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Three Underrated Moments in Kentucky’s Win over Louisville

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Yesterday was fantastic. The Cats played their best game of the Mark Stoops era and picked up arguably one of the biggest wins in program history. There were a lot of moments to remember from the game: Dorian Baker’s touchdown catch, Stephen Johnson’s two deep balls to Garrett Johnson, and of course the Austin MacGinnis game winner. Below I have attached some of the plays that won’t get as much attention, but played a large part in the huge win yesterday. Go Cats!


1. Courtney Love stops Lamar Jackson on 3rd Down


Lamar Jackson and the Cards were starting find their rhythm on offense. Their drive started with a Jackson run for a pickup of 18 yards. Running back Brandon Radcliff picked up 5 yards on first down, before Jackson had an incomplete pass to Cole Hikutini. This brought up 3rd down and 5 from the Louisville 49 yard line. Lamar Jackson was met on the read option play immediately by Courtney Love. This forced a UofL punt and an ensuing Kentucky touchdown.

2. Denzil Ware stuffs Brandon Radcliff at the Goal Line

This play may go down as one of the top defensive plays of the entire season. Following a Lamar Jackson run on 1st and goal, the Cards had it 2nd and goal at the 2 yard line. The Cats were able to hold back-to-back Brandon Radcliff runs out of the end zone to hold Louisville to only three points. The third down stop by Ware forced a loss of one yard and forced Louisville to settle for a field goal, instead of a possible 4th down attempt.

3. Stephen Johnson’s Incredible 3rd Down Conversion

Kentucky entered the half down 24-21 and would receive to start the second half. Stoops and company needed a good drive to keep Lamar Jackson off the field. A Ryan Timmons catch and run for 28 yards got the drive rolling and helped the Cats cross midfield. A 2 yard loss by Johnson and an incomplete pass to Dorian Baker brought up 3rd down and 12 for the Cats. What followed was one of Stephen Johnson’s more impressive moments as a runner as he seemed to lose the football and catch it before running for a pickup of 16 yards. Three plays later, Benny Snell ran it in for an 18 yard touchdown and momentum had been gained for the Blue and White.



Article written by Sam Gormley

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19 Comments for Three Underrated Moments in Kentucky’s Win over Louisville

  1. ukblue22
    11:28 am November 27, 2016 Permalink

    The best moment of the day was Stephen Johnson is smiling at the UL defense that’s coming out to face him and the one pass TD drive to open UK’s scoring. He just looked to be thinking, “There’s my Biatch right there.”

  2. Red headed Stepchild
    11:30 am November 27, 2016 Permalink

    You lost me at ” biggest win in program history”
    Are you serious? WOW.

    • UK Big Board Update
      12:11 pm November 27, 2016 Permalink

      EDIT: Biggest loss in UofL’s history. 😉

    • Joe Dan Gorman
      12:14 pm November 27, 2016 Permalink

      Apparently you were ‘lost’ PRIOR to making your comment—–
      Sam said ONE of the biggest wins…. not THE biggest win. But don’t take my word for it. How about actually READING it.

      Dumbass 🙂

    • runningunnin.454
      12:23 pm November 27, 2016 Permalink

      He said “one of the biggest”. He’s not wrong; I’ll submit, all equal in my opinion,
      1950 win over No.1 Oklahoma
      1969 win over No.1 Ole MIss and Archie Manning
      2007 win over No. 1 LSU
      2016 win over Louisville….never were the odds so overwhelming.
      Got any more?

    • Red headed Stepchild
      1:54 pm November 27, 2016 Permalink

      Joe Dan. After I made my claim, “ONE OF” found its way into the article. You want to call someone a dumbass without knowing to whom you speak. Good on ya.

    • UK Big Board Update
      2:36 pm November 27, 2016 Permalink

      …..Suuuure. lol

    • Not Dan Issel
      3:04 pm November 27, 2016 Permalink

      To RunningGunnin.454’s list, I would add the 1964 upset win over #1 ranked Ole Miss at Ole Miss, 27-21

    • runningunnin.454
      8:53 am November 28, 2016 Permalink

      I missed that one; good catch, not no. 44.

  3. BluKudzu
    12:01 pm November 27, 2016 Permalink

    Think about this:
    Petrino has made a living off getting outcasts and rejects with talent from other programs. He has played in a conference that gets publicity, but is not as competitive as others.
    Gran and Henshaw made a statement with Steven Johnson Johnson. They took a kid with talent, at the dead end of Junior College, and within a year, coached him into the player that outperformed the Heisman favorite, on Louisville’s home field, a top 15 rated team, and beat them.
    Think recruiting gets better, after a win over a heavily favored opponent, in a game like that.
    Louisville was set up with Seniors, although thugs and dope smokers, this was their season.
    Now it belongs to UK.

    • UK Big Bored Update
      12:30 pm November 27, 2016 Permalink

      Outstanding post, BluKudzu!

