Kentucky Wildcats Steamroll Miami (OH)

Jesse MitchellCorrespondent ISeptember 5, 2009

The Rumble on the River was a rumble all right; The rumble of a wildcat running loose on the University of Miami's (Ohio) football team.

This game was all Wildcats from the opening whistle to the third string completing the whipping in the fourth quarter.

You could almost call this game the Randall Cobb and Mike Hartline clinic on how the SEC deals with out-of-conference teams.

I say almost, because this was truly a team effort. Kentucky dominated the line of scrimmage, pushing Miami around like they were ragdolls. They dominated the secondary, and seemed to score at will.

Kentucky had 488 total yards, with 243 coming from the passing game, and 245 from the running game; a nice balance if I ever saw one.

The Wildcats has 29 first downs and were 11 for 18 in third down conversions. The defense forced two turnovers.

Mike Hartline played like a seasoned pro, making very good decisions, staying in the pocket, completing passes, and offering true leadership in the huddle that was missing last year.

Hartline completed 18 of 27 passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns. He played for just over three quarters, and switched places with Cobb during the Wildcat package.

Randall Cobb caught seven passes for 96 yards and one touchdown. Matthews was second in receiving with four receptions going 57 yards and one touchdown.

On the rushing side of the house, Locke rushed for 61 yards on eight carries while Allen rushed for 57 yards on eight carries with one touchdown.

What about Kentucky's backup quarterback who critics said could not play in the SEC? He completed two out of three passes for 21 yards, which included completing his first two. He seemed calm, collected, and had a good feel for the offense.

You may say whoopdie do, Miami of Ohio. They have a new coach and are a second rate team. I tell you, they are not a bad team at all, and made few mistakes. The Kentucky Wildcats just executed Joker Phillips offense almost flawlessley. The surge of the offensive line coming off the ball was something to see.

I think Rich Brooks and his Kentucky Wildcat's have put the rest of the SEC on notice. Ole Miss, ALabama, LSU and Florida are not the only teams in this race. And they get a quick shot at showing the conference they mean business with both Alabama and Florida coming to Lexington in the next four weeks.

Just to jog your memory, they nearly succeeded in beating both last year in Tuscaloosa and the swamp. They are much better this year.

I would start watching tape now fellas, you can not look past the Blue Wave from the Bluegrass any more.