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The worst throw in the history of football ended Kentucky’s chances against Florida

Kentucky’s second possession in the second quarter was one of the ugliest you’ll ever see. After starting with a five yard rush from Jonathan George, Morgan Newton threw the two worst back-to-back passes in the history of football. The first one should’ve been a Kentucky touchdown. The second was a Florida touchdown. It went like this:

Trailing 10-0, Kentucky got its opportunity to cut it back down to a field goal when Daryl Collins broke open down the sideline. When I say he was open, I mean he was wide open. Billy Gillispie could’ve parallel parked three school buses in the space between Collins and the Florida defense. But, instead of hitting Collins in stride and watching him coast to the end zone, Morgan Newton sailed the ball well over Collins’ head. The redshirt freshman wide receiver never had a chance to make a play. The missed opportunity stung, but Kentucky was still in the game — until Newton’s next throw.

On the very next play, Newton stared down EJ Fields and threw the ball directly into the arms of Jaylen Watkins. Watkins plays for Florida, in case you didn’t catch that. He returned the routine interception 26 yards for a Gator touchdown. Instead of a 10-7 game and some confidence in UK’s offense, the Cats trailed 17-0 and threw in the towel.

Newton would go on to throw another interception to finish the second quarter with a -49.9 passer rating. Twitter exploded.

We are UK.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

22 Comments for The worst throw in the history of football ended Kentucky’s chances against Florida

  1. Patrick_Wren
    12:07 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    The worst throw in the history of throwing horrible passes. Morgan Newton is a great human being I’m sure…..just not a D1 quarterback. FIRE JOKER TODAY!

  2. TampaCat
    12:10 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Go and get the #2 man in charge of the number 1 team! Alabama!
    Especially if he’s the defensive coach! Simply put, if a team can’t
    score we win! As long as we can score 3 points of course.

  3. SeaCat
    12:23 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Mike Belotti for coach

  4. Smyrna_Cat
    12:40 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Wrong, wrong, wrong. We have had much worse. I remember when Lorenzon was intercepted by Florida and they ran it back for a TD. We were in the lead. We had that game.

    This game it was just a question of how much we would lose.

  5. Sammydog
    12:41 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    I liked the style of the Florida International coach who matched wits favorably with Charlie Strong and the Cards yesterday. That one goal line stand was impressive and they have an entertaining, bold offensive style. Yes I was desperate enough to watch a competitive football game that I resorted to following that game on my computer.

  6. BlueCat
    12:45 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    So you seen all the passes in UK history? It was very bad, but this it just piling on. Newton performed very badly. But a probable worse pass was when Barnhart threw the 3 yard screen to Joker when Brooks was leaving.

  7. Funky Monkey
    12:47 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    #5, I too liked what I saw in the Florida International Coach,… exciting tough ball and did it playing 3 QB’s.

  8. bobby jim
    1:02 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    It’s funny you even think we had a chance against Flordia. And there have been much worse passes in our illustrious programs history.

  9. Luvmesumcats
    1:18 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    A little harsh maybe. I love KSR during the basketball season, but your site’s comments about the football team this season are a little over the top, especially about a kid who’s a backup qb. Especially about a kid.

  10. Chuck
    1:23 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    It wasn’t just that one interception, it was his whole performance. He might make a nice tight end but not a QB. Has it taken Joker this long to figure that out?
    I don’t think we can trust Barnfart to find a new coach. Get rid of him first.
    You’re right #7, the FIU coach did a heck of a job replacing his starting QB after the injury.If it wasn’t for the roughing the passer penalty they might have tied it up with a freshman running the show.

  11. Gator Chomp
    1:24 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    #9 Are you SERIOUS??? Man Meat Jones has been sugar coating the Yew Kay Football Turd for 6 months!!!

  12. catGrad7072
    1:27 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Like #9 said, a little harsh.
    Harsh since Joker said Whitlow has been the #2 QB and that Newton hadn’t practiced the position for a couple of weeks.
    His terrible passes aside, Joker made an even worse, morale-busting coaching decision by playing MN.

  13. Jj
    1:48 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Actually, this could have just as easily (maybe even more likely) been a wrong end to the route by Collins on this play.

  14. Yep
    2:21 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Drew, I would call you a retard for this article, but I would help to group the special people with you. Even the best QB’S in history have over thrown players. Now, If you want to hate on the whole performance,have at it.

  15. Joker
    3:22 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    You can’t shine a turd, and this UK team should be promptly flushed… it is stinking up the entire SEC.

  16. Matt
    3:53 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    I think the post is freaking hilarious. Good job. That throw was just awful. Have a sense of humor. We might as well laugh.
    We are UK.

  17. Jared Lorenzen
    4:53 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    My backwards over the head interception was 1000 times worse.

  18. Matt
    5:09 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Naw. Jared was just trying to make a play when he should’ve taken the sack. Morgan had time, a wide open receiver and threw it where my jack Russell couldn’t have caught up to it. My jack russell hasn’t let a ball hit the ground since he was 6 months old.

  19. Mudcreekmark
    7:01 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    The only thing this game showed is how stupid Joker was to stick with Newton as the starter as long as he did. How could Joker ever think this kid was better than Mike Hartline or Max Smith? The kid is not a quarterback. How can you watch him in high school and see that he cannot hit the ocean standing on edge of the water? Only UK can come up with the slowest black quarterback in the history of college football.

  20. gcat449^
    7:13 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    Morgan Newton has been terrible at throwing from day one. He throws too hard, too soft, too long, too short, too left, too right. On some occasions, he throws right to the opponent. Unfortunately, his most catchable passes are usually right between the numbers of the opponents. He seems like a great kid and all, but he is not even close to being a D1 level QB. I have always wondered about Joker’s judgement of talent, but I don’t think any decent D1 level coach would put him in at QB based on his ability to perform on the field. It is not fair to put Newton out there just to embarrass the kid. Furthermore, it makes Joker look even more inept as a coach. I would put a freshman, a lineman, a tight end. Heck, even Matt Roark worked out last year. But let’s just get one thing clear, Newton is not a D1 QB, and the longer Joker keeps playing this kid, UK will become a sad, sad satirical comedy in college FB. Florida is not even a good team. They barely beat Bowling Green & a still very bad UT the week before. This is not an old vintage Florida FB team, and yet 38-0 was modest and could have been easily 52-0 if the UF starters stayed in. That’s all. I’m done venting.

  21. Chuck
    8:46 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    We need a football oriented AD. The basketball program will take of itself without taking anything away from the football program.
    It’s really embarrassing when they announce on TV during the game that Florida has beaten UK 26 times in a row and that the record before this year was also 26 which UK also holds with distinction against Tenn. until last year. Also that UK hasn’t scored a TD in the first quarter since 2010. We’ve got to be the laughing stock of the SEC. How can you recruit quality players to a program with these credentials? We need to find out how K-State can recruit players to the middle of the Great Plains in Manhattan, Kansas. There has to be a reason UK can’t recruit any of the Trinity players the past few years and will not likely get any this year.

  22. mashburnfan1
    9:59 pm September 23, 2012 Permalink

    No throw ended our chances in that game, what a funny thing to say. The KICKOFF ended our chances against UF.