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Cats Can’t Finish in the Red Zone, Fall to the Vols 49-36

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If I told you Kentucky had 635 yards of offense against Tennessee, you’d probably think it was a close game.  You’d be wrong, thanks to Kentucky’s red zone offense.

The Cats had only two touchdowns in six trips to the red zone.  In those six trips, the Cats came away with just 23 points.  Those numbers are inflated by a late 4th quarter touchdown. When UK got inside the ten, they only came away with six points.

The turning point came with five minutes to go in the third quarter.  Benny Snell could have put the Cats within four points with a touchdown.  Instead, he put the ball on the ground inside the 10 and put the game out of reach.

Injuries plagued the UK defense.  Jordan Jones left the game for good with back spasms; Chris Westry, Derrick Baity, Denzil Ware and Josh Allen all missed significant time.  Even so, they were destroyed by Josh Dobbs and Alvin Kamara.  The two combined for 266 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Once again, Kentucky’s trip to Neyland Stadium is one that is best forgotten.


Article written by Nick Roush

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

11 Comments for Cats Can’t Finish in the Red Zone, Fall to the Vols 49-36

  1. notaprinceaking
    4:00 pm November 12, 2016 Permalink

    Terrible. Cant win games when you either fumble or kick Fg in the red zone. I wanted this bad, I hate TN. We have a bright future but we need a real QB. Hope Hoak or Clark take the reigns next year. Still hope for a bowl win.

    • KYcats11
      4:20 pm November 12, 2016 Permalink

      Hey bud shut your big mouth up. Stephen Johnson is not as a bad is y’all talk him up to be. Even if hoak was playing, would garret catch a perfectly thrown ball, or bone on that crucial drive. That being said, I am excited about clark, but don’t put this on stephen. We put 36 points up today. I guess it’s stephen johnsons fault for our D allowing 49. My biggest takeaway from this game is injuries. And how valuable Jones is to our team.

  2. Tej
    4:20 pm November 12, 2016 Permalink

    Johnson had some receivers who dropped catchable balls today that could have made a big difference.
    He threw for almost 200 yards and he ran for nearly 100. That should be enough to win. Defense gave up too many big plays.

  3. Cmart0907
    4:27 pm November 12, 2016 Permalink

    Back to the basics! Coaching and play calling. UK had Sooooo many missed tackles it was pathetic. No way in hell would I kick a field goal on the 3yard line. Playing NOT to lose instead of playing to WIN!

  4. BluKudzu
    4:55 pm November 12, 2016 Permalink

    You score 36 points, you should win the game, not lose by two scores. Just an observation. Defense looked pretty bad.

  5. notaprinceaking
    5:00 pm November 12, 2016 Permalink

    There’s a reason Johnson’s not throwing the ball in the Red zone over the middle to Conrad or any other receiver. He can’t make consistent short throws. I am proud of him stepping in and making plays this year, but going forward, he’s not our answer for starting an unless they work miracles in spring practice on his release.

    • EdC
      6:52 pm November 12, 2016 Permalink

      I stopped counting the number of short balls that he threw that actually were accurate but they was no zip on them at all and defenders were all over the receiver. I can’t tell if he just can’t throw the ball with velocity or if he chooses not to but when you give good defenders a chance to get on top of the receiver you are making the receiver’s job a lot harder.

  6. Rixter
    5:08 pm November 12, 2016 Permalink

    Hold on. Cats gave up FORTY-NINE points, but they lost because of red zone offense????

    • BluKudzu
      6:03 pm November 12, 2016 Permalink

      Most brilliant observation so far. You don’t have defense, you will not be competitive with middle or upper echelon teams in the SEC. Down year this year in the SEC East, 3 of the 4 could have gone the other way.
      I will take the 4 we got, we are going to a bowl.

  7. UK Big Bored Update
    5:09 pm November 12, 2016 Permalink

    Same shtuff.
    Different season.