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Here we are again


As Kentucky football fans, we have been conditioned to heartbreak, particularly the last-second variety; regardless, tonight’s loss to Ole Miss stings.

Everyone in the stadium knew what was going to happen once Ole Miss got the ball back with two minutes left. Kentucky had issues slowing down Ole Miss’ offense all day, and with a four-point lead with such little time left, what came felt like a formality. Ole Miss — a team with an interim head coach and only one conference win heading into the game — marched down the field, and with perfect, aching precision, put the cherry on top of yet another tragedy for the Kroger Field record books. Maybe it really is built on an ancient Indian burial ground.

Trust me, I could rant about this loss all night, to the point they might have to add some new four-letter words to the dictionary. I know I’m not alone.

“Obviously a very devastating loss,” Stoops said afterwards. “You know, the bottom line is we didn’t make enough plays in critical moments. They did. I was proud of our offense taking it down and putting it in the end zone there. We came up fractions off, and it’s a difficult loss.”

Given the football gods’ treatment of the Bluegrass, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that today’s loss happened on the same day a bad Florida team lost to Missouri — Missouri! — 45-16. The reminder of Kentucky’s lost opportunity hung in the air before the game and only worsened when Kentucky’s defense just couldn’t stop Ole Miss, who won the game on a truly spectacular play. I’m not even mad about that. I’m just mad about how we got there. It should have never happened.

Once again, clock management reared its ugly head. On Kentucky’s final drive, the Cats snapped the ball with 10 seconds left on the play clock on the last two plays, which may sound like nitpicking, but in the game of inches, it meant the difference between a win and a loss. Every single fan that watched that game knew there was too much time on the clock when Ole Miss got the ball. Watching what followed was enough to make you sick. How many times has a winnable game come down to the last play this season alone? Surely we’ve set some kind of sick record by now.

Don’t get me wrong; Kentucky is 6-3 and bowl eligible with three games left, which is more than we could have dreamed of a few years ago. Benny Snell has had back-to-back 175+ yard games and Stephen Johnson has shown incredible heart. CJ Conrad even had a big night. We had trickery! Did you see Lynn Bowden? Things were rolling! But, just when you thought the foot was on the throat, it wasn’t. Punch to the gut. Game over.

Perspective will come. Kentucky’s going bowling, and there are winnable games left. Even though the Florida game pretty much destroyed my spirit, I’ll rally and get off the mat. But tonight’s final minutes won’t make it easy.

After the game, a forlorn Mark Stoops put it best.

“It’s like that every game,” Stoops. “Backs against the wall, every game.”

And it’s exhausting.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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59 responses to “Here we are again”

  1. RealCatsFan

    Here’s how you break the “curse”: HIRE A LEGITIMATE FOOTBALL COACH WHO KNOWS WHAT HE’S DOING.

    1. runningunnin.454

      Gran killed the momentum in the 3rd quarter with a two score lead again; they scored 13 unanswered points. I’m afraid if Gran doesn’t grow a pair…we may lose out.

    2. syrin23

      Gran wasn’t the one missing receivers and not throwing the ball away in the second half. Gran wasn’t on the defensive line putting no pressure on the QB. Gran wasn’t in the secondary missing tackle after tackle after tackle and leaving receivers open for easy 10-12 yard completions every play.

    3. runningunnin.454

      SJ was 19/24. Gran is the one that lays down in the 3rd quarter every time he has a two score lead.
      Yeah, the secondary is a nightmare, and I could run through the arm tackles; but, after the first drive, we took the 3rd quarter off, and they scored 13 unanswered points. Any production in the 3rd at all, would have limited UM’s TOP.
      And, then there’s the lousy clock management on our final drive; SJ can’t fix everything.

    4. syrin23

      SJ was 4 of 8 in the second half, and two of those were miracle catches on terrible throws.

