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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: 10 Moments that Defined the Football Season

Even Beisner’s baby thinks this season was a thumbs down (not confirmed as Beisner’s baby)

I will not promise this, but it’s my plan to make this the last football post until next season, which should make some of you “fans” happy.  But, I just wanted to recap what I think was an incredibly disappointing and underwhelming opening stanza for Joker Phillips by putting together a list of the 10 moments, in chronological order, that defined this season.  What I want you to keep an eye out for is how many were positive and how many were negative:

1. Cats use Cobb in key situations, beat Cards

-Through 2 seasons at UK, many fans felt Randall Cobb was not used enough.  Joker Phillips looked to change that in the opening game against UL.  With the lead just 7 and 3 minutes remaining, Cobb threw a pass for a first, ran for another, and UK was able to grind the clock down.  It looked as if Joker would make it a point to use Cobb in close games.  Fanbase was certainly happy with team at this point.

2. Joker lights into players and players respond

-Joker did not have much to scream about his first 2 games.  But after an abysmal 1st quarter against Akron, Joker pulled the team together and absolutely crushed them.  How would the guys respond?  They respond with 17 second quarter points and a 47-10 win.  It looked as if Joker had his teams full attention at this point.

3. Hartline loses some fans after Pick 6 against Florida

-After 3 games, the fanbase had almost 100% got behind Mike Hartline, who showed poise in the pocket and an improved deep ball.  But, early in the 2nd quarter, Hartline stared down a receiver, threw an awful pass that was then returned for a touchdown, and a 21-0 Gator lead.  At that point, many fans began to question whether they had been tricked by early season success.  Many never jump back on board

4. Club handed Trevathan put on “hands” team against Ole Miss

-Despite playing poorly, Kentucky rallied within 42-35 of Ole Miss late in the game and attempted an onside kick.  Amazingly, Danny Trevathan was on that team despite playing with a large cast on his hands.  Of course, the ball ended up in the club of Trevathan, which he was unable to control, and Ole Miss recovered and won.  It was at that point, many begin to question Joker Phillips, who doesn’t help his cause, never backing off putting Trevathan in that spot. 

5. Newton converts 3rd downs gallore in leading Auburn to game winning field goal

-After a wonderful comeback to tie Auburn with 7 minutes remaining, UK decides to play conservative on defense, allowing Cam Newton to lead a 18-play drive that ends with a short field goal at the buzzer.  Included in the drive are 3 third down conversions, and TEN Cam Newton rushes.  Cats choose to never pressure Newton and he eats them alive.

6. Hartline and Joker get back on the good side of fans, vanquish Spurrier

-If you ever wanted a reason to like Mike Hartline, it was the winning touchdown pass against South Carolina.  Despite getting hammered on the play, Hartline tosses a perfect pass to a wide open Randall Cobb to cap an amazing UK comeback.  He then does a “turtle on his back” shuffle while laying on the ground.  Suddenly, people recognize how important Hartline was to this team.

7. UK defense finally steps up, clinches win over South Carolina

-After the offense did it’s part, it was up to the UK defense to hold onto the lead.  And as they had done so many times during the year, they played tentative and allowed South Carolina to drive right down the field, looking as if they may get a winning score.  But, for maybe the only time during the year, the defense made a key stop, with Anthony Mosley grabbing an INT in the endzone, setting off a wild celebration.  Certainly the highlight moment of the year.

8. Cobb’s amazing run against Vandy leads to Cats clinching bowl

-Randall Cobb was at his best against Vanderbilt, including a 72 yard TD in the 2nd half.  But, there was no better play that Cobb made this season than his 52 yard scamper later in the game.  After getting flushed from the pocket and retreating 10 yards backwards, Cobb was able to escape several defenders, cut up field, and go 52 yards before running out of gas.  But, it was the type of play that only special players can make, and Kentucky fans were lucky enough to see for 3 years.

9. In key moment against Tennessee, Kentucky chooses to punt

-The play that fans will probably point to more than any other to express their disappointment is the choice by Joker Phillips to punt when in Tennessee territory late in the 4th quarter, down 7.  The punt goes into the endzone, Tennessee takes over and drives down the field and scores, clinching a 92nd straight victory of the Cats.  Certainly the moment the majority of the fanbase turned on this team.

