But Will Muschamp’s defense still struggled to stop the Wildcats offense. The Tigers surrendered 497 total yards on the night, with Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles tossing for 359 yards on 27 of 44 passing.
However, the defense showed some improvement on third-down plays, something that has hurt the Tigers all season. The unit held Kentucky to only 5 of 13 third-down attempts, and closed the game by sacking Towles on fourth down to seal the win.
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said the Wildcats had their chances to win. “We made some adjustments and played much better in the second half, and had plenty of opportunities to get the game tied up or go up,”said Stoops. “We never could do that and get that momentum.”
Malzahn added, “Big win for our team. I’m very proud.”
The Wildcats lost their second conference game, falling to 2-2 in the conference and 4-2 overall, while the Tigers improved to 1-2 in the conference, 4-2 overall.
Auburn, trying to keep their dim hopes of a SEC West division title alive, will travel to Arkansas on October 24 to face the Razorbacks, while Kentucky visits Mississippi State for their next game.