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Look On The Bright Side (If There Is One)

After that brutal loss to Louisville last night, it’s easy to sit here and trash the football team. We could talk all day about the offensive line, the play calling, Newton’s inconsistency, the dropped passes, the fumbles, the lack of a run game, the poor punt protection, missed opportunities in the red zone, or pass defense — but we won’t do that. Not right now, at least. We are going to hold our heads high and look at the positives from the loss.

One of the few bright sides (emphasis on “few”) from the game was the emergence of E.J. Fields as a viable option in the passing game. The junior wide receiver caught the first pass of his career plus six more grabs for a total of 57 yards. Four of those receptions moved the chains for the offense on big third down plays. Fields also hauled in his first career touchdown to make it a one possession game on a 4th-and-goal with six minutes to go in the game.

“It felt really good to finally get an opportunity to play,” Fields said after the game. “But it was really bittersweet not being able to come away with the win.”

Fields admitted that it was frustrating to sit on the bench during Kentucky’s first two games this season, but he said he always tries to stay prepared and motivated for when his number is called. Last night — thanks to Gene McCaskill — E.J. finally got his opportunity to make plays and he made the most of it. He’ll certainly be a starter next week and he could become a go-to weapon for the rest of the season.

It’s sad that we’re celebrating a wide receiver catching passes, but that’s what this team has done to us.

While the offense had us pulling hairs all night, we can be proud of the effort they gave in trying to put together a comeback. When most of us expected the Cats to roll over and die when Louisville took a 14-point lead, Morgan Newton’s squad fought and clawed their way back and had a chance to tie it up in the final minute. Sure, Newton missed a few open guys, Demarco Robinson fumbled the game away, and the offensive line let everyone in red into the backfield, but the team moved the ball for over 120 yards on the final two possessions when it was needed most. It’s just a shame we had to watch 49 minutes of atrocious football before they finally got it going.

The heart and soul of those drives, Morgan Newton, showed off his toughness while taking hits on nearly every single play. I can only think of one or two throws in the second half where Morgan had time in the pocket to stand in there without being touched. The rest of the time he was either being sacked or chased out of the pocket for throws on the run or short rushes. And when Newton does keep it himself, it always takes more than one guy to take him down. Talk about his accuracy all you want, but Newton is one tough son of a gun.

I wish I could find a kind word to say about the play calling but one doesn’t exist. A stat from KSR’s football expert, Bryan The Intern, says it all: Kentucky has had 17 plays of 3rd down and 8 or more this season — they’ve ran the ball 8 out of those 17 times.

Look on the bright side, Jacksonville State in 4 weeks!

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

28 Comments for Look On The Bright Side (If There Is One)

  1. Ukfaninlouisville
    5:08 pm September 18, 2011 Permalink

    Is it Basketball season yet?

    5:09 pm September 18, 2011 Permalink

    There’s a bright side to Jacksonville State in 4 weeks? I dread every game!

  3. KD
    5:15 pm September 18, 2011 Permalink

    Well celebrating a comeback there wouldn’t have been none had those young card corners would have not made those bone headed penalties lets call like it was bbn.Newton had a lot of lucky throws at three time he was bailed out with throwing some crazy passes and I as well as everyone else know that he scaked in the enzone and anytime you throw the football backwards in the air intentional grounding. We can’t say know one likes us those espnu staff were very pro UK it was a bit sickening beat the gators

  4. bung
    5:27 pm September 18, 2011 Permalink

    its football…i mean we talkin bout uk football…

  5. Mike Leach
    5:30 pm September 18, 2011 Permalink

    I’ll help you pay Joker to leave.

  6. Calipari'sInYourEar
    5:31 pm September 18, 2011 Permalink

    “It’s sad that we’re celebrating a wide receiver catching passes, but that’s what this team has done to us.”

    I think this says it all. Not in what our team has done to us, but what fans have done to themselves.

  7. john4uk
    5:33 pm September 18, 2011 Permalink

    You can spin it any way you like,truth is,this UK is terrible.And UL,not a very good team themselves,showed just how bad this team is.

  8. Mr Schwump
    5:33 pm September 18, 2011 Permalink

    The emeregence of EJ Fields. The previous game it was the emeregence of Josh Clemons. We saw how that worked out Sat night. Does Fields disappear this week too?

  9. T. Ira Ed
    5:35 pm September 18, 2011 Permalink

    When the Tornado was sweepin’ “muh house” away –

    The sun ‘shined’…….smiled, brightly.