10. Pitt blocks punt, Cats never respond

-Down only 6-3 late in the first half, Kentucky’s defense was doing a nice job stopping the Pitt offense.  But, it turns out the special teams is what lets the Cats down.  An unblocked Pitt defender is able to get to the punter, blocks the punt which Pitt recovers at the 10 yard line.  They score soon after and take a 13-3 lead into halftime.  UK never responds in the 2nd half, and the season ends with a thud.

-Donald Russell’s mother raises a stink
-Fumble at the goal line prevents 14-0 UK lead against Tennessee

Article written by Bryan the Intern

29 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: 10 Moments that Defined the Football Season

  1. Cliff Hawkins' crossover
    10:02 am January 12, 2011 Permalink

    first…and last

  2. Al's IndiCats
    10:09 am January 12, 2011 Permalink

    Really wondering on what Joker was thinking on that punt vs. UT. Did they not try to go on 4th and like 4 YTG earlier in the game? I think the coach of the Indy Colts called Joker when to call an untimely time out last Saturday…..

  3. GummyBear
    10:12 am January 12, 2011 Permalink

    To me, the fumble on the goal line was bigger than the punt in the Tenn game. If executed properly, the punt was probably the smart play there, but the fumble and subsequent score by Tenn was a 14 pt swing and a huge momentum killer.

  4. BigBlueFan
    10:12 am January 12, 2011 Permalink

    #1 Mitch makes a boneheaded move and hires a unproven and bad OC as the head coach.

  5. Sheriff Buford T. Justice
    10:23 am January 12, 2011 Permalink

    How about driving all the way down the field against Auburn and then giving the damn ball to Sanders 3 straight times instead of going for the jugular and trying to get the first and put up 7. That way the FG doesn’t matter.

  6. kevin williamson
    10:25 am January 12, 2011 Permalink


  7. duhville cat
    10:25 am January 12, 2011 Permalink

    How bout when Cobb ripped the entire fanbase after the SC game.

  8. Sheriff Buford T. Justice
    10:26 am January 12, 2011 Permalink

    I like Joker and all, seems like a good guy but he really needs to step it up

  9. bluesince66
    10:29 am January 12, 2011 Permalink

    The worst of the year for me was the loss a t Ole Miss, my entire attitude changed and I knew what kind of year we were in for.

  10. Bigbluedew
    10:32 am January 12, 2011 Permalink

    Red Lobster girl deflates Randall Cobb’s confidence. Season went downhill from there.

  11. BTI Fan
    10:34 am January 12, 2011 Permalink


  12. ebell55
    10:35 am January 12, 2011 Permalink

    I like football post BTI we need mor Rob G! #4 Trevathan was out there to break up the blockers on the “hands team” which is the receiving side of an on side kick! As joker said words without knowledge, I would have put Trevathan out there to! The 4 turnovers and injury to Locke is what lost that game! The 4th and 2 at UT was Jokers worst mistake but the fumble hurt us more in that game! I would say Locke’s injury and Hartlines arrest are top ten moments of the season!

  13. Don
    10:35 am January 12, 2011 Permalink

    Zero Heart + Zero Identity = Operation Smells like poop

    We have too little SEC talent, and too much poor coaching with the talent given. Charlie Strong got UL defense (with tons of underclassmen) to #14 in final rankings. 14!

    Offense, sans a few games of retardation, has really never been our achilles heel. We just have rice paper defense on a yearly basis.

  14. Ty
    10:35 am January 12, 2011 Permalink

    BTI predicts 9 wins,

    Basketballl wrap up – BTI guarantees victory VS Georgia.

  15. ukfan_n_cali
    10:46 am January 12, 2011 Permalink

    What about the Hartline arrest and suspension? How did that not make the list? This probably had more to do with the bowl game than anything else…

  16. TrinityPills
    10:48 am January 12, 2011 Permalink

    The “coach in waiting” designation was puzzling at best and hindsight dictates that it was a bad idea because he hasn’t changed his play calling at all and still doesnt seem to care about defense. I still say if we want a HC who doesn’t care about defense, that UK should go after Leach while he is still available.

  17. bigblueCATS!
    10:51 am January 12, 2011 Permalink

    If joker doesn’t start kicking it into gear and making this team a winner, little brother is going to catch up and them we will be the little brotlers of football (but never basketball) I hate saying that but its true

  18. Runnin'Ramel
    10:56 am January 12, 2011 Permalink

    Mike Leach, anyone? Let’s force the issue in the SEC by scoring points like crazy (while giving them up, too, which we do anyways).

