We already know this, but I need to harp on it just a little bit more.
With Terry Wilson getting knocked out for the year against Eastern Michigan and Sawyer Smith getting injured against Mississippi State then furthering those injuries against South Carolina, Lynn Bowden was all we had left.
Through five games, Kentucky was 2-3, no QB’s, and the only thing we were saying was “please, just makes a bowl somehow.”
Then, Lynn Bowden showed up.
We all know Lynn should’ve played against South Carolina and I think Kentucky would be 8-4 if he had started at QB a game earlier, but who cares at this point.
With seven games left, the season was in Lynn Bowden’s hands…he did not disappoint.
Bowden was a QB in high school, so there was some hope. But, we’d really have no passing threat. Which proved to be no problem at all.
This season, Bowden had 151 rushing attempts, 1,235 yards, and 11 touchdowns. Playing QB, he has rushed for 1,136 yards, and 11 touchdowns.
Bowden has played only seven games at the QB position this year and is top 20 on the rushing list. Where would he be if he had been playing QB all year?
Bowden has the least amount of attempts in the top 20 (151), with the second being 168 by Travis Entienne, who is the RB at Clemson.
In these seven games with Bowden at QB, Kentucky has won by an average of 25 points. The closest margin being four points, which was the 24-20 win against Arkansas, Bowden’s first game at QB.
The top five on the rushing list are Chuba Hubbard, Jonathan Taylor, AJ Dillon, J.K. Dobbins, and Jaret Patterson.
In seven games:
- Chuba Hubbard: 998 yards
- Jonathan Taylor: 1,106
- J.K. Dillon: 1,058
- Jaret Patterson: 1,100
- Lynn Bowden: 1,136
The best part of it all? He ran for 284 yards and four touchdowns against Louisville and kicked their ass.
The Cats went 5-2 with Bowden at the helm, beat Louisville, and finished 7-5 to be bowl eligible for the fourth straight season. Pretty freakin good if you ask me.
Lynn Bowden is the man.