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A Brutal Loss Extends A Brutal Losing Streak

David Stephenson | AP

David Stephenson | AP

David Stephenson | AP

Tonight was tough.

It was tough to watch.  It was tough finding optimism.  It was tough to see the ridiculous hype amount to very little production on the field.  It was a sloppy game, filled with flags, drops and missed opportunity after missed opportunity.

Despite all of the awfulness.  Despite less than 250 yards of offense and only eight completed passes.  Despite the opening drive interception, Kentucky still had the ball with 2:26 left, three timeouts and a chance to win the ball game.

Unfortunately, Kentucky didn’t take advantage of the golden opportunity.  If the Cats had played just a little bit cleaner, if they had been just a little more opportunistic, we’d be having the Grove St. Party of the century.

Instead, it’s another year of waiting to finally get a win over Florida.

A Similar Start

Last week at South Carolina, Dorian Baker dropped a first down pass that was put in his bread basket.  Two plays later, an interception.  On a first down in tonight’s first drive, Dorian Baker made a move to get open on Vernon Hargreaves in the end zone.  Patrick Towles put it in his bread basket, but Dorian dropped it.  Two plays later, an interception.

Six points.  Kentucky lost by five.  There’s much more to why UK couldn’t find a win, but it’s just one of the many opportunities the Cats missed that they could not afford to miss.

The Drive the Cats Died, When They Should Have Thrived

The third quarter was once again a low-light of the game.  Florida was taking advantage of exceptional field position, using momentum to drive it down the Cats’ throat.  Florida was up 14-3 and running away with the game, until JD Harmon made another HUGE interception.

Harmon gave the stadium a spark it desperately needed.  Patrick Towles made a miraculous run on third down to get into Florida territory.  After a 15-yard Florida penalty and big run from Jojo Kemp, Kentucky was suddenly on the 5-yard line as the 3rd quarter came to a close.

Unfortunately, nothing happened.  Seven plays, most of them runs, and not once did they come close to the end zone.  The stadium was ready to explode, but the momentum reached a stalemate when they settled for a field goal.  An opportunity they could not afford to miss.

The Offensive Playcalling was Questionable

I hate throwing the coordinator under the bus, but goodness gracious.  There was a large portion of the game where one could wonder if Patrick’s arm was hurt because they absolutely refused to throw the football.  To make matters worse, the runs were boring and uncreative.  Just when you thought they might setup a play-action for a deep ball, they ran it again.  It.  Was.  Brutal.

“I gotta do better,” Shannon Dawson said after the game.

It would be a disservice to the offense to not commend Florida’s defense.  The speedy pass rush caused the pocket to collapse early and often.  Vernon Hargreaves played like the best cornerback in the country.  The players catching the passes weren’t helping the QB either.  They weren’t dropping balls left and right, but they certainly didn’t make any plays either.

Regardless of the reason, UK cannot expect to win when the offense plays that poor.



Will Grier Looked Like a Superstar

The redshirt freshman didn’t look like he had never played on the road.  He made some exceptional throws that were impossible for UK to make a play on, which only looked better when his receivers made great catches.  Kentucky sacked him twice, but his juke stick made them miss so many more.  He finished the game with 125 yards passing, and led the team in rushing with 61 yards and a touchdown.

But the Defense Showed Up

Florida was most successful after the Cats had played 5-6 seconds of great defense.  The receivers were defended well and pressure forced Grier out of the pocket, but that’s where he made his money.  The first touchdown of the game was a 4th and 1 scramble on the goal line; one good angle away from a HUGE stop.  They did manage to make a stop in the red zone shortly after.  A chip shot field goal was pushed back on a 5-yard penalty before C.J. Johnson swatted it away.  The defense kept them in the game, and Kentucky wouldn’t have had a chance without JD Harmon’s end zone interception.

It’s Only One Loss

That was tough for me to type.  It’s tough for me to believe.  This losing streak has been tough on the BBN, but at the end of the day, there’s a lot of football left to play.

This year’s game felt different.  There was a hype, an expectation that we could finally get it done.  At the end of the day, they’re still Florida and we’re still Kentucky.

The loss stings, but this loss won’t define Kentucky’s season.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

72 Comments for A Brutal Loss Extends A Brutal Losing Streak

  1. ukcats42301
    12:38 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

    I’m sure a lot will laugh at this but I think if we even had a Mike Hartline at QB tonight we would have won. His accuracy no doubt was better than #14.

