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Ending on the Right Note 34-3

Joker hugs Cartier Rice during Senior Day ceremonies at a not so packed Commonwealth Stadium. (AP)

Joker hugs Cartier Rice during Senior Day ceremonies at a not so packed Commonwealth Stadium. (AP)


The FCS Samford Bulldogs were dominated from the get-go, especially in the trenches. The offensive line led by Senior Captains Larry Warford and Matt Smith drove Samford off the line of scrimmage play-after-play, opening huge holes for the running backs. The Cats finished with 342 rushing yards and 2 rushing Touchdowns. Raymond Sanders has 1,000 career rushing yards after logging 130 tonight, many of them coming from big plays . Jalen Whitlow had a hell of a 20 yard touchdown run, sneaking the ball past the pylon early in the game. Freshman Dyshawn Mobley wasn’t scared to lower his shoulder and finished with a career high 82 yards.


Joker “took off the gloves” and ran a trick play, throwing a lateral to Offensive Tackle Darrian Miller. They got 5 yards on the bizarre play. I still have no idea what they were trying to accomplish.


The Cats put together a nice drive with less than 2 minutes to go in the half to go up 24-3, but the scoring didn’t stop there. With 30 seconds left Samford QB Andy Smmerlin fumbled the ball after taking a nasty hit. JR defensive lineman Tristian Johnson scooped it at the 25 yard line and ran for his life into the end zone. It happened so fast, yet he moved so slow. It’s always great to see the big guys score.


In Joker’s last game he was carried off of the field by the Seniors. Taylor Wyndham’s idea was easy for all of the Seniors to agree on. Larry Warford said after the game, “We were going to force him on our shoulders, that’s what he means to us, he is so important in our hearts, he loves this program so much and he breathes it. He’s a champion.”


Joker’s comments after the game were moving to see in person. I just posted a video but here are a few highlights:

“I’m numb to all this.  I’m pretty numb to all of this.  I understand it.  But it’s a numbing feeling that you just realize it’s time to go.”

“When somebody asks, what are you going to do?  I’m probably going to sleep, get some sleep, first of all.”

“We appreciate all the things that we got to do, okay.  We probably wouldn’t have ever taken a trip to Ethiopia to take some of our kids.”

“I didn’t think we had traditions here when I came back, and so we started a lot of traditions, and we started a tradition of getting our seniors up and letting them talk about their experience on the last game here at Kentucky.”

“This is a game of emotion, it is, and you get to see some of those emotions come out when a kid is getting ready to play his last game.”

“I didn’t realize I had packed my black suit.  It’s like, it’s not like I’m going to a funeral.”

This is your home, nothing ever hit you today? “What was the girl’s name that left Kansas?  Dorothy?


To end, you need to watch this video that had the whole crew dying laughing after the 1st quarter in the press box. Thanks to the Live Blogger that shared this piece of work.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

51 Comments for Ending on the Right Note 34-3

  1. ibpoe
    1:03 am November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Ending on a right note? A kind of blow out of Stamford? What’s gonna happen when we totally blow out MontanaSt.? Come on, the season sucked, don’t try and put a positive spin on it

  2. Dave
    1:04 am November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Matt Jones tweeted out the Stone Cold ET video a month ago

  3. Coop
    1:06 am November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Check out utah st! Only 2 losses…. 2 pts againt wisconsin and by 3 at byu. They score tons of points and win. La. Tech cant play defense and franlkin wouldnt come with dykes because of problems with university. Oh yea, utah st. Beat la. Tech today in shootout.

  4. Ryan
    1:20 am November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Whee…Kentucky would own in the SoCon!

  5. OMGMattyG
    1:30 am November 18, 2012 Permalink

    That video has me in tears! God bless that Live Blogger! HELL YEAH!

  6. givemeabreak
    1:34 am November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Really. In one game that a person out of the stands could have coached we give UK coaching staff credit. Really. UK athletes overwhelmed Samford student athletes but still won only by 31. What a freaking joke! I live in Ohio and get made fun of daily for being a UK football fan. We get as much respect as Samford nationally. We are a joke. Everyone says support the players. Well we really have about 5 players on offense and about 5 on defense that even deserve the opporutnity to play in the SEC. Thats why we lose!!!!!
    Ready to move on. I love Joker but love doesn’t get it in college football. Results do. Don’t give me the facilities and money excuse. Is that why we lost to WKU and were blown out at home to Vandy? Joker equals a good position coach.. not a head coach.

  7. Jamie
    1:47 am November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Am I the only one who that that video wasn’t funny.

  8. OMGMattyG
    1:49 am November 18, 2012 Permalink

    #6 Dude, he’s been fired. Chill out.

  9. SadCat
    1:51 am November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Gag a maggot
    End this football humilation

  10. givemeabreak
    1:55 am November 18, 2012 Permalink

    He still sucks as a head coach.. How do you title this article as “ending on the right note”….We still have an ass kicking coming from UT who Vandy blew out today! May be the only progam that sucks more than UK. Hire a great coach…cut lose 90% of the players. Be patient and let a new coach build a real team thru recruiting battles with schools other than Toledo and Kent State.

