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October 25th, 2014

UK vs. Mississippi State LIVE BLOG

Live Blog UK vs. Mississippi State LIVE BLOG
 


A Passing Record Held by Jared Lorenzen is Snapped

The Hefty Lefty is one of the most prolific passers in SEC History, but today he has to take the backseat to Arkansas offensive lineman Sebastian Tretola.  The 350-pounder threw a beautiful touchdown pass to the long snapper on a trick play, making Tretola the largest man to throw a touchdown in the SEC.  I hope Arkansas doesn’t start running the Wildcat with THIS guy.

 

Take notes Jojo.


A Surprise Visitor for Today’s Game?

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As many of you already know, Coach Rich Brooks and Andre Woodson are back in town for a matchup against #1.  One of the most adored duos in Kentucky football history might not be the biggest names on the BBN’s radar.  Sources tell KSR that Toby Keith is also in Lexington for today’s game.  

Toby’s a Sooner at heart, but he shoulda been a Wildcat.

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Here Comes the Catwalk

The skies were dark and gray until the Cats came to save the day.  With the sun shining bright, Ryan Lemond did an exceptional job of looking like a fool while interviewing PAtrick Towles.  Setting the goofiness aside, once again the BBN did not disappoint in giving the Cats the warmest of welcomes.

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Remember that time somebody pooped in the tuba?

Remember that time somebody pooped in the tuba?

I doubt CJ Johnson's Mother calls him by the 'poop' nickname.

I doubt CJ Johnson’s Mother calls him by the ‘poop’ nickname.

Rayn was poised with West, but couldn't keep Towles in front of him.

Rayn was poised with West, but couldn’t keep Towles in front of him.

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The Chrome Helmets Are Back

The chrome helmets worked out pretty well against South Carolina earlier this year so why not bring them back against the Bulldogs? The uniforms are going to be looking slick under the Lexington sun.


A Major Day For The Future At Commonwealth Stadium

When you have an opportunity to knock off the number one team in the country then you want all of your top recruits there to witness the moment.  The parents of this coaching staff certainly didn’t raise any fools and that is exactly what they are doing with just two home games left on the schedule. Just who are some of the visitors? Let’s take a look:

Class of 2015

Damien Harris will once again be visiting for his fifth game of the season. Harris has become a stalwart in the stands this season and the Cats are undefeated when has attended games in 2014. That’s the sort of mojo we need on campus. Commit CJ Conrad will also be visiting the Cats today for his official visit. Conrad has already submitted his financial aid papers and expects to enroll for next semester.

Ahmad Wagner ballin’

We told you yesterday about the visit of Pitt commit Davon Hamilton visiting today but there are two more committed men making the trip as well. Tyree Kinnel, a four-star safety currently pledged to Michigan, and 6-foot-7 receiver Ahmad Wagner who is committed to play basketball at Iowa. I wouldn’t wish four years of school in Iowa on my worst enemy. Wagner has become a football target as well this fall with his play on the field. Both guys attended high school with Dorian Hendrix and Vince Marrow is working hard to open the pipeline and flip these two to Kentucky.

Local Juniors

Kentucky has begun locking up the state’s highly touted junior class with commitments from McCracken County’s Zy’Aire Hughes, Henry Clay’s Davonte Robinson and Lafayette’s Landon Young. Today they’ll be looking to sway a couple more guys when they host Woodford County offensive lineman Drake Jackson and Ashland running back Quinton Baker.

Mark Stoops was in Woodford County last night to watch Jackson work and the talented center is back on campus for his third unofficial visit of the season. Drake previously attended the Ohio and South Carolina games.

Quinton Baker, the son of 80s Kentucky running back Al Baker, will be visiting for the third time this season as well. Baker is currently a four star recruit and the third ranked in-state player for 2014. He holds an offer from the Cats already and it’d be great to see the kid follow in his father’s footsteps.

