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Kentucky blows a huge opportunity in overtime loss to Texas A&M


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It was a really fun week in the Bluegrass State. Kentucky fans were at a fever pitch after the 5-0 start that included consecutive double-digit home wins over Mississippi State and South Carolina. Not only were lines filled to talk with Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond, but Paul Finebaum was taking calls from the Big Blue Nation all week. The table was set for a statement performance to be made with ESPN in the house at Kyle Field.

However, the chips did not align for the Wildcats. Eddie Gran’s offense bombed out in College Station despite the many opportunities provided by the defense. The scoreboard will say it was close despite the box score saying it was complete domination by the Aggies. It’s time for the Cats to regroup after their first laid egg of the 2018 season.

Offense

Let’s just start with the stats. Brace yourself because these numbers are going to be ugly.

For the night, Kentucky had 178 total yards on 50 plays. That’s good for a 3.6 yards per play average. That’s not going to get the job done on anyone.

Benny Snell had a season low 13 carries for just 60 yards. Behind center, Terry Wilson completed 65% of his passes and averaged 5.4 yards per attempt. UK got 54 of those yards on their only offensive touchdown of the night. 

Great perimeter blocks by Tavin Richardson and A.J. Rose sprung Bowden for the explosive touchdown. After this play it was an absolutely ugly night for Eddie Gran’s unit.

Following the offense’s only score of the night, UK had the ball for nine possessions and only collected 41 total yards. That is just not acceptable.

Your potential All-American running back only getting 17 touches is not great but it’s hard to spread the ball around when you can’t collect first downs. For the night, Kentucky only had eight first downs and this is the main reason why the group only had 50 plays. When you can’t extend drives it’s hard to get in any rhythm and for a ball control offense it makes it nearly impossible to be successful.

The ground game wasn’t the only place to struggle, however, as the offensive line and Terry Wilson both had really rough games in the passing department. After losing Drake Jackson to a groin injury in the first quarter, it was obvious that the line was having a hard time handling inside pressure. Even with Jackson’s return in the second half, the A&M front was having its way with Kentucky.

For the night, Terry Wilson was sacked on 30% of his dropbacks. That’s just a horrendous rate. Wilson could not outrun the A&M defense to the edge with safety Donovan Wilson constantly making open field tackles in isolation situations. After getting pressured early, it was clear that the pass rush had Wilson bothered and he was unwilling to stay in the pocket and make throws. Kentucky had to have him play well to win this game and that simply did not happen.

For the season, Texas A&M was the worst defense in the country in allowing big plays. Every opponent had been able to collect multiple 20+ yards gains against the Aggies all season. Kentucky only had one for the entire game. The Aggies entered this one with a stout front seven and it was going to be very hard to put long drives together for scores against this defense. Kentucky was unable to consistently get first downs and therefore the opportunities to create big plays could not be found. The ground game never got going and Terry Wilson got smothered.

In all, Eddie Gran’s group got owned by Mike Elko’s despite the Kentucky defense keeping them in the game for the entire 60 minutes.

Defense

We keep saying this over and over, but this Kentucky defense keeps playing lights out football. They’re a legit top 10-15 defense in college football and they proved it again on Saturday night against a Jimbo Fisher offense.

For the night, UK gave up 390 yards on 75 plays. That’s good for a 5.2 yards per play average. Add that in with two takeaways with only two scores allowed and that should win you a lot of football games.

Entering the contest, the man to stop was running back Trayveon Williams who was second in the SEC in rushing entering Saturday. The Wildcats held him below his yards per carry average but the junior was still able to get 138 rushing yards and scored the game winning touchdown in overtime. He’s a good back. Entering the game we talked about his big play ability and UK was able to keep him in check most of the night. He also chipped in six receptions for 72 yards and that helped the Aggies extend drives. On the season, he only had six catches and had not been used hardly at all in the passing game. Score one for Jimbo Fisher for getting him more involved in the offense.

Through the air, Kellen Mond had a solid game with 226 passing yards, a 62.1% completion percentage, a 7.8 yards per attempt average, and two touchdowns. UK was able to force two second half turnovers by Mond but for the most part he did a very solid job distributing despite taking four sacks. Trayveon Williams got a lot of targets but what really hurt Kentucky was the tight end play.

