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Cats pull off the upset in second coming of Stevie Got Loose


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.


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? lamar2

I want to throw my laptop through this window next to me, drive to Louisville and talk endless trash to Cards fans.




Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

22 Comments for Cats pull off the upset in second coming of Stevie Got Loose

  1. jaws2
    4:46 pm November 26, 2016 Permalink

    Throw it Drew, come down, pull up a lawn chair and watch the Cards jumping off the 2nd st. bridge!!!

    Bring a cooler of beer and I’ll bring the Woodford!!!!

  2. Lip Man 1
    4:49 pm November 26, 2016 Permalink

    Didn’t think it was possible for them to pull it off…but they did. All congratulations must go to the players and coaches.

    When you think about the two games they gave away, this could have been a nine win team!

    Now let’s hope the basketball team can follow suit in a month and keep hammering Louisville where it really hurts.

  3. UK Big Board Update
    4:58 pm November 26, 2016 Permalink

    cats paw July 5, 2016 at 2:38 pm | Permalink
    Like It (0)
    fyi, i hate the cards but if you want reality they will kill UK in football and also win in basketball this year.
    save that one to copy/paste later big board!!

    • Bluebros
      12:00 am November 27, 2016 Permalink

      Ha! Nice

  4. CATastrophic
    5:25 pm November 26, 2016 Permalink

    MVP of the game: Whoever kidnapped Stephen Johnson and replaced him with Randall Couch. A very fine outing by young Mr. Johnson.

  5. Luether
    5:55 pm November 26, 2016 Permalink

    Superman met kryptonite today…

  6. herm89
    6:10 pm November 26, 2016 Permalink

    Really wish we could have four years of Johnson, or at least two years of him solidified as “our guy.” Hoping next year will be special though.

  7. UK Big Board Update
    2:33 am November 27, 2016 Permalink

    Stoops beat a top 15 team on the road.

    Something Petrino hasn’t done in his entire career.

    • WeareBBN
      12:25 pm November 27, 2016 Permalink

      Did not know that, nice find board.

  8. Big Kat
    6:47 am November 27, 2016 Permalink

    Is Boom ok?

  9. FunkyMonkey
    8:18 am November 27, 2016 Permalink

    the sweetness of this win still lingers,…

  10. kycats13
    8:43 am November 27, 2016 Permalink

    While this win is BIGLY the defense continues to do nothing, Louisville threw the ball to us and dropped it and gave it to the defense. If we had any defense at all we would be 10 and 2. Just say’n.

    • Mathlete
      9:26 am November 27, 2016 Permalink

      They’re the #1 offense in the country, 11 other teams struggled to slow then down including Clemson and Florida State. I’m not complaining, a win is a win whether it’s 6-3 or 66-63

    • Cruginator
      9:40 am November 27, 2016 Permalink

      kycats13 – quit the whining – sound like a little girl …

  11. UKfanman01
    9:22 am November 27, 2016 Permalink

    Why? The Cats pick up a huge win and you’re on here bit***** about what-ifs and coulda beens. They lost to Southern Miss and they lost to Georgia. They beat the teams they needed to beat this year, except SM, and won a game that was a 27.5 point favorite. Sh** happens. Celebrate the victory and stop crying or stop watching UK football. Just say’n

  12. buzzard
    9:47 am November 27, 2016 Permalink

    Congrats coach Stoops! That was an incredible game. It seemed like every player, played their ass off.
    Coach Gran called all the right plays. Stephen Johnson was the best player on the field. It’s a great day to be a Wildcat. GO BIG BLUE!

    • WeareBBN
      12:27 pm November 27, 2016 Permalink

      In fairness everyday is a great day to be a Wildcat……

    • buzzard
      12:56 pm November 27, 2016 Permalink

      true…but some days are better than others!

  13. BluKudzu
    10:51 am November 27, 2016 Permalink

    I doubt seriously Louisville, if they were in the SEC East, would post 7 total wins, given the performance of their last two games. You will post gaudy numbers when you play a weak schedule. Hardly Heisman, if you ask me. Jackson is no Bridgewater, and Bridgewater was more deserving than this poser.

  14. UK Big Board Update
    11:54 am November 27, 2016 Permalink


    – The basketball program was slammed by a scandal and consequently didn’t even get a chance at the postseason.

    – Basketball team struggles with ODU and loses a 22 point lead to Baylor.

    – The baseball team, favored to win it all, loses, at home, on a walk-off grand slam.

    – The football team gets off to its best start ever, then completely craps the bed in its final two games.

    • BluKudzu
      12:24 pm November 27, 2016 Permalink

      Just one more thing…..Lamar’s Heisman pose is without the football, right? How appropriate. The Heisman trophy has the football, in the cradle. You can’t make this shid up, only little brother can fail like this. Again.
      Great post UK BBU.