    • ukcats42301
      12:43 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

      Hartline career stats: 523/855 61.2% 38 touchdowns 25 INT
      I’m not saying he was Peyton Manning, my point is if #14 had Hartline’s accuracy we win the game tonight

    • Gandolf
      7:25 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

      I listened to the game which allowed me to analyze the game from a better point of view. Folks it was apparent that when Dorian Baker dropped his first pass AGAIN that blown opportunities were going to be the difference. I would suggest not throwing to him until the game is a little further along. He is a great receiver but apparently is too nervous early in the game. Also when the run is not working why don’t we throw it. ‘ Air Raid’. Noooo.

    • BluKudzu
      9:14 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

      5-7, losing to Louisville, again.
      This is an overhyped, bad football team, plain and simple. Florida was the last SEC team we had a chance at this season, except maybe, Vandy, MAYBE!
      To win in the SEC, you must have a dual threat talented QB, with a powerful and accurate arm. You need a defense that will neither bend or break. You need outstanding line play on either side of the ball. And, for all that is holy, you must have receivers that can catch and make plays.
      This team can’t beat mid level talent in the SEC or anywhere. This team struggled against ULL. People wake up! We are still bottom half, if not worse in college football in many categories against sub standard teams thus far this season.
      We certainly do not have the talent to win, and we do not have the coaching staff to get us there. It seems every other coaching staff can make adjustments throughout the game, but ours can’t.
      This game exposed every weakness we have as a team, and will be exploited the rest of the season. It was done by coaches that are expected to win, not by coaches being paid to try and win. Big difference.
      Last night was a complete disaster. It was a big recruiting event that was wasted, flushed right down the toilet.
      You can bet the Hype Machine will be working 24/7 for the rest of the season to make people think we have a chance. We do not. We just don’t.

    • Sunshine Pumper
      11:30 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

      Shame on you, BluKudzu, for stating reality. That type of thing is not welcome here! Only unicorns and rainbows! You MUST be a troll! You’re not a real fan! Buy tickets! Support the team! Sunshine!

    • Rainmaker
      12:32 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

      The Florida game exposed Patrick Towles inability to read defenses and think on the run. 3 ot the sacks could’ve been avoided,,,,the one at the end of the game was a choke job, I saw Barker play in high school he had a very average line and made things happen, The only legit college player he had was Cam Fogel, If he doesn’t get a shot soon he may transfer,,,,,,,,there are a lot of schools that need a QB,,,,,,We only scored 9 on a florida defense who gave up 24 to East Carolina,,,,,while Towles was out in California with his QB coach Barker was on the phone recruiting the first good class for Stoops,

  2. catfan4life
    12:43 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

    I don’t agree with the “won’t define our season”, because I think it will. I think it already has. People understand this team has the look, but it doesn’t have the qb or offensive coordinator to make it happen. We don’t even try to use the tight end. It is either run the ball or throw long and they are almost always short or to the side. For goodness sake why does UK always try to run the ball. Jerry Claiborne proved you can’t win SEC by running the ball. Other coaches have tried it as well and all of them saying, “we have to establish the run”! Well no, they don’t have to run. All the have to do is have an effective pass game augmented by an occasional run, but never, never on first down.

    • Catsfan58
      1:09 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

      Don’t blame the OC, he’s handicapped by having Towles at quarterback. Even when he completes a pass it’s almost certainly because the wr made the play happen. The only problem I have with the staff is that they didn’t at least try barker when it became obvious that Towles wasn’t going to get the job done which was pretty early in the game. I don’t know if barker would have done better than Towles but I know Towles wasn’t going to get the job done so you might as well try something different to give yourself a chance to win.

    • Gandolf
      7:28 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

      Perfect Pass to Dorian Baker early = Dropped=Loss

    • Sunshine Pumper
      11:33 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

      One perfect pass the entire game. The rest were over or under thrown. We’re lucky he didn’t have 10 interceptions.

  3. Now You Know
    12:47 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

    I don’t get it. PT did the same as Grier tonight on the stat sheet. Nearly the absolute same. Grier is called a superstar, but PT needs to get a whole lot better. We just couldn’t close it out as a team. We kept breaking down when we should have did our jobs. Hell,we are putting all of this on the heads of late teenagers and early 20 year olds. Not everything will be perfect, but I think we did great against an SEC team. Our defense held off an SEC offense. Honestly, if we were in an easier, less brutal conference, Kentucky would not be a bad football team at all. We just have to get through these few seasons of growing and continue to support them. Our fans are delusional sometimes. Last year they were calling for Ulis when Harrison was still winning games. I mean sure, he may not have been perfect, but did we not go 38-0 before it was all over? Was Harrison not the leader of that team? Nothing is good enough for our fans. We love to blame and throw our players under the bus. We gotta stop doing that and continue to show up and support our team. They will get better. The issue with football is if one person, just one person, messes up, the entire play is usually ruined. You’re asking 11 people to do their job perfect, and that’s not going to happen in college football with a team that’s still building. Florida was even far from perfect. But let’s admit it, they had a wonderful defense. We had a wonderful defense. They didn’t allow touchdowns, we did. That’s all there is too it. Beat Missouri.