Junior college transfer Jace Sternberger is emerging as a legit All-American candidate and he had another outstanding game on Saturday night. The former Kansas Jayhawk recorded five grabs for 95 yards and a touchdown. This was the first time all season Kentucky had seen a bonafide weapon at tight end and they struggled to keep him in check.

It was bend-but-don’t break effort for the Wildcats but that’s to be expected when your offense cannot move the chains. Kentucky gave up their fair share of yards but they did what needed to be done to be successful. Kentucky was able to get pressure on Mond and it was nice to see players like Phil Hoskins and Chris Oats be involved in the pass rush. Josh Allen gets all of the attention but Boogie Watson is emerging as a legit secondary pass rushing option. The redshirt sophomore has now recorded a sack in three consecutive games.

Even on the two drives A&M scored, you could make a case the officials had egregious no calls/flags that shouldn’t have been. On the touchdown drive at the end of the second quarter, Josh Allen was called for a roughing the passer penalty on a very soft hit to Kellen Mond’s chest. The Aggies would get six a couple plays later. In the third quarter, a booming punt by Max Duffy would be returned out to midfield but on replay it was clear there was two obvious missed block in the back calls. These are going to happen, however, and you have to play through it. It would be nice if Allen started to get some respect on his pass rush. He has been nearly unblockable this season and is getting held a few times a game no calls occurring.

It wasn’t a dominant performance by the Kentucky defense but that was to be expected. Texas A&M is a legit top 25 offense with a quarterback full of potential paired with a dynamic running back and an All-American tight end. The Aggies entered this one averaging just under 37 points per game with a 6.7 yards per play average. Kentucky easily held them under both those numbers on Saturday. Add that in with two takeaways and Kentucky should’ve walked out of Kyle Field with a double-digit road victory.

Special Teams

Max Duffy continues to be a star. The sophomore has been a revelation to this football team and owes quite a bit of credit for the defense’s success because of the field position advantage he is able to provide. For the night, the Aussie punted the ball 10 times with an average just under 50 yards. Three of these landed inside the 20 and his long went for over 60 yards.

The return department gavenothing with Braden Mann producing three touchbacks and averaging 59.6 yards on punts. He boomed one over 80 yards and has the biggest leg in college football.

In overtime, Miles Butler got another crack at a field goal opportunity and this one clanged off the crossbar. It was only a 43-yard attempt and it appeared that the former walk-on put everything he had into the kick. 

During the upcoming bye week it may be time to think about readjusting the kicking situation. Butler could be the guy from 40 yards or less but sooner or later you’re going to need points from the 40-50 range. It may be time to give Chance Poore a shot.

Kentucky faced a better special teams unit for the second straight game but this time they lost the battle. Braden Mann outmuscled Max Duffy in a punter’s duel and that shouldn’t happen for the rest of the season. The one big punt return allowed set up a Texas A&M score. Due to the great kicks by A&M, UK was never able to truly give it’s offense great field position and that added to their woeful performance.

On a whole they played well, but they just went up against one of the best punters and kickoff specialists in the country. Braden Mann was the MVP for Texas A&M.

Outlook

It’s been a rough run for the Big Blue Nation since the overtime ended with Kentucky letting a winning opportunity against an SEC West team totally slip through their fingers. The Twitter Machine has been filled with “Eddie Gran stinks” and “Terry Wilson needs to be benched” takes. While I understand the frustration, for Kentucky to reach their potential Wilson has to be under center.

On Saturday night, Kentucky got away from their identity and tried to be something they’re not. Going up against a nasty front seven with athletic safeties on the perimeter, Kentucky was worried about getting their run game going. So they tried to spread it out and allow Wilson to make throws from the pocket.

On the surface, I understand this strategy because of how many big plays the A&M secondary has given up through the air this season. However, with a young quarterback on just his second road start, it was clear that the pass rush had him rattled early. Wilson was bailing out of the pocket way too early and then great plays by the A&M safeties kept him from springing any long runs. Kentucky constantly lost on first down and lived behind the chains all night. That’s how you lose with a young quarterback on the road.

The defense is a bonafide strength of the team and the offense needs to protect it. With that said, UK is struggling to find explosive plays. Wilson has not been able to stretch the field with vertical throws and hasn’t had a huge running play since the wins over Florida and Murray State. Defenses have adjusted and now it’s time for Eddie Gran and his offensive staff to find a counterpunch during the bye week.

