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The game was decided when Georgia’s punter got touched

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A lot went wrong in Kentucky’s loss at Georgia today. For starters, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel are unstoppable and it’s unfair that they’re on the same team. Those two guys are already two of the best rushers in Georgia history, and they share the rock in the same backfield. That is cheating. Then you can throw in the fact that Kentucky’s tackling was as bad as it has ever been, which made two elite running backs even better. Man, tackling was HORRIBLE. How many times did UK have them pinned in the backfield, only to watch them break it to the outside for a big gain? A lot, if my memory serves me well.

But let’s ignore the tackling and get to the real issue weighing on everyone’s minds: the roughing the punter penalty.


When your favorite football team loses by 31 points, it seems pretty crazy to stress over a single play. Obviously a lot of things went wrong, but I’m going to be irrational in my immediate reaction and say the game was over when Kentucky got flagged for roughing the punter. At that moment, Kentucky was up three points and stood to get the ball back with good field position. Who knows, maybe the Cats drive it down the field and punch it in to go up 10-0 at that point, if not for the flag. The way the game started, it’s not absurd to think that could’ve happened. What happens then? Momentum is all the way on your side and Georgia has just been punched in the mouth on its own turf.

A flag was thrown, though, and Georgia got a second chance to make something of its second drive. Instead of giving the ball back to a confident Kentucky team, Georgia drove 66 yards for a touchdown and the lead. There was no doubt in anyone’s mind that Georgia was scoring there, and they did. The touchdown flipped the momentum and the score, while deflating a UK team that had started well on the road. The game was decided right there.

Now for the decision to try to block the punt. Mark Stoops said on his postgame show he regrets the call. “Wanted to be aggressive and take a shot but it backfired,” he said. “That’s one I’m second guessing now.”

It’s easy to second guess now, but when you’re Kentucky football trying to make something special happen, you have to live with it when it doesn’t work. Should they have dropped back and played it safe? Yeah, probably. But as a 22-point underdog with a small lead you’re lucky to have in the first place, why not try your luck and go at them? It’s ballsy, but UK didn’t pay all that money for a “Why Not” Super Bowl commercial to not play “Why Not.” Unfortunately it ended in the worst case scenario, which decided the entire game, if you ask me.

Damn that roughing the punter call.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

20 responses to “The game was decided when Georgia’s punter got touched”

  1. Duuuuuude

    I would agree. May not have made a difference in the outcome, but it would have been a different game.

  2. Catlogic15

    So basically you’re just bitching because you bet Kentucky.

    1. 4everUKblue

      Everyone is not a gambler.

  3. ukkatzfan

    Good call to play aggressive. Just bit us in the butt that time. Next time, lady might be on our side. On to next week and U-6.

  4. shelby

    Anyone who thinks the roughing penalty made a difference is smoking some good shit. We do not have ONE player on our roster who would make their 2 deep–including benny snell, the best running back UK has had in decades.

    1. notFromhere

      You can’t help it that you don’t know what you’re talking about, but you can not say it and make people guess instead.

    2. shelby

      Notfromhere: r u describing urself? Name one player we have that would start for the dawgs…or stfu lmao.

    3. 4everUKblue

      Shelby you really are a true blue fan.

  5. Rixter

    I felt bad for the kid. I thought there was a sniper in the stands, firing rounds.. the way he dropped, and rolled on the ground for 10 minutes. Thought for sure he would leave the field on a stretcher, but actually came out and punted next series.

    1. notFromhere

      Post of the week! Absolutely ridiculous flop. Running into maybe but not roughing. They found his pacifier on the field next possession, so he was able to get back out there

  6. notFromhere

    One play did not determine the outcome. At some point, you have to grow up and realize it’s a 60 minute game full of plays that add up to an outcome. Did momentum change? Yes. It does that throughout any game.

    What hurt more was that we lost 2 starting Dlinemen in the first quarter. If you were watching the game, and knew the game, you’d know how much that hurt.

    1. mcp157

      Turned the game off right after the roughing the punter penalty. I knew we would get beaten and probably bad but held the hope of an upset miracle. This team plays dumb and it has cost them a much better record. Just hope they can play well next Saturday and beat little brother.

  7. arussell09

    I love you Drew, but this did not determine the game. We were losing this game by at least two touchdowns no matter what. Everybody is making way too big of a deal about this. It was not ideal, but in no way did it determine the outcome of the game

  8. My Dixie Wrecked

    This game was determined long before the season started, not when the punter was touched.

  9. catfanjd

    Total BS Drew Franklin. I want Stoops to succeed but tired of every game having bonehead decisions. The defense had stopped them twice. Instead you lose 2 integral defenders when we lost possession. Bohannon and Edwards got hurt. Dumb call in the situation

    1. My Dixie Wrecked

      What part of a 30-point ass whoopin’ was because of bonehead decisions? Was it the beginning, the middle, or the end of the thorough beat down?

  10. catfanjd

    Arussell we will never know. Did fatigue cause the injuries to bohannon and Edwards? Edwards was playing his guts out those first two series. Would we have won…not sure but you keep the Big Dawgs guessing and frustrated for as long as possible and maybe you get a big play or a break. Dumb dumb decision. Tired of it

  11. catfanjd

    Instead we take no risk or minimal risks against EKU and other lesser opponents and we land in a dogfight

  12. Howdy Doody

    The game was determined by a better SEC Team kickin’ the poop out of us.

  13. kjd

    I don’t have a problem with going for a block. My problem is with the bonehead play by Johnson. He didn’t have a snowball chance in hell of getting to the ball. With that said, it just gave momentum to Georgia a little earlier than we had hoped. We weren’t beating them in their house.