Bowden gave fans exactly what they’ve been asking for and then some
From the moment Lynn Bowden committed to Kentucky fans and coaches were anxiously waiting for a performance like the one in Columbia, Missouri. Bowden absolutely torched the Tigers and gave the Cats a fighting chance. For the game Bowden tallied a ridiculous 13 receptions for 166 yards on the road in what is sure to be remembered for a long time. But it was Bowden’s electrifying punt return for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter that moved him into legendary status. If we are being real with ourselves I think most people would agree that with about 5 minutes left to go in the game there didn’t seem like there was a path to victory for Kentucky. The defense was playing out of it’s mind but the offense was struggling to move the ball to the point where scoring two late touchdowns seemed impossible. Then Missouri made a decision that will haunt them for some time to come – They kicked the ball to Lynn Bowden. Rumor has it that Bowden actually put himself in the game to field that fourth quarter punt, if true, that’s one of the most bad ass things I have ever heard.
The Big Blue Nation has witnessed Bowden’s athleticism before the Missouri game but nothing could have prepared fans for what he had in store in Columbia. All things considered I would have to label Bowden’s performance on the road as one of the best in program history by a skill position player. To think that UK wins the game on the final play with an un-timed down really adds some flare to Bowden’s role in such an improbable victory.
As if it was any question ,Bowden was named SEC offensive player of the week.
*Game-changing punt return ✔️
*Second-most catches in a game in UK history (13) ✔️
*Career-high 166 yards receiving ✔️
*More juice than you can quantify ✔️@H_Huncho is the @SEC Special Teams Player of the Week! #GetUp pic.twitter.com/Pa1tyT41ac
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) October 29, 2018
Lynn Bowden Jr with a punt return for TD has had a big day receiving as well. 11/137 he’s been the Wildcat offense for the day. #DevyWatch pic.twitter.com/NrbsExYw8v
— Greg Brandt (@devywarehouse) October 27, 2018
As awesome as it was to see Lynn Bowden’s break-out performance it was equally as troubling to watch Kentucky’s offensive struggles continue. Benny Snell rushed the ball 19 times against Missouri and was only able to muster 67 yards. That is not a sentence I expected to write, but the reality is that opposing defenses are loading up the box and forcing Terry Wilson to throw the ball down field. The formula of relying on defense and then using Snell as the work horse appears to have run its course. Eddie Gran and the offense will have to find creative ways to get the ball in Lynn Bowden’s hands against Georgia.
On the season Bowden has now caught 43 passes for 457 yards and 3 touchdowns. It may take another superman like performance if Kentucky is going to pull off another upset. This time the order will be even taller as Georgia has a stingy defense.
If this UK football team has taught us nothing else, they have taught us to believe!
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