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Answers to Three Questions Burning the BBN

Proof Snell did carry the ball, via UK Athletics.

Proof Snell did carry the ball, via UK Athletics.

Proof Snell did carry the ball, via UK Athletics.

What Happened to Benny Snell?

After dominating defenses all year, Benny Snell only had 7 carries for 43 yards, and those touches didn’t come until late in the first half.  Eddie Gran explains:

“We were just trying to get Boom started.  We couldn’t get started.  We couldn’t get started.  It didn’t matter what we were doing there at the beginning.  I tried to get Boom when they were playing zero-coverage to pop one, which he has all year.  That’s why he’s averaging 7.1 yards per carry.  We were trying to get him to the second level to make a big play.

Then Benny came in there and he had a couple good runs.  After that it was just so inconsistent, and then we started playing catch-up.  Then we got away from what we usually do.”

What Happened on the Onside Kick?

Many wondered what in the hell happened to Austin MacGinnis on the onside kick.  Turns out, it wasn’t MacGinnis, it was Miles Butler.  Mark Stoops explains:

“We miss-hit it. I wish Austin could have kicked. Austin, to his credit, fought through some things this week with his leg. It was not the same injury, something that he had carried over from the Louisville game. Nothing major. Nothing we need to pry into.

Miles just miss-hit the ball. So we felt like we had three timeouts left. I was conversing with Coach Eliot, whether we’d kick it deep with the timeouts and stop or go for the onside. We wanted to see what the look was. We tried to hit the dead spot. If you get a funky ball, you can get the ball. If not, you’re going to pin them on the 30 if you kick it deep.

Anyway, with the way Austin’s leg was, they may have gotten to the 30 anyway. Tried to get to the dead spot, but he just miss-hit it a little bit.”

Why Did Baity Blitz?

Kentucky needed a stop on third and medium to get the ball back in the offense’s hands with about two minutes to play.  After two successful run stuffs, Derrick Baity sprinted into the backfield on third down.  Justin Thomas found a wide open receiver, erasing all hope for UK.  Here’s what happened according to Mark Stoops.

“Late in the game, our guys were getting antsy. We had to get aggressive on the perimeter. They were milking us through the middle, they were getting soft. We were putting our guys on the quarterback and the dive. We had to handle the perimeter. We told them to be aggressive once they saw the option get away, not to blitz it.

We have a call that we do that, but that’s in desperation on the goal line. Just made an aggressive mistake. It was just a mistake.”

Article written by Nick Roush

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

14 Comments for Answers to Three Questions Burning the BBN

  1. Ridge Runner
    5:03 pm December 31, 2016 Permalink

    At least I comprehend the last 2 answers…

  2. Ridge Runner
    5:08 pm December 31, 2016 Permalink

    My question is… why didn’t our larger offensive line not dominate the line of scrimmage?

  3. bosshogg24
    5:30 pm December 31, 2016 Permalink

    Our players can’t overcome the bad coaching by the staff who have been responsible for at least 4 of the 6 losses this year. If you UK offered 10 million dollars it couldn’t hire a good OC. When it it is 3rd and 2 with 2 of the best backs in the SEC you don’t roll out and try to pass and fumble the ball, you run the ball. When you are on the one yard line you don’t use a small bench warmer back, you use Snell. A good staff doesn’t wait until it gets down 20 points before it tries to pass.

    • UK Big Board Update
      5:36 pm December 31, 2016 Permalink

      Won 7 games and beat Louisville on the road.

    • UK Big Board Update
      5:36 pm December 31, 2016 Permalink

      Anyone see Petrino’s epic collapse this year?

      15 NFL Draft picks and a Heisman winner, and ZERO National Titles (let alone CFP) to show for it…. 🙁

    • rickwhitetx
      6:59 pm December 31, 2016 Permalink

      Good grief! I do believe that you people would complain if we won the College Football Championship by 3 points. We lost to Southern Mississippi with an epic collapse in the first game of the season. At that point I thought we’d win, maybe, 2 games all season. We won 7, had a winning season (not a .500 season, a winning one), beat Loserville, won 4 conference games, went to a bowl game. The program is progressing, moving forward. Stop complaining.

  4. DelrayCat
    6:30 pm December 31, 2016 Permalink

    I actually agree with the assessment that Gran’s offense is not very good. Too simplistic and predictable. Bennie is clearly the best RB of the three and should have been, at a minimum, splitting carries with Boom. Why not play them together?? Boom also could have been used more effectively as a receiver with his speed. 7 catches all year for Boom is pathetic. Actually the entire receiving corps stats are beyond pathetic. Sorry guys but we need a better QB or coordinator who knows how to deisgn an effective passing attack. Balance is the key. GT just keyed on the run and brought up safeties daring SJ to throw.

    • DelrayCat
      6:33 pm December 31, 2016 Permalink

      I just went through the ESPN stats for the year. Our receivers caught a total of around 150 passes. EVERY SINGLE OTHER SEC TEAM caught 250 or more as a team. That is poor scheming and too run dependent.

    • UK Big Board Update
      6:36 pm December 31, 2016 Permalink

      Did you factor in how many passes we dropped?

    • WeareBBN
      9:54 am January 1, 2017 Permalink

      Did you factor in the Oline can’t give the qb time to throw and SJ, when given time, is not very accurate. Gran adjusted the offense to what we were good at and hopefully the Oline will improve, they are young, and we find a qb that can throw. If we do you will see an explosive offense.

  5. kentuckybackupplayer
    7:07 pm December 31, 2016 Permalink

    any season UK finishes .500 or better is a good year.

  6. Not Dan Issel
    8:26 pm December 31, 2016 Permalink


  7. 2thepoint
    8:38 pm December 31, 2016 Permalink

    Before the season started Gran and Stoops said they wanted to ‘balance’ between run and pass. I knew then it was run, run and run. I agree Snell should have been the featured player today, especially today. In my opinion Snell and Jojo are much better back than is Boom. Boom should be a receiver and either Benny or Jojo playing behind the qb. In fact I would have liked to see Jojo receive the snap. His year was wasted IMO. Snell should have had more carries in almost every game.

    I screamed at my TV many, many times for trying to run up the middle on first down, especially in the red zone. If they passed on 1st down I knew they were going to run up the middle the next play. Perhaps they had to protect Johnson, but failing to give Jojo and Snell more snaps than Boom was a mistake. In a bowl game you do anything you can do to win regardless of who’s feelings are hurt.

    • Luether
      11:28 pm December 31, 2016 Permalink

      This is not rocket science. If you’ve got a guy who can throw and guys that can catch, that’s what you do. If you’ve got guys who can move the ball on the ground, that’s what you do. Duh…