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Good Job, Good Effort.

Well, it was fun while it lasted, right? Kentucky played a great first half, and went in to the locker room with a 17-7 lead. The second half was all South Carolina’s, though. QB Connor Shaw found his receivers, RB Marcus Lattimore found running lanes, and USC’s pass rush found Kentucky’s backfield. It was a valiant effort, but the Cats just couldn’t finish the job against the nation’s sixth-ranked team.

Injury Report: QB Max Smith (ankle), S Dakotah Tyler (knee), OG Zach West (shoulder) and RB Raymond Sanders (knee) will all be evaluated tomorrow.

-Freshman QB Jalen Whitlow was the big story of the night. He got the call after QB Max Smith suffered an ankle injury on the first drive of the game. Whitlow, a true freshman, showed plenty of poise keeping the Wildcats in the game for the entire first half against one of the nation’s best defenses. Phillips was encouraged with Whitlow’s performance, but says he missed a ton of motions and shifts that contributed to USC’s seven sacks. Whitlow wasn’t great, but was a little better than “not god-awful” after all.

-QB Max Smith’s status is uncertain at this point. The X-rays  he had on his ankle was negative, and he will be evaluated further tomorrow. If Smith’s unable to go for a long period of time, freshman QB Patrick Towles’ redshirt year may be reevaluated. According to Phillips, that will only happen if Towles will be asked to play a significant role, otherwise they’ve shelve him for the year.

 

-Kentucky’s defense showed a lot of heart to start the game by forcing some three-and-outs, and disrupting Shaw’s rhythm. Eventually, though, they started to wear down when the offense couldn’t sustain drives. The unit seems to be getting better each week, and are much better than the terrible bunch we saw against Louisville. It’s not coincidence that it has happened after a little bit of a scheme change.  Getting DE/LB Taylor Wyndham on the field more was undoubtedly the right move, as he’s made plays every week. DC Rick Minter is happy with the progress they’ve made, and hopes to continue it going forward.

-For the most part, freshman CB Cody Quinn played an outstanding game opposite Cartier Rice and he looks like he will hold that spot of the rest of the season. With Quinn’s emergence, CB Martavius Neloms started the game at safety, the position he played all of last year. Neloms’ is very physical, as you can see from his exceptional punt coverage this year, making the safety position a better fit for him.

-At the end of the first half, Kentucky looked like it would extend its lead. After some terrible time management and miscommunication, the Cats came up empty on the drive and wouldn’t score again in the game. “We missed a huge opportunity. You’ve got to get some points out of that,” Phillips said. “They took the momentum and we never got it back.”

-One of the most encouraging things about this team is the young guys making plays. It’s a different young guy every week, and this week it was WR A.J. Legree. We can see why the coaches gushed about Legree and Sweat early in the year. They both have shown playmaking ability that should excite the fan base about the future of the program.

Article written by Rashawn Franklin

56 Comments for Good Job, Good Effort.



  1. partypooper
    11:28 pm September 29, 2012 Permalink

    http://smartfootball.com/offense/the-air-raid-offense-history-evolution-weirdness-from-mumme-to-leach-to-franklin-to-holgorsen-and-beyond Let’s go back to something fun…. I hate to be a turd, but let’s go for Leach and be exciting again.



  2. Owen
    11:28 pm September 29, 2012 Permalink

    We lost but I think we knew that would happen going in. The fact we actually made a game out of most of it goes to show we’ve got some good young talent. Whitlow is a true freshman and, for the most part looked pretty solid. Our receivers and RBs made big plays against one of the top defenses in the country. Lots of promise on this roster… It’s probably a year too late for Joker but whoever is next is going to have some really good players.



  3. iamthebobcat
    11:32 pm September 29, 2012 Permalink

    Young guys did make plays but unfortunately our coaches didnt even give them a chance at the end of the first half. Any coach worth a damn goes to the end zone on first down with a minute to play on the oppossing team’s 10 yard line with a minute left in the half after a big turnover. What does our illustrious JOKER do – a draw play.
    Get out of town you clown!! I feel for these kids.



  4. haha
    11:37 pm September 29, 2012 Permalink

    #3 you should join joker in getting out of town… too bad you arent “worth a damn” as a coach or maybe you could have been out there calling the plays.



  5. Instant Replay
    11:38 pm September 29, 2012 Permalink

    Anybody know why when UK declined a pass interference call in the first half due to the receiver making about a 25 yd reception, why the officials marked the ball for the interference call instead of where the reception occurred? Anyone know why the coaches/players/fans in the stands weren’t going crazy?



