Man, the first half of the 2021 Kentucky football season sure was fun. The BBN witnessed a win over Florida in Lexington to start the season 6-0 for the first time since 1950. Before we focus all of our attention to the final five games of the season, let’s look back at the six of the top plays from the first seven games of the Wildcats’ season, one for each win.
6. C-Rod Smash
Despite a seven-yard outing at Georgia, Chris Rodriguez leads the SEC in rushing through seven weeks with 775 yards and five touchdowns. He has yet to pop a big run for a touchdown, but he does have a couple of big plays under his belt. Seeking a 100-yard game to start the season, C-Rod unleashed a world of hurt on ULM.
5. Pick Six SZN
Kentucky came out flat against Chattanooga. The Wildcats slept walked to start the game and let the Mocs pick up momentum, eventually taking a fourth quarter lead. Kentucky’s offense woke up, scored a go-ahead touchdown and let Tyrell Ajian deliver a dagger in the form of a 95-yard pick six.
4. Jacquez Jones’ Stinky Fingers
Kentucky was prepared to put Missouri away near the end of the first half. Instead of going up by 21 points, Rodriguez fumbled near the goal line to set up a Missouri score. Needing a big play to regain momentum in the second half, Jacquez Jones delivered on the second snap with an incredible interception. It’s one of a few game-changing pass break-ups the Ole Miss transfer has made in Lexington.
3. Run Will Run!
Will Levis has changed Kentucky’s offense with his arm, but his runs have been more eye-opening. He took the BBN by surprise when he ran over Missouri’s Blaze Alldredge to pick up a first down.
He can go through a defender, or over the top.
He can also put a team in the spin cycle, rolling through LSU to earn a spot on SportsCenter’s Top Plays.
2. Smoke Opens Hole for Robinson
To make a great football highlight, it takes a team effort. Kavosiey Smoke absolutely blasted a Florida Gator, giving Wan’Dale Robinson a tiny crease. The Gators gave him an inch, and he took a mile. Fans thought No. 1 might go down multiple times, but he kept rumblin’, bumblin’, stumblin’ until he entered the end zone.
1. Blocked Kick Six
I did not think Wan’Dale’s seemingly improbable touchdown could be topped this season. It got topped later that game with one of the most unforgettable plays in Kentucky football history. Josh Paschal blocked the field goal, Trevin Wallace was shot out of a cannon and returned it 76 yards to the house thanks to a timely block from Marquez Bembry.