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By Caleb Epley on ©October 25th, 2014 @ 10:32pm
Good evening, friends.
It’s almost the end of October somehow, and tomorrow’s date (October 26th) marks the 41st birthday of one of the most prominent TV writers in the industry, so let’s celebrate it here!
Seth MacFarlane spent his early career as an animator and writer for Cartoon Network - working on shows like Dexter’s Laboratory and Johnny Bravo. He pitched his series Family Guy to Fox in 1998, and the network picked it up immediately. The show eventually made MacFarlane a household name. Seth writes and animates each episode and voices several of the main characters. The series’ success has allowed MacFarlane to contribute to other fields of entertainment; he has hosted The Oscars, written and starred in two feature films (Ted and A MIllion Ways to Die in the West), and developed two more more successful TV programs (American Dad and The Cleveland Show).
Amazingly, Seth came very close to losing his life in the September 11th terrorist attacks. He was scheduled to board American Airlines Flight 11, but arrived at the airport ten minutes late because of a hangover and a mistake in his itinerary. The plane was hijacked and crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center an hour later. It’s difficult to imagine how that would feel, but MacFarlane has certainly made the most of his extra time.
Happy birthday, Seth. On to the news:
Kentucky falls to #1 Mississippi State
The Cats weren’t able to capitalize in their chance at upsetting the nation’s number one team, but they had a good showing. Kentucky fell by a final score 45-31, thanks in part to an onside kick that Mississippi State returned for a touchdown with two minutes remaining. While many fans were hoping for an upset, it was a decent turnaround from the team’s no-show at LSU. The loss stings, but if the Cats can continue to perform like they did in this game, finding a sixth win shouldn’t be a problem.
Patrick Towles was phenomenal
Many expected Heisman-hopeful Dak Prescott to be the most impressive quarterback this evening, but Towles gave him a run for his money. Patrick finished with 390 yards passing, 76 yards rushing, 4 TDs (2 passing, 2 rushing), 0 interceptions, and 11 yards receiving (because why not). In fact, Towles contributed to all but 27 of the team’s yards on offense. Not a bad outing for a guy who many thought would be a place-holder for Drew Barker.
The Cats get a pair of YAHTZEES!
It wasn’t all bad news for the team after today’s loss. First, Roland Walder (the #16 linebacker in the class of 2016) announced his commitment to the Cats this afternoon via Twitter. A few hours later, 4-star RB Quinton Baker also committed to the team. Rebuilding isn’t an easy task, but as long as quality commits like Walder and Baker keep rolling in – you have to like Kentucky’s prospects going forward.
Rich Brooks and Andre Woodson return to Lexington
Former UK coach Rich Brooks and quarterback Andre Woodson attended today’s game hoping to provide some mojo from their team’s 2007 upset of #1 LSU. While Kentucky couldn’t capitalize, it was good to see the two UK legends back in the bluegrass.
And finally, there’s this photo of Matthew Mitchell
Never change, coach.
That’s it for now. See ya’ll tomorrow.
By Nick Roush on ©October 25th, 2014 @ 9:47pm
A player I was hoping Neal Brown could keep home, Ashland Blazer’s Quinton Baker has committed to the Wildcats. A 247 Composite 4-star running back, Baker is one of the best prospects in Kentucky’s deep Class of 2016 and the son of former Wildcat Al Baker. With 4.49 speed, Baker is a playmaker that has hardly reached his potential.
— SchoolboyQ (@Qbaker5) October 26, 2014
Watch his highlights, they’re pretty good.
By Nick Roush on ©October 25th, 2014 @ 9:30pm
This is what it feels like to be a part of big-time college football.
With the eyes of the world watching on CBS, a loud and full Commonwealth Stadium witnessed a Kentucky team that was good enough to beat the #1 team in the nation, but is still fighting to become a consistent threat in the SEC. The defense made Dak Prescott look human, but allowed Josh Robinson to power through tackles like he was on fire (NFL Blitz-style). Patrick Towles had the best game of his career, but nobody, I mean NOBODY could run the ball except him.