  6. gotta go
    11:43 pm September 29, 2012 Permalink

    Good job Good effort GOOD RIDDANCE



  7. Jim jones kool aid
    11:51 pm September 29, 2012 Permalink

    Bbn, we only lost by 21. Drink my kool aid and pay me millions. I’m in the 1% bitches! Thanks, joker



  8. crackerhillbilly
    12:00 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    Re: Towles, to this young man and his parents as a fellow parent of an NCAA athlete (older) in another sport that has dealt with transfers…..DO NOT let Patrick give up his redshirt. If he plays this year he will have only 3 years eligibility left at UK. Should he decide to transfer, he would be down to 2 years after sitting out a transfer “penalty” year. If this young man is dead set on staying a Wildcat, no matter what lies ahead, then DO NOT PLAY THIS YEAR – it will be a wasted year for naught. If he wants to keep his transfer options open, then DO NOT PLAY THIS YEAR – you will lose a year anyway, but give yourself at least 3 years elsewhere. Players First.



  9. Duke Sucks
    12:20 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    Amen #8 no matter which side of the fence your on with Joker no way should a player with Towels future be jeopardized. It’s to late to pull his redshirt, no benefit at all to him. I question Jokers coaching abilities not his morals so I hope the thought of pulling his redshirt to save his jod doesn’t cross his mind.



  10. njCat
    12:20 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    Coaches DID blow that play before the half. When they burned their last timeout, they should have kicked the field goal. Either that or a quick pass. They certainly needed to make sure Whitlow knew NOT to take a sack.

    And it was a HUGE momentum change for the game and set the tone for an awful second half.



  11. My Blue Heaven
    12:22 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    If we finish last in the SEC, do we get the 1st pick in the draft?



  12. tv timeout
    12:32 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    How about that crowd? Take note Mitch. Even free tickets aren’t enough to get people to come watch this train wreck.



  13. Rixter
    12:35 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    Guys, I hate to piss on everybody’s corn flakes, but the ONLY reason we lead at halftime was because of the way USC played, not the way we played. We caught a few breaks, and played ok, but they were flat out terrible. They overlooked us, they came out flat, and let a bad team feel like they were in the game.. which they weren’t. Ever.



  14. mashburnfan1
    12:36 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    Players were inspired in 1st half as they heard the joke had quit. Score 17-7 UK BUT Players find out at halftime UK has denied the rumors that the joke had quit. Score 31-0 USC Game was pretty simple to breakdown.



  15. Rixter
    12:38 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    # 10, you think it UK was ahead 24 – 7 at the half, Lattimore would have run a little easier in the second half? You think their defensive line would have rushed the QB a little more gently?
    They were flat out BETTER than UK, and it wasn’t even close.



  16. BPsycho
    12:42 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    Free Towles!



  17. Duke Sucks
    12:58 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    #15 I agree with you we where just outmatched plain and simple. When Carolina got tired of messing around they could do about what they wanted when they wanted to do it. However anyone who knows football or any sport for that matter will tell you the last 5 min. of the first half and the first 5 of the second half are the most important of the whole game. They can change the whole momentum of the game. Rea



  18. SadCat
    1:37 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    What a disaster.
    Rashawn, we lose by 21 at home
    and you say, ‘Good Job, Good Effort?’
    Did you see the second half?



  19. Jamesbd
    1:37 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    # 14, so… They thought he quit but was just sticking around and calling plays for the heck of it? You’re stupid. He needs to go. But you’re still stupid…



  20. UKBlue
    1:39 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    Good job Good effort Same End Result

    Burning Towles Red Shirt being so far into the year, and with honestly no way to save the season would be a total waste of one of Towles eligibility years !!

    No matter what, we have to find a more efficient way of getting offensive plays into the game. We also need to teach receivers or anyone eligible to catch the football; if we are 2nd or 3rd & whatever, at least run to the first down line to try catching the ball.



  21. fan fan
    1:56 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    Man I hope u people are not UK fans. Negative and full of hate. Joker or not get behind the team



  22. Hal
    2:10 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    8-you dont know what you’re talking about. look up the rules. people like you…..



  23. carnifex
    2:25 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    True story…We just got a new kitten. Light orange/yellow tabby. I use my hands to play with it. It likes to “wrestle” with the hairless pink kitten.Every now and then “Ducky” gets rambunctious. And them violent, while wrestling the pink kitten, and she bites and scratches…hard…for a kitten. My hands are too calloused for Ducky to really draw blood, but she gets her nose swatted anyway. Just sayin’.

    In an earlier post I asked what time the train wreck/dumpster fire, with Keystone Kops, and a chinese fire department was. It was at the 29:00 minute of the first half, and it lasted the rest of the half.



  24. Real fan
    2:40 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    5 games in & 4 losses. Out of the teams that have beat us only W Kentucky has a loss, & that was to #1 Alabama. I don’t know of any other team with 4 losses that can say that. GO BIG BLUE!!!



