Kentucky upsets Auburn, 21-14
UK's Rich Brooks
UK's Rich Brooks
Associate Publisher
Posted Oct 17, 2009
Keith Bays


The Wildcats faced Auburn with a fifteen loss losing streak against the more ballyhooed program. The Wildcats did not play like a team that had lost fifteen games in a row to the Auburn Tigers, and as a result the Wildcats came away with a 21-14 road win.

A Randall Cobb scamper out of the Wildcat formation gave the Kentucky Wildcats a 21-14 lead over the Auburn Tigers on the Plains of Auburn, Alabama with just over three minutes remaining. When Auburn took over possession the Wildcats were 3:17 away from that elusive signature road win they have sought for so long.

Auburn had a third and one in Wildcat territory, but short-circuited with penalties and desperation plays, and ended up with a fourth and eleven where Auburn threw into double-coverage and only swarming white jerseyed Wildcats had an opportunity to catch the ball after it left the hand of Auburn QB Chris Todd. The Big Blue defenders knocked the ball harmlessly to the turf where the Wildcats took over on downs with just over one hundred ticks of the clock remaining.

Auburn attempted to extend the game by burning its remaining time outs to stop the clock, but a run by Derrick Locke for a first down sealed the game for the Wildcats.

The Wildcats played tremendous defense, allowing only one offensive score for a potent Auburn offense that came in averaging over 500 yards of offense per game. Auburn's first score of the game came on UK's initial offensive possession of the game when a blocked Lonas Sieber field goal attempt was blocked and returned

The offensive line played a near flawless game, which was one of the reasons Kentucky did not have a single penalty in the game.

Ironically, one week after starting quarterback Mike Hartline went down with a knee injury the Wildcats played three different players at quarterback. All three scored a touchdown via the rush.

On the game the offense was led by Locke and Cobb. Locke rambled for 126 yards on the ground, Cobb rushed for 109 yards and picked up twelve yards on his lone reception.

Danny Trevathan and Micah Johnson led the Kentucky defensive effort with fourteen tackles each.

The return of Paul Warford was a key to the Wildcat win, as he led the secondary with four pass breakups, to help aid in compensating for the absence of the still ailing Trevard Lindley.

Corey Peters had five tackles, two of them in the Auburn backfield.



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C Rich Brooks (profile)
WR Randall Cobb (profile)
MLB Micah Johnson (profile)
CB Trevard Lindley (profile)
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