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October 4th, 2015

Get your highlights from the win

Come watch your highlights from the thrilling UK win over EKU last night. Thank god for Dorian Baker.

Stoops comments on ‘fortunate win’

The Cats somehow found a way to fight their way out of a 14-point deficit with less than eight minutes to go and come out with the victory over EKU in overtime. Nobody saw last night’s game ending how it did, and BBN was left stunned temporarily before they scored 21 unanswered to end the game. Coach Stoops weighed in on last night’s victory saying he was proud of the Cats resiliency and fight after going down late. Here’s what he had to say.

Just feel very fortunate, that’s the word that jumps out at me right now. Give them credit, you know I feel like they coached better than we did, they played with much greater energy and enthusiasm and executed better than we did, and fortunately we had some guys step up and make some plays late. I am very proud of our team and our determination to stay with it and to finish the game, and to somehow find a way to get the victory. But overall, not very pleased with our effort. We’ll get back to work, we have a bye week this week to get some guys healed up, and get back to work and fundamentally get better as a football team.

The Cats move to 4-1 and avoid catastrophy against an FCS team. I don’t know how we pulled it out and I don’t really care, let’s just not do that again. Here’s to moving forward and getting some players healthy during the bye week before the big Thursday night showdown.


Sunday Morning Wake Up

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Psst Willie it’s time to wake up! That’s right everyone today’s morning wake up is brought to you by the Sacramento Kings and Willie Cauley-Stein sleeping. I know most people might have lost a year or two off our lives from last night’s game, but let’s get into Sunday.

Set Your Lineups

Just a friendly reminder the first NFL game today kicks off at 9:30 Eastern because the Jets and Dolphins are playing in London. Also a friendly reminder, no one cares about your fantasy team, but set your lineup. Let’s take a quick minute to talk about how dumb it is the NFL plays in London. This counts as a home game for a team each year, taking away true home field advantage and making players get out of their routine. London is a five hour time different from the east coast, so most players will have to take sleeping pills to fall asleep at a normal time.

UK Wasn’t the Only One

Believe it or not but Kentucky wasn’t the only team to struggle yesterday. No. 1 Ohio State had to rally to beat Indiana yesterday while No. 2 Michigan State had to hold off Purdue despite being up 21-0 at halftime. Catch that Big 10 action, folks.

Props to Boom

Look, no one knows why Boom wasn’t playing yesterday, but I do want to give props to Williams for being on the sidelines and celebrating like a little kid with his teammates. He’s sure to catch some heat from the comment section, but Boom did what he was supposed to, which was supporting his team.

Kentucky needed overtime to get past EKU


They say a win is a win, but tell that to the stain in my shorts from watching Kentucky go down two touchdowns late in the game to the neighboring Eastern Kentucky Colonels. I had very little to no confidence when Eastern scored the go-ahead touchdown; I had zero confidence once Eastern added another on top of it with a little over seven minutes to go.

Then Patrick Towles and Kentucky’s offense stepped up and got the job done, tying the game on a fourth-down fade route to force overtime. From there, things looked positive entering OT and all of those “what-if” thoughts running through our heads slowly disappeared. (But really, can you imagine how bad a loss would’ve been???)

It was a hard-fought game, one that was supposed to be a blowout, but the fourth W is in the win column. And that’s all that matters in the end.

Let’s talk about it for a moment then forget about it…


It’s safe to say the Cats overlooked the opponent this week.

With a bye week and the biggest game of the year ahead, there’s no doubt Kentucky is guilty of looking past its FCS opponent. Early in the week, Mark Stoops mentioned getting Drew Barker some reps in this game, as well as other reserves. He never came out and said he expected to be up big on the Colonels, but quotes from him and the assistants suggested strong confidence heading into the game.

Yes, Eastern played well — kudos to them — but an SEC team shouldn’t be down two touchdowns to an FCS school at home. The talent gap is just too wide, even at Kentucky. Chalk this one up to relaxing all week and not getting up for the opponent. And Eastern giving them hell on top of that.

The rushing numbers are disappointing.

180 for Eastern, 55 for Kentucky. No excuse for that. Shouldn’t happen. Ever.

Another frustrating stat: UK needed overtime to catch EKU in total yards.


Patrick Towles was outstanding. After halftime.

After giving the Drew Barker advocates plenty to complain about in the first half, Towles turned things around after the break. He responded to a 10-for-19, two-interception first half with 222 yards on 19-of-23 passing and two touchdowns in the second half and overtime.

Just when you think Towles has tanked and it’s time to give his backup a look, he answers the call and plays the quarterback position as well as anyone. We saw it in the Missouri game after many fans called for a change all week, then again tonight when he played a disappointing first 30 minutes. Now, how do we get him to do it all of the time? It’s in him, we’ve seen it. Just gotta find that consistency.

The win tied the school record for biggest fourth quarter comeback.

And for the fourth time this year, Kentucky closed out a game by putting points on the board and making stops defensively with their backs against the wall. They love to make us sweat these out, but they get it done in the end.

“Very proud of the finish,” Stoops told Tom Leach.

Dorian Baker was unstoppable.

