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146 responses to “Backup Quarterback Leads Florida to Fourth Quarter Comeback Victory over Kentucky”

  1. My Dixie Wrecked

    Hey what are our Chances? Poor.

    1. 2kittle

      AJ rose should not be getting as many snaps as he is. We should roll with Smoke all the way. Smoke gets that 4th down conversion. Coach should not have really gone with it seeing how good Duffy is. Oh well, thought smith played phenomenal considering. Bowden looked lost throughout the whole game as well.

    2. kinghh

      When Franks went out I knew it was over.. We make All Americans out of backup quarterback…Did it again..

    3. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      Don’t reply to Dixie. He isn’t a Kentucky fan. He’s a UL troll.

  2. dhard

    No, KY coaches created the fourth quarter comeback

    1. TonyMontana

      When does Basketball start? At least we got Terrence Clarke today. I’ll take that W.

  3. THATcatFAN

    Terry ……..we need him …….BADDDDDD

    1. RAGE

      No it wasn’t Sawyer fault he played a good game… Until our poor conservative play calling killed any momentum he had… Then Bowden quit on a route….

    2. season-3-disc-2

      @rage Please tell me you are kidding. Smith was horrible in the second half. Very bad decisions. This loss is on him more than anyone including our kicker.

    3. 8XChamps

      @Season-3 we wouldn’t have been in the damn game if it weren’t for Sawyer. Get your head out of your backside, did you even watch the game?

    4. bigbluenationmbb

      Rage is 120% right

    5. IndianaSucks

      I’ll take Sawyer over Terry every day of the week

    6. JusSayin

      Sawyer played well. Probably a better passer but his turnovers killed us and his lack of dynamic running ability made it harder for him in he second half when Florida started playing us for the pass… They wouldn’t be able to do that with Terry.

  4. blutz

    This is 100% not the story of the 4th quarter

  5. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree

    It’s not Smith’s fault that Stoops is to stupid to realize that yes teams can come back especially when you call plays like a b****.

    1. season-3-disc-2

      This game is very much on Smith. Very bad decision making in the second half. He played so badly after halftime. What game was you watching.

    2. 4everUKblue

      Did you just say “What game was you watching.”? whereabouts did you git yer education son?

    3. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      Season, I don’t agree, but even if you’re right, remember he did have an injury to his throwing hand.

  6. maximumscott

    Unbelievable. Seasons not lost but definitely not competing for the East this year. Sux bc Florida isnt as good as their ranking hut they’ll keep it


    This Is squarely on the OC. Stopped what was working and went conservative.

    1. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree

      Because Stoopid told him to.

    2. TPACAT

      Stoopid is as stoopid does…

    3. IndianaSucks


    4. michaelb

      Yep stoops & co better own up to this one .

    5. Middy

      It wasn’t the staff or the players. They had some missed opportunities but we dominated the game and should have won. Got screwed on the targeting penalties. The first put our third string safety in the game. The second negated a sack and completely changed momentum. Instead of 3rd and 18 on their own 40 it was 1st and 10 on the KY 35. Four plays later they had the lead. No excuse for a DI scholarship kicker to miss a 35 yard field goal multiple times. Never should’ve come to that though. Rose was the wrong RB in on 3rd and short or 4th and short for that matter. I hate Florida!!!

    6. JASUN74

      Both of you are right I’m afraid. We were the better team and just had to keep playing. We should’ve tried to score at the end of the half also. We had 230 or something like that to go and pretty much took a knee. That would’ve been fine at the end of the game but not at halftime with us getting the ball first. I just don’t understand it at all. I know all the augments either way but it makes absolutely no sense to me.

      Ohh well. I’m proud as I can be of our players, they played their hearts out but when play calling is just run the clock out and, take as much time off the clock before the snap, that has to be on the Quarterbacks mind, I mean that the only thing we’re worried about. Taking time off the damn clock. Well there’s no more time now. Lol.

