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Cats Can’t Capitalize, Lose to Mizzou 33-10

Raymond Sanders’ TD run was one of the few highlights of the day for UK. (h/t Yahoo Sports)

Raymond Sanders’ TD run was one of the few highlights of the day for UK. (h/t Yahoo Sports)


– 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.



Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

28 Comments for Cats Can’t Capitalize, Lose to Mizzou 33-10

  1. Rocknblackblue
    4:06 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    Rythym. We had rythym. We were about 1 of 11 on 3rd down conversions at that point in the game.

  2. Garry Rust
    4:07 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    This a Division II team at best, but the coaching staff is a Division III. This group of “coaches” cough,cough has to go. If not, Barnhart has to go. If Barnhart or Joker put a positive spin on this, they should be shot.

  3. Harrison county
    4:07 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    Joker didn’t fumble any of the balls!

  4. Rixter
    4:09 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    3 turnovers on the day and 3 points of turnovers.
    9 turnovers on the year and 3 points of turnovers. Total.

  5. wth
    4:10 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    This game even more proves how Joker does not know his talent. Quinn get injured on the second series of the game. Tiller is supposed to go into the game, but can’t be found on the sidelines, so Harmon, a walk-on goes in and busts his tail off. Keep rewarded these losers Joker! Stay the course next Saturday!

  6. Glanton
    4:11 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    This will have to be endured next season to give UK time to raise money for a new coach.

  7. Lil c
    4:12 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    joker = a black Kragthorpe

  8. Rixter
    4:12 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    “the only thing keeping me from easily picking the Cats to win is the fact that it is a road game on Homecoming” Nick Roush – 10/26/2012

    Yep, it was the homecoming thing that did us in today.

  9. harmon fan
    4:13 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    The punt returner and kickoff returner who are freshman need to be replaced. Seriously, run up field on kick offs not backward. How many times does a coach allow a player to do this? Sit him on the bench. There is no oversite by this coaching staff, none!

  10. drew
    4:14 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    Really!!!! This team is pathetic and they just showed why today. There needs to be a change point blank period. U get blown out by a crappy Missouri football team. No excuses!!!!

  11. JayCee
    4:20 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    I told you so.

    Been telling you so for over a year now.

    Ready to listen yet?

  12. David
    4:27 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    May we please fire Joker now. It’s time to start looking for some coaches that give the same effort as the players. This isn’t personal, but UK must not really want my money or my support if they continue to trot out somebody so clearly incapable of coaching an SEC school as Joker Phillips. This kids deserve better, the university deserves better, and the fans deserve better. Mr. Barnhart needs to swallow his pride and do the right thing.

  13. niaps
    4:53 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    Come on KSR get off the Joker bandwagon and DEMAND his immediate firing. Grow some nads and man up for the 1st time this year. No the joke didn’t fumble the ball but he and sanders just made horrible calls again and again and again. Never thought it was possible to be that bad offensively. Not even 1 second half 1st down. I takes coaching to be this bad.

  14. Big Whoop
    5:06 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    I told you folks that the Cats were going to lose just like against Arkansas. I guess Matt Jones and KSR will continue to find some silver lining since he gone on the take from UK. Those who thought we could win four games…..I just don’t know what they smoke.

  15. swi-cat
    5:07 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    I’m done with them. I just can’t watch anymore. Embarrasing….

  16. J A Brooks
    5:12 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    face it, we just got murdered by a bad team that committed three turnovers… not lost to a bad team that committed three fumbles… GOT MURDERED by a bad team that committed three turnovers.

    There’s some young talent on this team, but they’re still low level SEC players and we have absolutely no juniors and seniors contributing for the most part.

    The entire program is in a state of disrepair. Explain why Barnhart the media and KSR aren’t calling for his head immediately. Apparently only the fans want him gone because I don’t hear a word from the media or Barnhart.

    Matt Jones at least says “You CAN’T bring Joker back.” I guess thats all were going to get. Can’t bring him back. Its unfortunate… but we CANT bring him back.

    How about “Kentucky needs to make an announcement immediately that he won’t be returning or that he’s already been replaced.”

  17. Dane Brammage
    5:18 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    Until KENTUCKY Football ceases “Joking” around, KENTUCKY Football will continue to be the WILD CANT’s.

  18. niaps
    5:20 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink


  19. Big Whoop
    5:21 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    Did Morgan Newton steal Towles’s jersey and go in the game. I hope so, because if that was Towles, I was NOT impressed.

    5:25 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    Like Clint Eastwood said; “If someone can’t handle the job, you need to let them go.” The football program did a 180 when Joker took over same as when Billy Clyde was the basketball coach. There were people saying we should give him more time to develop his players – THEY WERE WRONG! What we needed was a different coach.

  21. niaps
    5:26 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink


  22. UndertheBridge
    5:58 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    I hope there are 5000 people at the last home game.

  23. Lip set
    6:23 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    18). We try but they keep deleting anything negative! Wish we had a delete button for some of their comments!

  24. fan fan
    6:39 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    I told u people the problem is not Whitlow. It is Sanders! He is the worst SEC coordinator I have ever seen! He is rhythm less and don’t have what it takes. Joker is not a very good leader but a good person.

  25. lol
    7:34 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    Cards are 8-0

  26. yessir
    7:54 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    @ 24, there is a reason Tennessee fired him, not because he was lighting up the scoreboard. He is terrible coordinator. The sad part is Joke is supposedly an offensive coach and previously an offensive coordinator. I think if my job was on the line, I would be coordinating the offense myself. I guess he knows all hope is gone.

  27. Dave in Bangkok
    8:38 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    Silver lining: Rutgers lost to Kent State. lol

  28. UnknownFan
    12:40 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan….same song,different weak….Zzzzzzzzzzzzz….