  25. aka kywildcat
    3:00 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    Cant believe Matt used his radio show to call out someone on a message board,lol. Oh yeah and he also basically accused all his listeners to being no lifers, and was bragging about the money he makes off ads from this site. Tonight was a new low for me Matt, I’ll be moving on :)btw do you think it would be possible not to talk over your callers ? Dont really care your not getting another dime from me.



  26. TakethoseonionsoffmyslidersTim
    4:01 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    It did not look like 50,000 people was in attendance from the pictures on tv!



  27. Bobby Petrino
    4:05 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    Matt ALWAYS talks over his callers and is rude to his counter part (Ryan). Lighten up Matt!!



  28. troy
    5:03 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    Same old story. Act like u can play then get killed. Glad I didn’t watch or fall for it



  29. Wildcats4Ever
    7:32 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    Tailgaiting was especially fun, and the crowd that was there was positive, supportive,
    and having a good time together. Yesterdays’ crowd was pure class, and represented
    the true spirit of UK. All the football-bashing and Eli C. bashing on this site gets
    really tiresome. ‘Really don’t understand the mentality of people who only support
    their team when it’s winning. ‘Product of the Instant Gratification Generation, I suppose.

    Contrary to the people who’ve been saying the first half was only a product of S.C.
    not playing well– apparently you weren’t watching the same game we were.
    Kentucky played some great ball that first half. Beautiful, in fact.

    The tailgaiting was wonderful, the crowd was into it, and it was a beautiful
    day to be alive and be a Kentucky fan. Win or Lose, GO BIG BLUE!!!



  30. SexnNursinHomes
    8:17 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    29- ‘Really don’t understand the mentality of people who only support
    their team when it’s winning. ‘Product of the Instant Gratification Generation, I suppose.

    Question. When was UK football ever “winning”? We have seen two 9-win season in almost 60 years. Don’t know what team you have been following, but it sure ain’t UK football.

    ‘Product of the Denial Generation, I suppose.



  31. Gavin S.
    8:22 am September 30, 2012 Permalink


  32. BlueCat
    8:28 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    30 I’ll explain it to you. If you support the team and pack the stadium when you are given a very poor product consistently then nothing changes. This ” Good job, good effort ” BS is why we are so mediocre in football.

    ” Second place is for first loser. ” Dale Earnhardt Sr.

    Joker has to go. Bring in someone like Petrino or Leach who have proven in multiple places against good ccompetition that they can win with a mediocre team. Not some hopeful or some guy who wins with an Ohio State or other perenial power team.



  33. Kegs&eggs
    8:28 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    The only reason we played as good as we did in the first half was the fact that South Carolina had zero film on Whitlow. They made the adjustments at half and it showed. If they had the preparation that they did on Smith it would of been a flat out beating.



  34. SexnNursinHomes
    8:33 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    32- I feel the same. This “good job, good effort” doesn’t cut it anymore.



  35. Ray
    8:37 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    Hate to be a nitpicker Rayshawn but it’s “x-Rays WERE” not “x-Rays was” lol



  36. Them
    8:52 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    I assume you don’t know the final score or you would have mentioned it.



  37. Joe
    8:59 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    Refuse to believe there were 49,000 in attendance. Maybe tickets sold, including season ticket holders who didn’t show up. Fire Joker, Fire Barnhart!



  38. wearentuk
    9:04 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    All of KSR and most of BBN sound like a bunch of Louisville fans. Happy with failure because we weren’t expected to succeed. Everyone kiss Mary Jo Perino’s ass and talk about how great an effort Joker gave.



  39. What
    9:11 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    Bet Matt had nightmares last night about post on cats illustrated 🙂



  40. freeksr
    9:11 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    Hey 25 explain to me just exactly how Matt Jones is getting your “dimes”. I listen to KSR every day and have bought their one podcast they charged $2.50 for. So how is it Matt Jones is getting your dimes???? Or is it that you’re just an uneducated idiot???



  41. Big Whoop
    9:23 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    I’ve seen this many, many years. Our team sucks and then they play well for a half and the UK Kool-Aid drinkers think they’ve found something to hang their hat on. Guess what? College games are made up of two halfs and they have to play 60 minutes. We didn’t and suffered another loss. Look for all the moral victories you want, but we still suck. World Without End.



  42. CatGrad7072
    9:30 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    “5 games in & 4 losses. Out of the teams that have beat us only W Kentucky has a loss, & that was to #1 Alabama. I don’t know of any other team with 4 losses that can say that. GO BIG BLUE!!!”

    Absolute classic! Who would want to say that? Maybe we can go to the ‘Eskimo Freeze Your Ass Off Moral Victory Bowl’, being played in Nome Alaska.



