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5 notes from the press box following Kentucky’s loss to Auburn

Well, that sucked. A day that started with so much promise — actual football again! — slowly deflated over the course of the second half, culminating in a 29-13 loss to the Tigers. I was one of the lucky 18,000 or so people at Jordan-Hare Stadium to see it, so how about a few notes before I hop back in the car and head home?

1. The Chris Rodriguez call is not an excuse, but it really sucked

Anyone with eyes could tell that Chris Rodriguez scored a touchdown before the end of the first half. Unfortunately, the refs did not agree, and the call felt like it had a domino effect on the game; however, I’m not willing to use it as an excuse. Two plays later, Terry Wilson threw a pick six which was blissfully negated by a targeting call. Phew. Bullet dodged. Even after Auburn scored in the third quarter, Kentucky responded thanks to an eight-yard touchdown pass to Akeem Hayes. In an attempt to even the score, the Cats went for two points and failed, and from there, mistakes and bizarre calls started to pile up. After a big defensive stand at the start of the fourth quarter, Kentucky had to burn a timeout and then Terry fumbled it (if you can call simply dropping the ball a fumble). Missed tackles, blown coverage, a freaking fake punt when you’re down nine points. It just got worse and worse.

So, while it felt like everything went downhill after the Chris Rodriguez call — seven points on the board! — Kentucky had chances to turn it around. They didn’t.

2. No answer for Seth Williams, huh?

He killed Kentucky all afternoon, finishing with six catches for 112 yards and two touchdowns. This one was brutal:

Not the ideal debut for our man Bossman Fat.

3. Terry’s still got some rust

A lot of words will be written about Terry Wilson’s performance today, many of them not kind. I actually thought Terry looked good early on, going as far to tweet that he’d knocked off the rust with that 40-yard throw to Allen Dailey in the second quarter. Well, I was wrong. Terry had some really bad moments, and aside from a few long throws, stuck to dink and dunk throws that didn’t move the chains. Even though it was too late, it was nice to see Terry and Josh Ali find a rhythm late in the game. Still, a lot of tape to look at and correct heading forward.

Photo via SEC

4. More Smoke, please

Kavosiey Smoke got Kentucky off to a terrific start, rushing 35 yards for a touchdown on the Cats’ first series. But then he only had one more carry in the half. He had five more carries in the second half to finish with a team-high 62 yards, but still. Eddie Gran preached riding the hot hand, but that didn’t seem to happen.

5. The new normal is weird

Auburn allowed 17,500 students in the stands for today’s game, and if you thought it looked like more on TV, it looked like more in person too. Auburn attempted to get students to social distance by requesting they sit in spaced-out chairbacks, which sort of worked. The students were noisy at times, and were helped out on third down by piped in crowd noise. Still, it’s just…weird. I spent some time near the field before the game and that all felt normal, with the players warming up and students slowly filing in, but in the press box, it felt like I was watching a scrimmage. I’ll have more on Auburn’s COVID safety protocols and stuff tomorrow, but this will definitely go down as one of the oddest — and most frustrating — games I’ve covered.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

16 Comments for 5 notes from the press box following Kentucky’s loss to Auburn



  1. BowdenQB4ever
    4:22 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    Was this stoops most disappointing opener yet? The man has made not being ready for week 1 a program trademark over 8 seasons, but this may take the cake. Dude just gets outcoached week in, week out



    • JPGott2
      4:53 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

      This sucked because so many things led to it.

      1. 1st half TD callback

      2. Inability to throw anything down field. Bo Nick’s could do that.

      3. Terry looking rusty….or just looking like Terry. He is a Senior so I have a bit of expectations.

      4. Terrible turnovers at the worst moments.

      We have a lot of talent. We just have to use it with this O-line.



  2. Pensacola_Cat_Fan
    4:35 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    The offense looked lethargic and the lack of verticals throws continues to amaze me. The defense was decent/average but did nothing great.



  3. bigblue98
    4:38 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    This team has to have the ability to throw the ball down the field and at least keep a defense honest. Watching the second half (up until the last series) it seemed like screen after screen after screen. Don’t know if it lies at the responsibility of Gran for the call or Terry for the read but that has to change. If it doesn’t teams are going to stack the box with 8. I expect to see dramatic improvement next week with that, our defensive line pass rush, and defensive backs.



  4. Headhurts
    4:42 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    Can’t turn the ball over on the road against #8



  5. peaches76
    4:42 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    Ok. Different topic. Watching LSU. Does anybody really believe the attendance guideline was followed for our game?



  6. Big Sexy
    5:16 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    This wasn’t bad loss on the road to a better team. They need a QB. Wilson is just not very good. He hasn’t been since he’s been here and I was excited when he signed with U.K. It’s been 8 years Stoops. Time to get a QB if you want to compete with the best teams. It’s nice where the program is these days but eventually you’ll have to take it to the next level. A Really QB is needed to do that.



    • BowdenQB4ever
      7:07 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

      Stoops has built a nice foundation, but this is who he is. Should have brought in leach to use the talent we have now. Unless you have talent disparities like Alabama, you aren’t going to win in this league by playing conservative (scared) football. Gotta be aggressive and stoops/gran don’t have killer instincts.



  7. DoubleB65
    6:32 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    Tyler you are a joke. You know nothing. Moving on. Never mind. KSR is a bunch of kids wanting to be sports reporters.



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      7:22 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

      Not nice man. I have my problems with KSR sometimes, but that was over the line IMO.



    • Middy
      9:30 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

      Double Douche Bag



  8. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    7:19 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    Listening to the broadcast team was weird too. It was so obvious that Jordan Rogers especially was in his closet or something.



  9. crittermb1
    8:26 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    If Joey can’t play, can we at least see Beau. Wilson’s decision making is terrible and hasn’t changed from 2 years ago. Benny covered a lot of his mistakes.



  10. dukeisking
    9:06 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    No deep threat AT ALL on this team. RBs can’t get into a rhythm. I say try BEAU!!



    • Middy
      9:31 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

      Did we see all the receivers? How about Tae Tae… supposedly he can fly.



  11. dkcr96
    10:21 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    Auburn had the better receivers and the better qb today. Those are the 2 positions Uk struggles at. I think there’s hope on the backup qb’s, not sure there’s much hope for the receivers. I feel like they’re all 5’10 and the same