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Kentucky may not win the war, but they can win a battle

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Being completely honest, Kentucky has very little chance to win this evening against South Carolina. The Cats are a three touchdown underdog on their own field. The Gamecocks are one of the hottest teams in college football with two of the more dynamic playmakers on either side of the ball in running back Marcus Lattimore and defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

The score may not favor the home team by the final whistle, but there is one thing the Cats can do from the get-go to spoil what may otherwise be a perfect night for USC.

Gamecocks quarterback Connor Shaw is on a streak of perfection. Last week against Missouri, Shaw completed 20 consecutive passes. He missed on his first pass of the game and then reeled off 20 straight, going 20-for-21 with 249 yards and two touchdowns. His streak set a school record and tied an all-time SEC record that hasn’t been matched in 30 years.

Shaw’s 20 straight passes ties him with Kent Austin of Ole Miss who competed 20 straight passes without an incompletion against Kentucky in 1982.

The last time Shaw faced Kentucky he completed 26-of-39 passes for a career-high 311 yards and four touchdowns. While he may still put up gaudy numbers, the Cats just need to knock down his first pass of the game, and we have ourselves a small, meaningless, insignificant victory.


Article written by Stuart Hammer

B.S. Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kentucky. @StuartHammerKSR

29 Comments for Kentucky may not win the war, but they can win a battle

  1. jcpostel
    11:31 am September 29, 2012 Permalink

    I actually think UK will hang with SC in the first half, maybe go in down 10 or less.

    You heard it here first, kids!

  2. man in blue
    11:36 am September 29, 2012 Permalink

    I’m sick and tired of “moral” victories. I want our sackless AD to get busy and get us a real coach and start acting like we belong in the SEC. Come on Barnhart do something good for football!

  3. harhar
    11:38 am September 29, 2012 Permalink


  4. Clive Bixby
    11:38 am September 29, 2012 Permalink

    “…and we have ourselves a small, meaningless, insignificant victory.”
    We already have one, it’s called Kent State.

  5. UK Snuggie
    11:46 am September 29, 2012 Permalink

    It is sad when these are the kind of victories we have to talk about.

  6. Bandit
    11:48 am September 29, 2012 Permalink

    I’d take a moral victory today… better than a demoralizing loss by 50. Unrealistic to expect us to beat the Ole Ball Coach, but I’d love us to be competitive like Auburn was again LSU last week.

  7. Rae
    12:01 pm September 29, 2012 Permalink

    6. Yeah, better than nothing, I suppose.

  8. Rixter
    12:05 pm September 29, 2012 Permalink

    Kids…the thing is.. JCPostel drinks. He drinks a lot, and he drinks early in the morning. Don’t be like JCPostel. Take the moral victory and run with it.

  9. No Joke - Joker Sucks
    12:08 pm September 29, 2012 Permalink

    #5 No, what’s sad is we even talk about victories. I think this blog should just ignore the football team this year, don’t write anything. Wait for “Joker” to leave, have us hire someone who knows how to recruit and get the best out of the players we have. Then start covering them again.

  10. No Joke - Joker Sucks
    12:09 pm September 29, 2012 Permalink

    We will be crushed by every SEC team this year… EVERY DAMN ONE OF THEM. Mark my words.

  11. Invisible Obama
    12:13 pm September 29, 2012 Permalink

    Jim Tressle is on the way, peeps.

  12. Downcline
    12:20 pm September 29, 2012 Permalink

    #11. Why would UK want to hire Jim Tressle? Then we’d still go 0-8 in the SEC every year.

  13. Thomas
    12:24 pm September 29, 2012 Permalink

    “I some times get kicked in the sack, but it doesn’t always feel real bad.”

  14. Mitch Barnfart
    12:43 pm September 29, 2012 Permalink

    Hey Thomas it never hurts when I get kicked in the sack because mine is empty.

  15. Brooks
    12:51 pm September 29, 2012 Permalink

    Get a life losers!

  16. U know nothing
    1:06 pm September 29, 2012 Permalink

    Tresssell is barred from coaching until 2015, how exactly is he on the way?

  17. carnifex
    1:07 pm September 29, 2012 Permalink

    Yeah moral victories! And it’s not even a good moral victory. We’re cheering for the stopping of a pass completion string. Gahh! That is the most pitiful thing I think I ever read. OP cheers when he has a bowel movement in the morning, and does up his fly without getting his pecker caught.