On to Vanderbilt.

Article written by Adam Luckett

77 responses to “Kentucky blows a huge opportunity in overtime loss to Texas A&M”

  1. JohnnyCheeseSticks

    This is entirely on Eddie Gran. The school shouldn’t pay a guy over $300K to screw the pooch like this. He’s ruined any hope for Benny as a heisman, and an undefeated SEC season.
    The play calling on left Benny with 16 carries? That’s on Gran. He needs to explain himself. All he has said is excuses and what everyone else is thinking.

    1. mashburnfan1

      I think he only had 13 carries for 60 yards. If he gets his normal 6 carries he probably goes over 100 and if he breaks a long one may have close to 150. I applaud Gran for trying something different early on, based on A&M’s D we needed to throw and we did well on 1st drive with Conrad. Trouble is we never saw CJ again and with Wilson clearly struggling {I am being nice} Gran never even attempted to adjust and try our strength. WHY? And the 3rd and 2 in OT is something Gran should be fired for. Wilson had been horrible {again being nice} for over 3 quarters, how do you not go to Benny there knowing he will get 2 yards even if you have to go for it on 4th down, they are not keeping him from getting 2 yards on 2 carries the guy has too much heart. No, Gran puts the game in the hands of the guy who made terrible decisions all night, and had him drop way back to do it. No excuses. And for Wilson, you were scared BRO, we all saw it. You were afraid to take a hit, afraid to throw the ball. One thing to have a bad game but you can’t lead a team being scared and I am sure your teammates saw the same thing. I am behind you still, but you must earn back the fans and more importantly your teammates trust.

    2. CombatMedic_98

      Negative. This guy has to GO! Do you see any other SEC QB running an offense like he did last night and over the last three games!? NOOOOOOO! He is the worst QB we’ve had since I don’t know when. If he is soooo fast, put him in the Wildcat or at Wide Receiver! HOLD THE BALL TERRY…instead of Back IT UP Terry now!

    3. mashburnfan1

      normal 26 carries

    4. CombatMedic_98

      True. Leaving TERRIFIED TERRY under the center all night is a coaches decision that should have been addressed at halftime. Hopefully they see that his “running” abilities at QB has not won a game nor has his passing abilities. Only his handoff abilities! Other than that UK’s season is over now they and the world knows Wilson can’t throw the football! Of course I knew that on 01 Sep 18.

    5. cats646

      No you didn’t medic. You even apologized for talking bad about him. Moron

    6. CombatMedic_98

      Shhhhh

    7. CombatMedic_98

      He still can’t throw and anything to appease you is appropriate especially if it makes u feel good about yourself of being in charge or control of others…LOL

    8. Middy

      Undefeated SEC season! Ha! Let’s start by having a winning record in the SEC for the first time in 40 years. Stoops & Co. are doing great building the program. We were competitive playing as bad as we have all season…. in one of the toughest road environments in the country no less. Frustrating for sure but think how far we’ve come. Yes, the play calling stunk. They didn’t have faith in what got us this far. Couple that with refs allowing A&M to hold all night, it was a bad night. Now is time to show some resilience. Still an opportunity for the best season in generations! Go Cats!!!

  2. UKinIN

    No matter who the QB is, if you put enough pressure on him, you can make him look bad. The pressure got to Wilson and he played scared last night. That makes putting the 3rd and 2 play in his hands even less understandable.

    1. trumpetguy

      Our QB didn’t look like one of the fastest players on the field, which we were lead to believe. It appeared to be opportunities to make some big plays with his legs, but instead chose to slide down a few times. Could be he got a little gun shy, which is natural, OR, he could have been coached, “when in doubt, go down on your own”. Didn’t appear to be a pass option to A&M defensive plan to slow down Benny. They were more than content to let him run between the tackles for 60 yards.

    2. CombatMedic_98

      He only runs a 4.5…uhhh that’s not considered fast in the SEC!!!!

    3. catfanjd

      I’d sure like to see Danny Clark. What little I have seen he seems he might fit more with a run game and line that we have.

    4. CombatMedic_98

      Well hopefully the coaches WAKE UP and actually make winning decisions like the rest of the SEC…!

