Kentucky holds on for 24-20 victory over Eastern Michigan

LEXINGTON, KY.– Eastern Michigan proved to be a tough opponent for the Kentucky Wildcats, as they narrowly escaped 24-20 at home on Saturday.

Stephenson Johnson finished 18-for-27 with 175 yards and 2 touchdowns to lead the offense. However, he did fumble twice which earned him a 38.5 rating.

Benny Snell Jr. led the ground game for Kentucky with 21 rushes for 75 yards and a touchdown. His longest rush went for 12 yards and he had an average of 3.6 yards per carry.

Garrett Johnson caught 8 passes for 61 yards, leading the Wildcats in receiving yards. Greg Hart added one catch going for a 20-yard touchdown, while Tavin Richardson caught one pass for seven yards also scoring a TD.

The defense despite allowing 20 points to Eastern Michigan played very well statistically. Mike Edwards led the way with a team-leading 8 tackles and 2 pass deflections. Josh Allen added 7 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Kentucky as a team combined for 65 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks, 6 pass deflections, 2 interceptions. Kendall Randolph and Mike Edwards each recorded an interception.

Scoring didn’t come easy for the Wildcats, tied 14-14 at halftime. They only scored 10 points in the second half but the defense allowed only one score throughout the entire 2nd half.

UP NEXT: Kentucky plays at home against Missouri in Week 6.

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