LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — This was a chance for the Kentucky football team to cement its spot in the top 25 by defeating a ranked opponent in its season opener for the first time in 18 seasons.
If you want to announce your serious intention to compete atop the Southeastern Conference’s East Division, the opportunity was there.
But by halftime, the challenge had grown for Mark Stoops’ team: Beat Auburn, the SEC officials and a string of blunders. That was too much for the Wildcats.
Kentucky started confidently, scoring first and converting on its first five third downs. But the Wildcats seemed to lose their mojo after the officiating blunder in the final minute of the first half.
Score it Auburn 29, Kentucky 13 with the crowd limited to 17,490 at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama, because of restrictions required by the novel coronavirus.
A bad officiating call, an interception, a fumble and failed fake punt were more than the No. 23…