    5. CombatMedic_98

      After 6 games am I the only one that sees he is not a true QB…!

  3. runningunnin.454

    Coaches blow a huge opportunity….there, fixed it for you.

    1. cats646

      ^^^^

  4. Wade

    Gotta run

  5. krautdog

    “UNSTOPPABLE” – “SNELL YEAH”!!!

  6. sram

    They did not “blow” anything.

    They lost, they did not shrink from the moment, they did not choke, they did not quit.

    They did fight until the very end.

    On the other hand, the writer of this headline did “blow” it!!!

    1. Wade

      We blew from a coaching standpoint.. terry didn’t turn it over and we didn’t give them good field position. But we didn’t ass well, never ran, had our d out tooooo long, and Aubrey oats should have stayed in, kicker is an issue we know, Gunnar should have got 2 drives, should have ran in 3rd and 2 always do and it works, go for 2 to end it at Kyle Field,. We could have changed something from a coaches standpoint but I’m proud as hell to be a cat.

    2. Dee

      Coaching staff blew it…. (like your mom does on the first of the month)

    3. Wade

      Your mom should have swallowed you itch

    4. Wade

      Your used to food stamps obviously

    5. Wade

      Deez nuts taste good to yo momma dee. Shouldn’t have started on momma jokes.. how bout your father ,you’d suck his thing off he ever came around.. he was smart to leave you and your ugly trans mother.

    6. ClutchCargo

      Wade needs to calm down.

    7. Dee

      Wade… I wasn’t even talking to you..

      Jeez. Did I hit a nerve? Nice job on picking up the food stamp reference…

      Take a deep breathe count to ten Drink a Coke Zero and CTFD.

  7. michaelb

    This game was majorly frustrating from all angles . We shouldn’t be 5-1 . This game was soooo winnable . We should be still looking like a powerhouse at 6-0 going into bye week . Shot our selves in the dick on this one . It’s stupid that a season like this has to be tainted by bad game planning

  8. ukcats1776.90

    Eddie gran had rose in half the first half – almost like he was trying to get him “playing time”. in a big game on the road, u gotta play ur best players. a 1 yard run by rose is a 4 yd run for benny all day. gran shouldve saved pt reps for vandy…one of the worst coaches games in awhile. a&m was playing deep cover 3 every play and gran still called deep throws every play. no slants or unders.

  9. CombatMedic_98

    Bottom line is that we need a commander on the field and that is a QB leading the team…Terry Wilson three the ball to Benny Snell and his back was turned…GUNNER HOAK should start!

    1. cats646

      Just hush. Wilson had a bad game. He’s also ended the streak and beat 2 top 25 teams like a drum. Sit down now while the rest of BBN gets up!

    2. CombatMedic_98

      True. Also the last 5 games…!

    3. CombatMedic_98

      Look lady…stop trolling me.

    4. cats646

      What?

  10. Dee

    Why do people say for this UK team Terry Wilson has to be the QB???!!!!??? HE CAN NOT THROW THE BALL!

    He is a solid year away (if ever).
    Fanominal athlete. Meh QB.

    And it is not his fault (except for missing 6 wide open WR)… the coaches put him in a no win situation…

    Gunner gives you the best option… cause he can THROW THE BALL.

    this will loosen up the box and let Benny do his thing.

    It blows my mind how stubborn the coaching staff has been on the QB situation…

    Everyone sees it (unbiased folks anyways)

    1. Irish son

      Hoak is a frigging statue that will get his head removed

    2. CombatMedic_98

      Not sure why myself!

    3. ibescootch

      There’s a reason Wilson didn’t throw- the receivers weren’t open. If they’re not open, this game is 10X more infuriating with Hoak in because of his inability to move. We at least have a puncher’s chance if the pocket collapses with Wilson.

    4. mashburnfan1

      Don’t know why so many think Hoak is the answer, he is not that good. Clark is a better QB and can run and is tougher to bring down than Hoak and it’s not close. Gunner was a flop in High School vs every good team he played. Clark is probably not ready yet either, we knew going into this season QB was the weak spot {sad thing is it would have been Barkers s=Senior year, imagine what this team would be if he had panned out}. Wilson is probably the best option because he can run {when he is not scared}.

    5. CombatMedic_98

      Well if you look at STATS it’s veeeeerrrry obvious why he’s better!

