The Big Blue Nation needed a win yesterday in the worst kind of way. It is safe to say that a loss to Vanderbilt would have made this one of the worst weeks for Kentucky sports in recent history.
Lynn Bowden and the Cats had other ideas as they combined to run for 401 yards en route to a blowout 38-14 win on the road in Nashville. Here are the stories you need to start your day:
‘Eddie Gran Ol’ Opry’ offense was rolling
It is safe to say that Kentucky fans have a love-hate relationship with offensive coordinator Eddie Gran. There are moments that he deserves criticism, but at the same time, we need to give him credit when it is deserved. Yesterday, he deserves all of the credit.
Yes, Vanderbilt is not a good football team. Yes, he should have done what he did. What fans need to remember though is that a wide receiver is still playing quarterback and it was an SEC team on the road. Anytime you get 400+ yards on the ground and 500+ total yards, credit needs to be given to the play caller.
‘Cup Snake’ stole the show in the fourth quarter
With the game a blowout late in the fourth quarter, fans were finding a way to stay entertained. Vanderbilt is one of the handful of schools that voted to allow alcohol sales in the stadium this season. Cat fans celebrated like no one else would by collecting cups from around the stadium to create the ‘cup snake.’
Where were you for the cup snake game? pic.twitter.com/51qDi1AvpH
— Jamie Hutchins (@jameshutchjr) November 16, 2019
I am sure the staff that cleans the stadium after the game appreciated the help with cleanup!
Isaiah Jackson commits to Kentucky
Quite possibly the biggest news from yesterday was the commitment of five-star forward Isaiah Jackson. The prospect chose the Cats over Alabama and Syracuse.
Following the announcement of the commitment, our own Jack Pilgrim spoke with Jackson’s high school head coach, who had a lot of great things to say.
You can read the entire interview by clicking here, but one line that really stood out to me was when Jack asked him to describe the game of Jackson.
Jackson’s coach said, “He (Jackson) can knock down jumpers, he can make the right pass, if he gets a rebound, he can take it coast-to-coast, he’s not a bad ball-handler. Just an all-around player who loves to play defense.”
The commitment moved Kentucky to the nation’s top recruiting class for the year 2020. The scariest thing? It looks like there is a good chance that John Calipari and his staff are not even close to done.
UK Hoops wins at Virginia
While the Cats were taking the field against Vanderbilt yesterday, UK Hoops was on the road in Charlottesville for a road game against Virginia. Behind 17 points from Sabrina Haines and a double-double from Rhyne Howard, the Cats defeated the Cavs 50-47 to improve to 4-0 on the young season.
Tua Tagovialoa suffers season-ending injury
The most heartbreaking news from yesterday came out of Starkville. Alabama starting quarterback and projected top-three pick, Tua Tagovailoa, was carted off the field in the second quarter of the Crimson Tide’s win over Mississippi State.
Alabama released a statement late Saturday:
Tua Tagovailoa’s season is over. This sucks. From Bama ?? pic.twitter.com/y1Xx3H8Vtq
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 17, 2019
The scary part of the injury is the similarities to that of Bo Jackson. While they are hoping it won’t get to that point, it is still something that will always stay on the mind of the doctors.
Love or hate Alabama, you have to feel for Tagovailoa. He was on his way to a guaranteed top pick and millions of dollars in the NFL. Now, it is worrisome as to whether he will even be able to play the game of football again.
Other SEC Scores
- #4 Georgia 21-14 over Auburn
- #5 Alabama 38-7 over Mississippi State
- #11 Florida 23-6 over Mizzou
- #1 LSU 58-37 over Ole Miss
- Texas A&M 30-6 over South Carolina
That’s the news you need to start your day! Have a great Sunday.