The Kentucky Wildcats were no match for the LSU Tigers on Saturday night, losing 41-3.
Terrance Magee led LSU with 127 rushing yards and 44 receiving yards, while adding two scores on the ground. It now seems a different running back steps up for the Tigers every week. Freshman running back Leonard Fournette earned his second start against the Wildcats but was held to 40 yards rushing after rushing for 140 against Florida last week.
The Tiger’s defense held Kentucky to just 217 total yards and only 3 points. LSU has struggled all year stopping the run, and have been gashed up the middle on multiple occasions. However, on this night, LSU was flying to the ball and surrendered only 71 yards rushing. Sophomore linebacker Kendell Beckwith got the nod at middle linebacker over senior D.J. Welter for the second week in a row and has paid off immensely for LSU.
LSU has a special player in freshman safety Jamal Adams. Adams has quickly worked his way into being an integral part of the defense and special teams. After nickel back Dwayne Thomas went down with an ACL tear, Adams instantly became an every down player. He can cover the pass just as well as the run and is always around the ball. The freshman recorded 8 tackles, a sack, and decleated a Kentucky player on a punt return that led to a Tre’Davious White’s 67-yard return for a touchdown. It wouldn’t be shocking to see Adams on some All-Freshmen postseason lists.
Tigers’ quarterback Anthony Jennings continues to struggle for the Tigers. He has completed just 50% of his passes on the season, and freshman Brandon Harris is begging to take his job at any moment. Jennings’ play has hindered the LSU offense that could use a resurgence during the second half of the season.
Looking forward, LSU (6-2, 2-2) will play No. 3 Ole Miss (7-0, 4-0) on ESPN next Saturday night in Baton Rouge. After Ole Miss, they have a bye week to prepare for Alabama.
Kentucky (5-2, 2-2) has a tough stretch of games to end the season. The Wildcats will face off against Mississippi State, Missouri, Georgia, and Tennessee in the coming weeks before their bye week to get ready for their showdown with in-state rival Louisville.
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