    • Probably Not
      12:53 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

      ECU went up and down the field at the swamp on that great defense. One of their touchdowns was provided by a Towles int on one of many poor throws.
      And for the basketball part we were only 38-0 because we play basketball in the weak SEC and they did not give out a title after 38 games.

    • Sunshine Pumper
      1:03 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

      Thanks for playing, sunshine. We blew it. There’s no excuses. We just lost to the worst Florida team in two decades. It won’t be getting any easier. Grier will be a thorn in our sides for years to come.

  4. Angus
    12:51 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

    Our QB could not hit a pond with a rock…

    • elderly fan1
      2:19 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

      …couldn’t throw a BB in a silo or hit a bull in the butt with a bass fiddle. And what’s with this ugly faded blue color? Do we want to be North Carolina? UK blue is ROYAL BLUE, not faded out sun bleached blue.

  5. Elmer and Mildred Skaggs
    1:04 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

    We are season ticket holders for 85 years dating back to Dick Harpoonian. We have seen it all and this game is just like 95% of all UK games we attended

    • Darrel Thomas
      2:55 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

      And Coach Stoops was given a golden opportunity tonight to keep filling the stadium and retain maximum fan support, Coach Stoops, you blew it. You blew it big time. You were unprepared.

  6. MustangCat
    1:07 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

    Watched Towles 30+yd bootleg several times now. SMH! Can he not see??? He breaks into WIDE OPEN FIELD, has 3 – THREE blockers around him, and ONE defender off to the side! And he turns and runs to the defender?????? He has an EASY TD, and does THAT?!? Can’t figure out what he saw? Made no sense at all! Why would he do that? Why not use your blockers??? Unbelievable.

    • DesignatedDrinker
      1:20 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

      Yep. People talking about his passing on here, he literally turned left away from his lineman and ran to the defender. Also, 2nd and 7, down 5, 90 seconds and 70 yards to go and we ran to the right. I thought Dawson was bringing excitement and creativity. We had zero creative plays called in 60 minutes at home against a 28 year streak. For all the Stoops love, this loss is on the coaches. Biggest game of the year, barring 9 wins or more. Still love the Cats, but the coaching on the field needs to be better.

    • Joe D.
      2:12 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

      That bummed me out as well. Perhaps that worked in high school for Patrick but not vs. Florida.
      Too bad… another lost opportunity in a game of lost opportunities for the Cats. We lose, learn and play the next play. Hopefully we are learning enough fast enough to get back in the win column.

      That play bummed me out as well….although I had hoped Patrick would start to use his feet more often before that play developed.
      Perhaps Patrick’s move on this play worked for him in high school but not vs. the gators
      Hope the lessons from this loss can be learned effectively and quickly. Go Cats. Still a lot of football to be played.

  7. catfan4life
    1:11 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

    Dawson said he has to get better. Well, he is supposed to already be better. That was why he was hired to be better, but he isn’t. So far his play calling is terrible. Time for him to really pick it up.

    • Gandolf
      7:33 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

      Perfect pass to Dorian Baker for a TD to set the the tone for the rest of the night dropped again by him.

    • The Rest of the story
      9:05 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

      We have a head coach in training, an OC in training, and a fan base that is parting ways with with this team and the total BS that was displayed last night. This game was ALL on the coaching and no one else. Towels is benched in the 3rd qtr. by any coach trying to win a game he just will never be a good QB. Running play after running play right up the middle for 2 yds will make you 3 and out the whole game. Again UK has struck out with another failed coaching hire unless something happens soon. I like Stoops but this may have been the worst coached game I have seen against a very mediocre team that will lose a lot of games. This shows for all that UK will never catch up with the rest of the league when it continues to have such poor preparation for a very winnable game and that my friend is all the fault of coaching. Amazing that the defense is the best thing about this team.

  8. Brian Toms
    1:12 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

    Same ol bullshit.

