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Six moments that created UK football’s special season

10-3. Soak it in, BBN, because the 2018-19 football season was one for the books. Sure, Kentucky’s season just ended yesterday, but maybe you’re already feeling nostalgic. There were plenty of great moments over the course of the past few months, but I decided to round up some of the very best. These are the moments that changed UK’s season.

Terry Wilson’s run against Florida.

Kentucky’s still-new quarterback had one of his strongest game of the season way back on Sept. 8 against the Gators. He finished with 11 of 16 passes for 151 yards, two touchdowns and just one interception. He rushed for 105 yards and ran in one touchdown of his own. He had great passes to Lynn Bowden and David Bouvier, but it was his scrappy nature that stood out during the Gator hunt. Throughout the game, he hustled his way to first downs and, in this case, even a touchdown.

Wilson’s performance helped carry the Cats to a 27-16 victory which, of course, led to the end of that terrible 31-year streak. In the process, UK got to see Terry Wilson’s potential on full display.

Cats become 5-0… in more ways than one

The Florida streak wasn’t the only one Kentucky improved upon this year. For the fifth straight season, Mark Stoops & Co. defeated the South Carolina Gamecocks. The victory also put the Cats’ record at 5-0, an incredibly-impressive feat when you remember the Vegas line had the over-under line set at 5.5…

South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley was picked off three times by Kentucky – Mike Edwards, Derrick Baity and Darius West all snatched interceptions. Despite a scoreless second half, the then-No. 17 Wildcats held on for the win.

CJ Conrad’s impossible catch

I know you all remember this one.

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CJ Conrad’s last-second touchdown catch against Missouri not only won the game for Kentucky, but it also gave the Cats the chance to compete for the SEC East title. Of course, the Cats ultimately fell to Georgia, but they only had that chance thanks to Kentucky’s senior tight end.

As fabulous as Conrad’s catch was, it wouldn’t have mattered were it not for the Kentucky defense. They fought the whole game, at one point even forcing eight straight three-and-outs for the Tigers. Missouri was averaging around 500 yards of offense per game before their matchup with the Wildcats. Against Kentucky, they scored just 14 points.

Josh Paschal’s return

What an emotional year for Josh Paschal. Last season, Josh Allen and Denzil Ware were referring to him as “Baby Blitz.” He was poised to have a break-through year, then Coach Stoops broke the devastating news of Paschal’s diagnosis at media day in August. Shortly thereafter, news of Coach John Schlarman’s own health issues also broke.

The team used these two men as inspiration for a special season.

“What Josh Paschal’s gone through and Coach Schlarman, it keeps things in perspective. This is still just a game,” Stoops said before the bowl game. “Obviously we know how important that is and how many people we affect, but when you start looking at things like that, it keeps things in perspective, and our team has really rallied around those two.”

It was a truly special moment when Paschal made his way back onto Kroger Field. During the final home game of the season, he served as a starter and recorded his first tackle of the season.

Josh Allen’s monster senior day

While Josh Pascal may have had the feel-good moment of the day, a different Josh had a different kind of moment on the field – the record-breaking kind. Against Middle Tennessee State, Allen officially became the school’s leading sacker. And it didn’t take long for the record to be updated inside Kroger Field:

The record-breaking sack couldn’t have come at a better time: a fourth-and-one play at the UK 32-yard line. A MTSU touchdown here would tie the game. Allen wasn’t going to let that happen.

Then, on MTSU’s final drive of the game, he did it again. This sack broke the record for most QB sacks in a single season. After an already-memorable senior season, it was more than fitting for Allen to finish strong inside Kroger Field.

Oh, No. 41. We’re going to miss you.

Benny’s big moment

It’s a record we’ve been tracking all year: the all-time leading rushing record. From the beginning of the season, Snell had breaking the record listed as one of the goals hanging in his bedroom. Against Penn State, and during his final game as a Wildcat, Snell made it happen.

Of course, the moment didn’t come without some drama. He surpassed the necessary 107 yards in the most “Snell Yeah” way possible – running the ball in for a touchdown.


Of course, there were dozens of other moments that made this season a special one. But it was the combination of it all that led to a 10-3 season, a record (and streak) breaking year and a bowl game victory over a “football school” like Penn State. UK football, thanks for an excellent season.

When’s the next kickoff?


What was Hardee’s problem yesterday?

What was Hardee’s problem yesterday?

 

An unexpected side story of yesterday’s game was the shade Hardee’s threw at Kentucky Football. At the beginning of the Citrus Bowl, the fast-food chain sent out this bizarre tweet:

Huh? Is that supposed to be a compliment on an insult? Or is Hardee’s just trying to show off that they knew Bear Bryant used to be our coach? Bitter they lost the food bracket? Either way, they got roasted for it on Twitter:

For a chain that had two employees in Kentucky diagnosed with Hepatitis A in recent months, poking the #BBN may not have been the wisest choice. Thankfully, I never eat there anyways.


Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Penn State fires wide receivers coach after loss to Kentucky

Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Penn State’s loss to Kentucky in the Citrus Bowl has some Nittany Lions fans calling for James Franklin’s head, which is a bit much, but one coach did meet the chopping block. Wide receivers coach David Corley was relieved of his duties today after his unit made drop after drop vs. the Cats.

“I appreciate David’s efforts this season but feel it is in our program’s best interest to make a change at this time. I wish him and his family nothing but the best in the future,” Franklin said in a released statement.

Kentucky won the game for a variety of reasons, but the number of drops by Penn State’s receivers was ridiculous. Senior DeAndre Thompkins dropped what would have been two first-down catches and a deep ball by third string quarterback Sean Clifford. Apparently, drops have plagued the Nittany Lions all season, which isn’t too terribly surprising considering Corley joined Penn State’s staff before the season as the running backs coach and was then shifted over.

Honestly, I’m shocked the special teams coach didn’t get the axe first. Outside of their punter, they were a total mess. In fact, let’s watch Lynn Bowden’s punt return on more time…

[PennLive.com]


LISTEN: Stoops, Josh Allen, and Kash Daniel call into the KSR Postgame Show

LISTEN: Stoops, Josh Allen, and Kash Daniel call into the KSR Postgame Show

In what has become a tradition after big wins, Mark Stoops called into the KSR Postgame Show to discuss his team’s 27-24 victory over Penn State. If you missed it, listen below as Stoops, Josh Allen, and Kash Daniel describe how much the Citrus Bowl win means to them and the program. Stoops even admits that this game was personal for him because of a certain coach on the other sideline.

The entire postgame show is available for download on the KSR Podcast Feed.


WATCH: Ryan Lemond interviews — and chest bumps — fans in Orlando

WATCH: Ryan Lemond interviews — and chest bumps — fans in Orlando

How much fun did the BBN have in Orlando? Ryan Lemond went around and interviewed fans yesterday, almost knocking a kid over in a chest bump you have to see to believe:

God Bless Ryan Lemond.


HIGHLIGHTS: Relive Kentucky’s win over Penn State

Miss today’s game? You better have a great excuse. Relive Kentucky’s thrilling 27-24 win over Penn State in the Citrus Bowl with these highlights from KyWildcatsTV: