Even though they trailed by one, the Kentucky Wildcats still had a little magic in them with 44 seconds remaining. Everything that had to happen, happened.
Benny Snell’s 10-yard run got the Wildcats down to the Florida 25, setting up Austin MacGinnis for a 42-yard game-winning field goal attempt. At the end of the play, a yellow flag was on the ground.
“I was surprised,” Nick Haynes said after the game. “I didn’t think it was a hold, but I guess he thought something else. I mean, that’s all I can say about that really.”
The senior team captain was called for a hold that backed up Kentucky to the 45-yard line. They were able to get MacGinnis a little closer, but 57 yards was still too far. After the game Haynes still couldn’t believe it was called.
“It’s heartbreaking because you pour your heart out there in the game. They go down and score. You get a two-minute opportunity with 49 seconds left. You drive down the field and you get in position to make a fifth-year senior make a kick that he can make all the time, and then a BS call gets made and that’s just how the game ended. It sucks, but at the same time we gotta put it behind us and fight next week.”
The loss is not for Haynes to shoulder alone.
“I gave him a hug and said I love him because that’s not– that’s not one play that defines this game,” C.J. Conrad said. “It’s part of the game, it was just unfortunate timing.”
The timing stinks. The flag stinks. The loss stinks.