Maybe Kentucky's players spent the first quarter on Saturday reminiscing about their big win at Commonwealth Stadium the week before.
Maybe they were daydreaming about their final glorious minutes of a huge victory over South Carolina.
When they finally woke up and looked at the scoreboard, they were down 14-3 to Louisiana-Monroe.
"I grabbed my guys on defense and offensive guys did the same thing," senior defensive end Bud Dupree said. "We just had to make sure everyone forgot about the past and started going onto the next play."
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Luckily for the Cats, the next three quarters of play were much more effective as they scored 45 unanswered points to demolish ULM 48-14 in front of 56,676 on Saturday.
"Faced a little adversity, and came up with some big plays on both sides of the ball when we needed it," Coach Mark Stoops said after Kentucky notched its third straight win and moved to 5-1 for the first time since 2007.
Kentucky's coaches didn't want to discuss the idea of a letdown coming off the South Carolina win, with offensive coordinator Neal Brown saying he didn't believe in them.
He was unhappy that he witnessed one a little bit with his offense amassing just 61 yards in the first half.
"It's ridiculous to have a letdown," Brown said. "You only get 12 opportunities and these guys are going 365 days a year. ... For us to be a little emotionally flat, I don't understand."
The emotions bounced back on both sides of the ball just in time thanks to a huge day from senior Javess Blue with his three catches for 109 yards and two touchdowns, and from the Kentucky defense, which returned two interceptions for scores, had 12 tackles for loss and six sacks.
In the first quarter, UK was outgained 119-56 and struggling, converting on just one of its first five third- down tries while the defense was giving them up left and right.
The Warhawks went up 14-3 in the ugliest possible way for the Cats, with Hunter Kissinger picking off a short pass from UK running back Jojo Kemp out of the beloved Wildcat package that Kentucky used to score five touchdowns last week over the Gamecocks.
On the next play, ULM's Pete Thomas found receiver Kenzee Jackson for a 9-yard score.
"We thought those plays were the turning point and that we had a clear shot at winning, but it didn't turn out that way," Kissinger said. "We made too many mistakes, and you pay for it when you play good football teams."
As loud as Commonwealth Stadium had been just a week before, it was just as quiet after that play.
That silence helped wake the Cats from a first-quarter slumber.
It started with an 83-yard touchdown for Blue, his first score of the season. That play coupled with his 88-yard TD reception last season made him the first player in school history to have two 80-plus yard plays.
Before that big Blue grab, Kentucky had gone just 60 yards in its first 24 plays.
The offense helped ignite the defense and Matt Elam's helmet tipped a Pete Thomas pass at the line of scrimmage. It landed in the arms of linebacker Josh Forrest, who took the pick 29 yards into the end zone to put the Cats up for good 17-14 with 7:47 to go in the first half.
It was the wide receiver-turned-middle linebacker's first touchdown in a Kentucky uniform.
"I feel like sometimes we come out too hyped then we just play at their level," Elam explained of the letdown. "Then we started playing at our level, so it got good."
The Cats extended their lead 24-14 when Towles found Blake Bone on a 4-yard fade route with four minutes left in the half.
After falling behind and coming back from 14 points down twice against South Carolina the week before, Kentucky learned it needs to keep fighting, said Towles, who completed 16 of 28 passes for 216 yards and a career-high tying three TDs.
"You will never be able to count us out, (not) ever count us out, I don't care what the score is," Towles said. "We're always going to throw another punch."
The next body blow came from a familiar place: Blue.
This time he showed off a little with a one-handed touchdown grab of a 21-yard pass to give the Cats a 31-14 lead midway through the third quarter.
The senior wide receiver, who has battled injuries this season, had just 116 yards coming into the game and finished with 109 against the Warhawks (3-3).
"That was unbelievable," Brown said of the acrobatic catch. "If that doesn't show up on late-night TV, I'll be surprised."
Less than two minutes later, Marcus McWilson gave Kentucky its second interception return for a touchdown, this time taking one 36 yards for the score, lifting Kentucky 38-14.
It was Kentucky's fourth defensive touchdown for the season, the most it's had since 2008. And it was the first time since 1986 that the Cats managed two picks for scores since they did it against Cincinnati.
"That's nice to see us have the ability to make big plays on both sides of the ball and in special teams," said Stoops, whose defense was led by Ashely Lowery's seven tackles. Dupree had five tackles, 1.5 sacks, a quarterback hurry and a field goal block in the win.
Not to be outdone by the defense, the Cats' offense responded with a two-play, 64-yard drive that saw freshman Stanley "Boom" Williams run 58 yards for the touchdown that put him up over 100 yards rushing for the first time in his short career.
Back on kickoff return duty, Williams took the opening return 75 yards. He finished with 179 all-purpose yards for Kentucky.
Even the special teams group got in on the scoring spree, with Austin MacGinnis hitting his second field goal of the game, a 30-yarder, to cap a seven-play, 52-yard drive.
Stoops was happy to see his team wake up in time to look good in spurts, including a third quarter where the UK defense held the Warhawks to just six yards.
"It does show some maturity of hanging in there when things don't go well," he said. "Keep on battling, believing in each other and believing in what we can do on both sides of the ball and special teams. Fight back when we have to and get ahead."