  19. BigBlueFan31
    11:01 am January 12, 2011 Permalink

    Mike Leach would be a great OC here. I think he would take it if offered, just because the HC jobs are not calling him. Sanders could go back to helping develop QBs. Whether people wantto admit it, or not, he did a great job developing Woodson and Hartline. Hartline did not win a lot of games in the SEC, but he was the best we had. As shown by how Newton performed in the bowl game. If we don’t score a ton of points, we won’t beat anyone except the 2 games we pay to win. Louisville is looking better than us. So, we can not count that as a W like we have the last 5 years!

  20. Gman
    11:02 am January 12, 2011 Permalink

    It will take a lot to get me to support Joker after the punt at Tenn. IMO it was a terrible decision.

  21. TBone
    11:07 am January 12, 2011 Permalink

    I have waited for the “hire Mike Leach” movement, and I’d support it full tilt if this was Jokers 2nd or 3rd season, but you have to give Joker his chance to fail before tossing him for a controversial hire like Leach.

    Just hope Leach is still around when Joker proves the doubters right. Hope even harder that day never comes and Joker pulls it off.

  22. BlueMike
    11:18 am January 12, 2011 Permalink

    17) They’ve already caught up. They have risen and we have fallen. Next years game, we may get away with a win, maybe. I’m not confident about it. I predit 3 or 4 wins next season if Cobb leaves and I see no reason why he would want to return. I feel Joker is tentative and meek as head coach and I don’t think he’s surrounded himself with the best people to get the job done.

  23. Drew
    11:52 am January 12, 2011 Permalink

    Micah Johnson re-signed to Chiefs’ practice squad

  24. Buzzard
    12:33 pm January 12, 2011 Permalink

    # 12 The coach can’t control a fumble. I’m sure he tells the players NOT to fumble.
    Punting the ball on 4th and 2 on the Tenn. 38 yrd line with not much time remaning in the game is on the coach.
    It would be one thing if we had a defense that could stop ANYBODY, but we don’t. Our defense sucks. That was the worst call I can remember…and I’ve been watching since ’78. I really like Joker, but I’m beginning to wonder if he can take us to the next level.

  25. Matt in Franklin
    12:41 pm January 12, 2011 Permalink

    How bout not being able to stop ANYBODY from running the ball? Seems like everytime we lose momentum, then the team gives up…after the fumble @ TN, after the blocked punt against Pitt, after the pick 6 @ FL, this team did not seem mentally perpared…couple that with the inability to stop the run, we need to get tougher players, mentally and physically. After Strong took the crappy Loserville team to a bowl and won, let’s hope these coaches instill some toughness in these guys, or little bro is going to out play and out recruit us…GET TOUGH CATS, IT’S A MAN’S GAME!!!

  26. rockatao
    3:05 pm January 12, 2011 Permalink

    1. i agree that the fumble vs TN should have been ranked higher 2. Cartier Rice never got the credit he deserved for breaking up the SC pass in the end zone. Mosley just happened to be close by for the deflection. 3. The punt vs TN was not LATE in the fourth quarter; still 13:34 to go.

  27. Donnie Capers
    3:24 pm January 12, 2011 Permalink

    #1 on my list was when the season ended… Sorry guys. I’m just a UK bball fan. I don’t get excited about almost beating Auburn or going to the BVSA Toilet Bowl 🙁

  28. jr75
    8:58 pm January 12, 2011 Permalink

    I cannot say I am not disappointed but this season is about special teams and turnovers. We gave teams too many
    gifts inside our 30 and in this league, there is little margin for error. That is where Rich cracked
    it paid off. It wasn’t Jokers not going for it on 4th down, it was UT’s fake punt from their own 20 that changed
    everything. We didn’t have a player within 20 yds. The blocked punt in the bowl game sucked the wind right out of us.
    I like Coach Nord, he is a great recruiter, but he is not a special teams coach. Keep the faith. IF Newton
    or Moss don’t turn it over, we will still be a solid. Defensive line improvement a must.

  29. markp
    7:02 am January 13, 2011 Permalink

    #1 should be punting on fourth and 2 on TN’s 38, behind in the score, late in the game and having not defeated the ugly orange in a quarter of a century. That was the extreme low point of the season.