The excitement of the Kentucky/Missouri clash at Kroger Field last Saturday day night was so exhilarating that I'm just now catching my breath a few days later.
The Cats victory was not perfect. It was aggravating to watch at times, especially to see the offense line and secondary struggle so badly, but the offense and special teams shined.
As a result, those units took home majority of helmet stickers for Week 6.
Stephen Johnson: QB 1 produced the play that will define his Kentucky career. Driving in the fourth quarter, with a chance to put the game away, Johnson scrambled inside the 10-yard line and almost vaulted his way into the end zone. It was a spectacular effort from a young man who continues to improve and surprise with his heady play. Sure his 300 total yards and two touchdown passes were nice and a key to the victory, but Johnson's willingness to go the extra mile will be his legacy once the dust settles on his career in Lexington.
Austin MacGinnis: On the night where he became the program's all-time leading scorer, MacGinnis also exorcised a few personal demons. After shanking three previous 50 yard plus attempts, including one that would have beaten Florida, MacGinnis cooly drilled a 53-yarder that proved to be the game-winner. He finished the game 4-of-4 and hit all of his points after attempts, proving why Mark Stoops said he would not trade MacGinnis for anything.
Juice Johnson: The elder statesman of the wide receiving corp was one of two Cats to take a long play to the house. His 64-yard touchdown catch early in the fourth quarter broke a 27-27 tie and put the Cats in the lead. Johnson finished with seven catches that totaled over 100 receiving yards for the first time this season, and he finally got his moment in the sun after being Kentucky's defacto possession receiver for most of the campaign.
Benny Snell: The grind and grit running style suits Snell's personality. His scrappy nature won the fans and coaches over last season, and he has played that way this season as well. However, it was nice to see Benny take a 71-yard career long run all the way to the end zone because it was good for fan and foe alike to get a reminder that he can turn on the jets too. The run also propelled Snell to his third 100 yard game of the season.
Josh Allen: Days after a report surfaced that he might be a first-round draft pick this season, Allen showed why in the first quarter. He obliterated Missouri quarterback Drew Lock and forced the fumble that led to Kentucky's first touchdown. The sack, his 6.5 for the season, lit a fire under the Cats that carried over for the rest of the half.
Kayaune Ross: For whatever reason, Stephen Johnson sailed a few balls over his receiver's heads early in the game. Ross was not one of them. The 6'6 JUCO transfer used every inch of his height to pluck the ball out of the air. Those catches helped Johnson settle into a rhythm and will hopefully earn Ross a few throws going his way as well.
Lynn Bowden: The now reigning SEC Freshman of the Week flashed the raw athleticism that made him stand out as a prep player in Ohio, see the sizzling cuts he made. More importantly, Bowden showed the competitive fire that burns within him, see his stiff arm and refusal to go down on one play in the second half. The scary thought for UK's future opponents is that these were only small teases of what he can do with the football in his hands.