As the headline says, welp, that happened. I mean is there any other way to say it? If you would have told me this time yesterday that Kentucky would have accumulated over 550 yards of offense and scored 41 points, I am not sure I would have thought there was any chance Kentucky would have lost, but alas here we are. Let’s try to make some sense of it.
Kicking Continues to be an Issue
A major fear of mine entering this season was the kicking position. Last year, the revolving door of Matt Ruffolo and Chance Poore proved to be less than desirable. While the issue didn’t rare its head against Auburn, yesterday it did in the worst way as Ruffolo missed, albeit a long field goal, but also a critical extra point.
Before diving more into this, I have to address the tweet below. Every single fan base has this kind of fan and they are the worst. Don’t tweet at players if they make a mistake. Look, I wish he made the kicks too, but that is NO reason to make some of the comments that people did on his Instagram. As heads up, some of these comments are NSFW.
He missed a kick and this is how he’s treated? I love BBN more than anything, but we’re better than this. His value as a human has nothing to do with football. pic.twitter.com/FQsnqzMwlP
— Riley Welch (@Riley__Welch) October 4, 2020
With all that being said, head coach Mark Stoops did sound less than confident in his kicker saying, “We’ll continue to work Matt, we’ll work Chance. If we feel like Chance gives us a better opportunity, we’ll go with him.”
Anyone know a way we could get Austin MacGinnis more eligibility?
Offense Looks Really Good; Defense not so much
While it was a loss, yesterday didn’t provide all negatives. In fact, the offense looked pretty darn efficient. Chris Rodriguez, Terry Wilson, and AJ Rose all finished with at least 117 rushing yards and six touchdowns amongst them. Wilson didn’t pass a lot but was 14/18 for 151 yards when he did.
In fact, it was a historical day rushing:
Today, for the first time in the "modern era" (since 1946), Kentucky had 3 100-yard rushers in the same game.
— Corey Price (@coreyp08) October 4, 2020
This was all done without Kavoisey Smoke who was limited to only five carries after leaving early with an injury. If the field goal is made in regulation, a completely different story is being told in this post.
Now onto the defense. The front seven held the Rebels to an average of 3.7 yards per rush and accumulated 6 tackles for a loss. The secondary? Well, that was a different story. Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral torched them the entire game and made it look relatively easy. The Rebels accumulated for more than 300 yards through the air.
To say that the secondary has been a disappointment to this point this year would be a major understatement.
Mental Errors Kill Again
I say it a lot, but there are some things in a football game that you can control and some things that you can’t. One thing you definitely can control is playing smart.
That brings us to the AJ Rose run on the first play for the Kentucky offense. I know for a fact that many coaches teach to run through the back of the endzone and hand the ball to the official and THEN celebrate.
AJ Rose becomes another victim of stupidity. pic.twitter.com/BaTuoS5xr5
— Gem Drafter (@gemdrafter) October 3, 2020
You just can’t do that. To save us from all reliving the moment, I won’t share the clip of the fumble, because if you ask me it was a touchdown, but clearly, I don’t know what that is anymore.
Then, late in the third quarter. The Cats left only 10 men on the field for a critical third-down.
In the words of Gov. Andy Beshear, “you can’t be doing that.”
Lane Kiffin is cocky, but I love it
This is far from a popular opinion, especially after a loss, but I really do enjoy Lane Kiffin’s cockiness. After the game, the Ole Miss head coach told reporters, “I said it all week: We’ve just got to get to 1-0 and whether [the score] is 2-0 or 42-41, you’ve got to find a way to win. We did. We’ve got to send a Christmas present to their kicker.”
I know a lot of people don’t like Kiffin, but I do think he is good for college football. I truly do believe he enjoys playing the villain.
His gameplan yesterday was pretty fantastic as well. His up-tempo attack clearly had the Wildcat defense on ice skates for the majority of the game.
Mississippi State upset by Arkansas; other SEC scores
Remember when Mississippi State was turning into a trendy pick to potentially win the SEC West? Well, that bandwagon came to a screeching halt yesterday as Mike Leach’s Bulldogs were upset at home by an Arkansas team that won their first conference game since 2017.
I always love videos of locker room speeches and celebrations and this one was no different.
Do we believe? pic.twitter.com/llNBgWrI8G
— Arkansas Razorback Football (@RazorbackFB) October 4, 2020
Other SEC scores included:
- #3 Florida 38-24 over South Carolina
- #21 Tennessee 35-12 over Missouri
- #2 Alabama 52-24 over #13 Texas A&M
- #20 LSU bounces back over Vandy 41-7
- #4 Georgia 27-6 over #7 Auburn
Not a ton of surprises on what was a solid day for college football.
NFL Week Four Schedule
Week 4 of the NFL is finally here with COVID-19 cases starting to mount across the league for the first time. Josh Allen and the Jags pass rush should have a field day against my Bengals’ offensive line. Let’s just hope some of the Big Blue Wall can come help the Bengals next season.
Best Thing I Saw This Week
During COVID-19, I have tried to wrap up my morning posts with this category. This is just a video that made me smile this week. This post has a lot of negativity, as does the world, but we can always find a light in a sea of negativity.
This video isn’t necessarily funny but instead, mind-blowing. Have you ever wondered what a rocket launch looks like from space? Me either, but now I do, and I love that I watched it.
What a rocket launch looks like from space.
Ok, this is way cool… pic.twitter.com/tqEriH4UCb
— Rex Chapman?? (@RexChapman) October 3, 2020
That wraps up your morning post for today. May your NFL team win (unless you’re a Jags fan) and your fantasy team have success. Go Cats!