  43. JPhelps
    9:31 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    25. Getting your dimes? People are so entitled. And you post on here for free… Do you feel that Matt owes you something for his site being on top when it comes to #BBN sites? I love this free entertainment. People talking out of their rear happens often here I don’t often listen to the podcast, but I would bet an insanely large amount of money (or dimes) that you took Matt’s quote completely out of context when he said, “no lifers”.

    Let the haters hate. Don’t worry about the people wanting handouts because you had a good idea Matt. Not that you need my talking up, but I love seeing fellow #BBN people succeed. I hope this hit makes you more dimes and I for one don’t require a single one to be a fan of the site.



  44. TRUTH
    9:35 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    @40 – have you ever heard of ad revenue? YOU must be the uneducated idiot, you sister-sleeping hilljack.



  45. huh
    9:39 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    The only reason the crowd was that big is the party..fans like to party. Lost by 21, no show second half after USC no showed the first half.

    Same old Joke give him an extension…LOL!



  46. Mike
    9:48 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    Nothing has CHANGED…yes, UK did come out and show some fire and energy in the first half but the halftime score was 1/3 UK energy and luck and 2/3’s USC lack of focus and mistakes. The fact that we came out of halftime without any meaningful adjustments shows the coaching staff had no clue as to how to effect UK’s second half chances, and that is why we saw “business as usual” with the 31-0 pounding we took. It should be obvious to all that nothing has changed and Joker needs to move on.



  47. SevenT
    9:53 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    The truth is Kentucky is playing a bunch of Freshman and Sophmores right now that Joker recruited as a Head Coach. Perhaps Joker promised early playing time to sign with Kentucky. I really do not know where our Juniors and Seniors are and why we are so thin with upper classman? Perhaps Joker is doing the right thing playing these guys early looking ahead to next season? It looked to me last night that Kentucky played with a lot of heart and maybe the young players are growing up pretty fast in the SEC.

    But Joker better find a way to beat someone (like Vandy, Miss St, Arky, Mizzu, Tenn) or he will lose the fan base that is still supporting him.

    JUST SAYING



  48. BlueCat
    10:01 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    This mentality of having 49,000 people in a capacity stadium of 68,000 is absurd. It is loser’s talk, period. We probably didn’t even have that much and some folks come just to socialize and drink. They are not true footbabll fans.

    Demand more BBN!



  49. Tim
    10:05 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    Great game to measure where we are and the developement of players.. I thought the game really exposed how really great this team could be and the players showed great poise and understanding of the game. The turning point was not on the players, which were relaxed and confident the first half up until the ending of the first half. The coaches were suprised and confused. Too much time wasted at the half… started managing and not letting the players play and stay relaxed. THE TALENT IS THERE.. !!



  50. Kevin Grevey
    10:16 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    Good Job? That is pathetic when we have to accept moral victories with our program. This is about WINS! Get rid of the Joker.



  51. lonnieb
    11:11 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    @ #8 cracker hillbilly…..
    FALSE

    He would have to sit out a year…. Unless he went to a juco or a fcs team for a year first. But if he transferred in FBS you don’t lose that year in eligibility, you just have to sit out…..i played DI sports and transferred. Smart people use that year to get a masters degree.

    They should not burn his redshirt now. Let witlow play…he looked fine may give us a chance to win a few later as his reads get better in passing game b/c he looks good with his feet

    Max is out a while…..high ankle sprained usually 2-4 weeks. And it was textbook high ankle even though they have not released it yet



  52. 2020
    11:16 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    #5 Wrong.
    #8 Wrong.
    #13 Absolutely 100% correct.



  53. buddyblue62
    11:44 am September 30, 2012 Permalink

    29 uk fans are fed up the football team has sucked for 40 years yeah we went to a couple low teir bowl games with pawpaw but we will never compete in the sec to the point of winning the sec so my ? is why not go to a weaker confrence other schools do it than again we would still probaly loose so nevermind.that 1st half i thought the old ball coach was gonna shit a truck lol that was fun to watch.



  54. freeksr
    12:55 pm September 30, 2012 Permalink

    44-No I have never heard of ad revenue what is that?? Also how does it take my dimes??? Please educate me smart guy!!!!



  55. hellcat
    1:10 pm September 30, 2012 Permalink

    Good job,good effort. Good enought for government work!



  56. W in Chester
    2:51 am October 1, 2012 Permalink

    I believe BBN does support the Kids playing, its just WE the Fans have seen years after years of loosing seasons with coaching experiments and believe Now is the time for the University to show it truly appreciates its Football program & stop taking ALL the Fans and their dollars for granted by making the Right hire soon or all the other schools will have stolen the talent. Go Cats!