Losing always sucks, but this one sucked a little less. Here’s why…
After getting embarrassed, the young Cats responded
Last week’s 41-3 loss would have crippled most Kentucky football teams, but this isn’t your typical Kentucky football team. The slow starters showed some early spunk, despite falling behind. After getting torched, the defense brought some big hits (I’m looking at you, Blake McClain). There were a lot of times in this game where it looked like MSU was going to run away with it, but the team never quit, providing enough big plays to WOW the world. If only there were a few more…
Patrick Towles outplayed Dak Prescott
Yeah, I said it. The Heisman Trophy front runner was all but destined to destroy the Cats defense. We’ve seen it happen so many times – Tebow, Cam Newton – it was inevitable the Cats were going to get crushed by the big man’s legs. Instead, the defensive line played better than the preseason hype keeping Prescott contained for 90% of the game. When Kentucky’s running game didn’t work, Towles made it work with his legs. His 76 rushing yards are misleading because he was sacked 6 times. The runs extended drives and kept the hope alive.
Through the air, Towles had his moments of inaccuracy. They were definitely outweighed by his great moments. The BBN saw three of the best throws of his career; one was a 55-yard completion to Timmons, one 58-yarder to Javess Blue in the seam, but his 3rd one in the end zone to Ryan Timmons on 4th down was broken up. He finished with 390 passing yards (career-high), 76 rushing and 4 total touchdowns, accounting for all but 38 of the Cats 504 yards of offense.
Dak Prescott is great, but any person watching that game could see that he wasn’t as great as Patrick Towles.
Tip your hats to the DLine
The Kentucky defensive line showed America how to slow down the Heisman Trophy front-runner. Bud Dupree and Za’Darius Smith played like mad-men, but still kept their composure for a disciplined pass rush. Dak still managed 88 yards on the ground, but all but two were hard earned. Every pass, option, and QB-designed run was met with a UK defensive lineman. Every hit was punishment. Bud finished with 10 tackles, Za’Darius with 8, while they combined for 4 tackles for loss and a pair of sacks.
The DLine’s biggest problem all year was playing too aggressive. That may sound silly, but too many times they ditched their responsibility to make th ebig play, only to give up a big play. Their play tonight proved to me that they can be coached up, only leaving more room for improvement in the future.
As good as some of it was, there’s a reason why the BBN is collectively shaking its head. Here are just a few…
Four times within seven, and the Cats couldn’t equalize
Every time the Cats had a chance to pull off the comeback, reality sank in. Not once, not twice, but three times the Cats went 3-and-out with a chance to equalize. The big plays that kept them in the game only seemed to happen when they were down 14. I wish there was an easy answer, but somehow they could never keep the momentum to put the game within reach.
What in the hell happened in the run game?
Is Boom the only answer? I have NO idea where to even begin with that box score.
On the other side of the ball, Kentucky once again let a power-back look like Walter Friggin’ Payton. First it was Matt Jones, then it was Mike Davis, this time it was Josh Robinson. Averaging 8.6 yards per carry, Robinson had 2 touchdowns and 198 yards. Dan Mullen has done a great job coaching this year, but he deserves a couple smacks in the face for throwing it in the 4th quarter instead of letting Robinson do work every single play.
When the Cats will figure it out……your guess is as good as mine.
Four dropped passes in the Red Zone
They weren’t always THE play needed for the win, but all of them could have been caught and scored. In a game where they could never get over the hump, just two of those balls caught could have given them the 14 points needed to get Kentucky over the hump.
That onside kick
Recovering an onside kick is probably the most difficult thing to do in football. It’s understandable if the team doesn’t recover the kick, but to let the person run 40-yards for a touchdown????? It was unfair for the game to end in the way it did.
