LEXINGTON, KY – On a night in which Big Blue Nation was mourning the loss of former Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen, a current wide receiver filled in under center to help the Wildcats earn a big win over the visiting Arkansas Razorbacks.
Lynn Bowden, a 6’1, 206-pound former Youngstown, Ohio high school quarterback out of Warren Harding High School turned Kentucky wideout, threw for 78 yards, one touchdown and rushed for 196 yards on 24 carries in Kentucky’s 24-20 win over Arkansas.
One week after losing 24-7 to SEC East rival South Carolina, 24-7, the Wildcats were in a real bind after losing starter Terry Wilson top a season-ending knee injury and graduate transfer Sawyer Smith being ineffective due to a series of nagging injuries, head coach Mark Stoops needed to inject some juice into the Wildcats in the hopes of saving a season that was on the verge of slipping away.
Thanks to Bowden’s heroics, Kentucky may have caught some lightning in a bottle. And not a moment too soon.
With Georgia losing to the aforementioned Gamecocks in double overtime 20-17, the Wildcats’ unleashing of Bowden gives them a weapon they need against what will be a fired-up and pissed-off Bulldogs team down between the hedges. While the Wildcats will likely be a double-digit underdog down in Athens, for one night in Lexington, thoughts of the devil lying in wait down in Georgia were not on the minds of a sellout crowd at Kroger Field, but in a season that may have found new meaning.