Cats Fumble to The End, Hold Off Middle's Upset on the One-Yard Line

Nathan TowlesCorrespondent ISeptember 14, 2008

Kentucky, fans remember years ago when LSU completed a last second, Hail Mary pass, to beat Kentucky.

Kentucky fans almost had another night of terror.

Middle Tennessee State almost pulled out the win with a last second, Hail Mary pass that was stopped at the UK 1 yard line.

On a night when UK's kicker, Lones Seiber, went 2-6 on field goals, and could not get the running game going from start to finish, they still pulled on the victory 20-14.

Mike Hartline had a career game going 28-47, 254 yards and two touchdowns. Hartline had to play the whole game due to Randall Cobb's injury early in the first quarter.

The only receiver who came and played there game was senior Dicky Lyons, Jr. He had a career high 12 catches for 79 yards.

The other receivers either dropped balls or they would run a wrong route.

"We didn't do as well as we needed to do," UK Coach Rich Brooks said. "But the very, very, very, very good news is that it's a win."

It is a win, Coach, however this team will almost certainly not win in the SEC with their play last night.

The defense allowed his first touchdown of the season in the first quarter, by giving up a 62-yard touchdown pass with 9:21 left in the quarter.

Middle's other touchdown pass came in the third quarter, after UK gave them the ball back when Mike Hartline lost control of the ball and it was recovered by Middle, in Kentucky territory.

Late in the game, Seiber was called on to make a easy field goal to give UK the nine-point lead and be out of reach for a upset.

However is was blocked and returned to the Kentucky 28, but a flag backed Middle back to their side of the field.

That lead to the game's last play that almost lead to the upset.

What a game, what a game.