Traveling Juniors

Messiah deWeaver is a four-star quarterback out of Ohio and one who committed to Michigan back in June. With Brady Hoke all but finished as coach of the Wolverines you have to wonder just how firm the commitment is. The coaching staff has taken over our neighbor to the North and deWeaver could be another top get from the Buckeye State. Time will tell.

Another all-name team candidate joining Messiah is three-star wide receiver Randrecous Davis from Georgia. So far it’s been Louisville and Kentucky duking it out for the kid’s services but Auburn, Clemson, and Florida have also shown interest. This is his first unofficial visit to the Bluegrass state.

 

Its a big day not just for the game being played but for the future as well. How well the Cats are able to hang with the Bulldogs could help sway a lot of guys to suit up in the blue and white for years to come.


Boom Williams Out Vs Miss St.

If Kentucky is going to take down Mississippi State then they are going to have to do so without one of the offense’s most explosive playmakers. Boom tweeted out the bad news today:

The reason he is out still hasn’t been disclosed by the team but it stems from the hard hitting collision that took place last week against LSU. Mark Stoops declined to comment on Boom’s status earlier this week but I’d expect to hear an update following the game.

Go Cats!


UK Statistics vs. Dual Threat Quarterbacks in the Recent Past (2009-2014)

Over the past few years UK has had the opportunity to play a handful of Dual-Threat future NFL Quarterbacks in big SEC matchups. From Tebow to Prescott, UK hasn’t fared very well against dual-threat quarterbacks in the recent past. In 5 of the biggest matchups since Tebow’s dual-threat passing attack came to Lexington in 2009, UK has gone 0-5, losing by an average of 21.8 points per game. Here’s some background and the final statistical outcomes of those games.

2009

Tim Tebow, #1 Florida Gators

Passing: 5/10, 103 yards, 1 Touchdown

Rushing: 16 carries, 123 yards, 2 Touchdowns

Tebow torched the Cats early on and this was really never much of a game at all. UK was no match for the top-ranked Gators as they rolled behind Tebow’s dual-threat passing attack until the 3rd quarter when he left Commonwealth after a huge hit by Taylor Wyndham. The Gators rolled past the Cats 41-7 in Lexington.

2010

Cam Newton, #8 Auburn Tigers – 

Passing: 13/21, 210 yards, 1 Interception

Rushing: 28 carries, 198 yards, 4 Touchdowns

Cam Newton came into Commonwealth and broke our hearts, leading his Auburn Tigers to a 37-34 victory on a last-second field goal. Newton didn’t look particularly impressive through the air, but I have never seen a player run as well as he did that one game. Newton absolutely burned UK all game on the ground, racking up almost 200 yards against our defense just on the ground. Besides the 200 yards on the ground, though, UK really didn’t play bad during this game. This was one of UK’s best performances during the 2010 season.

2011

Connor Shaw, #18 South Carolina – 

Passing: 26/39, 311 yards, 4 Touchdowns

Rushing: 15 carries, 42 yards, 0 Touchdowns

UK did a good job of containing Shaw on the run, only allowing 42 yards, but couldn’t contain the aerial attack of the Gamecocks. UK had a very tough day, losing by 51 points in Williams-Brice Stadium. Not a very good performance here against the dual-threat attack, UK lost 54-3.

2012

Connor Shaw, #6 South Carolina – 

Passing: 15/18, 148 yards, 2 Touchdowns

Rushing: 19 carries, 76 yards, 0 Touchdowns

UK got off to a magical start at home, nearly going up 3 scores at halftime. However, Spurrier’s 6th-ranked Gamecocks had different plans for this night, coming out of halftime and scoring 31 unanswered behind Shaw’s dual-threat effort to win 38-17 over Joker’s Cats in Lexington.

2013

Dak Prescott, Mississippi State – 

Passing: 23/34, 268 yards, 2 Touchdowns

Rushing: 16 carries, 33 yards, 0 Touchdowns

Last season UK made an appearance in “Starkvegas” to take on Prescott’s Bulldogs in a matchup of the two worst teams in the SEC. This game was UK’s best shot at their first SEC win since 2011. Prescott didn’t play exceptionally well, granted his team also wasn’t very good, but UK still found a way to lose like they did against every other SEC team they had played the last two years. The Cats fell to Mississippi State 28-22.