      Shiiit I hate saying anything negative at all about this team and staff because I love them. I’m just frustrated right now. Sorry. Man we had that game tho. It hurts. A man shouldn’t be this invested in a team where it hurts your heart when you loose. Haha. I still love my cats and we’re going to have a great season. 10-2 regular season is still very much in play. Georgia is the only team I see that can beat us. 8 or 9 would be awesome too. Later my big blue taters. Hehe.

      I will say, Whoever is going to beat us better get us this year because after this year were going to a whole different level!! Sorry again if I sounded negative a little bit, it is definitely hurting right now a little. I’m still all in and always will be.

  8. SkooCats493

    Jumped the shark on the 4th and 1… good effort though, still like our odds this season (and our team)!

  9. Carolina Blue is past tense for CAROLINA BLOWS

    Love me some Stoooooooppps but we were out coached tonight. This falls at ththe coaches feet.

  10. Righteous1

    UK has some over compensated coaches. I see a less than 500 season. I hope Stoops goes to Florida State. We had the opportunity to send Calipari to UCLA but we gave him 10 million per year and a lifetime contact with no Final Fours in the last 4 year’s. We should give Stoops the same contract.

    1. Soylentbeans


    2. Catmas15

      You are an idiot

    3. JASUN74

      You’re about the dumbest human being I’ve ever seen. Are you one of those BOTSthat some Louisville fan programed or something? I hope so because if you claim to be a Kentucky fan you’re a liar! Ohh, You’re also a little bit of a Pprick too. Lmao. Have a wonderful day, assss!! Lmao

    4. 4everUKblue

      I think this is Slater’s new handle, sounds exactly like him, he hates Cal and jumps on and off the bandwagon on a daily basis. Ignore him.

    5. Bluehender

      What an idiot you are

    6. Middy

      Douche bag

  11. bigbluecrazy

    Fire Stoops and send Chance Poore to TN

  12. VMI1957

    Hahaha UK lost!!! A 3-9 or 4-8 season is approaching!!! Told ya fools!!! UK lost!!!

    1. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree

      I’m sorry your daddy spiked you…..let it go.

    2. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      We don’t even play VMI. What’s with you? Well, at least you don’t try to pretend you’re a UK fan like Slater/Dixie Wrecked.

    3. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      And BTW, we lost to a top ten team.

    4. IndianaSucks

      1957? Damn you old.

  13. Matty Arbuckle

    Classic Kentucky collapse, reminiscent of the day’s I hoped we’re behind us. Alas, they are not.

  14. EastKYCAT

    Conservative play calling once we had the lead hurt us. I know, I know, we have to kill the clock. Well, we also have our fourth string DB’s playing, we are weak at that position. On another note. We have a really good team, I love my team. Wagner needs more attempts thrown his way. He is a flag causing machine. This season is not over, we will bounce back. We can’t make stupid mental mistakes, that take them out of the game because we are so thin there.

  15. Voice of Reason

    Stoops: Up 11 and 4th and 1? You moron.

    1. runningunnin.454

      Not a bad call; had the wrong RB in the game.

    2. Voice of Reason

      It cost us the momentum and changed the game. It was a stupid call. Stoops, you moron.

  16. TonyMontana

    Hey we have the lead! OK cool, lets just take it easy because there’s no way they can come back or anything. What was the deal with the last 2 minutes of the first half? We didn’t even try. Yea, we can blame the kicker, but the truth is we should have won by 3 TD’s. That Florida team sucked and if we lost to them, what does that say about us.

    1. JASUN74

      I hear you brother. I believe with everything in me that we are the better team. We blew this game and gave that shiiit away because we felt the pressure and got scared. Our team did everything they could do and are a great bunch of players, I just hate it for them as much as us fans. It wasn’t Poores fault because like you said we should’ve been up three touchdowns. Ahh well. It’s a hard one to take brother.

