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Today on KSR: Cats run all over Vandy; Move to one win from Bowl Eligibility

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.’

I am sure the staff that cleans the stadium after the game appreciated the help with cleanup!

Isaiah Jackson commits to Kentucky

Photo via 247Sports

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

(Photo via Casey Sykes | UK Athletics)

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.

For more on that game, you can click here for a full recap.

Tua Tagovialoa suffers season-ending injury

Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

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:

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.

Article written by Sam Gormley

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6 Comments for Today on KSR: Cats run all over Vandy; Move to one win from Bowl Eligibility

  1. J. Did
    10:12 am November 17, 2019 Permalink

    GO CATS! Thought Willie Geist from Sunday Today Show may have covered the Cup Snake but I think he was too embarrassed by the loss. We need to now see some KSR Bowl Prediction coverage. Current Google search of BOWL predictions notes BELK or MUSIC CITY.

  2. makeitstop
    12:01 pm November 17, 2019 Permalink

    Sam, ur right, people who blame Gran for the losses need to own up when he designs a great game plan. I’ve never hated Gran, and sometimes it was a missed assignment not a bad call that blew a play up, but I was pretty hard on him last week. This week, the game plan and the execution were as good as u could ask for. The man earned his check this year if he can get us through these next couple of games with performances like that and it’s all anyone can ask of him. And for those beefing about Saban leaving Tua in the game and getting hurt, give me a break, he’s a great coach, he’s not clairvoyant. I’ve watched football for 50 years and only seen 1 Bo Jackson like injury – u can’t wrap them in bubble wrap, injuries happen. Coaches get paid a ton to get heaping helpings of praise when they win and blame when they lose. Victory has a thousand fathers, and defeat is an orphan.

  3. 4everUKBlue
    12:35 pm November 17, 2019 Permalink

    I really hate what happened to Tua, he was so much fun to watch. Praying for a speedy recovery and continued success in the NFL. On another note, what a come from behind victory for Jalen Hurts after committing 3 turnovers, great game.

  4. syrin23
    3:14 pm November 17, 2019 Permalink

    Tua’s injury is actually worse than Bo’s as he also had a posterior wall fracture. Really sucks for Tua who seems to be fragile.

  5. notFromhere
    7:00 pm November 17, 2019 Permalink

    It’s not a love hate relationship. Some hate. Some love. The first don’t matter.

    He’s a coach doing the best he can with what he has. Hope they’re not all gone after this year or it’s gonna set us back back to the bottom and rebuilding in just a couple years.

    • notFromhere
      7:01 pm November 17, 2019 Permalink

      “UK fans” can be the program’s worst enemies