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Today on KSR: Cats stopped short of goal line in loss to Tennessee


Last night was a tough pill to swallow for Kentucky fans. For the second time this season, the Cats had a team beaten at home only to see it slip away in the second half.

Mark Stoops’ team had a 13-0 lead in the first quarter before failing to score again, which was topped off by a Tennessee goal-line stand in the closing minute and a half.

With the loss, Kentucky falls to 4-5 on the year and will have to win two of the next three against Vanderbilt, UT Martin, and Louisville to become bowl eligible. Here are the stories you need to know to start your day:

Lack of a passing attack hurts once again

I love Lynn Bowden. Personally, I would be fine if they put the statue up of him ahead of the game against Louisville to end the season. While that might be a little premature, Kentucky fans should be willing to do anything for him.

Some fans seem to be very critical of his lack of a passing attack. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t disagree, but at the same time, we need to remember that he is a wide receiver playing the quarterback position. What more can we honestly expect from him? This guy has put his body on the line week in and week out and has helped put the Cats in a position to win most games.

With all of that being said, I think that Eddie Gran should look to varying up the offense a little more by using Sawyer Smith. In the second half, Tennessee began to stack the box and it led to Bowden not having as much success moving the football.

If it is only for 10 plays a game, Smith needs to be in there at some point to keep the defense honest. We obviously don’t want him to pass all 10 times, but varying up the offense has to happen. The defenses of Vandy and Louisville aren’t great, but when you’re one dimensional, it can really help.

Lynn Bowden’s message to the fans

If I’ve said it once, I have said it 1,000 times. Lynn Bowden deserves everything from Kentucky fans. I could go on and on about just that.

After the game, Bowden tweeted out the following message:

I 100% agree with this. What Bowden is making reference to is the presumed group of people who went to tweet at him, or his teammates, after the game saying things like, “you stink,” “you blew the game,” etc.

Why people find the urge to take out their frustration by directly sending a message to a player, I will never understand. Especially when everyone has the ability to come to our website and post in the game thread your frustrations. I understand being in the moment and annoyed, but tweeting at players – unless positive – should really never happen.

Josh Allen returns to Kroger Field

One of the highlights of Saturday was former Kentucky star Josh Allen making his first return to Kroger Field. The current Jacksonville Jaguar took part in the Cat Walk and on the field festivities during his team’s bye week. Always good to see them come home!

SEC has a rough overall day

(SEC)

  • Western Kentucky defeats Arkansas 45-19
  • #10 Florida defeats Vanderbilt 56-0
  • #2 LSU defeats Alabama 46-41
  • Ole Miss defeats NMST 41-3
  • #6 Georgia over Mizzou 27-0
  • App. State over South Carolina 20-15

LSU over Alabama proved to be the biggest storyline for the day with an exciting game. For those fans of football, you definitely had a lot to enjoy from it.

We have to give a special shoutout to my alma mater for defeating Arkansas to get to bowl eligibility. What a great win for the Hilltoppers!

Article written by Sam Gormley

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25 responses to “Today on KSR: Cats stopped short of goal line in loss to Tennessee”

  1. BG Cat

    Go Tops!

  2. mcp157

    Lynn Bowden is awesome!!!!! This loss is on the coaches. Why do they not mix a little of Smith, not always passing, that way they can mix in a little real passing? If your can’t get it in the end zone with one yard to go and two downs then you do not deserve to win. Mark Stoops, no disrespect here, but you earn enough money per year to beat UT, no excuses. That should have been a win.

  3. FunkyMonkey

    The fans support the players. The fans do not support idiotic play calling and idiotic personnel usage. I suggest something crazy, play a QB at QB. Use Bowden, who is awesome for real, at WR. I just blew your mind didn’t I?

  4. TomKat9698

    When you can sit at home on the couch and call the next play yourself, then something is seriously wrong with the offensive play calling. It’s not just this year, as i can go back a number of years and still the same thing. Try being innovative instead of knowing that a 6 yr old can figure out our offense coordinators next play call. Always behind our players! See y’all in Nashville! GBB

    1. WKY Cat

      Nail on the head!

  5. Slam242424

    Should read, UK held scoreless for the final 3 quarters on home field.

    Zero adjustments from one of the highest paid coaching staffs in the country.

