– It didn’t take long to realize that both teams were bad. It showed how bad the Cats are when they turned 3 Mizzou turnovers into only 3 points. Walk-on JD Harmon had intercepted backup Backscratcher on back-to-back plays, but an offensive pass interference took the Cats out of field goal range one drive, the next ended with a Craig McIntosh 47 yard FG miss. Mizzou served the Cats points on a silver platter, and they said, “nah, that’s too easy.” That’s what separates good teams from the bad ones.
– Kentucky used to be a team that didn’t start playing until the 2nd quarter. This week the offense didn’t play after the 1st quarter. The run game was just as effective last week and the Cats drove down to the Mizzou 12 on the opening drive, but a Jonathan George fumble left the Cats empty-handed in the Red Zone. Mizzou scored 4 plays later but the Cats responded with a 4 play TD drive that was finished by a Raymond Sanders TD run. It was looking like the game could be a shootout BUT…….
– The most curious and questionable call of the day was entering Pat Towles into the game on the 3rd drive. After 2 great drives (great by UK standards) the Cats went 3 and out and the offense never looked the same. I know that when playing with two QBs, the coaches go in with a predetermined plan on when each will play. It makes sense, but it does not make sense to refrain from making in-game adjustments during a close game (Whitlow was playing great! Why take him out?). Nothing against Towles, but UK rarely gets into an offensive rhythm, why mess with it?
– Numbers Don’t Lie: I hate using the ESPN show’s name, but it is true. Here are a few numbers to consider: UK only converted 1 of their 12 3rd downs. Both teams turned it over 3 times, but Mizzou got 21 points off of them compared to UK’s 3 (7 of those were on a turnover on downs). Mizzou won the time of possession battle by 14 minutes. If you subtract yards lost on a play, the offense only gained 10 yards in the 3rd quarter (that was the same quarter Harmon had 2 interceptions). They sure know how to make a stat sheet look barren.
– I’m not going to try and beat you down with positivity, but JD Harmon should be commended for his breakout performance. Harmon’s two INTs, doubled the interception total for the Cats defense this season. The walk-on isn’t even in the media guide, but he was the best player wearing blue today. Not only did he make back-to-back spectacular plays, but gave his all on every play. Harmon was all over the field and signifies how hard this team is still working, even though they have been battered down week after week.