    5. runningunnin.454

      You really don’t see the difference in the play calls in the 3rd qtr with a lead in comparison to the 1st, 2nd, and 4th (once we fall behind)?
      O.K….I’ll take SJ and you can have eunich Gran.

  2. Rixter

    “We ran it there on 3rd down because we were going for it on 4th down”
    They didnt make it on 3rd down, and punted on 4th and 4 from the Ole Miss 45.

    HUH?

  3. DennyC

    6-3 Baby!!! IdahoTaterTot Bowl Baby!!!! Please sign Mark Stoops to a Lifetime Contract!!! Do it TONIGHT so TENNESSE or FLORIDA or MISSISSIPPI doesn’t sneak in here and grab him!!!!! Come Mitch! Do your job! Contract Extension is definitely in the air! #UKAcceptsMediocrity

    1. runningunnin.454

      Well, Well…the Cards have a bye week, and didn’t get their butts beat today….as usual?

    2. My Dixie Wrecked

      Runningunnin.vagina you need to STFU and go back to your Louisville hole.

    3. syrin23

      The Cards on going to put 70 points on this defense. They will want to avenge last year’s loss, and might just beat us by 50.

    4. Alleykat16

      I’m not going to waste a bunch of time ranting and raving I’m just going to say this as long as Matt House is the DC. here I will not watch another football game that this team plays in. I love these kids and it’s unfair to them because they want to win its not their fault its Mitch Barnharts fault for letting this to go on this long

    5. CATandMONKEY

      Dixie are you effin stupid? RG.454 is making fun of Denny, who is a Card fan. Woosh.

    6. 4everUKblue

      Missed you DennyC….And what bowl game is UofLittleBrother going to? The FBI bowl or the Red Light District Bowl?

  4. Peter Criss

    I don’t have anymore of these in me. I just don’t. It doesn’t really matter if we go 3-0 or 0-3 in the games that are left. We’ll still go to a mid level bowl. This is our ceiling. I just have to accept that. But, I know A LOT of other fans are severely ticked off. I don’t know if I care enough anymore to be that upset.

  5. Glenn Fohr

    Stoops is here until the contract is up. Good or bad.

  6. jimmer

    PLEASE stop saying we’re going to a bowl. Who freaking cares when UK continues to lose games like this. Bowls are meaningless. UK is a laughing stock. No one outside KY respects the team or its record. We never got close to being ranked bc UK didn’t deserve it. Crap teams go to bowls. Why would anyone keep mentioning the fact UK is going to a bowl as a big deal. It’s embarrassing.

    1. DennyC

      IDAHO TATERTOT BOWL Baby!!!! Get your tickets NOW!!!!

    2. runningunnin.454

      Denny, man…what’s the bowl projection with a 5-4 and 2-4 record? Just curious.

    3. syrin23

      Exactly. They have so many bowls that end up putting teams with losing records in them. If there were only a dozen bowls, it would be meaningful, but that’s not the case.

    4. Tango98

      6-6 is possible if not probable…we’ll be a short favorite to massive dog in the remaining games.

  7. maximumscott

    It was 2:14 minutes left.

    1. runningunnin.454

      Yep, that’s why I said on the live blog…2:14, too much time. They scored in 2:09.

  8. Phantom

    I’m pretty much done for the year. The Florida game really got to me, and given the overall record of the teams we’ve beaten, we’re just not that good. Going bowling is fine, but I really doubt I’ll be watching

    1. Peter Criss

      Yep, and I just remembered we set our clocks back, so there is an extra hour to endure the misery of being a UK Football follower (fan is too strong of a word).

    2. Miller45

      Its tough man. People outside of the program must think UK football fans are there most pessimistic Debbie downers in the world, but its tough to get emotionally invested. Losing “big home game” after big home game in the most ridiculous manner, blowing leads to everyone in the world, seeing that same script play out like clockwork

    3. CATandMONKEY

      … For 60 years.

