It wasn’t pretty, but Kentucky came away with a 24-20 victory against Eastern Michigan on Saturday night at Kroger field.
Follow along with live updates, scores and analysis from Kentucky’s Week 5 game against Eastern Michigan on Saturday:
Kentucky-Eastern Michigan live updates, score
FINAL: Kentucky 24, Eastern Michigan 20
5:28 4Q: Kentucky 24, Eastern Michigan 14
That might do it. Kendall Randolph picks off Eastern Michigan and Kentucky takes over. The Wildcats were sloppy for three quarters, but they’ve iced the game here in the fourth.
11:56 4Q: Kentucky 24, Eastern Michigan 14
What a turn of events in Kentucky’s favor. Freshman blitz baby Josh Paschal blocks a punt and Benny Snell rumbles into the end zone to answer. Kentucky’s defense has kept the Cats in this one and the offensive finally answered. One positive takeaway from today: UK’s pass rush has been relentless.
13:43 4Q: Kentucky 17, Eastern Michigan 14
Kentucky’s offense is all out of sorts. The offensive line can’t protect, Stephen Johnson looks banged up and the run game hasn’t done anything. The Eagles are a play or two away from pulling off a big upset. Kentucky took over its last drive at the opposing 24-yard line and came away empty handed.
End 3Q: Kentucky 17, Eastern Michigan 14
It’s the tale of the season: Kentucky isn’t capable of blowing lesser competition out. It happened against Southern Miss, it happened against Eastern Kentucky and it’s happening now against Eastern Michigan.
6:17 3Q: Kentucky 17, Eastern Michigan 14
Kentucky was gift wrapped a muffed punt in Eastern Michigan territory, but the Cats couldn’t translate that into a touchdown. Austin MacGinnis hit a 39-yard field goal to give Kentucky the lead. Kentucky’s offensive line really continues to struggle, but Stephen Johnson has excelled in spite of it. He’s 16 for 20 for 162 yards and two touchdowns.
13:35 3Q: Kentucky 14, Eastern Michigan 14
Things have gone from bad to worse for the Wildcats. Wide receiver Charles Walker will not return after taking a big hit on a targeting call in the first half. Eastern Michigan is putting together a nice drive to start the second half.
HALFTIME: Kentucky 14, Eastern Michigan 14
The scoreboard isn’t a welcomed sight for Kentucky fans, but the Wildcats haven’t played all that bad. Stephen Johnson is 13 for 16 through the air for 132 yards and two touchdowns. But Kentucky’s run game is averaging 1.3 yards per carry when you factor in three sacks. Kentucky’s biggest weakness today has been the offensive line.
Eastern Michigan has to rely on quarterback Brogan Roback to carry the Eagles in the second half.
9:48 2Q: Kentucky 14, Eastern Michigan 14
A double pass ties the game as Kentucky’s secondary gets tricked. Eastern Michigan is hanging in tough.
10:53 2Q: Kentucky 14, Eastern Michigan 7
Greg Hart caught his first career touchdown in the first quarter, and now Tavin Richardson just hauled in his first score. Stephen Johnson is off to a great start: 8 for 9 for 96 yards and two touchdowns. Kentucky’s defense isn’t bending against Eastern Michigan.
End 1Q: Kentucky 7, Eastern Michigan 7
The Cats defense has only allowed 45 yards, but the offense has stalled. Kentucky’s last two drives have ended in 3-and-out punts. A lot of freshmen are getting involved early: Lynn Bowden, Quinton Bohanna, Josh Ali and Isaiah Epps. Drake Jackson played center on the last drive.
10:55 1Q: Kentucky 7, Eastern Michigan 7
It didn’t take Kentucky long to bounce back. The Wildcats put together an effortless 8-play drive that ended with tight end Greg Hart’s first career touchdown. Lynn Bowden hauled in his first career catch.
14:45 1Q: Eastern Michigan 7, Kentucky 0
Well, not an ideal start for Kentucky. The Wildcats received the opening kickoff but Stephen Johnson fumbled on the first play. Eastern Michigan recovered and scored on its first play (a 5-second drive). Kroger Field is quiet.
Kentucky-Eastern Michigan game time, details
Time: 4 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017
Location: Kroger Field, Lexington, Ky.
Spread: Kentucky -14 1/2
What channel is the Kentucky-Eastern Michigan football game on?
The Kentucky-Eastern Michigan football game will be broadcast by the SEC Network.
How can I watch the Kentucky-Eastern Michigan football game online?
The Kentucky-Eastern Michigan football game can be streamed online via WatchESPN or on the WatchESPN app.
How I can listen to the Kentucky-Eastern Michigan football game on the radio?
Fans in Lexington can listen to the Kentucky-Eastern Michigan football game on 630 AM or 98.1 FM, and fans in Louisville can hear the game on 840 AM. The game will also be broadcast on satellite radio on XM 191 or Sirius 138.
Kentucky-Eastern Michigan preview, keys to the game
1. Moving past Florida
Stoops said he’s not worried about his squad getting hung up on the Florida loss, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Kentucky start slowly against Eastern Michigan. The Eagles already have a road victory against a Power 5 team: a 16-13 win against Rutgers in Week 2. Eastern Michigan (2-1) went to a bowl game last season for the first time since 1987. The Mid-American Conference opponent won’t be a pushover.
2. Fix the snapping situation
Bad snaps shouldn’t be a problem 4 weeks into the season, but it’s still very much a problem for Kentucky. Jon Toth was Kentucky’s four-year anchor at center, but a center combination of Bunchy Stallings and Nick Haynes has struggled with high snaps this season. It bit Kentucky last Saturday and can’t continue to be a problem.
3. More of Lynn Bowden
Mark Stoops hinted on his radio show Monday night that Kentucky wants to get Lynn Bowden involved downfield in the passing game. The high school quarterback turned college receiver has yet to catch a pass. But the top-ranked signee has made an impact in other areas. Bowden has rushed 5 times out of wildcat formation and offensive coordinator Eddie Gran pulled a trick last Saturday with Bowden. Running back Sihiem King took the snap in the wildcat, handed it off to QB Stephen Johnson who was jetting through and then Johnson flipped it back to Bowden, who threw a 24-yard spiral to King. Bowden can do a lot of things for Kentucky and look for him to be incorporated into the passing game.
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