It wasn’t what we hoped for, but the Cats proved that Stoops wasn’t kidding when he said, “We’re just getting started, bro.” The Cats are knocking on the door, it’s only a matter of time before they’re an important part of college football.
By Nick Roush on ©October 25th, 2014 @ 8:50pm
Tonight was rough, but the Cats’ performance gives plenty of hope for the future. It isn’t just the BBN that is seeing the progress. The 16th-ranked linebacker in the class of 2016, Roland Walder, announced his commitment to Kentucky shortly after tonight’s game. The Dayton, OH native runs a 4.5 40-yard-dash and ensures that tonight wasn’t a total wash.
— Roland Walder (@Roland_9x) October 26, 2014
You know you wanna watch his highlights.
Stay tuned. Rivals’ Justin Rowland believes there is more to come…
By Drew Franklin on ©October 25th, 2014 @ 8:30pm
Coach Mitchell and his extra medium jersey filled in for Jared Lorenzen on the field before the fourth quarter and he owned Commonwealth Stadium. Mitchell introduced Rich Brooks and John Calipari to the crowd before leading the ‘Blue/White’ chant throughout the stadium. The photo above shows the three coaches hanging out on the sideline before they took the field.
The UK Hoops Instagram account sent out a good shot of Mitchell rallying the troops too:
A photo posted by Kentucky Women's Basketball (@ukhoopcats) on
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 25th, 2014 @ 8:15pm
Mark Stoops sounded disappointed but ultimately pleased with how his team battled back in their loss to #1 Mississippi State. “It is what it is,” Stoops told reporters. “We got beat by a better football team.” Stoops said he liked how hard the team played down the stretch and the effort they showed, but at the end of the day, to beat a team like Mississippi State, you have to play perfectly.
You have to admire the Cats’ heart, though. “Our team is strong,” Stoops vowed. “They’re strong in the heart. They’re strong in the mind.”
Weird to say after a loss, but I feel much better about our bowl chances than a week ago.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 25th, 2014 @ 8:00pm
The Cats gave it a good shot, but it just wasn’t enough. Let’s talk it out on the KSR Postgame Show. It’s about to begin on 630 WLAP and 840 WHAS. You can also tune in via the iHeartRadio app right here.
By Drew Franklin on ©October 25th, 2014 @ 7:58pm
Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles had himself a game today. The sophomore threw for 390 yards and two touchdowns with zero interceptions, while adding another 76 yards and two scores on the ground. The 466 total yardage exceeded that of Dak Prescott, who accounted for 304 of Mississippi State’s yards. Heisman who?
After the game, Towles, though disappointed in the loss, told radio listeners he never doubted his team’s ability to compete with the nation’s best. “We know we can hang,” he said. “We know what we can do, but it’s nice for the country to see what we can do.”
Neal Brown said he was really excited by Towles’ level of play and he encouraged is by the entire offense. “We’re close,” said Brown.
By Drew Franklin on ©October 25th, 2014 @ 7:41pm
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 25th, 2014 @ 7:30pm
Patrick Towles did it all against Mississippi State. He passed for 390 yards, and two touchdowns, rushed for 76 yards and two touchdowns, and even caught a ball for 11 yards. Towles put up all but 27 of UK’s yardage today, a heroic feat that ultimately fell short. Here are some of his highlights…
He ran in touchdowns:
He got in his teammates’ faces when they dropped passes:
He put the Cats on his back and danced a little:
Even though the comeback fell short, kudos to Patrick Towles for one hell of a game.
By Drew Franklin on ©October 25th, 2014 @ 7:24pm
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 25th, 2014 @ 7:21pm
The Cats gave it a good shot, but Mississippi State was just too much, overpowering the Cats at the end by a score of 45-31.
Patrick Towles turned in an unbelievable performance, with 477 total yards and four touchdowns. Towles did it all tonight, passing for 390 yards, rushing for 76, and even catching a pass for 11 yards. He accounted for all but 27 of UK’s yards against the Bulldogs. Wow.
More coverage throughout the evening…