Final Score: UK 35, Akron 3
UK delivers a dominant performance against Akron, improving their record to 3-0.
Player of the Game: QB Devin Leary
Leary’s performance against Akron met the high expectations set when he joined the team over the summer. He was anticipated to be a more-than-capable replacement for Will Levis. Minus the one interception, Leary had an outstanding game, passing for over 300 yards and three touchdowns. He effectively engaged all of Kentucky’s playmakers and ran a fluid offense. RB Ray Davis continued his impressive form from Week 1, as did WR Tayvion Robinson. Leary earns the player of the game honor this time, after trailing behind Davis and Robinson in Weeks 1 and 2.
Photo Cred: The Courier-Journal (#13 Leary)
As previously mentioned, the Wildcats showcased all their major playmakers, including Davis and Robinson. Despite being a running back, Davis demonstrated his receiving skills in this game. He outperformed his 72 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown with three receptions for 97 yards and a receiving TD. It was a massive day for the star RB, who appeared somewhat sluggish last week against EKU. Robinson had another big game, recording five receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown. TE Jordan Dingle had his breakout game of the season, accumulating four receptions for 89 yards. Tight end Josh Kaftus was the final notable offensive playmaker for the Wildcats, with one of his two receptions going for Leary’s third touchdown of the game.
Photo Cred: WKRC (#1 Davis)
Saturday was another great day for the formidable Kentucky defense. Despite not getting any turnovers, they limited Akron to three points throughout the game. The defensive line was responsible for the bulk of the defense’s success in the game. The Wildcats had five total sacks that were distributed among four different players. LB Trevin Wallace was the only one who secured two sacks on the day against Akron’s QB. Kentucky’s defensive strength has been consistent, dating back to last year. Their performance will be a critical factor in determining their season’s outcome.
Photo Cred: Wildcat Blue Nation
This week’s matchup against Akron concludes Kentucky’s non-conference games, at least until they face Louisville. On the 23rd, they begin their SEC slate of games, heading to Nashville for a showdown against Vanderbilt. It should be an exciting matchup!