LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - For the Kentucky defense it was one tough night. Western drove the ball to the end zone three of the first four times it had the ball and the Hilltoppers cruised to a 35-26 victory. "We didn't tackle very well at all." said UK defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot. "We just weren't in the right spots, so that was disapppointing. I thought we would be there, thought we would be further along than we were and we just weren't."
Tackle Donte Rumph is one of the veterans on the UK defense. "I think everybody was trying to do everybody else's job and just kind of forgot about their own job." Moving to a 4-3 alignment was suppose to help the Cats defend the run but the Hilltoppers cranked out 215 yards on the ground. Rumph said it's only the first game and no one is giving up. "I know how we play when we play together. You seen spurts of it when we played on Saturday, so we're just trying to become more consistent."
Adjustments are being made this week. Junior TraVaughn Paschal moves from defensive end to start at weakside linebacker. And freshman Blake McClain, who can play linebacker and a variety of positions in the secondary should see plenty of action.
McClain had a good game making seven tackles but Eliot said it's hard to single out one or two players who really stood out on the defensive side of the ball. "It's tough, you know it's tough to say that. I think that some guys showed good leadership but it's tough to say that there were guys that played winning football."