    6. bluecrowe

      Quarterbacks throw the ball…period. He is not fast enough and does not make quick enough decisions to be starting at this level. When you have a running game and an offensive line you do not need a dual threat qb. Quarterbacks complete passes and do not put on displays like what we saw last night. What on earth were they working on all night? Did Conrad get hurt? Bad quarterbacks should throw exclusively to tight ends because of their size relative to the defense. He completes two and row to Conrad and then it felt as though we never saw him again. Benny sitting on the bench. What was truly going on last night? It was surreal to watch as we made stupid decision on top of stupid decision.

    7. CombatMedic_98

      THANK YOU

    8. CombatMedic_98

      Because they are actually possessed by some kind of “kool-aid” potion

  11. UKFootballYall

    Hey, give Gran some credit people. He actually created a new offensive position. The No-Threat Quarterback. Can’t throw and can’t run.

    1. mashburnfan1

      I am guessing the staff told him all week he can’t have any turnovers. He had not played that timid or scared all year. Even the UF game in a tough place to play he ran hard, took hits and looked so much different than last night.

    2. Dee

      Bs… 6 plays wr were wide open…. with a good pass.

    3. CombatMedic_98

      LOL love it

  12. dcforuk

    I make mistakes every week in my job that are not fireable mistakes. The only mistake is the mistake not learned from. Usually, the people around me know when I do make a mistake so the best thing to do is to own it, apologize and move on. It was (in hindsight) a mistake to not give Benny the ball on 3rd down in OT. Eddie owned it. Time to move on!

  13. Alleykat16

    It’s not the coaching of the game it’s all having the guts to make a switch both qb and kicking. You got to go with Hoak at least in the 4th and go with the freshman anything beyond 40 yrds. Wilson was like a deer in headlights and our kick cannot kick past the 30 yrd. line. I mean they don’t have to be permanent changes but last night’s game was proving to be too big for Wilson

  14. dcforuk

    I know with the me too movement it’s not vogue to bring up the name Charlie Rose; however, I loved the interview that Rose did with manager Joe Torre one time. They spent quite a bit of time comparing and contrasting good and bad decision making. Torre said that if he shoulder tapped a pinch hitter with a lifetime batting average of .150 against the pitcher on the mound, then that is a bad decision. If the lifetime batting average is .300 but the batter does not get a hit, then that is a good decision that does not work. You are still describing “coaching decisions“. I am not necessarily supporting every decision that was made but I do know that the speed of the game and in game decisions sometimes work and sometimes don’t. Those can be decisions of engagement i.e. “committed decisions” or decisions of abstinence (such as not switching QBs) “omitted decisions”. We all have strengths and weaknesses. My strengths carried to extremes are a weakness. we all rely on our strengths during times of stress, anxiety and pressure. Sometimes we carry our strengths to extremes and they can tend toward weaknesses.

  15. dcforuk

    We will never know if replacing Wilson with Gunnar would have been a bad decision, a good decision that did not work or a good decision that worked. What I do know is that the decision to not replace Wilson against Florida was a good decision that worked! I love these debates and I love this discussion because it is the furthest thing from apathy. Kentucky football is relevant and to be frustrated with the loss is absolutely a reasonable emotion and response. Let’s go win 5 in a row again! Ok, make that six in a row ??!

  16. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree

    Why does it seem every time Stoops is playing an old buddy of his and it won’t cost him his job he conveniently loses what should have been a very winnable game to make them look good. Then his team sells out on him and goes on a losing streak because they realise he did. Unless of course you have S.Johnson who gets the team to rally and when dispite the coaching. Truth be told you could take this team and give it to any marginal coaching staff(has one good coordinator or hc) and they’d be 5-1 maybe 6-0, a good coaching staff(2 good coordinators or a hc on opposite side of ball) would be undefeated, and elite staffs would have blown out every team but the last one. It’s great Stoops can recruit past stars but he can’t take advantage of it. He still doesn’t understand when to be aggressive and then actually defends it when it has repeatedly cost him games and is only lucky hr has House to save his butt and he second guesses himself way to often. Screens and delayed tosses to the rb in the flat seemed to be or most productive plays and also seemed to be the ones we barely used. Should have used it till they stopped it which would have opened up Conrad and run lanes but it’s Stoops and Gran and that’s to aggressive.