  9. ukcats42301
    1:25 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

    another thing that has been evident all year so far is that our competitors seem to make adjustments during the game and at the half while we seem to make none. The defense can not defend EVERY type of play something has to be there,Tonight I believe Towles could have run several times, a long way, you do that enough times and florida has to back off their pressure a bit. I dont pretend to be a coach but I think the quickhitter passes at the line would have been successful because of the penetration Florida’s DLine was getting

  10. jwa
    1:40 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

    Folks it just doesn’t get any easier than that. Florida gave us a prime opportunity to beat a conference foe and we blew it. There’s not a snowball’s chance in haties that this team is even close to competing against the likes of the tops dogs of LSU and Ole Miss. This coaching staff is bengals 1.0. They are just happy to have a close game and nothing more,

  11. Bluebros
    1:50 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

    I’m pissed we lost this game and there is no excuse. Lousy on offense! Coach picked Towles as the best QB that UK has but that isn’t saying much

    Yes, there were dropped passes but most of the throws were pretty bad. As a red shirt JR, Patty has gotten pretty close to his ceiling. If he doesn’t have “it” by now, its most likely not going to come anytime soon. I just don’t see flashes of an SEC qb… I want it soooo bad… Towles has the look and he talks the talk. He is such an outstanding representative of UK and I want him to succeed so badly. Its just doesn’t look like thats gonna happen.

    I can only imagine that Stoops is worried because his tenure at UK will be defined by Towles. He is the projected starter for the rest of the games this year and next. If Barker couldn’t win the job or even make it close enough to have a 2 qb rotation, I’m worried about our future. Patty and Drew make up the next 4 years of UK football.

    I believe if a Woodson was on this team, UK could win 8+ games. There is solid talent on defense and you can see the improvement. The WR’s are solid and BOOM is a a legit SEC back. QB is the big rock in the shoe for Coach Stoops.

    You can sign all the recruits you want but if you don’t have a serviceable QB in the SEC, you’re gonna sit at the kids table.

    Say what you will about UK football fans sucking BUT its the football team that has to earn the respect. We’ve sucked for so long and been pumped full of hot air every year. We’re tired of “progress” that doesn’t even keep up with the bottom of the league. I’ve spent too much time and money on this below average product on the field.

    Wake me up when its worth watching. 29 years……..

  12. ukcats42301
    1:55 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

    last comment. I did not like the team’s demeanor starting our last drive. We have a chance to go down the field an win but after 1st down players are just walking around like there are 14 mins left in the game not 2. 30 something seconds ticked off between 1st and 2nd down. i just wanted to see a team whose attitude was we’re going to take this ball down the field and win this game!!!!!!! Instead they were just kind of like let this game be over with. I know this wasn’t the case but I just didn’t like their body language, then you have mental error after mental error, false start, Towles takes his 20th sack of the game to make it 25 yards for a first down etc,!!! FRUSTRATING

    • Gandolf
      7:34 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

      At least now we will get to see D.Barker

  13. kytrack
    2:24 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

    The worst qb in the SEC, without a doubt. But we have a good coach and decision maker in Coach Stoops, who is still unable to make a decision in 6 quarters to try someone else.

    • Bluegrass
      10:40 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

      No Jeremy Johnson is the worst QB in the SEC. I agree Towles doesn’t have what it takes but it could be worse.

  14. Overit
    4:31 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

    I give up. I get really tired of the hype and no follow thru, I won’t watch anymore this season it’s is just straight up embarrassing. I mean really you can’t win one or two in 29 tries, not one!!!???? I am done, I won’t waste another 3 to 4 hours of my life watching that crap. Embarrassing. Someone needs to tell stoops what a time out is.

  15. Blake X
    4:57 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

    The game of football is won in the trenches, which happens to be UK’s weakest point year in and year out. It’s simple: upgrade the offensive and defensive line or continue to lose.

    • KES
      8:05 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

      we tried, sad that our 5 star d-lineman recruit is so fat he cant play

  16. Bigbluedrew
    5:25 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

    I made some disparaging remarks about our defense after week 1, which I must now retract They played a whale of a game tonight. Too bad our offense is so UNPREPARED. Patrick is a great kid but he is not a dynamic playmaker nor is his accuracy sufficient to be a consistent winner in the SEC. As for our offensive coordinator I am Ina quandary. He is calling a very basic game because A. He doesn’t have any confidence in our quarterback to make a play or B. He really has no imagination. I am HOPING it is A. That said trying to protect our QB from exposure simply puts him in positions demanding he make plays he is not capable of. When you go six quarters without a touchdown obviously something isn’t working. The O C needs to either work out a scheme that puts Patrick in better situations to succeed or change QBs. Running up the middle 2x and putting QB in a 3 and 10 or 12 ain’t it. I counted 6 times tonight where that happened. Also that flanker screen needs to go, nearly a pick six on 3 occasions. This offense reminds me of the one that got Phil Fulmer fired at UT, run off tackle , 2 types of pass, flanker screen or deep ball. Not very difficult to defend. 5 plays to score from the five yard line consisted of 4 unsuccessful runs and a pass that everyone in the stadium could see coming. Come on guys we are paying you dudes millions of dollars for that!!!!!

  17. Well
    6:24 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

    Matt was right – when Kentucky loses, his audience quadruples.

    Thank$, hater$!! 😉

  18. Old White Guy
    7:28 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

    Grove Street Party!!!! Grove Street Party!!!! What an effing joke. Can we shut the @#$% up about a Grove Street Party? Acting like we had already won the game, earlier in the week. DAMMIT. Same old UK football. Celebrate AFTER you win. Towles, go get a truck tire and some rope, also a tree limb. Throw the ball through the opening in the tire. Over, and over. Baker, please wash the butter from your hands.

  19. Steve
    7:29 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

    Towles is not the man. Time and time again last night Jeff P. on the radio broadcast team said PT should have seen something coming and made a change or when you roll out to right beyond the tackle you throw the ball away and don’t take a sack. (that was a huge sack and eventual 3 and out at mid field in the 3rd quarter) Why do we have Towles? Jared Lorenzon was his coach and Jim Bunning is his grandpa. Might have a strong arm but weak mind. No football smarts. No pocket presence. Rarely if ever checks off his primary receiver. Throws behind receivers a lot. He is not a leader . Patty Ice freezes in the big games. Why did they not pass more? The coaches don’t trust him. Remember the winning drive of the ULL game was all run plays. It is time to stop drinking the KSR kool ade because they are all in love with PT, or at least his hair. This team may not win with Barker but I know it will not win with Towles. The Hair Bear Bunch did not have it, and he usually doesn’t, let’s see if Barker does.
    As far as putting this on late teens and 20 year olds, the other teams are playing the same age players. Jeff P said that Florida only has 6 seniors on scholarship. The only bowling this team is doing is at Ten Pin Lanes.

  20. Dano
    7:41 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

    Dawson took the heat for poor leadership and execution on the field. For most of the night our passing game stunk due to poor O line play and Towles inability to understand that you cannot hold the ball while waiting for your hair to grow. It is the QB’s job to check off and decide which play should work against the D he sees at the line. The last drive sums up his game. Throw behind Badet on 1st down. Throw behind Badet on second down. A sack he CANNOT take on 3rd down, false start (for once not on Swindell) , and a 50 yd pick when we needed 27 on 4th down.

    Baby seals club this O line. Just like last year. Towles makes bad decisions and holds the ball too long. Just like last year.

    Thank you Coach Dawson for not driving the bus over your team, but this one is on the O line and Patrick Towles.

  21. Sp
    8:17 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

    Game was over for me in the first quarter. I haven’t had that “here we go again” feeling this season, but dropping a pass in the breadbasket in the endzone > INT > easy TD sequence made me say “here we go again”. May need to reevaluate where this team really is after seeing South Carolina get curb stomped by Georgia.

  22. Tired Ex-fan
    8:19 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

    Terrible play calling. Terrible QB. Terrible O-Line. Terrible execution. Terrible.

  23. J-Dub421
    8:23 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

    Where was Taco Meat?

  24. Good News - Bad News
    8:23 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

    The good news is Stoops isn’t going to be able to set up to a bigger program after this season. The bad news is he’s not a very good coach. Sure he’s a good recruiter, he’s a good salesman, but he’s proven over and over he’s not a good football coach. Very few coaches are doing less with more like he is.

    • smackdab
      10:39 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

      I’m not real sure about that. all year long i felt like we were a year away. I think he’s ahead of schedule, and if not right on schedule. Plenty of programs would/will be interested in him, and he’s doing a great job with the defense. It’s a combination of the QB and the offensive coordinator that is hurting this team right now. Don’t go throwing stoops out the door just yet…

  25. Unbelievable
    8:29 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

    Nick Roush wrote this in his opening paragraph: “It was tough to see the ridiculous hype amount to very little production on the field…”

    Hey dumb-ass, you created that hype. LOL. When is the Grove St. Party?

    • Old White Guy
      9:01 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

      Exactly. This site is the one making the hype. Like Waka Waka guy. Raising money to get some rapper to do a concert before a game? Seriously? Let’s concentrate on winning, and cut out the circus bullshit.

    • Sunshine Pumper
      11:45 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

      Um, sorry, buddy. We are liberals around here. We don’t take responsibility for our actions. It’s George Bush’s fault.

