When an opposing offense is having its way with your defense, you want to do all you can to limit their time on the field. For Kentucky, that meant leaving as little time as possible in the end for Ole Miss to drive the field for a potential game-winner. It’s textbook clock management.
Kentucky did not do that.
On the last offensive drive with the end zone only steps away, the Cats snapped the ball with around 9 and 12 seconds left on the play clock on its final two plays. It doesn’t seem like much, but in a game like this, it was a lot.
Ole Miss then drove the field and responded with a touchdown of its own in the final seconds of the game to steal the win. On that drive, the Rebels ran three plays inside the final 22 seconds of the game, with the game-winning play snapped with 10 seconds on the clock.
I realize I’m nitpicking here (LET ME OVERREACT WHILE I’M HURT), but it turns out those free seconds were pretty meaningful in the end.