Toledo lost at Kentucky to open up the 2019 season 38-24. This one was close until it wasn’t.
By halftime, this game was knotted up at 14-all, but Toledo’s passing defense kept giving the Wildcats more opportunities at chunk plays, and Kentucky quarterback completed 73.1% of his 26 throws for 246 yards and scored twice in the air.
MITCH GUADAGNI GOT HURT
Toledo’s starting quarterback, Mitch Guadagni, was sidelined after receiving a head-to-head hit on one of his 14 runs of the game.
Guadagni came out and stood on the sidelines the rest of the game while rising backup Carter Bradley checked in. Bradley looked fine and Kentucky’s defense wasn’t letting off the gas either. Bradley’s costliest mistake (there weren’t many) was a throw over the middle to Desmond Phillips that was batted down and intercepted by the Kentucky defender that was all over him. Other than that, he… still had a rough day.
- Guadagni: 7 of 12, 122 pass yards, 90 rush yards on 14 attempts, 1 rush TD
- Bradley: 4 of 13, 44 pass yards, 1 INT, 3 rush yards on 5 attempts, 1 rush TD
Now it’s just wait-and-see what the status is with Guadagni after Toledo runs its tests.
BRYANT KOBACK’S RETURN TO KENTUCKY
Toledo running back Bryant Koback had his college career begin in Kentucky, but transferred to Toledo after one year to be closer to family. Koback scored on Toledo’s first drive, but stayed silent the rest of the day. He had 73 rush yards on 15 carries (4.9 average).
Ronnie Jones and Shakif Seymour had 34 combined yards on 5 total carries.
- QB Terry Wilson was 19 of 26 passing with no interceptions and was sacked just once.
- RB Kavosiey Smoke had 80 yards on seven carries, including a 40-yard TD.
- As a whole, Kentucky averaged 4.5 yards per rush.
- The Wildcat offense picked up 6.5 yards per play (422 total) and had the ball for 30:45.
- Kentucky was only 3 of 11 on third downs, but took advantage of all three of its red zone appearances.
This defense is going to look at the 32 and 40-yard scores it let up in the second half, because there’s no promise that Toledo’s offense is going to out-pace everybody else on the schedule.