Kentucky Starts Offense and Rolls to Victory with Freshman Quarterback

Nathan TowlesCorrespondent ISeptember 7, 2008

Well, who knew it would take a 5'11'' true freshman to jump-start Kentucky's offense?

Young quarterback Randall Cobb led his wildcats to three straight scoring drives in Saturday's 38-3 victory over Norfolk State, after starter Mike Hartline was pulled for producing a three-and-out and just one first down his next drive.

Cobb entered, ran a draw for 16 yards, and just two plays later raced in for a touchdown from 18 yards away.

Next drive was the same thing as Cobb bullied his way in from a yard. Then on his third drive, Cobb went 5-of-6 for 40 yards and tossed a 14-yard fade pattern to Dicky Lyons Jr.

However, Cobb did show later that he is just a freshman. He was blindsided and lost a fumble, and later locked on to his receiver only to throw an interception.

The running game thought that it might as well jump in, being led by 96 rushing yards  from Derrick Locke. He ripped off a 68-yard touchdown run. Moncell Allen gained 71 yards, most in the fourth quarter.

The Kentucky defense held its own again, only giving up a field goal, running its total points allowed to just five in two games. Trevard Lindley intercepted his second of the year.

Only one thing really got on UK coach Rich Brooks. That was the boos that Mike Hartline received starting the second half at quarterback instead of Randall Cobb.

"We don't need to be booing our own damn players in Commonwealth Stadium," Brooks said. "That just makes me sick to my stomach."

Hopefully next week, coach, you won't have to worry about that, as long as you play Randall Cobb.

Next up: Middle Tennessee at 7 p.m. next Saturday.