Kemp, not Boom, keeps Kentucky clicking in upset of Missouri
By Kaitlin Long/Special to SEC Country
There wasn’t much of a boom in the second half of Kentucky’s win over Missouri.
Leading rusher Stanley “Boom” Williams barely made an appearance after halftime of the 21-13 upset of the Tigers on Saturday.
He wasn’t hurt, and he wasn’t performing badly. Kentucky (3-1) just relied on Jojo Kemp to close the game.
“I just think that our guys need to understand that one game it’s going to maybe be this guy is hot or different things, and he again just made some tough runs,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said after the game. “I don’t know why it was Jojo. You’ll have to ask (Kentucky offensive coordinator) Shannon (Dawson), but he had some good, tough runs.
“He’s running some of these gap schemes that we run. He runs some of the gap schemes better, you know, the power. So, he had some good tough runs.”
Kemp maximized his time to finish with 66 yards rushing, compared to 21 for Williams. Kemp also topped 1,000 career yards.
Jojo Kemp goes over 1,000 career yards on that last carry. He's been a very valuable player for UK tonight.
— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_CJ) September 27, 2015
Williams was the obvious choice for the primary running back at the start of the season. He made a name for himself as a freshman and knocked down 486 rushing yards in 2014.
Kemp is bringing his own explosion to the field this season, but Williams still leads Kentucky with 343 yards rushing. Kemp has 200.
I enjoy watching Boom Williams and Mikel Horton, but there is something about JoJo Kemp making big plays in big moments. Kid is a gamer.
— Lee K. Howard (@HowardWKYT) September 27, 2015
The question is: Which one of these backs will be Kentucky’s primary ball carrier with Eastern Kentucky and Auburn next on the schedule?