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Post-Game: Bray, UT Receivers Too Much For Kentucky

The three year tenure of Joker Phillips came to a close today as the Tyler Bray led Tennessee Volunteers defeated Kentucky 37-17 in Knoxville.  It was a scenario all too familiar with Kentucky’s team this season; lack of an effective defense.   Tyler Bray torched the Wildcat’s today, throwing for 293 yards on 34 attempts (8.6 yards per attempt).  In addition to his gaudy totals he tossed 4 touchdown passes with zero interceptions.  The defense wasn’t better in terms of stopping the rush either.  The Volunteer running backs, Raijon Neal and Marlin Lane, were able to run for 75 and 53 yards respectively while doing so on 19 combined attempts.  While those two didn’t score in the season finale, short yardage back, A. J. Johnson, was able to punch in a two yard attempt for the Vols’ only rushing touchdown of the day.  To sum it up in one sentence: the Volunteers had their way with a thin Kentucky defense today.


Offense for Kentucky was a somewhat different story.  The Cats were able to log 412 total yards and score two touchdowns.  The passing game had sputtered all season long due to injuries, but Jalen Whitlow was able guide the offense downfield, completing 29 of 45 passes for 225 yards. He was able to connect to Darrell Warren midway through the first quarter on a 1 yard pass to tie the game at 7-7.  Later in the second quarter, Jonathan George was able to break off a 45 yard run which put the score at 14-20 in favor of the Volunteers.  But, later in the quarter, Craig McIntosh missed a 38 yard field goal attempt which would have put the Wildcats down three entering half time.  However, McIntosh kicked a field goal early in the second half to make up for his earlier miss, cutting the deficit to three points.  But, from then on it was all Vols.  Even though Kentucky had opportunities to swing the outcome on multiple short yardage fourth downs, mystifying play calling prevented us from having any shot at a comeback.  Tennessee went on to score the next 17 points putting the game thoroughly out of reach for Joker’s Cats.


Kentucky finished the 2012 campaign with a 2-10 record (0-8 in conference).  All that remains of Phillips’ long association with the University of Kentucky are the questions of where do we go from here?  Who will be the next head coach? How will recruits react to the release of Joker Phillips?  How many of the current players will stay or transfer?  These are answers that only time can bring about, but as it stands right now, they’re all a mystery at this point in time.


Article written by Jonathan Schuette

33 Comments for Post-Game: Bray, UT Receivers Too Much For Kentucky

  1. Ukcatsfan2
    5:34 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Mystifying Play Calling?

    Nice way of putting it… Hand the ball off 4 yards deep to try and make a half yard…..

  2. WTF
    5:36 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Tossing the ball 4 yards backwards on 4th and one.

    joker logic.

  3. Big O
    5:46 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Response to players transferring. Where would any of them go? Other schools are only looking for talent!!!! Something the next coach (sacrificial lamb) will need. Who in their right mind would want to coach football in Lexington?

  4. Basketball note
    5:51 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Did Ryan harrow return today? What is the recent news on him

  5. Han
    5:58 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    3) Some of our guys looked pretty good on the rare occasion their number was called and a QB threw it to them. It’s hard to show off your talent when the play is a 3-yard pitch.

    Tons of guys would take this job with the right contract. Too many fans think UK can never be successful. Even Matt with his “Kentucky scale” belief. Fact is great coaches have made tons of nothing schools into hot stories before moving on to better schools. That’s the least we should hope for. But even though the loyal coach (Joker) couldn’t succeed, that doesn’t mean no coach would ever come here, succeed, and choose to stay. If you make a program exciting enough, recruiting can improve no matter how poor the talent in-state. You think Louisville is recruiting in some other magical land despite only being an hour away? Basketball is a different sport, and you need fewer good players to change a program, but how many nothing schools became powerhouses because of the right coach and maybe 1 early star?

    4) Matt said no word yet, but everyone expects him back today or tomorrow, certainly in time to practice next week.

  6. bluristhurr
    6:00 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    You can’t pass on a guy with a name like Butch Jones. But Mitch won’t pay attention to the name since he hired JOKER

  7. dr. uk
    6:02 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    this is a great day–long time coming. we can start brand new. UK was just outcoahed and then outmanned. it was really sad that the d-fense looked so unprepared. Hard to believe this is the last game of the season instead of the first one. Too many missed takles and the players looked like they had no clue—totally unprepared.

