Last night was a tough pill to swallow for Kentucky fans. For the second time this season, the Cats had a team beaten at home only to see it slip away in the second half.
Mark Stoops’ team had a 13-0 lead in the first quarter before failing to score again, which was topped off by a Tennessee goal-line stand in the closing minute and a half.
With the loss, Kentucky falls to 4-5 on the year and will have to win two of the next three against Vanderbilt, UT Martin, and Louisville to become bowl eligible. Here are the stories you need to know to start your day:
Lack of a passing attack hurts once again
I love Lynn Bowden. Personally, I would be fine if they put the statue up of him ahead of the game against Louisville to end the season. While that might be a little premature, Kentucky fans should be willing to do anything for him.
Some fans seem to be very critical of his lack of a passing attack. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t disagree, but at the same time, we need to remember that he is a wide receiver playing the quarterback position. What more can we honestly expect from him? This guy has put his body on the line week in and week out and has helped put the Cats in a position to win most games.
With all of that being said, I think that Eddie Gran should look to varying up the offense a little more by using Sawyer Smith. In the second half, Tennessee began to stack the box and it led to Bowden not having as much success moving the football.
If it is only for 10 plays a game, Smith needs to be in there at some point to keep the defense honest. We obviously don’t want him to pass all 10 times, but varying up the offense has to happen. The defenses of Vandy and Louisville aren’t great, but when you’re one dimensional, it can really help.
Lynn Bowden’s message to the fans
If I’ve said it once, I have said it 1,000 times. Lynn Bowden deserves everything from Kentucky fans. I could go on and on about just that.
After the game, Bowden tweeted out the following message:
To the fans that are true blue I thank and love y’all but to the ones that down talk a bunch of college kids but claim to be our fans go be a fan at another school
— Lynn Bowden Jr (@LynnBowden_1) November 10, 2019
I 100% agree with this. What Bowden is making reference to is the presumed group of people who went to tweet at him, or his teammates, after the game saying things like, “you stink,” “you blew the game,” etc.
Why people find the urge to take out their frustration by directly sending a message to a player, I will never understand. Especially when everyone has the ability to come to our website and post in the game thread your frustrations. I understand being in the moment and annoyed, but tweeting at players – unless positive – should really never happen.
Josh Allen returns to Kroger Field
One of the highlights of Saturday was former Kentucky star Josh Allen making his first return to Kroger Field. The current Jacksonville Jaguar took part in the Cat Walk and on the field festivities during his team’s bye week. Always good to see them come home!
SEC has a rough overall day
- Western Kentucky defeats Arkansas 45-19
- #10 Florida defeats Vanderbilt 56-0
- #2 LSU defeats Alabama 46-41
- Ole Miss defeats NMST 41-3
- #6 Georgia over Mizzou 27-0
- App. State over South Carolina 20-15
LSU over Alabama proved to be the biggest storyline for the day with an exciting game. For those fans of football, you definitely had a lot to enjoy from it.
We have to give a special shoutout to my alma mater for defeating Arkansas to get to bowl eligibility. What a great win for the Hilltoppers!