  17. jos_ros_

    it’s the same old story every single time. get a lead, run the clock it’s insanely frustrating. with that said dude chance you HAVE TO MAKE THAT

  18. jacksen23


  19. Bluehender

    We outplayed them. But they made plays at the end and we didn’t.

  20. maximumscott

    2nd time franks left a game against us and we lost it to a backup

  21. UKFanSC

    Only about 8000 obnoxious Gator fans in Lexington

  22. dhard

    Our coaching staff should be embarrassed with their decisions tonight.

    1. Kat 308

      Only in the 4th when it counted

    2. truetotheblue


    3. drew_123

      They did everything they could to lose. Coaches should be disgusted with themselves.

    4. 4everUKblue

      Is that you KYCAPSLOCK4EVER?

    5. JASUN74

      Teuetotheblue, man I agree but don’t use all caps!! No one can hardly read it, and it’s what people do that’s unsure about their grammar. We don’t care about that here bud. I do agree with you though man and I’m upset bad over it. I’m not trying to be an ass to you but you know what I mean about the all caps Stuff. You just can’t hardly read that stuff. Thanks

  23. DirtyDave

    How many times did our backs fail to gain two yards to extend drives!!!! Unbelievable the vanilla play calling in the 4th quarter!

  24. Kat 308

    I like stoops and going for it 4th and 1 but I friggin hate the damn wildcat package with a damn passion please for the love of everything holy get rid of it.
    That being said no excuse for missing that field goal that is a chip shot

    1. Carterbbn10

      I agree. Or at least throw out of the wildcat every once in a while.

    2. memphis wildcat

      100% agree with this comment

    3. BlooBloodRon

      Most sane comment so far. Agree 100%. Why not sneak it?? It worked for 2 yards each time before. The wildcat put Rose in his worst situation and he ended up on an unblocked linebacker.

  25. ScoggDog

    The most piss-poor coaching effort I’ve seen in quite some time. Up 21-10, they stopped doing everything that got them to that point.

    I’m done. This is just too much to watch. Screw this.

  26. Larkin123

    Stoops influence on Gran is the reason we lost the game. We cannot punch in when games like this. You would think we would but our secondary is so bad…

    Rose cannot carry the ball and short yardage situations against SEC teams we all know this and that is stupid!!!!!!!!!!!!

    What area in Florida beat us in one area…

    Every time we try to get Bowden the ball in the backfield the offense with Herky jerky is done there other than one play this year. Watch your own darn film

    I actually agreed with the way they played Wilson last year, but This quarterback looks like a West Coast offense type of quarterback. The biggest concern is Bolden and the smith Clearly do not seem to be on the same page

    1. Larkin123

      I am so drunk I can’t right I apologize…

    2. UKFanSC

      Atta boy

    3. Bluehender

      You can’t write either

    4. JASUN74

      Lol. I wish I was bro. It would be easier to take this I believe.

  27. ColoradoCatFan88

    Complete meltdown. That is more embarrassing than getting blown out. Is it basketball season yet?

    1. Soylentbeans


    2. TPACAT

      True. I’d rather get crushed by 45 than lose like this garbage…

  28. jakew60

    Too conservative, play to win, don’t play not to lose

  29. Adam

    I’d like to see Eddie Gran try and have some “sexual relations” with a football. I feel like I’ve seen it a dozen times or so already. What a comedy of errors…kick, OC and DC lack of aggression with the lead, a terrible officiating crew. Just keep playing/coaching and we win.

    1. StillBP

      What? Drugs are bad, kids.

    2. 4everUKblue

      Yeah put the crack pipe down Adam.

  30. RealCatsFan

    All I can say is some of you people are nukking futs. So you want Stoops to leave for FSU? Seriously? We lost half our DB’s to injury – no wonder a good QB took advantage of it. And if we get a couple of questionable calls our way, we win this game. Florida is the luckiest football team in the history of college football. They are the dook of college football.