  26. Jon
    8:30 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

    First a vanilla offense from Brown, now one from Dawson. We’re three years in to a plain jane offense, and I think it’s because Stoops is in the offensive huddle dictating play calling. He may not be calling plays, but he’s calling run/pass. Tonight harkened back to Bill Curry days the play calling was so predictable.

    • Blue_Elvis
      11:07 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

      Couldn’t agree more. I never want to hear the words “Air Raid” again in relation to UK football. Take down those stupid sirens down and send them to the flea market. We were out-coached in every aspect of the game. I hope their twinkle toes QB tries to run against some of the top 5 SEC teams. He will become dog meat. It reminded me of a high school game. It looked like Bill Curry with a shot of Joker. What a cocktail of suck.

  27. SinceStollField
    8:31 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

    Great job by the defense in giving us a chance to win last night. After awhile, it felt like the defense had a better chance of scoring a touchdown than our offense. Through three games, our qb has completed 51.7 percent of his passes, including 45.5 percent in the second half and 40.7 percent in the fourth quarter, has more interceptions than touchdowns and has yet to throw a touchdown pass in league play. It’s not hard to see our passing game has to get much, much better.

  28. bankerbh
    8:32 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

    Too many bad parts don’t equal a good team. Start with the o line and coaches. Swindle was burnt all night long and there were zero adjustments made to helping him out. No back in the backfield to chip at the guy who just ran around swindle….no tight end lined up next to Swindle to slow down the guy getting ready to beat him. Towles ran for his life. Good job coaches on those adjustments. PT does not have the accuracy needed at this level. Good thing we have him the next couple years. Receiving corps was inept when it came to the big moment. To sum it up, last night’s loss looked like every other big moment loss when this over hyped team laid an egg. By the way, when is Stoops going to get called out for his poor clock management? Wonder what he’s doing with those time outs he left the game with? His lack of calling a time out before FL punted cost the team valuable seconds and put too much pressure on an offense and QB who are incapable of stepping up to the moment.

  29. Echo 1
    8:37 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

    The fans did their job. The defense did its job. It sucks that Dawson and Towles are incapable of doing their job.

  30. Doug
    8:52 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

    Lets face it… This was the season. Had the hype and the hope. Sold out stadium, recruits watching the game and the offense doesn’t show up. Time to move to basketball. Same old UK football. This is what $165 million dollars gets you… Awful…

  31. Wildc8ts
    9:22 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

    Shannon Dawson was very pedestrian. I don’t know which Witchdoctor put the hex on him that he was forbidden to use tight-ends, or to throw routes across the middle of the field, but we need someone to exorcise that demon. Maybe a back out of the backfield. Even Playstation has some of these simple plays.

    Dorian Baker is becoming the new Kelenna Azibuike. “Looks like Tarzan. Plays like Jane.”

    Took too long to call plays from the sideline. While Towles was stamping his foot and pretending to look the field over, before looking over and getting the ACTUAL play from the sideline, Florida shifted their front and walked their safeties up to go 8 and 9 deep in the box. Or was I the only one noticing this? I mean, am I the only fan coach? Beause none of our paid coaches saw this.

  32. E. Spurlock
    9:30 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

    Wow, i’m really disappointed in a lot of the people commenting on here. a couple of quick things: Grier did not look like a superstar last night. He looked rattled, and by the third quarter he either hurt or holding his side. And yes the hype was silly after the South Carolina game. People were talking like we were already the team to beat in the SEC east. It heightened expectations and was based on a lot of wishful thinking and some genuine progress on a tough road win.

    But people go on and on about BBN as the best fan base in the country. When i see comments like these, I think it’s the worst. It’s the worst example of fairweather fandom. A lot of us have no use for a team when they start to lose. We throw them away. If we stood by a team even when they struggled, they might find the strength to pull it together. But instead we stand there like it’s the Roman colliseum and point our thumbs down when we judge it to be a poor performance. I wish fans like that would do what they say they were gonna do and really quit watching. Just go ahead and turn the TV off and stay off the internet. Quit bringing this bad juju in here. If you’re really supporting a team, you’re there through all of it because you believe in the program and want to help it succeed. We’ve created an environment in Commonwealth Stadium where as soon as we lose a game, we throw a temper tantrum like a petulant child and then start up with the ‘i knew it, i knew it all along’ BS.

    Weve got to go back to Sports 101 and learn that it’s not all about winning. Winning’s nice, but it’s more important to realize that we’re there to support the team.

    • Wildc8ts
      9:58 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

      That’s just ridiculous. Entirely. Look, we didn’t “just lose a game.” We “just lost a game” last year, in Gainesville. Did you not observe a noticeable pride in that loss? Why was that? It was because we didn’t look poor in the game. We gave them big shots. We took big shots. We looked like we belonged. We looked like the next step had been taken, regardless of the loss.

