — There’s no question the Kentucky defense has done its job in the first two games of the season.
Despite being put into some tough situations with the turnovers from the offense, give the Wildcats a lot of credit for not letting wither of the first two games get out of hand (4 turnovers vs Central Michigan, 2 vs Florida).
However, turnovers are something the defense is lacking to create as well. They’ve forced two this year, both against Florida.
“Last week we saw that [the offense was] struggling in the first half and we knew we had to do something.,” said UK linebacker Josh Allen. “We had to get a pick or something, we have to give them the ball back. In the second half when they started rolling, we knew we needed to get them the ball.”
Kentucky will look to add to its takeaway total on Saturday against Murray State, a program that turned the ball over eight times in its first two games.
The Racers are also heading into Kroger Field as big underdogs.
“Guys are playing confident, guys are playing loose but at the same time, we’re not thinking just because they’re an FCS school, they’re going to come in here and roll over for us just because we beat Florida, absolutely not,” said UK linebacker Kash Daniels. “They’re going to come in here and try to kick our teeth in.”
“We got to be on their throat, we got to play bully ball,” said Allen. “We got to show why we’re in the SEC. Defensively, we’ve been practicing like we’re playing one of the top teams in the country and we got to keep that up.”
Kentucky and Murray State kickoff at noon Saturday at Kroger Field.