The aforementioned record comeback was made possible because of one Dorian Baker. He hauled in a difficult fourth-down catch for the game-tying touchdown; then bulldozed his way into the end zone in overtime for the game-winner.

Shannon Dawson said Baker demanded the ball on a screen with no blockers in overtime. Well that’s what he got, and he took it to paydirt for the win. He carried the Cats in the end.

“He’s a man,” said Towles.

Baker finished with eight catches for 82 yards and those two scores. The win doesn’t happen without his playmaking.

Cory Johnson has been a monster the last three weeks, tonight especially.

There’s a reason I picked Johnson as my MVP on the pregame show: he has been unblockable as of late and Eastern’s offensive line wasn’t cut out to slow him down. Johnson recorded a career-high 19 tackles against the Colonels, coming off his old career-high of 11 tackles against Missouri. He set a record for tackles by a UK defensive tackle and closed out the night with a sack on the final play of the game.

Austin MacGinnis, hurry back.

Confession: I couldn’t watch Miles Butler kick the extra point at the end of regulation. I can’t be the only one. Speak up, guys. It’s okay.

Stoops said he expects MacGinnis to be back next week.

Josh Forrest and Ryan Flannigan combined for 21 tackles, probably missed that many, too.

Forrest and Flannigan seemed to be in on most of Kentucky’s tackles in the game. They somehow seemed to miss every tackle too. I counted at least six blitzes where one of the two linebackers blew past the line and missed the QB. It got to be very frustrating, until one of them made a big stop on the same drive. They’re both very good, but could be even better with improved tackling.

This was a hell of play by Towles and Bone:

Bone had a good game with seven catches for 85 yards. Nice breakout night for him after a rather quiet first four games.

By show of hands, how many people were dying to put some pads on Boom Williams?

It was gut-wrenching to see Boom on the sideline in sweatpants when the offense was stagnant. The SEC Network didn’t do us any favors by cutting to him often and after failed drives.

Let’s hope Boom learned that lesson by sitting out when his team was desperate for his help.

Celebrate, BBN!

As ugly as it was, the record reads 4-1 going into Auburn.

Postgame Periscopes from the Players

DJ Eliot

Cory Johnson

Shannon Dawson

Dorian Baker

Patrick Towles

October 3rd, 2015

Stoops admits he thought about bringing Drew Barker in


Mark Stoops’ postgame press conference was as somber as you would imagine, and considering the problems UK’s offense had, it was only natural for reporters to question the quarterback play. Patrick Towles was 29-42 for 3 touchdowns, but his shaky play gave life to the very vocal Drew Barker contingent. So much so that after the game, Mark Stoops admitted he considered replacing Towles with Barker.

“I did. I did. I thought about it,” Stoops said, when asked if he considered playing Barker.

Meanwhile, some good news to end this on: Boom Williams WILL be back for Auburn after disciplinary measures.

“If he was suspended, he wouldn’t have been on the sideline.”

Well alright then. This should be an interesting bye week.

Stoops is “Very fortunate” to get the Victory

Stoops knows it wasn’t pretty, but he’ll take it. “Overall, not very pleased with our effort,” Stoops said.

“They coached better than we did.  They played with much better energy and enthusiasm,” but Stoops could find at least one silver lining – they got the win. “That’s the good news, to some how find a way to get to 4-1.”

Stoops shoulders much of the blame, but knows his players played down to their competition.  They simply weren’t ready to play today, “You gotta play with a toughness and a mental edge about ya or you won’t look very good.”

More to come.

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UK 34 EKU 27 (OT)


Dorian Baker was the Hero, but Jeff Badet had the Catch of the Night

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Jeff Badet already laid claim to one of the best catches of the year, but he one-upped it tonight.  In similar fashion, Badet fully extended for a diving 36-yard touchdown to give Kentucky a one touchdown lead.


Badet finished with four catches for 59 yards.

Kentucky beats Eastern Kentucky (barely)


I don’t think any of us expected this kind of battle, but at least the outcome was in Kentucky’s favor. After an ugly regulation, Kentucky beat Eastern Kentucky 34-27 in overtime. Yes, overtime. That score should show you how ugly it was. Oh boy.

Stay tuned for an interesting postgame…

An Ugly Halftime Boxscore

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We’ve seen some bad football moments this year, but that whole half was UGLY.  Kentucky only has 23 rushing yards, Towles has thrown two deep ball interceptions, and the offensive line looks childish after playing exceptionally well last week.  I don’t know where we went wrong, but something has to be fixed.

UK vs. Eastern Kentucky LIVE BLOG

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Tonight’s Starting Lineups


No sign of Jordan Swindle or Zach West.  There’s also 13 starters listed on offense and defense.  Not really sure how that works, but I have a sneaky suspicion it will #Catsby90.

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Boom is in Street Clothes for Tonight’s Game



After this week’s off the field drama, a UK spokesman confirmed that Boom Williams will not be playing tonight.  Boom did not practice on Monday or Tuesday, but returned to practice for the rest of the week.  We’ll have the complete starting lineups shortly.

In other news, some of the new lights went out, including the scoreboards that wrap around the stadium.  There looks like there will be plenty of light to play, but it’s pretty dark for those in the upper deck.  They’ve got a little over 30 minutes to fix the problem.