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Initial Impressions: LSU 21, Kentucky 42


NCAA Football: Louisiana State at Kentucky Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports

What else is there to really say? LSU got its tail whipped.

Kentucky scored six touchdowns and LSU scored three. It wasn’t even that close. Let’s recap how it happened.

LSU got the ball first and had a couple of tidy third down conversions before Max John was sacked and fumbled. Kentucky went right down the field and scored when Will Levis found Christopher Rodriguez wide open on 4th and goal. The route was on.

On LSU’s second possession the Tigers creeped into Kentucky territory before facing a 4th and 1. After calling a timeout to be ABSOLUTELY sure we had this crucial call right, Johnson rushed a throw to Jack Bech that would’ve been short of the first down even if it was caught. Kentucky needed just five plays to get back into the end zone on a Levis pass to Wan’Dale Robinson.

The Tigers defense forced punts for the rest of the first half, but some off target throws prevented the offense from capitalizing.

The Wildcats went 75 yards in seven plays to make the game a cursed score of 21-0. LSU responded with a nine-play TD drive capped off by Tyrion Davis-Price muscling into the end zone from a yard out, but it only delayed the avalanche. Kentucky scored touchdowns on its next two possessions to make it 35-7 and put the game away.

There were some bright spots for LSU as it had by far its best running game of the season as TDP ran for 147 yards and two TDs. Malik Nabers caught an awesome 40-yard TD in the fourth. But none of it really mattered in the end.

Despite the first solid rushing performance all year, LSU got beat in every phase of the game. The Wildcats ran for 330 yards and 3 TDs. Will Levis was 14/17 for 145 yards and 3 TDs. That’s the kind of stat line you have when your whole team is performing at the highest level. That’s an AJ McCarron stat line.

Things got worse as Kayshon Boutte was carted off after a spectacular sideline catch late in the game. Everything is bad. Now we have an 11 am game in Tiger Stadium to look forward to.

There’s really not much to say about this game except LSU was clearly a worse team. Nothing I say matters because y’all are just gonna discuss coaching candidates in the comments. Go right ahead.