Much like you, I am too excited to be doing anything but bouncing off the walls right now, but unfortunately for me and my current adrenaline rush, I am responsible for sitting down and typing words about what we just witnessed. So, please bear with me as I attempt to calm down and write some form of a recap. I hope you understand my current state of mine, and I assume you can relate.
Kentucky just upset Louisville as a 27.5 point underdog.
No one gave the Cats a chance against Bobby Petrino’s high-powered offense in the Pizza Box today. ESPN estimated Kentucky would win four out of 100 games against the Cards, and I can’t imagine there were too many people out there thinking Kentucky had more than a distant shot at the upset.
But that’s why they play the game, folks. Anything can happen, especially in a rivalry game, and Kentucky escaped The Ville with a three-point victory thanks to the leg of Austin MacGinnis. What a game. What an upset. Bye Louisville.
Stephen Johnson had a hell of a game.
338 yards and three touchdowns through the air and another 83 yards on the ground for Johnson. If I hadn’t seen it myself, I’d believe those were Lamar Jackson’s numbers. But no, Johnson put up his own outstanding stats in what was by far his best game as a Wildcat. He played damn near perfectly against the college football’s best QB and he deserves all of the love he is receiving right now from teammates, fans and the nation. Can’t stress it enough how well he played. He ran when he needed to run to keep drives alive and threw into some tight spots for some huge completions. Any doubt that he is “the guy” in Lexington just went out the window.
Austin MacGinnis is a killer.
Was there any doubt MacGinnis was going to put that game-winner right down the middle? After watching him stick a fork in Mississippi State earlier in the season, we knew the moment wasn’t too big for Big Kick MacGinnis. And he didn’t disappoint. Right. Down. The. Middle.
He won’t be getting much sleep tonight, if you know what I’m saying.
DO THAT HEISMAN POSE AGAIN, LAMAR!
Lamar Jackson will likely still win the Heisman, and he should, but how about that fumble??? Do the Heisman pose on Kentucky again, Lamar! Do it again!
Best player in college football with the ultimate choke job in the end. Louisville had that game won. It was over. Done. Then Lamar, Mr. Heisman Pose, coughed it up and pissed away the Cards’ win. Show us that pose again!
Benny Snell owes Jackson a Thank You card.
We can’t laugh at Jackson’s fumble without acknowledging Snell’s costly turnover to put Louisville in position to blow it. Snell, who has done so much for this team and set records in the backfield, almost lost the game for Kentucky. The offense was driving and milking the clock in a tie game, and he gave it up. It was almost another one of those “so Kentucky football” plays.
But to be fair, it was a really good play by the defender. He reached in there and stripped it out, taking my heart with it.
Dorian Baker continues to drop the routine catch and make the big catch.
Baker had yet another terrible drop on third down that was a real back-breaker to Kentucky’s momentum in the first half. We all screamed terrible things at our televisions; don’t pretend you didn’t. But then later in the game, Baker caught a 35-yard touchdown pass on third down to give UK a 38-31 lead with 14 minutes to go in the game. Redemption!
We’re sorry, Dorian.
Juice got loose.
Five catches for 164 yards and two touchdowns for Garrett “Juice” Johnson. Huge game by him and shout-out to Ryan Timmons and Jeff Badet for making a couple big plays in the passing game, too. Timmons and Badet had four catches each for a combined 102 yards.
The defense did just enough to win.
Louisville had 561 yards of total offense and 38 points, so it’s not like the Kentucky D was out there getting a bunch of stops and pinning them back. But the Cats did make the big plays at the right time, which was enough in the end.
That fumble helped, too. Thanks again, Lamar. Can we get one more Heisman pose?
I want to throw my laptop through this window next to me, drive to Louisville and talk endless trash to Cards fans.
SO FIRED UP RIGHT NOW!!!!