LEXINGTON — On a margin of vouchsafing another diversion trip away, Kentucky thwarted Eastern Michigan’s last-ditch convene query on Mike Edwards’ end-zone interception in a final seconds.
The Wildcats finished a few purchase plays opposite a Eagles, that were required on a day they again struggled for consistency. And they’ll take relocating on from a not-so-pretty win after carrying to collect adult a pieces from their harmful detriment to Florida.
“We found ways to win a football diversion when we didn’t play a unequivocally best,” Kentucky manager Mark Stoops pronounced after Kentucky survived Eastern Michigan 24-20 on Saturday. “There’s no forgive for not personification a best during home. But we conclude a fact we’re 4-1 given that’s improved than 3-2.”
Benny Snell scored on a 12-yard run early in a fourth entertain after Josh Paschal’s blocked punt, to yield a 24-14 cushion. His TD followed a second of Kentucky’s large special teams plays that authorised a Wildcats (4-1) to lift divided from a Eagles in a closer-than-expected competition opposite a Mid-American Conference school.
“The third entertain was unequivocally frustrating with some special teams miscues,” EMU manager Chris Creighton said. “You know, we didn’t spin a round over in a initial half, though we incited it over there in a second half. And hats off to Kentucky.”
The Wildcats’ initial pivotal play was Tristan Yeomans’ liberation of a muffed punt during EMU’s 42, heading to Austin MacGinnis’ 39-yard margin idea that pennyless a 14-all tie late in a third.
EMU (2-2) wasn’t done, removing within 4 points on Ian Eriksen’s 2-yard TD run with 2:34 remaining. A missed additional indicate forced a Eagles to have to go for a TD on their final opportunity, and a Wildcats had copiousness of coverage on Brogan Roback’s recklessness pass that Edwards had totalled all a way.
“I unequivocally only attempted not to let them measure and make a play, really,” Edwards said. “I only went adult and got it.”
That play alone showed a Wildcats schooled a small something from final week’s 28-27 detriment to a No. 21 Gators, who scored 14 unanswered points in a fourth entertain given of communications breakdowns that left receivers uncovered.
Kentucky won on a day it respected former Wildcat Nate Northington on a 50th anniversary of his violation a Southeastern Conference’s tone separator in football.
Eastern Michigan: The Eagles outgained a Wildcats 312-228. They also had late chances notwithstanding trailing by 10, though that recklessness demonstrated how those special teams’ breakdowns hurt. Roback finished with 256 yards on 26-of-43 flitting and a TD, though threw dual interceptions.
The Eagles fell to 0-10 opposite a Southeastern Conference though Roback wasn’t repelled that they played Kentucky close.
“We knew we matched adult unequivocally good and could do things,” Roback said. “So, no, we weren’t surprised, given we entirely design to be in a diversion and to be in a conditions identical to what we were only right there to win a game.”
Kentucky: The Wildcats primarily looked hung over from a Florida detriment with out-of-sync play on both sides of a ball. Quarterback Stephen Johnson rebounded from a first-snap fail that set adult EMU’s touchdown on a subsequent play to chuck first-half scoring passes of 20 and 7 yards to Greg Hart and Tavin Richardson, respectively. Johnson finished with 175 yards flitting though was sacked 5 times.
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Rushing yards were few for both teams, with Kentucky’s run invulnerability reclaiming a miserly ways by permitting Eastern Michigan only 13 yards rushing on 27 carries. That’s a lowest authorised by a Wildcats given Samford finished reduction -2 on a belligerent in 2012.
At a same time, a Wildcats managed only 53 yards on 37 attempts opposite a Eagles.
Eastern Michigan: Visits Toledo in MAC play on Oct. 7.
Kentucky: Hosts Missouri in SEC play on Oct. 7.