    1. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      I agrdd, but there were some questionable calls by the coaches too. And nope, I hope he doesn’t leave.

    2. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door


  31. runningunnin.454

    Well folks, the players celebrated going into the 4th quarter; the coaches quit coaching. We don’t even know who our best running back is.
    Merry Christmas, Gators.

    1. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door


    2. TonyMontana

      It started at the end of the 1st half. We had the ball and the lead with 2 minutes left. Do we drive and try to score? Nah, we just play it safe and go into the half content with the lead. Our coaches not having that killer instinct is what keeps us from moving up in the SEC.

  32. Righteous1

    A losing season this year! 5-7 and no bowl!

    1. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      Comeon, we’re better than that.

    2. Bluehender

      He’s an idiot cg

  33. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

    AJ has his role, but running up the middle ain’t it. How can the coaches not see that? Ray Charles can see that!

    1. runningunnin.454

      AW, RAY CHARLES, “IT’S Crying Time Again”.

    2. Carterbbn10

      They get fixated on what they think is the best option and nothing will change their minds.

    3. Middy


    4. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree

      He looked way better as a receiver than a runner, maybe he can play wideout.

  34. IndianaSucks

    This loss is on playcalling. Can’t try to run out the clock with 6 minutes left or play for the field goal at the end of the game. Gotta keep playing. The coaches lost this one.

  35. Righteous1

    I am sure Barnhart will give Stoops another raise. UK Athletics is on the decline! Coaches overplayed so fire Barnhart and the UK president!

    1. StillBP

      Hopefully he reads these comments and fires the whole staff and hires you and the other geniuses commenting. You guys really sound qualified.

  36. bigbluenationmbb


  37. UKfanman01

    1st and 15, run up the middle. 36 yard fg missed. Wow…. Horrible play calling. Ready for Gran to get packing. Wish I had the money to be a booster

  38. lexattorney

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news but I guess the old saying is back—“That is SOOOOO Kentucky football!”

  39. RealCatsFan


  40. dhard

    Coach to win the dang game and for the love of all that is good, stop running that dang wildcat.

  41. VMI1957

    Hahaha UK lost!! 3-9 or maybe 4-8 season coming!!! Told you all!!! Hahaha!!!

    1. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      You stay up to make the exact same comment twice?

    2. runningunnin.454

      Your momma should have swallowed you. Scram.

    3. kentuckybackupplayer

      VMI eats his own excrement and complains about bad breath.

    4. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree

      That’s his mother’s…..

  42. Peter Criss

    God, I hate Florida. I don’t even like Tebow anymore. Can’t wait to see the crushed by LSU.

    1. JASUN74

      Peter I believe you’re going to get your wish. LSU will beat the laces off their balls! Haha.

  43. Cokely53

    Bowden should’ve been in the wildcat on the 4th and 1. Rose hasn’t been good all season. We played prevent when the back up came in. I don’t get it how back ups ALWAYS beat us. Told everyone it was over as soon as the back up came in. Pathetic.

    1. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      Or they should have ran Smoke.

    2. Cokely53

      Maybe, maybe not. Smoke is very talented but lacks the experience in the wildcat that Bowden has. Either one would’ve been the better option.

  44. michaelb

    It was bad coaching and play calling . While we were marching down the field … coaches decide to pump the brakes and play for a gw fg? Hahahahaha even the announcers knew it was over at that point , they just didn’t wanna say it . Stoops & company better own this one , cuz the cats played better than the gators tonight by a mile

    1. johnnycat

      If we hit the field goal, completely different outcome. Would’ve been a kick off for a touchback, and the clock and hopefully our defense would have gotten their chance to step up and make big plays, no endaround for td…. Totally different ending…..

  45. StillBP

    The trolls are so happy to be out of their holes this evening. Enjoy it while you can, we aren’t losing many games.

