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Kentucky handed Ole Miss free time for its final drive

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.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

22 responses to “Kentucky handed Ole Miss free time for its final drive”

  1. RealCatsFan

    You act like you think our coaching staff should know that. 😀

    1. runningunnin.454

      Ha Ha, and that point has been made several times on previous threads. Welcome to the party, Drew.

    2. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door


  2. runningunnin.454

    Well, I’m not going to cry about this all night…gonna go watch ‘Bama v LSU.

  3. roundballwiz

    If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times. Ed Gran is THE WORST offensive coordinator I have ever seen. But it’s to late in the season to fire him now. And how about Stoopid letting him lead the team in all these critical situations?? 2 of our 3 losses were given away because of these idiots and everyone thinks we’re a much better team. I love my Cats, but this team and especially the coaching staff are a joke.

    1. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      Have you forgotten about Ron Hudson and Derrick Dickey?

  4. KYcats11

    What about missed pass interference?

  5. jimmer


    1. jimmer

      But at least the O did its job. This defense with supposed NFL talent and a head coach whose “expertise” is defense can’t freaking stop a 3-5 Team with backup QB whose started 1 game on its home field. The O did its job. The D is a joke.

  6. DennyC

    Mitch just extended Stoops contract! Lifetime contract! Can’t let Florida or UT grab him!! #ThanksMitch

    1. runningunnin.454

      Ugh 5-4 and 2-4. No, wait…that’s not our record. Whose record is that?

  7. hillbilly cat

    The pooch kickoff after our last score also cost us 5 to 10 seconds off the clock if we make them return the kick.

  8. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

    It’s not nitpicking at AL Drew! Clock management is CRUCIAL. You are absolutely right my man.

    1. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      All not al…

  9. g mellin

    All of the above, plus missed holding call on Ole Miss that would have cost them a first down on their final drive. We are not nearly good enough to overcome this.

  10. TBW3011

    Are people just figuring out Stoops is an f’ing terrible coach at managing a game. He’s literally a clown.

  11. bluebew

    More expert Mark Stoops clock/game management……S-squared, D-squared…..

  12. TERIDACTAL1961

    KSR why are you failing to ask this coach tough questions? Without going into a long diatribe, how about you make a list of the fundamental coaching mistakes this coach keeps making each week, and ask him the following: “How are we, as fans, supposed to support your high paying contact, when we see you Coach, making the same, dumb, simple-minded god darn mistakes, each and every week.” Much much more should be expected of Stoops. If you guys cannot see the deer in the headlights look on this guy each week, you cannot possibly consider yourselves sports analysts.

  13. jaws2

    It was worse than this. I went back and reviewed this and we snapped the ball on 1st down with 19, NINETEEN seconds on the play clock! We pissed away FORTY SECNDS of clock in 3 plays. That’s just unforgivable!!!!! This team should be 9-1 and coaching cost us 2 games fo certain.

  14. C.A.T.S.

    That ain’t how you spell pterodactyl……. At least we’re not Louisville. Everyone…. measure your expectations, you are what your record says you are. On to the next one. I will say this…. Coach Stoops looks like a Melissa McCarthy SNL Character. Just Sayin.

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  16. Dragon

    Down 3. If the offense would have slowed down the clock even more everybody would have been furious over the lack of urgency to get the lead.
    Fact is the defense didn’t make a play.