  9. christhomas

    I HATE the short kickoff after our last touchdown!!! It always just seems to give the other team better field position. Bad coaching

    1. dhard

      Coaching, coaching and coaching got Ky beat again. gran is awful, house is worse and never any adjustments.

  10. Catfan4life-original

    It could be worse…we are bad but we could be City College fans.

  11. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

    For those of you who didn’t listen to the radio crew, when the ball was fumbled, Tom was yelling “KENTUCKY HAS IT!!!” Then Jeff says quietly “They’re calling it down.”
    Then Tom is like “IT’S BATTED DOWN!!!” Jeff says calmly “He caught that. It’s a touchdown.” Ugh.

  12. Irememberharrylancaster

    Okay, can anybody explain this…….In EVERY close game, the offense tanks in the third quarter. We had a chance to finish them off…..AGAIN, and the offense tanks…..in the third quarter. WHY??

    1. ScoggDog

      Why Yes … Yes I can.

      Because in every game, whenever UK takes a lead of two scores, Eddie Gran goes to the run exclusively.

      He ran on first down Five Consecutive Times tonight after UK went up two scores.

    2. Miller45

      Like clockwork, its so blatant it is almost like its deliberate. Usually preceded by a mental meltdown that gives away a free touchdown right before half

    3. dhard

      It’s called lack of coaching. Either Gran and House are idiots or Stoops is an idiot for putting up with them.

    4. Miller45

      ^^^^^^ right??? Its not like were the 2000 baltimore ravens and can get a 10 point lead in the 3rd quarter and just let the defense sit on it the rest of the game

    5. BBNBRIAN

      It’s called “playing not to lose” instead of “playing to win”. These coaches have no killer instinct.

  13. kybirdieman

    Everyone watching knew what their last play was going to be and Stoopid calls timeout to give them more time. He managed the clock good for them lousy for us. Frustrated for 62 years. Maybe we should hire Jurich. Just joking. Guess we will always be just a basketball school. You can’t expect anymore from the fans.

    1. dhard

      Sick of watching and investing my heart only to see coaching, or lack of coaching, rip it out.

  14. My Dixie Wrecked

    RunningGunnin is a Louisville Loser.

    1. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      What??? 😂 Anyone who is on here regularly knows that isn’t true. Hahahaha! Is this DennyC, AG, 502CodeRed, or all of the above? 🤣🤣🤣

    2. catsarerunnin

      And you’re a unrefined turd pile.

    3. runningunnin.454

      Now, fellas…Dixie Mae’s comments on this thread make as much sense as she ever does. Pay no attention to her.

  15. JPGott2

    The clock management killed me!!! Everyone at the party I was at was thinking ‘too much time left on the clock!!!’. I have been critical of our secondary all year, and they truly are not good.

    Gran’s play calling after he has a lead, especially multi-score leads is terrible. Going 3 and out over and over really stresses out a defense that is already struggling to stop their pass attack.

  16. BigBlue4EverUK

    If we win another game this year I be surprised

  17. bluebew

    Another Mark Stoops Saturday clock/game management masterpiece. I mean, is ANYONE even mildly surprised – because if so this must be your first time watching UK under Mark Stoops

  18. Jester

    Even our victories this season have lacked any kind of feeling of inspiring confidence in the program.

    As long as we go to schools like Cincinnati to “steal” their coaching staff, we will continue to see games like this. And as long as we have Stoops, we will continue to make those kinds of hires at critical coaching positions.

    And as long as we have an idiot for an AD who thinks it’s a good idea to hire people with no head coaching experience to coach in the toughest conference in the nation and then almost immediately give that guy a raise, we will continue to have games like this.

    Add me to the list of people who are not impressed with barely getting enough wins to make it to the toilet bowl.

  19. CatesDuncan

    This is embarrassing…

  20. timewilltell

    The Title of this post says it all.

  21. Lip Man 1

    Don’t get mad or upset…it’s kentucky football. By now everyone should expect something like this to happen.

