Kentucky’s 45-7 loss on the road was an unexpected smack in the face for a Kentucky football team that appeared beyond embarrassing losses like this.
“You never think you’re going to get your face waxed, not in this game,” said Eddie Gran. “Obviously I didn’t get our guys prepared well enough. We weren’t physical enough. We didn’t execute. I didn’t call good plays. We gotta come back and show our leadership, where coaching begins. We gotta come back and go to work.”
I was not in the locker room after the game, but it did not sound like a fun place to be.
“We was hurt. We didn’t put all our effort. We didn’t execute,” Josh Allen said. “We just gotta get better next week. This can’t be the game that loses us the season because that was only one game.”
Since Stephen Johnson took over the Kentucky offense, Mark Stoops’ program has been defined by their ability to overcome adversity, no matter the circumstance. That will be put to the test this week, but Courtney Love knows these Cats are capable. “I think we just need to respond, regroup, and tomorrow we have to get back to work.”
Benny Snell had his worst game as a Wildcat. The powerful running back had just 18 yards on 7 carries. It was bad, but Snell knows one thing for certain, “We won’t quit.”
The most captivating message came from Kentucky’s most important player, Stephen Johnson. Like Snell, the quarterback had one of his worst days in a Kentucky uniform, undoubtedly the worst this season. He’ll learn from this film, then look forward.
“We can’t take a step back and be like the Old Kentucky, we gotta be like the New Kentucky.”
Nobody misses the old Kentucky. Today was a reminder of how far the Cats have come over the last year under Mark Stoops. Once again, Kentucky is against the ropes, right where they are at their best.