The University of Kentucky Wildcats (3-1) are hosting the Eastern Michigan University Eagles (2-1) for their third home game this season. After both teams obtained their first loss last week, both the Wildcats and the Eagles are working towards bringing home a “W.”
The last three times Eastern Michigan, a Mid-American Conference team, met with an SEC team, the Eagles gave up no less than 44 points each game. According to The Lexington Herald Leader, EMU was once considered one of the worst programs in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Despite that, the Eagles already have a win over a power-five conference team. Eastern Michigan defeated Rutgers University 16-13 this season. The Eagles also have won 9 of their last 16 games under Coach Creighton.
The Wildcats are coming off a tough loss to Florida last Saturday. UK head coach Mark Stoops says his team is only looking forward.
University of Kentucky Loses to University of Florida… again
On September 23rd, the Wildcats came close to ending their 30-game losing streak against the Florida Gators, but came up one point short. The two SEC teams met on the field last Saturday night in Lexington, KY. With the Cats up 27-14 in the fourth quarter, UK fans could almost taste a sweet victory over the Gators. Fans were ready to celebrate. It was later in the quarter when Florida’s quarterback Luke Del Rio sent a five-yard scoring pass to Freddie Swain, tying the teams 27-27. The Gators took the lead with only 43 seconds remaining when Eddie Pineiro nailed the extra point.
Kentucky managed to drive the ball into Florida territory with 3 seconds remaining. UK kicker Austin MacGinnis’ attempt came up short, ending the game. UK was upset by the Gators 28-27, giving the Cats their first loss of the season. It was Kentucky’s 31st consecutive loss to the Gators, extending the longest active losing streak against one opponent in college football.
Kentucky fans and former players took to Twitter. According to Kentucky.com, Kentucky was trending third in the country with more than 51,000 tweets.
How does Kentucky lose this game, on the same kind of mistake, twice? Left two guys wide open before snap/forgot they were on the field open
— Russillo (@ryenarussillo) September 24, 2017
— Rex Chapman (@rex_rexchapman) September 24, 2017
I have watched Kentucky give away FB games for 50 years and I've never seen them give one away worse than that one.
— Steven Romines (@Sromines) September 24, 2017
After the loss, Coach Stoops says Kentucky had one of their best practices on Tuesday.
Coach Stoops also says his team is ready to take on EMU on Saturday.
Eastern Michigan will travel to Kroger Field to play the Wildcats. The game is set for Saturday, Sept. 30 at 4 p.m. on SEC Network.