2014

UK vs. Mississippi State, 3:30 pm on CBS

Today, we expect to see a much improved Mississippi State team from a year ago, behind Heisman-frontrunner, QB Dak Prescott. While UK has gone nearly winless against big time SEC dual-threat QB’s, today could be different than what the stats lead you to believe. This is easily UK’s best team in the last 3 seasons and the last time we had a decent UK team play a quality SEC dual-threat passing led opponent in Commonwealth, we almost came up with a big time win against Cam Newton and Auburn, the eventual National Champions that season.

Not to take anything away from Dak Prescott because he is one heck of an athlete, but he isn’t Cam Newton on the ground, and almost nobody is. Undefeated Mississippi State has proven themselves with 3-straight wins over Top-10 opponents coming into today. This obviously will be a big challenge, but I don’t think its unreasonable for the Cats to pull out a victory in Commonwealth. I wouldn’t say it’s likely that we win, but if we can play good coverage in the secondary and contain Prescott on the ground, I’d say we’ve got a shot at least.

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Talk Mississippi State on the KSR Pregame Show

Kickoff is just over three hours away so that means it’s time to talk Mississippi State with Matt, Ryan, Drew, and people from all around Commonwealth Stadium. Tune your radio dial to 630 WLAP if you’re in the Lexington area or stream the show online as we get ready to square off with the Bulldogs.

So close to gametime!


Isaiah Briscoe Is Down To Three

Isaiah Briscoe let Adam Zagoria know earlier this week he’d be cutting his list today and now the 6’3 guard has delivered.

Seton Hall and Rutgers have dropped from the top ranked point guard’s list. Briscoe made an official visit to St. John’s last week and the Red Storm are currently leading the crystal ball with 54% of the predictions. Prior to that visit everything seemed to be going in the direction of the Wildcats and today’s cut shows that they are still in the mix for this kid. How could any point guard not want to play for coach call after the the success he’s had over the years with guys like John Wall, Brandon Knight, and Derrick Rose? I think Cal and the Cats will make some moves for this kid before it’s all said and done.

Do you hope Briscoe is next in line to be the floor general for the Cats?


Sights And Signs From The Grounds Of SEC Nation

Mrs. Tyler brought you the sights from the TV screen but KSR writer Nick Roush is live from the scene outside of Commonwealth and sent over some of these photos.

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Looks like SEC Nation had a pretty solid turnout for their first time rolling into Lexington.

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He calls them Meggings.

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Big Blue Elvis is in the building.

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Roush hanging out with Jameis’ prized possession

Looks like a good time at Commonwealth


More pics from “SEC Nation”

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I love this guy who saw the camera and literally picked up his child and ran towards it:

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Tebow’s being a good sport so far, jokes that the last time he was in Lexington, he left on a stretcher, which prompted some “Taylor Wyndham” chants from the crowd:

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“Lou Holtz stealthz Halloween candy”

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A crab in a Jameis Winston jersey:

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Gameday and The Saturday Morning Links

Hopefully everyone in the crowd today is as fired up as our drummer was earlier this year.

-What is it going to take for the Wildcats to take down Mississippi State today? Bud Dupree says “an almost perfect game”. Check out that quote and more in Kyle Tucker’s preview of today’s battle. The quaffed one is taking the Bulldogs 35-24.

-How do you stop Dak Prescott? Well if anyone had the answer then State probably wouldn’t be undefeated right now. Jen Smith of the Herald Leader gives a break down of what Dak has done so well this season and some additional tidbits from the coaching staff.

-If the Cats are going to find a way to stop Dak then Mark Story thinks it’s going to take a monster game from number 2. Last year Bud was key to keeping the Cats in the game, today he will certainly be key if the Cats find a way to win.

-Go behind enemy lines and check out Mississippi State’s SB Nation affiliate For Whom The Cowbell Tolls preview of the game.