    1. Middy

      Implying Stoops loses to buddies on purpose…Maybe the most idiotic comment in the history of KSR. I’m sure in your mind Stoops and Gran have contributed nothing to rebuilding a team that not only lost to FCS competition not long ago but was mocked by WKU.

    2. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree

      He has contributed by his recruiting success but we still struggled with good coached FCS teams until House got his defense installed and saved his butt. And I never said he lost on purpose I said it was an interesting stat. It could be he sucks so bad until that pay check is threated then he won’t play to win till then. But even if I was saying I’m wrong is more idiotic of a statement when there’s no evidence to suggest other wise.

  17. dcforuk

    Perhaps. But, perhaps Stoops and his staff are the real reason this team IS 5-1 with a very real chance of 7-1 heading into the Georgia game. With all due respect, I do believe you are focusing ONLY on the negative. Weeds grow with flowers. I choose to give the flowers as much attention as the weeds (more in fact). There was an annoying TV program my sisters watched when I was a young boy with an annoying song but with wise words: “you take the good, you take the bad, you take em both and there you have the facts of life.” Philosopher William James said “impression without expression leads to depression.” Express how thou feels otherwise thou shall be depressed but just do so in a fair and balanced way!

    1. katmandue2you

      Amen dcforuk. All this hindsight 20/20 vision is plain and simple horseshit. Yeah I’m upset that certain things went as they did and were done as they were done but the bottom line is when it works everything’s great and when things don’t work the fellowship of the miserable has to bitch and moan and always blame the coaches. Mark Stoops and Eddy Gran have forgotten more football than sum total of all the football knowledge possessed those of us on this blog. And that’s just the real truth

  18. FunkyMonkey

    “Wilson has to be under center” why? Why can’t he be taken out when he plays terrible? Why can’t Gunnar get a shot? If he has none, he should transfer. Why is everyone so closed minded? Nick Sanandaj wasn’t, even in the National Championship Game, which is why he is the best Coach in America.

  19. dcforuk

    It sounds like he did consider it at one point. I suspect that one reason they didn’t was the success they had in the second half against Florida. That said, I guess Kentucky was at least moving the ball some against Florida in the first half but turning the ball over. I do acknowledge that Wilson looked a little bit lost and Green out there but I do think a lot of that had to do with A&M defense and Gunnar is also very green. My point is that if he replaced Wilson and Kentucky does not even force overtime many of these blog discussions would have been criticizing stoops for taking Wilson out

  20. dcforuk

    It is probably obvious that I am (unashamedly) a Mark Stoops supporter. That does not mean he’s perfect but no coach is. He does NOT blamestorm. He has broad shoulders. He has recruited. He has brought toughness. He has brought an attitude. He has said s_r_w history and said “why not Kentucky?” You can say what you want about him. That’s the great thing about our country. And, I can say what I want about him and I will support him and I will support him on these blogs even though he’s not perfect!

    1. Bookie Cobbins Redshirt

      I commend you for trying to be logical with some of the rubes who post here.

  21. dcforuk

    These comments started out with how Gran ruined any chance of an undefeated season. I guess none of that chance had anything to do with Stoops or Gran or Hinshaw? Said differently, that implies this coaching staff had nothing to do with the chance to even talk about an undefeated season but had everything to do with ruining the possibility! Really? That’s garbage and so is stating that Stoops would intentionally make Jimbo look good. Come on. Give me some critique better than those crap statements!

    1. bluecrowe

      What I want to understand is why we have now played a full game and a half of horrible offensive football. It is not even close. In 6 quarters the defense has as many TDS as the offense and we have looked lost, scared and not very smart. That is not okay anymore. WIlson is headed in the wrong direction, which is very frustrating because you know they spent the last week dumbing everything down for him knowing the secondary was the weakness of A&M.

    2. dcforuk

      The USC 2nd half was like heading into Sunday of a golf major championship weekend with a huge lead. Don’t mess it up and make sure you get the W. That takes the 6 quarter comment to 4 quarters. I certainly was NOT excited we did NOT take a snap on offense across midfield. In the preseason, if you told Kentucky football fans that their Wildcats would be 5-1 at the midpoint of the season, including a 3-1 SEC record and a win at Florida, they’d probably take it. But that doesn’t make Saturday’s loss at Texas A&M any easier to swallow.

