Posted by Chip Patterson
When Kentucky's leading rusher Derrick Locke left the Auburn game with a stinger, head coach Joker Phillips knew that he would need to get some extra production from backup running back Donald Russell and wide receiver Randall Cobb in order to have a shot against South Carolina. Russell and Cobb delivered that and much more to help the Wildcats stun the Gamecocks 31-28, their first conference win of the season.
Both players were threats in the running and passing game, with Russell accumulating 111 yards of total offense while Cobb added 90 yards and the game winning touchdown reception. Phillips will need to get that kind of production out of them again this week against Georgia, with Locke already being ruled out of Saturday's contest.
Phillips said Thursday Locke is still dealing with pain from a pair of shoulder stingers sustained earlier in the season. However, he is more optimistic about Locke's chances to play when Kentucky travels to Mississippi State on October 30. The Wildcats were able to win without Locke once, and the fans are hopeful they can do it again. Georgia's offense looks completely different from the beginning of the season after rattling of two straight 40+ point games. Kentucky's defense did a phenomenal job shutting down the Gamecocks in the second half, but were lucky to not be behind by more at the break.
Kentucky's chances are not dead in the SEC. In fact, it is not out of the question that the SEC East representative in Atlanta may have three conference losses. But for the Wildcats to even become relevant in the discussion, they need to win every game. Luckily, they face this renewed Georgia team at home under the lights. If the fans have forgiven Randall Cobb for his Twitter rant, they will return...and in greater numbers.
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