      This game was atrocious. We looked inept, from preparation, playcalling, and execution, playing a less capapble Florida team, and this time on our field. The fans have EVERY right to be critical, because if we had even half the effort we gave last year, we win this game. Period.

      Your last paragraph is asinine. If it’s not about winning, then how about we fans just support YOU getting 3 million per year to coach. You can lose away, but, so long as we’re there to support you, it’ll be a great experience for everyone.


    • Sunshine Pumper
      11:54 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

      Spoken like a true “everybody wins” liberal. Get that BS outta here. I expect excellence from all of UK’s teams. Anything less is a disappointment. If you don’t play to win, you don’t need to play at all. Just because UK football has sucked for ages doesn’t mean it has to suck now. Our coach is being paid a lot of money to win games, not to “make everyone feel special.” At least we have a better record than Louisville, but they are gonna stomp us this year if we play like we did last night.

  33. UKfaninSC
    9:48 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

    BBN…. This game, although it sucked. Is not the end of our season. We have a very beatable Missouri team coming into town next week. Then EKU. And then a Auburn Team which has looked pretty terrible too. Now is not the time to quit on this team. We are still sitting at 2-1 with a very good chance to make a bowl game. BBN its time to rally behind these guys and #PACKCWS next week. One game won’t define this season.

    • Sunshine Pumper
      11:57 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

      Glad to see you still have time to get on KSR, Mitch. Good luck with that sellout thing. Maybe if we actually had a chance to win…

  34. Brett
    9:56 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

    I think you can blame the OC for the offensive break down not only in this game but every game this season. This is an offensive that is playing to not lose the game instead of playing to win the game. Neal brown took this offense with less talent on the edge, and scored thirty in the swamp a year ago,,, with patty ice. This year this team is playing scared. Scared to make a mistake and scared to lose the game, when you play like that you lose. On 2nd and 10 you don’t run a draw when they KNOW it’s a draw because you did it the last 5 times on 2nd and long. Bs play calling. Bs scheme. Go cats, beat Missouri

  35. Angela Hickey
    10:02 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

    In 2003, we moved to Florida to enjoy the fun and sun. One thing we did not leave behind were our beloved Kentucky Wildcats. It was hard to go to a home game but we made sure that the tradition would continue with our kids by cheering our team on at every away game that came close to us. In Alabama, we stood and cheered for hours on end to try to push our Wildcats to a win. The entire stadium stood and cheered for their respective teams. You could actually hear Go Big Blue throughout the entire stadium we all cheered so loud and so hard even though we were so outmatched both on and off the field. Win or lose you scream and stomp and chant from start to finish. That’s what True Blue Fans do. In Gainesville, amongst 90,000 gator fans (who by the way are LOUD and have some really cool school chants that they repeat for the ENTIRE game over and over), we stood and we cheered surrounded by orange. We were right behind the Kentucky bench as Stoops almost had a heart attack when the game was stolen from us. We almost had heart attacks as well. The entire stadium was standing and cheering for their respective teams. In South Carolina, the same. The entire stadium stands and cheers for hours. In Georgia, the same. The entire stadium stands and cheers for hours. Time lapse forward. We have moved back to our home Kentucky. We as a family make the investment in Season Tickets because we are so excited to stand and cheer for our Home team whether to victory or defeat. We are going to be there for them. It’s a beautiful cool Saturday night. We are about to play the biggest grudge match ever and my family stands to cheer and shout amongst our brethren. No more on the road surrounded by orange or crimson. We are standing amidst a sea of blue. It’s breathtaking. Almost surreal. Then, we hear a disgruntled voice … “sit down” WHAT?????? We hear it again. “You need to sit down!” Are serious??!!! On the road, no one sits down. My husband turned and politely informed him that he should be home watching the game from a comfortable couch if he wanted to sit down but we would be standing. And we did for the entire game!!! To my left there was a smattering of people who stood the majority of the game. Hardly anyone in front of us or behind us (which kinda made me feel bad standing in front of them … kinda) stood for any of the game except on 3rd downs. This is what is wrong with Kentucky Football Fans. We say we are True Blue. If that’s the case, get your butt up and yell it, scream it, chant it!!!! Why are you sitting on your butts and then leaving before the end of the game?! If you purchase a ticket in our stadium, it should be a requirement that if you wear blue then you need to act like a fan. Otherwise, give the ticket to someone who will and by golly don’t you ever tell me or my family to sit down at a football game. Come on Commonwealth become a contender!!!! If you enter the Swamp, you better bring your ear plugs. According to Saturday, if you enter Commonwealth, you better bring your seat backs. REALLY!!!!