  11. mashburnfan1
    1:59 am November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Actually #10 Toledo is not that bad this year and has some decent wins. We could actually use some of their players, not bashing our guys but Toledo does have a few guys that could play at UK.

  12. StoneColdET
    2:02 am November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Oh hell yeah!

  13. Chris
    2:11 am November 18, 2012 Permalink

    #10 were you that depressed guy that called into the post game show that sounded like the first thing he was gonna do after getting off was stick a gun in his mouth.

  14. Culver
    2:29 am November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Damn I miss when the WWE/WWF had the Rock and Austin…heck even Angle. Pure Entertainment back then…instead of this garbage presented today.

  15. Mike
    2:30 am November 18, 2012 Permalink

    I was happy for our seniors and Joker tonight. Yes its been a tough year but tonight we played well and it was a positive crowd. Jokers gone next year, no point in kicking the guy on the way out.

    Also #10 we could of beaten them by more but what would be the point? We were trying not to score in the second half. We only threw the ball twice in the third quarter. We took knees in the 4th.

  16. Doug
    3:27 am November 18, 2012 Permalink

    7. I thought the video was awful too. Didn’t like it the first time Matt posted it. I think wrestling is ridiculous and the ET connection way too random. That said, people seem to like it so I won’t judge. Just not slightly appealing to me.

  17. Catfan
    3:33 am November 18, 2012 Permalink

    PLEASE SHOW the ksr football rankIngs. You stood buy these rankings as we all belittled you for it’s obvious discrepancies in regards to allocating the most deserving teams being left out of the top spot. Please stand by your guns and show us your rankings. Not sure why it took ksr so long to see the humor in your system but at least let us loyal fans enjoy the rankings brought in the most ridiculous format possible.

  18. Kevin C.
    4:48 am November 18, 2012 Permalink

    @ #7…

    No, I never even cracked a smile while watching it. All you need to understand is, the type of person who would find that video remotely funny, is the same type of person who enjoys watching “professional wrestling”.

  19. WHAT?
    5:08 am November 18, 2012 Permalink

    18) Wrestling = Male Soap Opera
    Don’t knock it. Yes its totally fake, but its entertainment. You’re probably one of those guys that watch The Voice, or Americas Got Talent lol.

  20. BigBlue
    6:54 am November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Joker Phillips last home game….he has accomplished so much here in such a short time. We will never forget.

  21. BPsycho
    6:59 am November 18, 2012 Permalink


  22. BBB
    7:23 am November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Mitch Barnhart is what needs to be discussed. We need a mitch barnhart post. This is without doubt a signature hire for Mitch. Petrino should be our next coach. He is the BEST coach available for us and he is interested in the job. All these other names will put us just where we’ve been before….shooting for 6 wins. Petrino has the ability to take us above that level….maybe we could dream of 8-4 or 9-3….Oh, I’m sorry, I’m dreaming. All you guys who are happy with 6-6 or 7-5 need to ask your selves if you would be happy with 18-12, or 20-10 or 16-14 records in basketball. At some point we need to start a new football tradition and its call WINNING! KSR has let us down by being a mouthpiece for mitch barnhart when they had the chance to lead us to a new era by putting pressure on Mitch to hire a real coach. There is not one name on that list of his that I would pay 3.8 million a year. (Petrinos last salary). Mitch said we could afford to make a new coach one of the highest paid coaches in NCAA. If these names are shooting for the fences then the fence is too close.

  23. barn
    7:32 am November 18, 2012 Permalink

    22–damn dude, how many times are you gonna paste your essay on here. we heard you the other 5 times.

  24. fish on
    7:52 am November 18, 2012 Permalink

    any word on ryan harrow’s condition?

  25. ibpoe
    7:58 am November 18, 2012 Permalink

    “The most ridiculous manner possible” = saying the season ended on a good note because we beat Stamford.

  26. 3 fan
    8:00 am November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Joker isn’t dying and he sucked as a HC. He gets 2.5 million to go away. Why should ANYONE cheer for him? How many fans showed up? 20k?

  27. Terry
    8:01 am November 18, 2012 Permalink

    As bad as Tennessee is this year, I still think they will beat UK next week. That will put the record at 2-10, with wins against Kent State and Samford. And yet Joker got paid $2 million this year? Wow, $1 million a win. The whole Joker experience was a fiasco. Barnhart should go next. There is no doubt he will mess up the new coaching search as well.

  28. Joker
    8:22 am November 18, 2012 Permalink

    “What am I gonna do? Why I’ll go home and count my millions, probably go someplace warm and play golf.”

  29. Ukcatsfan2
    8:24 am November 18, 2012 Permalink

    31 points in the first half

    And only 3 in the second?

    Must of been a really exciting second half…..