  8. bluristhurr
    6:03 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    It’s people like #3 that keeps us where we’re at. Choke on a big one Big O

  9. Millie
    6:05 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    A good start would be a search committee for a new Athletics Director. Mitch is horrible at P.R., horrible at fund raising and had two questionable hires. Also, he antagonizes the fans by treating them like petulant children. And although some of that may be deserving, any A.D. worth his salt should know better. Insulting angry fans doesn’t get their butts back in seats.
    I have been thinking on something Matt said earlier, about ‘some fans not trusting Mitch to make the hire’. I find don’t trust Mitch to make the hire. For all the above reasons listed, I don’t trust him. I don’t think he’s a good A.D in ways that matter most. I think he has an agenda that trumps winning. I’m not sure exactly what that agenda is. When Mitch says, “We continue to work through the process. The goal is to continue to build up the foundation that Joker has put in place. The young talent that we’ve got, the respect and accountability that he’s gained in the locker room, the way we conduct our business, those are the things we want to build upon.” I don’t know what in the hell he’s talking about. Do they read these kids twitter accounts. They don’t give a shit if they win. That’s what he wants to build on? This ain’t a prayer meeting or tea time, It’s g-damn football! And you had better play to win. College Football is all about winning. Or at least feeling that you have a shot of winning. We’ve had a taste of it and there’s no going back. When I hear names like Tuberville, I personally get physically get ill.
    Why can’t they have a football search committee like basketball? They didn’t trust Mitch to make the basketball hire. Why would they trust him in football? To be football is the more important hire. I just don’t get it. I know, I know Petrino has baggage. Thank God he has baggage or we would have no f’ing shot at him. Mitch just blows my mind by refusing to even entertain it. If I were a huge booster, I would write a big fat check to UofL in Mitch’s name, just to be a bitch. I wish him gone tomorrow. Long rant.-Sorry

  10. Long time listener, first time poster
    6:06 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t get much of a chance to watch other games, so
    can anyone tell me how the careers of Rick Robey’s kid (Florida)and
    Chris Collingsworth’s kid (Notre Dame) have went?

  11. All3PhasesSucked
    6:09 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    NONE of the phases of today’s game were very good, BUT … the DEFENSE has played badly ALL year … I feel sorry for the kids … WORST job of coaching I’ve seen …. they were NEVER in a position to succeed … I’d be shocked if Minter gets another D-1 job.

  12. markp
    6:09 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    9 what you said!

  13. Kliff Kingsbur
    6:10 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Hire me, please, i want the job

  14. Kliff Kingsbur
    6:11 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    klingsbury, sorry

  15. BBN#1
    6:17 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    news flash football season is finally over WE SHOULD ALL BE JUMPING IN JOY who cares

  16. markp
    6:18 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Some of us bleed blue in football, too.

  17. Matt in Franklin
    6:19 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    George is a beast…why did they pull him after the TD? Next year, the new coach will start him, and put him behind the fullback Warren…

  18. Brad
    6:20 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    What should impress or excite me about Butch Jones? He is typically a middle of the road coach in a mediocre at best conference. What am I missing?

  19. markp
    6:21 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    18 you are missing nothing.

  20. barn
    6:24 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    trust mitch

  21. lawnorder
    6:25 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    #15 what you said!

  22. lexslamman
    6:27 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Disband the UK football program and concentrate on basketball.

  23. lawnorder
    6:55 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    plus what #22 said

  24. Nash
    7:01 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    #16- You’re right! It was so much fun when Brooks had them competitive and the feeling was that they could beat anyone when they stepped on the field. Commonwealth was electric, Joker/Sanders and their bizarre play calling killed that but a new coach could bring it back to being fun again!

  25. Bubba Earl
    7:15 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    YEAAAAAA!, Gone and forgotten, Great day for Kentucky football, get rid of the bums!!

  26. Jeremy
    7:32 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Call me when we’re 2-10!

  27. G
    7:33 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Bray must have read your little article making fun of him before the game started. You know it’s always better to have the last laugh.

  28. BBB
    7:36 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    20) Trust Mitch???….DITCH MITCH!!!!!
    Butch Jones? gotta be kidding me. Pardon me while I yawn.
    24) How sad it is that we could be happy just being competive. What do you guys call shooting for the stars? Petrino is the only name that can take us past 6-6 or 7-5. Face it.

  29. bort
    8:43 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    I loved the play when it was 4th down and less than a yard to go, UK down 6 in the 2nd quarter. You have a 6’5″ 245 lb. quarterback behind center (Towles) and you run a slow-developing run play (which UT stopped 2 yards behind the line of scrimmage). BTW, the commentator on tv today who said the coaching staff was “hurting the development” of Whitlow by taking him out in the 2Q is a dufous. The staff is hurting Towles’ development by not playing him the whole game. UK thrived under Rich Brooks by throwing the ball, not having a run-first QB.

  30. Katdaddy
    9:28 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    Who cares?

  31. bosshogg24
    10:31 pm November 24, 2012 Permalink

    This team was an embarrassment to Kentucky. I am glad the whole outfit will be gone, you can see where the OC has killed Uk for years. Alabama could not win with our play calling! Good Bye staff! Joker had plenty of time he wasted about 7 years!

  32. robuk
    11:05 am November 25, 2012 Permalink

    Either Joker is retarded or he threw the game on the short yardage plays costing us many 1st downs. I say he is both!

  33. robuk
    11:07 am November 25, 2012 Permalink

    All of you Petrino fans may as well start crying today cause he ain’t coming!!!