  22. Shively1978

    Exactly but the people that dog stoops are the ones that no nothing about football beyond watching it on TV. Yes gran makes bad calls sometimes every coach does but beyond calling the game he has connections to Florida which brings in recruits. I can’t think of his name but the secondary coach I really don’t like but he has connections to Michigan which brings in recruits. It’s not just about play calling it goes beyond that. Stoops is a defensive coach he never coached offense before he became a head coach. In 6 years he has built depth at every position. When he got here there was talent Avery Williamson Bud Dupree etc but no depth. Now you have some real dudes who can come in that are backups and have an impact. Point being I don’t understand the criticism we compete in every game we play and don’t get blown out anymore. I’ll take a 9-3 or 10-2 season anytime over bring 2-10 and 0-8 in the conference those years sucked.

  23. JPGott2

    Pros: Our defense – it is extremely good and the only reason we were in the game. They were exhausted from little ball movement on offense.

    No quit attitude – unlike previous UK teams, this team kept pushing and never backed down. In a hostile environment that is a great thing to have.

    Cons: Eddie Gran – I am sorry but the last 3 quarters of offensive football are as bad as I have ever seen. Everyone knew A&M had a great run defense Gran did the run, run, pass on 3 and 7 with a full pass rush.

    – UK had zero plays in their red zone!!!
    – Had zero series of double digit plays….. 6/12 series were 3 and outs.
    – Taking the ball out on Benny Snells hands on 3rd and 2 for a pass play when Terry Wilson showed ZERO ability was insane

    Neutral: Refs – the no calls from holds on Josh Allen to blocks in the back on their big punt return were so obvious I had UL fans questioning them at my house party.

    I support my Cats like every loyal fan, but some of Old Kentucky showed up with ineptitude.

    Go Cats!!!!

  24. dcforuk

    Good analysis. Those holds against Allen that are not being called are getting frustrating. I think that the refs Don’t feel like they can call a hold on every play so they let some of them go and then that becomes the norm ….

  25. AtlKatFan

    Why did Terry slide 2 yds shirt in OT? Why not hitch your wagon and win lose giving it to your heisman candidate? Great effort bt defense!!!

    1. bluecrowe

      Exactly. Wilson was making losing plays all game long. It was like watching a slow death. There is no excuse to have not tried Hoak. They had a full week of prep to play a weak secondary and this is what they came up with? Does anyone else wonder if Snell was hurt? I just do not understand because he was gaining yardage when given a chance.

  26. Dildo Baggins

    when does basketball start?

    1. cats646

      When footballs over. Until then, f**k off.

  27. UKfanman01

    Stopped going to Conrad, in typical Gran fashion

  28. makeitstop

    No one is saying fire Stoops and cut Wilson’s scholarship, the consensus is simply that the kid is regressing or not picking it up fast enough, and if you don’t adjust to that the last 6 quarters are prelude to the next 6 games. What do u have a back-up QB for? Just in case of injury? Hoak was heralded out of HS, has 2 years in the system and has performed well when given the chance. If you don’t think he’s better than Wilson was Saturday night then he has no business on the team. It’s not disloyal to sit a guy having a bad game… it’s yoir job as a coach. We couid still win the East in theory, but we won’t come close without a change. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result. The Fourth Quarter (and OT) was INSANITY. Just make the change at QB and kicker and see if it helps, if it doesn’t u have to adults in Wilson and Butler who will gladly come back in, maybe more focused. This really isn’t that hard, intellectually, is it?

    1. jaws2

      You came here and bring up intellect? Now THAT is the definition of insanity!!!

  29. Cat68

    Just give it to Benny! All kinds of coaches/coordinators and I just gave you the game plan in five words. All the QB and kicker comments become irrelevant with these five words.

  30. BlueGrassBrass

    They have two games to get Hoake ready. The entire country has pointed out UKs Achilles tendon. Stoops has to make a Nick Saban type decision at some point.

    1. CombatMedic_98

      Yep. Definitely the best QB we have on the team!

    2. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree

      …..is named Clark and he’s also white. Is what medic was going to say. 99% of the people on here don’t care but you can tell medic is that one guy that makes us look evil.