  30. kes
    8:34 am November 18, 2012 Permalink

    that video was just horrible. redneck, inbred humor.

  31. markp
    8:35 am November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Beat UT!

    They low down, they dirty, they some snitches….

  32. BigBlue
    8:41 am November 18, 2012 Permalink

    It’s a Joker Phillips love in everybody…he showed year over year deterioration until the program hit rock bottom…embarrassing even for our standards…yet it is so emotional to see him go!!
    It is a joke…carrying the fired head coach around after beating Samford…let’s throw some more money at him Barnhart…

  33. DoneWithFootball
    8:49 am November 18, 2012 Permalink

    KSR is a DISGRACE.UK beat SAMFORD…SO WHAT?? WHO hasn’t???? SEC teams do not throw a party when they beat a Pop Warner League football team!

  34. markp
    8:50 am November 18, 2012 Permalink

    BigBlue you are right on all counts. Joker is gone soon and let’s hope that Barnhart is a blind squirrel and gets the nut, (the right coach). But let’s just be football fans for this last game and hope we get lucky and beat UT.

  35. jake the snake
    8:51 am November 18, 2012 Permalink


  36. tropola
    9:09 am November 18, 2012 Permalink

    You know Mary Jo Perino has a full schedule now that Joker has more free time. So there’s that.

  37. Chris
    9:27 am November 18, 2012 Permalink

    #33 I don’t think anyone is throwing a party. Pummeling samford is more of right note to end on than a loss.

  38. Ben
    9:37 am November 18, 2012 Permalink

    My son and I went to the game last night! Got great seats for ten dollars each! Plenty to be had. It was fun to win, but it was obvious why Joker and staff need to go. We were superior to our opponent in every way and yet the game was very boring to watch. With the exception of an on sides kick and a few going for it on fourth down. I like Joker, but I will be happy to see a change. The right coach can make a huge difference! Look at Vanderbilt for example. Facilities only matter when the right staff in place! It can be done at KY, Mitch it is now up to you! Make us proud and get the right guy.

  39. DoneWithFootball
    10:18 am November 18, 2012 Permalink

    #37 I see streamers,cofetti,party favors,noisemakers and ballons in the article….
    Yipeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!! UK is 2-9 with the ONLY victories coming from Kent St. and Samford.
    Pop the cork…

  40. badman
    11:01 am November 18, 2012 Permalink

    you idiots STILL bashing joker are morons. You have absolutely zero clue how hard this coaching staff or any D1 coaching staff in America works. Trust me they don’t work 7 days a week and countless hours to lose like some of you idiots like to think. Joker literally dedicated almost half of his life to UK football. Bash the administration bash the results but if you know NOTHING about football or the dedication of this staff and joker himself then shut your mouthand go suck off Cal and the basketball team.

  41. 3 fan
    11:09 am November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Hey 40, you do realize how much those numb nuts get paid right? Joker screwed up horribly and gets 2.5 million to go away. So screw yourself. No sympathy here

  42. badman
    11:27 am November 18, 2012 Permalink

    41 not saying there should be a pity party for these guys just saying a lot of folks who criticize joker seem to have the imression that he does not care about winning. Yeah they do get aid a ton of money and yeah joker screwed up (and deserves to be fired) but that doesn’t mean he didn’t work his a## off

  43. Marty Huggins
    12:03 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    What was the attendance at the game last night? I didn’t tune in.

  44. schwing
    12:05 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    dying laughing? was there nitrous oxide in the room?

  45. RonPaulGiggles
    12:43 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    This is the mentality that will forever keep us as the lowly Wildcats of Kenucky football.

  46. Big Blue
    1:57 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Only if Joker could play a full schedule of Kent St and Samford we would be in a bowl

  47. Kent state
    2:34 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    We are a top 25 team

  48. njCat
    6:04 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    That video was cring-worthy. Never cracked a smile. Not sure what the facination is w/ Stone Cold Willow. Maybe Matt is trying to be Howard Stern w/ all the fun he makes of mentally challenged people.

    Now, the Sweet Brown remix video Drew posted … THAT was funny.

  49. njCat
    6:10 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Nice that Joker got a win, and he proved again that he is a class act. Too bad he isn’t much of a football coach.

    Barnhart has one more shot to make a good hire. The best candidate is Petrino, but I’d say there is about a 2% chance that Barnie has what it takes to get him on board. Matt is so full of excuses about why nothing will ever change.. but look at what happened at UL, Vandy and Western during the time Joker has been the HC at KY. KY has so many more things going for it than those three programs, yet they all left us in the dust. Its appalling and Barhart owns it, 100%.

  50. Six Million Dollar Man
    8:01 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    I loved the video. I laughed so hard that the video had me in stitches and that’s the bottom line, lol.

  51. Derek
    7:30 am November 19, 2012 Permalink

    40. I don’t care how hard they work. I care about results. Coaches are not union workers. They have to produce. You must have played youth soccer where everyone gets a trophy for doing their best. Lol