    • UK Big Board Update
      12:33 pm November 27, 2016 Permalink

      BluKudzu November 6, 2016 at 6:07 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      We were missing urgency. That is why we lost.

      BluKudzu November 6, 2016 at 6:13 pm | Permalink
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      Not Stoops’s fault. The team played without urgency. You can’t win without urgency, everybody knows that.

      BluKudzu November 6, 2016 at 6:24 pm | Permalink
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      Everyone knows it was not Stoops’s fault, you can’t win without urgency. It was the teams fault, not Stoops. If you knew anything about football, you would know urgency is the difference between winning and losing is playing with urgency.
      Stoops just needs more time to get better players that play with urgency. The last 4 recruiting classes did not get one player with urgency.
      He is doing it the right way. He knows what we need to do to win.

      BluKudzu November 6, 2016 at 9:33 am | Permalink
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      Today’s word: Urgency.
      UK football fans need to temper their sense of urgency to match the urgency of the UK football team and coaches. That way you will stop groveling in negativity.
      I think if we had worn the black helmets, we would have won.
      I suppose the whole field storming became a non issue? I was going to burn a couch in the parking lot, anyway. I will just save it for the Austin Peay game, then do it with urgency.
      We are better this year, we will be better next year. Somehow, this whole 4 years of top 30 recruiting classes and not being able to beat a team in the RPI top 50 will work it’s way out. No urgency needed.
      It is good to see the players and coaches, put this game behind them with a sense of urgency.

      BluKudzu November 6, 2016 at 10:12 am | Permalink
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      SEC dominance, thank you for your reply and sharing your insight, as emotional as it was.
      I have leveled my expectations with this staff and this team. Anyone, that thinks this team, and this coach would compete for an SEC East crown, is delusional, at best. This is the same coach, that had the easiest schedule in decades, last season, and could not get it to a bowl. Even thinking they would win 5 games in the SEC, after winning only 5 games all season for the last two years is insane.
      The only thing I asked from this team is to get rid of Eliot, and focus on the ground game. That started after the horrible beat down at Florida.
      When they do that they win. Deviation from either one, or both of those two points, they lose. Further, turnovers have killed this team all year. Not being able to coach that problem, out of this team, cost us last night.
      We are what we are. Accept it. It will always be like this, as there is no urgency, whatsoever, to change it.
      Lower you expectations. UK football, is Mitch Barnhart’s baby. Just keep going to the games, supporting the program, and get more mustard on your shi+ sandwich to mask the flavor. It never changes, the best we can do is a no name bowl, after 7 years of Mitch’s leadership.
      Go cats.

      BluKudzu November 6, 2016 at 11:13 am | Permalink | Reply
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      Stoops just needs more time. He is doing it the right way. We have cool marketing videos, and we have cool uniforms.
      We are going to win 6 this year, and go to a bowl.
      We are better than Joker’s teams. He ruined UK Football. Mitch Barnhart is a genious.
      Thank God he got rid of that women’s soccer coach who had a career winning record at UK, but had a bad season.
      Go Cats.

      BluKudzu November 6, 2016 at 5:25 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      If we play with urgency, we will win. If we, the fans, stay positive it helps to build the program. Stoops is doing it right, he just needs more time. Barnhart, hired the right guy.
      We just need to go back and work harder to get better.
      Go Cats.

    • UK Big Board Update
      12:36 pm November 27, 2016 Permalink

      I think you owe Stoops, KSR, and BBN an apology. LOL 😉

  4. UK Big Board Update
    12:12 pm November 27, 2016 Permalink

    Has anyone heard from cats paw?

    • runningunnin.454
      12:28 pm November 27, 2016 Permalink

      Haven’t heard from scorpio, either……maybe they should check the river for flotsam and jetsam.

  5. dshwildcats
    1:20 pm November 27, 2016 Permalink


    Scorp is too busy cancelling his hotel reservations in Miami, since the Cards won’t be heading to the Orange Bowl now! Lol!! He won’t have time to post on KSR for quite a while! A win over Louisville Football–the gift that keeps on giving!!

    Been reading quite a few comments from the Card fans since the end of yesterday’s game, and I think a lot of them are going to need therapy to recover from this loss to the “slapd*cks”, as they like to refer to us! Lol!!!

  6. UK Big Board Update
    1:22 pm November 27, 2016 Permalink

    Stoops beat a top 15 team on the road.

    Something Petrino hasn’t done in his entire career.

    • dshwildcats
      1:55 pm November 27, 2016 Permalink

      UK Big Board Update,

      Another thing I’ll never have to hear again from the Louisville fans after yesterday’s game: “Petrino doesn’t lose to the slapd*cks!”

  7. jaws2
    7:08 pm November 27, 2016 Permalink

    Dear 502CodeRed,

    Weren’t you the one calling us ‘Slapdicks’ prior to this game? Looks like we slapped it in your face ALL DAY Saturday!!
    I’m sure you’ll spend the next 364 days pulling yours in your mommy’s basement!!

    Oh, Happy Holidays!!!!