    1. runningunnin.454

      Sorry, BP; if the coaches don’t stop taking the 4th quarter off, we won’t win many, either. I’m not a troll; but, I call it like I see it. It’s ALL on Stoops and Gran. We quit trying to move the ball, and went into a prevent defense that is like a sieve.

    2. TPACAT

      If we continue to play like that, we sure as hell are.

    3. RealCatsFan

      To be fair, I think part of the defensive problems were the thin secondary. we knew that we were likely to get picked apart by a good QB, and that cane to fruition tonight. I don’t know that you can put two key injuries on the coaches. but I do agree with you that we got too passive and predictable on offense.

    4. runningunnin.454

      True, inexperienced secondary; but, we backed off the back-up QB, let him have those passes, and hoped he would run out of time.

  46. TPACAT

    Same as it ever was…

  47. Wade

    I saw chance pores face and knew this ain’t good. He was brought here for long kicks and we needed to let someone else make that kick if that’s the plan. All I can say is rose is 3rd string. Bowden needs to learn the plays bc it’s the same playbook supposedly. Ahmad is a beast. And I can’t believe we fn lost . That hurts bc I live in fl and have to hear this gator stupidity. Playcalling sucked at the end and sawyer did what he needed to do. E turned it over 3 times and he led a drive to win it with a fg. He will get better just needs to hop on the ball if he drops it . Believe we win 8 this yr. don’t want to mention targeting penalty tj knows better to lower crown of helmet,we just mentally didn’t do it.

  48. truetotheblue

    And who puts a freshman kicker in the game like this.heck I won 50bucks off him missing it cause I could see in his eyes that he was melting down by the second.any coach would of made dang sure his freshman kicker was at least inside 10 yard with game on line.if he been junior or senior no problem could of still missed but would of liked odds lot better.poss poor play calling the whole 2nd half.seen this same deal against south Carolina last year we just came out on the lucky side in that one

  49. dhard

    Sawyer Smith played really well. Few bad decisions, but I firmly believe he would have won that game if they had not taken the ball out of his hands.

  50. Wade

    We’re better than fl, they were out a lot and we were too and we shoulda won. Gonna have negative impact on recruiting unless we win 9 games.

  51. truetotheblue

    Not trolls just fans that seen for once that there team was the better team and coaches that do this every day and make tons of money have the game a way.if you a true fan this hurts bad.because I agree this team is really good and this loss may cost is a real chance at winning can’t give games like this away without it hurting.

  52. CATS_54

    I dont like losing but i hate losing games such as this. Im a stoops fan but play calling was the death of us tonight. A 21-10 lead disappeared because of conservative play calls. After this you would think he would be a bit more aggressive. He instead took his chances on a unproven kicker instead of trying to get the ball in the endzone. I really hope he learns from this.

    1. Soylentbeans

      10/10 coaches play for fieldgoal with 50 seconds remaining. You would be singing a completely different tune had he made it.

    2. CATS_54

      50 seconds? We got the ball with 4:11 left. We where at mid field with 3 minutes left. I get you want to burn clock but why not give wagner a shot especially on 3rd down because florida was going to call a timeout anyway so the clock stops reguardless.

    3. Soylentbeans

      Actually we got the ball on our own 25 with 4:06 left and drive tonthe florida 17 and missed a feild goal with :54 seconds left. Nice try though.

    4. Soylentbeans

      I will say 1 thing i agree i would have liked to have seen a shot to wagner. But i dont disagree with the call for a field goal.

    5. Soylentbeans

      Actually we got the ball on our own 25 with 4:06 left and drove to the florida 17 and missed a feildgoal with :54 seconds left. Nice try though.

  53. bluecat15

    Igor about the defense when the back up came in? He stood there forever and picked us apart. Thought we should have brought more pressure.

  54. Soylentbeans

    It was turnovers and penalties that lost this game not play calling.

    Smoke is by far the best RB on the team he needs to be the feature back with other guys rotating behind him.