-SEC Nation is now live from the purple lot outside of Commonwealth Stadium. Check it out on the SEC Network or make your way over there if you’re in the area.


In news that won’t surprise you…

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…Kentucky Joe is already at the “SEC Nation” set.

The show starts in 20 minutes on SEC Network. From the cut-ins they’ve shown on “College Gameday” so far, it looks like a decent crowd. More pics in a bit.


October 24th, 2014

Tim Couch’s State Touchdown Record Saturday News And Views

When you’re running down a list of the greatest athletes this state has ever produced it won’t take long to get to the name Tim Couch. Couch was a product of the mountains of Leslie County and certainly needs no introduction if you’re reading this website. I’m not here to fill you in on various facts about Kentucky’s best football star. Instead I’m here pay tribute to the Leslie County High School version of said star as one of his KHSAA records fell tonight.

Records are made to be broken and tonight, after nearly twenty years, Tim’s career touchdown record came tumbling down as Elijah Sindelar of Caldwell County threw his 134th touchdown pass. Sindelar you may recall was on Kentucky’s radar for a while before opting to pursue engineering and football at Purdue. I’ve never seen the kid play but he must have a good deal of talent to pass names like Tim Couch (133), Brian Brohm (119), Jared Lorenzen (89), and our own Patrick Towles (72). Best of luck to the kid as he will now be the name that future generations of quarterbacks will be chasing in the record books.

On to the news and views:

Stoops Heads To Horse Country

How does a coach unwind hours before his team hosts the number one team in the nation? He doesn’t. Stoops stayed active on the recruiting trail tonight as he paid a visit to top center in the class of 2016 Drake Jackson. The Woodford County Yellow Jackets were all over West Jessamine midway through the fourth 33-12. Back in September, Jackson confirmed that the Cats were his leader and told the Courier-Journal “I’m not going to commit next week or anything, but they are (in front). They’ve shown a lot of interest, and I’ve shown a lot of interest.

Sounds like Stoops is keeping the interest level high.

The Return of Rich and Woodson

The last time Kentucky took down the number one team in the nation on CBS at 3:30 in the afternoon those two guys pictured above were calling the plays. Tomorrow they will both be on hand once again and I’d bet the house they’ll be the ones accompanying Jared Lorenzen out for the third quarter Blue-White chant.

Ivan Raab Makes It Official

It’s post-Big Blue Madness and we’re still not any closer to how the 2015 class will shake out. After this weekend we could be a bit closer as power forward Ivan Rabb  is on campus. The big man narrowed his list to five today, and according to ESPN, the Cats made the cut, along with Arizona, California, Kansas, and UCLA. Rabb is ranked the second best power forward and the sixth best player in the 2015 class by 247 Sports Composite, but Kentucky hasn’t been considered a major player in his recruitment. Rabb hails from Oakland, California, and most expect him to stay on the West coast. Cal(“ifornia,” no “ipari”) leads in his Crystal Ball with 48% of predictions.

Number One Stunner

The game is finally here. Kentucky has a chance to knock of Mississippi State for the first time in 6 years. The Bulldogs are currently riding the longest win streak in the history of the series at 5 and the Cats will be looking to beat Dan Mullen for the first time. Oh, and there’s just the added bonus of taking down the number one team in the nation!!!

State is ranked first with a legitimate Heisman candidate quarterback under center for the first time in the history of the school. Now Kentucky gets the chance to play spoiler on the Bulldogs and their playoff hopes while also moving up the ladder of the SEC east. Last week’s disappointing loss in Baton Rogue took the wind out of the sails a bit for many fans but tomorrow offers a chance to keep moving forward and secure another pillar win.

The Bulldogs have been playing lights out all season long but they don’t have the same talent gap that was on display against LSU. If the Cat’s can find a way to hurl the ball down field and stop State from doing the same then they may just be in a position to win.

How do you think the Cats are going to fare in tomorrow’s match-up? I got em storming the field.

Go Cats.