    1. Redpup

      I agree 100% Dolla! Out of the three backs Stoops plays I would rank them in the following order: 1) Smoke 2) Rodriguez and 3) Rose. Smoke is heads and shoulders more productive than Rose! Must be something keeping Smoke on the bench and running behind Rose! We play Smoke more we probably beat Tennessee!!

    2. Slam242424

      Smoke was an automatic 5 yards per carry last night with the possibility of breaking a long run every time he carries. Rose was getting stuffed at the line unless their was a clear running lane. Rose runs scared and timid at times. This is real head scratcher to why Rose starts and is the featured back.

    3. JDizzle14

      Yea its abt time for another Stoops extension after that one, aint it?

  6. Dolla Bill

    I just dont understand using rose. Does stoops have something against smoke?

  7. a21CATSfan

    Why don’t we focus more on the 3+ quarters that they couldn’t cross the goal line, not just the last drive? How about maybe be just a bit more aggressive before the half? Stoops lost both the Florida game and the Tennessee game by not scoring points (or at least trying) before the half. It’s pretty embarrassing. CATS

  8. StuckinLville

    They have to put Smith in for passing. Bowden just cant make that pass and we have to pass to win.

    1. mashburnfan1

      Using Bowden at QB takes away several scoring chances. If Smith was at QB Bowden could score on a punt return, kick return, catching a pass or a hand off. Plus a RB could break a long run. We lose most of these scoring chances with Bowden at QB and just running the ball. Wagner was out yesterday so Gran, who has no creativity, lost his only pass option which is throw it up in the air and hope Wagner catches it or gets a penalty. That is literally the only pass play Gran has. I have been on the fans for not coming to games and I apologize to them. While I will still make the long drive the next 2 games I can’t blame anyone for not going to watch the coaches stop these kids from playing. If I was Gatewood I would have ran from that stadium at halftime last night along with any WR recruit. If he comes here after watching our offensive play calling since the 4th quarter of the UF game he has no smarts at all.

    2. catsarerunnin

      Buffoon

    3. UoKFB PHAN

      @mashburnfan1, does that apology apply to me or am I still a ‘hole’ and a ‘phantom fan’ because I can’t make the 421 mile trip ( just shy of 7 hours one way) with sick elderly parents??? Yes, I’m back… are you going to answer or just hide like you did last time???

  9. UKinIN

    If you play Smith to “keep the defense honest” UT will still stack the box when Bowden comes back in. A dual threat QB is only a dual threat when running or passing is an option.

    1. StuckinLville

      Then maybe a real qb should be playing. Look at that horribly under thrown ball that shoulda been a touchdown instead.

  10. Redpup

    I don’t blame the players for these types of losses. They are on the coaches. Stoops is so stubborn about running the ball with Bowden that he won’t even think about using Smith! Smith is not that bad when he’s healthy! I haven’t been very impressed with touchdown Terry as a passer either. I think Smith is a better passer. If we don’t start throwing the ball we won’t get to seven wins and that is a fact!

  11. DerBaron

    I’ve said this many times (half jokingly) they could dress The Little Sisters of the Poor in UT “puke in a pumpkin” orange with their left arms in slings and they’d still beat us.

  12. VirginiaCat

    Stoops is the CEO, therefore, he has responsibility for the football program as a whole. My take is that he is a good recruiter, but not a strong bench coach. He has a propensity for using poor judgment at critical times and seems to struggle with adjustments. He avoided passing plays in favor of the ground game, yet, at a critical juncture on a short yardage situation to extend the drive, he inexplicably had the QB throw a long pass. Really? You don’t trust your QB to throw the ball, but at a critical time under a lot of pressure, you have him pass rather than running for short yardage.

    1. mashburnfan1

      Stoops does not call the offensive plays, that is all Gran.

    2. Big Sexy

      Mashburnfan, if I own a garage and give my mechanic only access to a hammer and hacksaw should I expect him to fix any cars.

      Stoops: “Hey Eddie, I’m going to handcuff you with no passing game. The opposing team knows we can’t throw but call a great game”.

    3. catsarerunnin

      Don’t use logic with Doucheburn. He doesn’t have the mental capacity to comprehend.

  13. Big Sexy

    I’ve said it for three years; Stoops is a great recruiter, a really good defensive coach, not a good head coach.

    1. Bourbon-n-Coke

      Bing! That sums it up well.

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