    Then, came the clean up.

  10. Whistle Guy
    5:42 pm September 18, 2011 Permalink

    Give a little whistle toot toot and always let your camo hat be your guide…

  11. fishinfool
    5:44 pm September 18, 2011 Permalink

    I can’t believe that anyone would defend this team and program. It is what it is. This team is TERRIBLE. I am sick of reading that our O line is underperforming, really? Have we even considered that they just aren’t any good. They got pushed around by WKU. UL shoved them back like a bunch of middle school boys. Are we to think that suddenly they are just going to start playing better against real competition in the SEC? We won’t win a single game in the conference. How are we going to recruit with that? Joker’s offensive scheme is worse than Tubby ball. I love all UK sports, but to sit here and ignore what is going on is irresponsible.

  12. Robt. Bell R. Men
    5:48 pm September 18, 2011 Permalink

    “Golly”, WTFrank!

    Gabadangdang: Provide this joker more money and tenure?

    Crimey….. AllMighty!!

    I’d a Run his “Matt 20 and 15″…. Lexington.

    Look it up.

    Faith that leads to NO RESULTS is HARDLY FAITH at ALL

  13. nashvillecatsfan
    5:48 pm September 18, 2011 Permalink

    3 – Is that English?

  14. Matt
    5:57 pm September 18, 2011 Permalink

    I agree with fishinfool, I’m sick and tired of these KSR writers applauding a WR for catching a few good passes. Isn’t that their job? Once we see consistency then we can start handing out awards but I’m just so tired of reading 10 different variations of the same story everyday. This website is pooping out rocks and we are all tired of it. KSR you need to get to the drawing board and come up with some more interesting articles.

  15. kentuckyfan
    6:04 pm September 18, 2011 Permalink

    Talk about comebacks if you want. Give me a team that is already there.

  16. bigbluedude
    6:04 pm September 18, 2011 Permalink

    there is no bright side, we are fucciking terrible

  17. JackNicklaus
    6:10 pm September 18, 2011 Permalink

    I saw no bright side. The dang crappy game announcers are even making fun of us now. Bottom line is that we have some good enough players…but our coaching is just pitiful and what is worse…it is clear they don’t know what to do, ’cause they keep doing the same things over and over. You think UL has better players? What about WKU and CMU? Truth is, our coaches dont know how to get the best out of them and put them in the right positions to succeed…scheme-wise. You think Spurrier or Petrino or Peterson or any good coach runs the ball up the gut on 3rd and long?

  18. Jimmy Buffett
    6:12 pm September 18, 2011 Permalink

    We get stomped for the next three weeks. What does Jax St prove?

  19. bigbluecats350
    6:12 pm September 18, 2011 Permalink

    What pisses me off the most is LaRod King (correct me if I have the wrong player) ran his mouth all over twitter a week or two ago about the fan base and half you twits supported him. He couldnt catch a cold if someone sneezed in his koolaide. Sure he catches a long pass now and then but how many drops has he had? UK will not be a true contender until we hire a coach that would cost us about $2mil per year or more. And ill be glad when basketball gets here BUT, i also love the football team and i am tired of being the laughing stock of the SEC. BTW. Texas A&M will be another ass whipin each year if something doesnt change soon

  20. Jimmy Buffett
    6:34 pm September 18, 2011 Permalink


  21. barn
    6:36 pm September 18, 2011 Permalink

    wow. wva was at the top of my list to join the sec. that will be an instant clssic rivalry–at least in basketball. i hope it happens

  22. Robster
    6:36 pm September 18, 2011 Permalink

    Look on the bright side…only 27 days until midnight madness.

  23. Jimmy Buffett
    6:37 pm September 18, 2011 Permalink

    The bright side is the headlight of the freight train that is Florida then LSU then S Carolina.

  24. Blueshawk59
    7:19 pm September 18, 2011 Permalink

    The O-line coach should have been fired last night. Let’s not let him hang around like Steve Brown. The DB’s are the weakest part of the defense-get somebody new to coach them…..please.

  25. Skip Holtz
    9:41 pm September 18, 2011 Permalink


  26. Catsfan
    12:03 am September 19, 2011 Permalink

    This is a rebuilding year for UK. There is no question about it.

    I really hope we can prove the SEC wrong by backing our team during a down year and show UK is more than a basketball school.

    I am not sure we are getting it done so far.

  27. KING REX #3
    9:41 am September 19, 2011 Permalink