Mike Hartline isn’t playing like he’s starting his first college game. After having a possible touchdown ball dropped over the middle, he found Dicky Lyons Jr. for a 19-yard third-down completion to set up a field goal that gives the Wildcats a 3-0 lead.
UK’s special teams also have been a major difference. They’ve kept U of L pinned deep in its own territory to start each position, and a 22-yard punt return by Lyons set up the game’s only scoring drive.
U of L is taking over first-and-10 at the 20. The Cardinals have yet to throw the ball deep. Hunter Cantwell doesn’t look quite settled in.