  36. Ken Grizzle
    10:12 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

    Facts are:
    we played well enough to win on the defensive side of the ball.
    on the offensive side of the ball we didn’t play well enough to win.
    our quarterback is not doing a very good job executing plays.
    our offensive coordinator is not doing his job calling plays.
    our head coach needs to step back and re-evaluate.

    All the above can be fixed. I like our team Go Cats.

  37. smackdab
    10:15 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

    If it is 1st and 20, which it seems like it often is, you can count on one thing, UK is going to run the ball.

  38. Kyreds
    10:20 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

    All that stupid talk about 5-0 and going to a bowl game got inside these kids head! South Carolina is down this year! The SEC Teams are getting 4 &5 star recruits we are getting 3-4 & 1 5 star! Its a Basketball state always will be!!!

  39. smackdab
    10:23 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

    Towels is not shifty enough to avoid pressure, especially pressure the way it was last night. He’s a decent, well somewhat decent, runner once he gets a head full of steam, but other than that, if a team gets any pressure we’re done for. Besides not being shifty, he apparently can’t pick up a blitz, NEVER seen him throw to a hot route, or an escape valve. It is painfully obvious that he holds onto the ball too long. Coaches have some blame in this, but more for sticking with a sinking ship in Towels, idk what Barker has done to those coaches, but surely they can forgive him and let him play.

    Nevertheless, I’m still happy with what we’re doing this season. IN seasons past, all i ever wanted was a team that would have competitive games. At least we are losing in a much better fashion. The offense has became way too conservative. Zero touchdowns in 6 quarters calls for some sort of shake up. I still think we can beat MIzzou, but they’re defense is pretty decent also.

    As for UK’s defense, I love the progress we’ve made. You can tell that is coach stoops side of the ball. We’ve made a ton of progress and they kept us in the game last night.

    We had too many missed chances. Bakers drop in the end zone did not lose us the game though, lets just drop that idea. Towels could have turned that long run into a TD. And every throw he makes seems high, thats what cost us that first interception. Then late in the game, there were several awful throws. Just because he’s got a big arm, doesn’t mean he’s a good QB. Lets not waste this season.

    • Sunshine Pumper
      12:02 pm September 20, 2015 Permalink

      But… Towles has nice hair!

  40. roundball fool
    10:24 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

    Let’s keep this in perspective. Two steps up one step back.

    We’ve got work to do for sure. Play calling was questionable. Time management was also questionable.

    I’d like to see Patrick run it a little more or at least throw the ball away before taking another sack.

    Why aren’t our tight ends getting any passes?

    Go Big Blue!!!

  41. jayiron11
    11:29 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

    Wow. All the fans on here bitching and whining are the same fans that start the 40-0 talk every year. After the third game in the third season these idiots are ready to fire Stoops. Guess what you dipshits? Nick Saban aint coming to coach Kentucky. Be thankful that we have Stoops. I guarantee you that 90% of the people posting negative comments couldn’t distinguiah a cover 2 from a cover 3 defense. The UK fan base is sickening. Ita sickening.

  42. Rixter
    11:35 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

    The entire coaching staff, and all the talking heads say that Patrick Towles is head and shoulders better than Drew Barker. So, HOW BAD is Drew Barker? He must be atrocious! And HOW did so many people over-estimate this kid? He was supposed to be the savior of the program, now he’s clearly way below a below average quarterback like Towles?

    Maybe Stoops needs to concentrate on recruiting a top notch QB, if Towles is truly the best UK has.

    • Sunshine Pumper
      12:05 pm September 20, 2015 Permalink

      Well, we here at KSR sure were pumping sunshine out of Barker’s ass when he committed, but even we seem to never want to mention his name. Matt Jones seemed adamant about sticking with Towles on the post-game show last night. I guess Jim Bunning is paying everyone off to keep his grandbaby in the game. That, or Barker is just a moron that can’t learn the playbook. He is the same kid that thought it was a good idea to play with an air pistol on a college campus…

  43. jab
    11:54 am September 20, 2015 Permalink

    Towels is horrible

  44. catfan4life
    2:04 pm September 20, 2015 Permalink

    Angela Hickey, about that standing thing: If you want to stand all game long then do, but somewhere away from fans that don’t want to or can’t stand. Standing all game means nothing, it doesn’t mean you are a better fan than anyone else. Many people like myself can’t stand long nor do I want to. Stop being boorish and let others enjoy the game from their seats they paid to sit in!