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You all did your part, Big Blue Nation.


If you attended the game last night, you know the feeling you had.

It was just… different.

Media members, analysts, and fans all said it was the most electric atmosphere we have ever had at a Kentucky football game, because it absolutely was.

But it wasn’t just the excitement during the game, it was everything leading up to it. The week-long coverage, the campus signs, the radio callers, the tailgating, etc. Everything about it was just special.

There was this confidence around the bluegrass that September 23, 2017 was the night. It was going to be the night the streak died.

UK Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart put Saturday night’s heartbreak best: above all else, the BBN deserved it.

And you all did.

The game was announced as a sellout on Tuesday afternoon, the first since 2015. Several fans I talked to leading up to the game said they honestly couldn’t afford the tickets, but bought them anyway because they just had a “feeling.”

We set up 7 1/2 hours of pregame radio coverage for the game, and the phone lines were absolutely packed from start to finish. Fans called in with some of the most passionate speeches we have ever heard, reasons why the Wildcats were destined to defeat the Gators. You all told us how special this team was and how the stars aligned for the streak to end.

The tailgating scene was unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. Fans lined the streets throughout campus and every flat surface near the stadium. Kids, teenagers, college students, adults, and senior citizens, the sea of blue was neverending. The fanbase is always friendly with one another, but there was a sense of focus yesterday. There were no strangers, they were all friends with one goal in mind. They just knew, and celebrated accordingly.

The CatWalk was the largest it has been in my entire fandom, with chants and cheers louder than I’ve ever heard. Fans were ten-deep from the front of the Nutter Field House to the Joe Craft Training Facility, anxiously waiting for their coaches and players to get off those busses and see their support. Each individual in attendance wanted those in the program to know they went out of their way to witness history. Because it was going to happen.

An hour before kickoff, the lower-bowl student section was full, with the leftovers heading up to the typically-empty right corner of the upper level, and eventually filling that up too. The energy they brought to the table is exactly why the athletic department put the recruiting room right in the middle of the action. The recruits want to see how passionate the fanbase is, and the students gave them all they had.

During the game, the stadium was absolutely rocking from start to finish. Not one fan in the crowd sat during game action, a complete flip from past games.

During Grove St. Party, fans were even crazier.

And it wasn’t the artificial sounds stemmed from “stand on your feet” displays on the video board and coal whistles on third down. The fans produced piercing sound on every down, for both good and bad. If a ref made a bad call, you guys let them hear it. If the players made an impressive play, you let them know you were damn proud of them. If a Gator was left wide open on multiple occasions… Well, you voiced your displeasure, but said “go get them on the next one.”

In every possible way, the fanbase did their part.

The players are devastated they couldn’t finish the job for you guys. The coaching staff took ownership of several mistakes they made throughout the game. The administration is hurting.

Because they know you all deserved it. All 61,000 of you.

The Big Blue Nation set the scene for one of the most special nights in UK Football history to end the streak, and we appreciate you for that.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter at @JackPilgrimKSR

21 responses to “You all did your part, Big Blue Nation.”

  1. maximumscott

    If anything I hope this creates a sense of urgency for the players since they let the fanbase down again.

    1. BBNDan7

      They didn’t let me down.

    2. BBNDan7

      It’s fans like you that make me want to never be involved in sports

    3. callitlikeiseeit

      maximumass-if the effort they gave, and fight they had let you down then I feel sorry for you and all who get to see your pathetic self everyday.

  2. old_blue

    We’ve still got your back boys. Back to work tomorrow!

  3. DennyC

    Max, the players didn’t let the fans down, the JOKE COACHES did!!!! Embarrassing display of coaching miscues! #Pitiful

  4. kentuckyrld

    First it is time to admit that Mr. Stoops is not the right man for the job and immediately buy out his contract and let him go. Then we need to get rid of Mr. Barnhart who refuses to hire a real football coach. The time has come to admit to the errors of the past and see if we can finally do something right for the football program.