    I will say I dont understand why when the back up QB came we stopped putting pressure on QB and played soft. I get they were in pass mode trying to come back but Uf couldnt stop our pass rush all night.

    1. Bluehender

      I think that the Gators’ lines, offensive and defensive played inspired football after their leader went down. Much like our team did for Terry Wilson in the first half. Seems like Franks going down took the wind out of our sails on both sides of the ball and their back up QB picked apart our inexperienced secondary. We’ll bounce back..

    2. Soylentbeans

      Definitely agree on all accounts.

  55. bbn606

    I’m glad they scored again, I hate to lose by one.

  56. BluKudzu

    Stoops gets paid millions to coach. No excuses about ref’s bad calls or not having enough depth.

    That is on the coach.

    I knew after the 3rd qtr it was over.

    Defense is what wins games, somebody should tell coach White that.

    Long season coming. We got 19 points scored on us in one quarter by a back up quarterback. Geez, that is just very very bad prep and coaching.

    Give Stoops another raise.

  57. johnnycat

    If we hit the field goal, totally different outcome.


    It was over when we went up two scores. Just like the Penn state game, two scores and it’s party time, time to go conservative on offense and prevent defense. Luckily the bowl game we woke up in time. 19-0 Florida run after we scored last . New qb in the game, and what do we do, drop back and rush four, let him complete easy passes into the flat and get into a rhythm. I really think the ataff figured we can milk this now. Damn they need a killer, foot on the throat attitude. And the targeting is out of control. Time for yellow jerseys on the qbs, and flag football for the rest.

  59. johnnycat

    Kickoff for touch back, long end of the and a short clock, plus our defense hopefully comes up big, and we’re up by 2. No end around for td….

  60. sharpshooter81

    Mark Stoops is just a horrible coach. His conservative approach lost this game in the 4th quarter. He will never duplicate another 10 win season.

    1. Soylentbeans

      Smiths stats by quarter.

      1st q 6/6 68 yards td and fumble.

      2nd q 5/6 for 65 yards rushing td.

      3rd q 7/9 for 93 yards 1 td 1 int.

      4th q 7/14 47 yards no td 2 int.

      Where is the “conservative” play calling that lost us the game. They were still calling pass plays and they wernt little 5 yard dinks either. Like i said earlier penalties and turnovers lost this game not play calling.

    2. runningunnin.454

      Consensus says 4th qtr play calling was too conservative; and, I agree…haven’t we seen it before?
      We were outscored 19-0 in the 4th; and most of those 4th qtr passes were after we fell behind 22-21. We had to push it then, didn’t we?

  61. Bluebloodtoo

    There are so many plays that went wrong and so many reasons for all of them. You can’t hang this on any one of them. The team fought hard all night and kept getting up after every knock down. Lots of inexperienced players out there. This is still going to be a fun season.

  62. johnnycat

    It will hopefully be a good season with some really good wins, just hate to give away such a well fought/played 1st half and essentially a W to a “top 10” team.

  63. Bluehender

    It started when Franks went down for me. Our conservative play calling lead right into a fired up Gator defenses’ hands . And a pretty damn good backup QB picked apart our weak, inexperienced secondary.

  64. 8XChamps

    @Season-3 we wouldn’t have been in the damn game if it weren’t for Sawyer. Get your head out of your backside, did you even watch the game?

  65. JASUN74

    Fellas I’m done with the heartache now after a little bit thinking about it. ( and cussing a little). Lol. Anyway, I’m so proud of these young men!!! We do need to get some things fixed, but I’m still all in with them and still believe we’ve got a hell of a team. I love this group and I know they’ll get better and better as this season goes on. They’ll make up proud a lot more than they’ll let us down. Let beat the snot out of Miss St!!

  66. catfan7379

    Stoops just dont have that killer instinct late in game. Barhart won”t never have to worry bout him leaving for a top ten school because no one else will want him…