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Cats refuse to lose, fend off hungry Commodores

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A win is a win is a win.

BBN let out a collective sigh of relief last night as the Cats fought off a second-half Vanderbilt comeback. In Kentucky football fashion, the game went down to the wire. Ultimately, the Commodores could not pull off the road victory after four tries at the end-zone inside Kentucky’s 15-yard line deemed unsuccessful.

After a second SEC win, the Cats are starting to show signs of improvement.

Following the dramatic victory, an exhausted Mark Stoops said “I was smoked. You always want it to look easier, but we’re not built that way.”

Over at SECCountry.com, Kyle Tucker compared Kentucky Football to that old, beat up car in your garage.

“These Wildcats, now 3-3 overall and 2-2 in SEC play, are like a neglected old car whose restoration is happening in fits and starts because parts are hard to find. Every so often, that engine revs and you can imagine what it might someday be. But mostly, in the meantime, getting from Point A to Point B in one piece constitutes success.

So call it an ugly win for Kentucky if you want – aesthetically, that is inarguable — but it sure beats the alternative.”

Stoops was proud of his defense and the way they stayed the course. Even when momentum seemed to be swinging in favor of the Commodores, Stoops’ defense refused to concede another touchdown.

“You have to dig down and make plays to win sometimes,” Stoops said. “I don’t really care how it looks. Certainly I want to get a lot of things cleaned up, but I really am proud. I really was frustrated. It seemed like the ball was not bouncing our way again (but) our team overcame that.

“We can’t think negative, you can’t think it’s not going to happen. You just have to put your head down and go to the next play, keep on grinding and keep on working.”

The Cats will keep on grinding and keep on working into their bye week. A healthier and more confident Kentucky Football team should get Kentucky fans excited as we welcome the Mississippi State Bulldogs into Commonwealth on October 22nd.

 

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Article written by CWag

11 Comments for Cats refuse to lose, fend off hungry Commodores



  1. notmattjones
    11:41 am October 9, 2016 Permalink

    How many articles do we really need reiterating the win? I mean, it’s Vandy.



  2. KYcats11
    11:52 am October 9, 2016 Permalink

    Anybody here want Patty Ice back.



    • WeareBBN
      12:51 pm October 9, 2016 Permalink

      no, great kid and he loves UK but he is not a good QB.



  3. doubledribble
    12:22 pm October 9, 2016 Permalink

    Say hello to your new defensive coordinator, Mark Stoops. Mark has a full plate wearing 2 hats. I think D. J Elliot has been assigned the duty of cleaning the locker room after the game.
    ps:Towles was 11/22 for 91 yards with 1 interception and no TD’s yesterday against Clemson.



    • KYcats11
      12:25 pm October 9, 2016 Permalink

      Yeh but he was playing Clemson not vandy.



    • 206Bones
      4:42 pm October 9, 2016 Permalink

      What does that cleaning job pay…$500,000 or it is $600,000…I just got a couple of bottles or Lysol and a couple of new Brillo pads,,all set!



  4. derichgail
    12:44 pm October 9, 2016 Permalink

    you mean the same Patty ICe that couldnt get us in the endzone last year vs. Vandy?



  5. WeareBBN
    12:56 pm October 9, 2016 Permalink

    This was also Vandy refusing to win. The TE makes that easy catch and we lose again. Yes a w is a w but till we beat someone that matters I am not sold. As long as we struggle to beat horrible teams, see Vandy, USC and NMSU all at home I am not sold. When we lose to bad teams, see USM at home, I am not sold. When we don’t even try, see UF, I am not sold. USM lost yesterday to UTSA, WHO???? No idea but they beat USM and we did not.



  6. RealCatsFan
    12:58 pm October 9, 2016 Permalink

    I own two classic cars, and I think a better comparison for UK Football would be a Yugo. It bever was very good when it was new, and sometime you have to wonder if it is very smart to keep dumping money into it rather than sending it to the crusher and getting something else.



  7. Tej
    4:59 pm October 9, 2016 Permalink

    It’s easy to say “it’s Vandy” but Vanderbilt has a winning record against us the past few years. UK did what it needed to do to win and that’s what counts in the end. With a couple bounces our way on the punt fumble and the almost blocked punts, this would have been a bigger margin.
    Our running game is good but we have become one-dimensional. Johnson is a good runner and his scrambles have been effective. But his passing is suspect at best. We need Barker back. He is a passing threat and he is a good athlete. I can’t see us being successful against the remaining defenses on our schedule without a passing game.



  8. BlueDiz
    1:03 am October 10, 2016 Permalink

    So much good. Obviously Mark should be our defensive coordinator. That is his calling. Seriously the young defense is improving in front of our eyes. Pringle, Allen, Love, Brown, Miggins, all had great games. Who doesn’t love Jones and Snell on the offensive side? Obviously the SEC Marcus S. & Co. don’t know much about him. They failed to mention Snell and his contribution, which might be just as well for now.

    However, I worry about Stephen Johnson, as his throwing motion was totally messed up by the end of the 3rd quarter. Hinshaw needs to settle him down and shield him from the pressures. I do not see us going through 6 more games without a QB backup.

    Lastly, coaches please, please stop using the prevent defense. It never works for Kentucky. Everyone around me was hiding their eyes during Vandy’s last drive. We had little pressure on the QB using 4 men, primarily because none of our linemen have the speed to pursue anyone out of the backfield when they leave the pocket. Everyone wants a delay rush from at least one defensive back. Fans do not know as much as coaches normally, but the prevent defense allows the offense way too much time. Any QB with time will eventually score on you.