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How Kentucky Plans to Bounce Back from Devastating Loss


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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.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

21 responses to “How Kentucky Plans to Bounce Back from Devastating Loss”

  1. Luether

    Thank God for the start of basketball season…

    1. BBNDan7

      Find a new team to cheer for you swine

    2. catsarerunnin

      Luether isn’t swine. He’s just a doofus.

    3. Linn Zess-O'Tezla

      Does she ‘cheer’ for KENTUCKY?

  2. BluKudzu

    Just when I start to think that maybe, just maybe, Stoops is going to be the guy, he rolls out a clunker, that usually gives a strong indication otherwise. Every year.
    He just never seems to put it all together. Defense problems, offense ineffective, in game decisions issues, player development, clock management, you name it.
    So is he the guy?
    I see other schools turning it around in less time, for less money.
    I am not so sure he is the guy. He has not made a hire worth much on either side of the ball, and either the recruits are tremendously over rated, our our coaches are not very good.
    What other SEC school would put up with this? And if so, where are they in the league standings at the end of the season?

    1. makeitstop

      Kentucky football. Been the same story for as long as you can remember, right?

    2. maximumscott

      Considering what he had to statt with he is getting it going. I will say that he made UK a more desireable destination to coach. I dont think he leaves us soon. Family lines are loyal. However, there could be other more proven coaches waiting for an opportunity to take over if the opportunity presented itself. Lane Kiffin comes to mind, Gene Chizik, Neal Brown, etc. Neal would be a parallel to Stoops. Wouldnt happen. Chizik, well who knows. Stoops is the right guy. He recruits well but has shown glaring weakness in his coaching abilities bc he is 5 years new. UK is far and away better off than we were. We will be 7-5 or 8-4 this season or a 9 win is a possibility. The SEC east is out of the Question. For us to get that point will require more years. At least 4-5 more years of building. Definitely going in the right direction. UK simply fell flat and wasnt ready to play. They dodnt match the intensity level presented to them. It happens all the time in Uk basketball when a lowly team almost or beats UK. Gotta bring energy every game. They werent ready but in no way do I think it is a reflection of the teams abilities. Still think they are solid all the way around. Not a great team, but a solid good team. They threw a clunker in all phases and that is exactly what happens. It wouldnt surprise me to see them next weekend come out and get a W and then the following 2.

    3. abobicesaevior

      UL fans are prolific posting here certain days. Understandable considering their current position.

    4. BluKudzu

      We are not a good team.

    5. shelby

      I still love this team; before season started anybody with a brain knew there were 3 guaranteed losses–UF UGA and UT. We don’t, and won’t beat those teams. You also knew we were gonna lose at least 1 more–last night was it. MSU is a very good team. Their only two losses are at Georgia and auburn. I’ll be very happy with 7-5 and ecstatic with 8-4.

  3. makeitstop

    Off a bye week? 45-7? Give an effort… look like an SEC team… lose a close one and look like you belong but that was ‘ole UK, losing big, setting the long suffering fans up for 5-7 or 6-6 and a trip to Shreveport! Hey it IS a basketball school for a reason: they play like it means something and they win like professionals. You want a footballl school go to Alabama. That’s their attitude.

    1. maximumscott

      U a clown

  4. Kevin C

    “Kentucky’s 45-7 loss on the road was an unexpected smack in the face..”

    No it wasn’t.

    1. LegggoooCats

      EXACTLY! Our 5-1 record was from a softer than Charmin schedule that we barely navigated. I’ve said 7-5 all year, and another p.o.s. bowl that makes all of us yawn. I’m sticking to that prediction, as sad as it makes me.

  5. Blue Jesus

    Confused by the end of this article:

    “Today was a reminder of how far the Cats have come over the last year under Mark Stoops.”

    A blowout loss to a middle of the pack SEC team is an indication of how far we’ve come? My best guess is that you mean the unexpectedness of this result is an indication of our progress, but, one, that doesn’t speak very highly of our coaching staff, and two, while i certainly didn’t expect this, I’d be lying if i claims to be very surprised. Then:

    “Once again, Kentucky is against the ropes, right where they are at their best.”

    What aspect of the storied history of Kentucky football leads you to claim we’re at our best in tough situations? The same question applies to the Stoops era.

    1. Paw

      I Still Believe in My Kentucky Wildcats, I will Still travel every where I can to Cheer them on , We all want to blame and punish someone for our loss fact is We are the Big Blue Nation we Either Stand together or we all Fall I choose to stand , I’ll be in the Orange lot on Saturday and in the stands Cheering where will you be ? We Don’t Quit!

    2. Ruppstartedit

      Same Old. Hey there’s a scrimmage Fri. Night on SEC Network.

  6. Professor

    I was hoping for a stronger showing today, but I wasn’t necessarily thinking we would win. I’ve felt like our 5-1 record coming into the game was misleading. Regardless, let’s go CATS! Let’s keep fighting and play more football. Season’s not over. Let’s go!

  7. Howdy Doody

    Wuda, Cuda, Shuda, blah blah blah blah

  8. My Dixie Wrecked

    How is this a devastating loss? This was EXACTLY as expected. If you think we can compete for an SEC title…ever…you must be a sister-loving hick from the hills.

  9. channell

    A loss in the meat of the schedule usually defines how the rest of the season goes for Ky. Looks like a lot of empty seats in the future. Been a fan for over 40 years. Never been disappointed because the goals are not set high. The close game with Fla. was an accident. Our cats struggle to win the close ones.