    I mean the last 50 years shoud teach up something right?

    1. mcp157

      7-5,

  22. BluKudzu

    6-6. Write it down
    SSDD.
    WE GOT THE PLAYERS, WE AIN’T GOT THE coach.

  23. luke_emberton

    we lost because Stoops a “defense genius” can’t stop a running QB it’s called a QB spy it’s really not that hard

  24. katmandue2you

    I’m a season ticket holder of 35 seasons. Four tickets to each game. I’ve bought my right to speak. And I’ve endured as many of these games as most anyone on here. The fact is our program is trying to learn how to be a legitimate bigtime team in a bigtime league. This is not easy stuff. Ole Miss has talent. I could sit here and pick apart the the coaching and the execution. But I for one wish our damn fans would learn how to be legitimate bigtime football supporting fans. The fans at the game don’t know how to do it. KSR sure as hell don’t know how to do it. Here we sit 6-2 going into yesterday’s game and there’s 20000 empty seats in the stadium to start the game and the student section is half empty. Maybe we are getting what we deserve. This pisses me off as much as the loss. Ole Miss has football tradition. As a program we have to learn how to be a “bigtime” program. And that includes the fans as much as the team. Right now both have a long way to go. As for KSR….just move on to basketball…that’s all in the hell your truly interested in anyway. You see KSR and Matt Jones has platform from which to help evolve Kentucky football. In the big picture, they are not interested in undertaking that heavy lifting in a positive way. And that pisses me off as much as the loss too!

    1. TBW3011

      The coach is incompetent. One of the worst game managers I’ve ever seen. If I want to spend money and half half my day watching a clown perform I’ll go to the circus.

    2. Jester

      If you’ve truly been a season ticket holder for 50 years, how do you not recognize a bad coach when you see one? You’ve surely had 50 years to learn how to identify one…

    3. Jester

      Sorry 35 years but the point remains.

    4. callitlikeiseeit

      katman I understand your commenst and as a fellow season tix holder it is hard to justify my expense to go watch this. I live 3.5 hours away so each game cost me $400-$500 to attend. I love UK {all sports and always make sure to see baseball, UK Hoops, volleyball and softball games each year, also try to catch other teams if they play in Central Ohio area} and have been to many of the fun wins and tough losses. My complaint is we show no improvement as the season moves on. Seems every play the other team has receivers wide open, or we miss tackles. On offense we are so inconsistent in play calling and executing. At some point it has to get fixed not just say we have to fix it. Facts are we have played bad teams this year and are LUCKY to be 6-3 when I think any good team would be 8-1 or 9-0 right now. Two of our losses are at home vs bad teams {do agree that right now UF is much worse than when we played them} but both games we were up double digit points with the ball and momentum and like a turtle we stuck our heads in the shell and hoped not to get killed. UF game up 10 we intercept the new qb they put in and UF was done if we do anything. I won’t be at the Louisville game, and unless we play a bowl game in Florida so I can take the kid to Disney, I won’t be at some garbage Bowl game. If I go out to eat and the food is terrible at this same diner every time, why would I keep going back? This is the same thing, I can’t justify spending money for a bad product, the fun times at the game have gone away with the way we play each week. Is it to much to ask to put it all together at least 1 week and have 1 great game, seems like every other team does that but not us. Sorry to the players as I feel like I am abandoning yoy but at some point enough is enough. I am actually thinking about not renewing my season tix, will be a tough decision come February. Part of this may be I am also a Bengal season tix holder and I go through the same thing with them each Sunday. I am just so frustrated with football right now. Can say I will ditch my Bengals tix before I will my UK games, been a UK fan since 1977.

  25. mcp157

    You score 34 points then you should win. The Achille’s heel for this team has been the defense all year. Yes, the offense can be inconsistent but generally it has provided enough to win. If the defense were better they would be 8-1. Period.