    What time is the train wreck? Never seen one before.(not entirely true. I’ve been watching UK football for decades. I’ve seen plenty of train wrecks). I don’t think I’ve ever seen a train wreck/dumpster fire, with keystone kops, and a chinese fire department. This is gonna’ be special!

  18. UKBlue
    1:09 pm September 29, 2012 Permalink

    Vegas line down to 20, bettors are moving this line to set up for kill bet. Big money bettors must love betting UK games, they always lose, just gotta figure out by how much.

  19. U know nothing
    1:09 pm September 29, 2012 Permalink

    17. Stuart hammer is clearly a beta

  20. Vette72
    1:21 pm September 29, 2012 Permalink

    So it comes to this? We knock down an attempted pass and celebrate? I pay 50 friggin dollars to see this? Then I get to go to work and while their guys are celebrating a big win…I get to say we knocked down an attempeted pass?
    Hammer, you made me puke with this article. Oh well, I won’t have to do it later on tonight.

  21. WTF
    1:42 pm September 29, 2012 Permalink

    Who cares? We suck so badly that all we have to look forward to is “knocking down one pass”….Damn we need a REAL football prgram.

  22. Scotty Sharp
    1:43 pm September 29, 2012 Permalink

    Three touchdowns should be a gift if Max Smith can go the distance tonight. I grabbed +21 Tuesday for a very large wager and sprinkled a little on the ML at 8:1 this morning for sh*ts and giggles. And no, I’m not a UK homer or Joker apologist. I made this game 14.5 and see a lot of value in the Cats even at the current number. I respect the hell out of Scary’s defense but let’s see… Vandy, ECU, UAB and Mizzou? Let’s wait until Scary plays someone with a pulse until we start calling them the best team in the SEC. I think Kentucky catches Spurrier’s crew looking ahead to Georgia next week and this one will be a lot closer than the “experts” think.

  23. dave
    1:44 pm September 29, 2012 Permalink

    16-go look up the specifics of tressel’s penalty. you dont know what you’re talking about.

  24. sad fan
    2:21 pm September 29, 2012 Permalink

    Can you please stop posting things about football on this site? All it does is make me sad.

  25. Fat Boy
    2:26 pm September 29, 2012 Permalink

    Phillip Fulmer spotted at Malone’s eating lunch——-is it possible he can hook up with Sanders again?

  26. Yep
    2:36 pm September 29, 2012 Permalink

    Wanna here something funny? Someone was selling two lower section tickets for today’s game on Facebook. Wanted $60. Wanna hear something stupid? Someone was interested in them. As ole Mr. White says. You can’t fix stupid.

  27. Invisible Obama
    4:58 pm September 29, 2012 Permalink

    I didn’t say Tressle was good or bad. I just said it was happening. He has to sit out 5 games, so he will be hired before we have 5 games left on this season’s schedule.

  28. carnifex
    5:24 pm September 29, 2012 Permalink

    Invisible Obama–You’re right in that it is only 5 games…as far as that goes. But…the school hiring him has to “show cause” about why they want to hire him, what safe guards they have in place to keep him from committing more infractions, and agree to accept the death penalty if said coach DOES commit more infractions. Seeing as how Tressel has left every school he’s been at under sanction, what are the odds he cheats again? I guess if you want to get rid of football altogether, and join the Big East, then Jim is the way to go.

    PS. We already got Emmert the Weasal, Pete Cameltoe, Pat Fraudie, and his skank, trying to get us in trouble. Do we really, REALLY, REALLY want to go there?

  29. carnifex
    5:32 pm September 29, 2012 Permalink

    Hey OP!!! I got an idea!! Help me think up a derogatory nickname for Mark Emmert. I mean Mark the Narc just ain’t gonna’ cut it. I got Thammeltoe, and Fraudie, and Cappuccino, (Joker self covers, sorta’ like a sack by Morgan Newton). So dig out you Roget’s and give me some help. Heck fire (see…Roget’s) I’ll invite all the readers!! We can do this!


    Nice pics of the ghost town…oh! I mean Cooper Drive…You gotta’ try real hard to discourage college kids from drinking. Way to take the bull by the horns President Cappuccino. I do have a question though…Is Cappuccino going to be banned if Romney wins? After all, Mormons are forbidden caffiene.