    1. RickE

      At least we didn’t lose because we sucked. Let’s win the rest of them. The coaches made mistakes. You can’t eat ’em.

    2. Graczyk

      Gtfo y’all are ridiculous

    3. BBNDan7

      You mean the man that took us from 2-10 to 7-5? That man. The man who is pulling in recruits who have offers from Ohio St and Bama. That man? There’s going to be growing pains, he’s also a first time college head coach. And Barnhart is also responsible for Cal and Mingione. So stfu

    4. Eazy

      Lol, Barnhart has UK in the top 10 in overall athletics. And Stoops is the reason we are competitive. Just look at how much better UK is than other basketball schools. Some of our fans are totally ignorant.

  5. DennyC

    SEC Network replays the game Monday Night at 8:30pm!!! WHO WANTS TO WATCH IT AGAIN???? Smh. .

    1. runningunnin.454

      Go away, you are crashing our average I.Q.
      Go to the Cards site; maybe they will swallow your codswallop.

  6. KYcats11

    God, I love football season. I love this team so much and will continue to support this team, but in my life time, I have not had this much heartache over a game… EVER. I’m taking tomorrow off. I’m still in shock.

  7. jkayse24

    I am a season ticket holder and was at the game last night. I was extremely disappointed in some of the coach’s play calling (running 3 plays in a row multiple times) and mistakes (uncovered receivers). I have never been so upset after a game. BUT, how soon we forget the progress we’ve made. Do any of you remember us taking down the Heisman trophy winner on his field when we were 27 point dogs? Do you remember when we finally beat the Ole Ball Coach? I was SO PUMPED for last night and so deflated at the end. But I will be back and I will be pumped again. There are still some great games left at home – Tennessee, Ole Miss, Louisville. The players have been working their tales off in the off-season to get better and for once I feel like we can beat anybody. We owe them our support .

    1. KYcats11

      Hell yeah, but I must mention literally 1 second it was the greatest moment I’ve ever had as a Kentucky fan then the next second was the most heartbreaking.

  8. Jiminy Crickets

    sell out crowd, fans going crazy, coming off first winning season in several years, and Florida really struggling without NINE starters…….then Uks coaching staff stepped in. Stupid play calling trying to kill clock starting at end of third quarter, and two touchdowns allowed (including the game winner) with a WR not having a defender within 25 ft of them, both occurring AFTER A TIMEOUT.

    The reason the fans are deflated is because we have had hope Stoops was the right guy, but after 5 seasons we have seen all the special teams screw-ups, 3 OCs in 3-years, worst defense in FBS, not adjusting in game, and “didnt prepare” for back-up QBs coming in and wiping away huge leads. We were pumped to break the streak, and then Stoops stepped in, and we all walked out with our tails tucked.

    I am not saying he should be fired/replaced, but it is obvious he is learning on the job.

    1. ScoggDog

      Well … that’s the problem. He’s NOT learning.

      This isn’t the first time an uncovered receiver has killed Kentucky. Happened against Vanderbilt a couple years ago. This isn’t the first time massive chaos has plagued the defense on late substititutions. That has happened every year – to various extents – since Stoops has been here.

      And Eddie Gran has been making close games out of blowouts his entire career. That’s just who he is. He obviously has no interest in changing.

      I’d feel better about it if Stoops really WERE learning. But he’s not.

  9. bhb71

    Honestly, as bad as that loss hurt, that atmosphere was so much fun. As much as the streak sucks, you have to remember that it’s still just one game, and it’s not even a rivalry game. Let’s do this again when we play Tennessee. We could very well be the team that gets Butch Jones fired.

  10. Sentient Third Eye

    The team needs to get all Sun Tzu about it and let this make them stronger rather than killing them. If they take how they feel and play with that anger all season, we will have a really nice season.

  11. Howdy Doody

    WHY are there so many tickets for the Loserville game for sale on Stub Hub and other ticket re-sellers this morning ?
    Band Wagon emptying out so soon ?