Kentucky Wildcats Use All Nine Lives in Victory Over Arkansas

Nathan TowlesCorrespondent IOctober 19, 2008

On another beautiful night in Commonwealth Stadium, Kentucky looked like the same team that played very poorly against South Carolina last Saturday.

Kentucky shot itself in the foot for most of the game by missing on plays and being flagged for penalties. When Kentucky fans thought is was over, it was just the beginning.

Unlike last Saturday, Kentucky pulled together an improbable come back victory over visiting Arkansas.

For the most part of the game, the Kentucky offense was worse at best. With there backs against the wall, UK came out fighting for the last five minutes of the game.

"I told them in the locker room football is a reflection of life in a lot of ways," Brooks said to the Herald Leader. "When it's the very darkest and the very worst, you have to keep on believing because giving up is not an answer, it's not an alternative. But then to actually make it happen and make those words real, I'm very proud of them."

Believing is what they did. Believing is a understatement for what they did. While trailing 20-7 with five minutes to go, Kentucky staged a come back. All it took was a fumble by reserve running back De'Anthony Curtis.

That's when believing came to life. That is when Mike Hartline found Randall Cobb wide open for a 32 yard touchdown pass.

All that was left was for the Kentucky defense to stop Arkansas and force them to punt.

Randall Cobb then took the punt return to the Arkansas 35 yard line. Hartline once again found Cobb for a 21 yard touchdown pass to tie the game. Lones Seiber hit the extra point to send UK ahead 21-20.

There was still time left for Arkansas to win the game. The defense had to hold on for the UK victory. On fourth down, the Kentucky defense picked off Arkansas quarterback, Casey Dick, to seal the victory.

Even after the win, Kentucky is holding their breath until Monday. That is when Kentucky will get the results back from a MRI on Derrick Locke. Locke was injured on a kick return when a Arkansas defender ran into his knee.

This will make the second time in two weeks that a key Kentucky player has went down due to a knee injury.

Now Kentucky is only one win away from going bowling this season. It would make the third straight year that Kentucky has went to a bowl game.