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CATS WIN! First SEC road win since 2009

After an amazing first half, it looked like the second half woes were coming back to haunt Kentucky; however, the Cats pushed through and got their first SEC road win since 2009 and first road win since 2011, beating the Gamecocks 26-22. It was awesome, it was scary, but ultimately, it got us one step closer to bowl eligibility.

Stay tuned all night for plenty of coverage. And…

CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES COME ON!

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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67 Comments for CATS WIN! First SEC road win since 2009



  1. Deez Cats
    11:10 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

    Kentucky Proud!



  2. UK3K
    11:10 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

    Old Kentucky football: Lose to SCAR on a last-minute play.
    New Kentucky football: Win against SCAR on a last-minute play.



  3. Where's Drew?!
    11:12 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

    Waiting for the post about “The Kentucky Football Happened”. We are 2-0. Please don’t be one of THOSE fans (if that’s even the correct word for those people).



  4. buccocc
    11:12 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

    Awesomeness. F Spurrier



  5. AdmAckbar
    11:12 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

    The game probably aged me 10 years in the second half. But it feels so good to survive and win.



    • CATandMONKEY
      11:34 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

      It was a trap!



  6. SCCat
    11:14 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

    I thought we’d have a bit more of a shootout but I was on board for KY by 10 from the get right – so happy right now. Big turning point for the program



  7. Kyblue34
    11:15 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

    Wow, great road win for the CATS! I’m beyond proud! But, good grief this coaching staff needs to figure out how to play with a lead…



    • Rixter
      11:25 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

      As exciting as this win is, that really is troubling…especially since Stoops emphasized it on his way off the field at halftime.
      But to their credit, they moved the ball at the end to run out the clock
      GO CATS!



  8. Catcasey
    11:15 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

    Best win in a long time



  9. Catfaninlongbeach
    11:17 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

    The next step in the program. We may not get to the same place we are n hoops, but we will be respectable.



  10. Shelby
    11:17 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

    Somebody needs to have a talk with shannon dawson; this ain’t WVU; this is the SEC! You don’t go conservative with a lead–you put the pedal to the metal! So proud of these kids tonight–great red zone defense; huge plays by the offense on that last drive.



    • Kat308
      11:26 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

      they do need to learn to play with a lead but I truly believe he’s the reason we are so improved and have a lead to protect.



    • The Rest of the story
      9:42 am September 13, 2015 Permalink

      Dawson’s play calling the first half was terrific. Two streight holding penalties killed the Cats first 2 series the second half. SC sold out to stop the run and Dawson did not make any adjustments to it and the offense stunk up the place. He finally put Boom back in late in the game and his big runs got the win thanks to the interception. Dawson has just got to be faster in making in game adjustments. Cats are getting better but keep in mind this was not a real good SC team.



  11. dom
    11:17 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

    THAT was awesome! Rough second half but they pulled it out. Way to finish CATS! BBN let’s cherish this one!



  12. Daniel
    11:18 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

    I CAN’T WAIT TIL NEXT SATURDAY!!!!



    • Charles
      10:00 am September 14, 2015 Permalink

      I am going to have about 20 GAYtor fans in my house. I hope and pray that we can beat the GAYtors for the first time in 36 years while they are at my house.



  13. JW
    11:18 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

    Kyblue34, great point. Big confidence building win, but the coaching staff does need to learn game management. Kentucky might be 3-0 after next week,



  14. Joshua
    11:18 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

    Big blue proud.



  15. Worm
    11:18 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

    I’m proud of this team, they changed the pattern that has cursed the program for years, they have winning players that can beat anyone! Coach Stoops got in there ass in the forth qter, Shannon called the right plays even with Patrick having a nervous breakdown, go big blue! Awesome game!!!!!



    • The Rest of the story
      9:46 am September 13, 2015 Permalink

      Nervous breakdown? Look at Pat’s passing he was very good. Dawson would not let him throw the ball the second half and had he I am sure that SC defense loosens up on the line to open the run back up. Nothing wrong with Pat last night.



  16. Mad Max
    11:18 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

    I missed this game! Wife signed me up to work a fundraiser.

    Followed on game cast, but it never said how we went from 24 to 26 after sc scored their last touchdown. Someone help!!!

    • They went for 2 and fumbled and Denzil Ware picked it up and ran the other way for 2!



    • matthew
      11:22 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

      Ware recovered fumble on USCjr’s 2 point conversion attempted and ran it all the way back.

    • SC went for 2 that is.



    • MattBPoole
      11:23 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

      SC fumbled 2 pt attempt, Ware recovered and took it to the house



    • Ben
      11:23 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

      Ware stripped the ball from Cooper on. Two-point cover soon and ran it all the way back



    • ThatDudeJake94
      11:23 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

      Hey man, the Cats forced a fumble on the two-point conversion and Denzil Ware ran it back for two points for the Cats.



    • JCCATS
      11:23 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

      South Carolina went for two, fumbled, and Denzel Ware took it all the way back for two points our way.



    • TheC3K
      11:24 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

      SC fumbled on their 2 point conversion attempt and we ran it back for 2 points.



    • bluemoonofkentucky
      11:24 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

      they fumbled on 2 pt. conversion AND we rumbled 97 yards for our own 2 pt. conversion. Play of the game!! go cats

    • Lots of folks glad to help answer after a win! 🙂



  17. BtownUKFan
    11:19 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

    Great great win for the cats !!



  18. Buck Naked
    11:19 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

    Tennessee (LOSS) + Louisville (LOSS) + Kentucky (WIN) = Very Good Saturday!!!

  19. Thank goodness for the 2 point run!



  20. Defense!!!
    11:23 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

    Quit talking about Towles and Dawson and give some praise to this defense that has been put down for much of the off-season. For a team that is all about offense and how that needs to carry us to multiple wins in shootouts, it was our defense that held SC to field goals on four red zone attempts and forced a fumble on a 2-point conversion that lead to the two points that won the game (SC play calling would have been very different if we were tied or up by two).

    Great job, Cats!



    • CATandMONKEY
      11:31 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

      Pleased with end result. Never questioned Towles. Glad to see him run again. He should do it more often.
      Offensive play calling in the first half was fantastic. Third quarter calls deserve every bit of criticism that was posted .
      Cannot argue with final result.
      Chester was right on. This was a program – changing victory.



    • Old Coach John
      11:32 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

      Absolutely and Amen! Defense wins football games and I’ve been saying that since Stoops got here. And it was the DEFENSE that won this football game. One quick suggestion for the offense, why can’t you score in the 2nd half? Two wins and two second halves with almost nothing to show. What’s up Mr. Offensive coordinator? HOWEVER, OUTSTANDING win Kentucky. Be proud, be very proud! GREAT job and hats off to the defense. Keep up the good work and the effort.



    • J-Dub421
      11:32 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

      The defense was stellar in the second half. Westry and Ware are everything I hoped they would be. Quinn played well, and Stamps and Forrest were awesome as usual. I just blanked on his name, but #22 was spectacular all game.



    • BigBlue
      3:15 am September 13, 2015 Permalink

      J- Dub #22 would be Khalid Henderson, awfully good for a “back up” couldn’t imagine Flanigan playing much better than he has thus far.



  21. Game 2
    11:24 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

    Great win!!! 1st halves of both games shows what this team is capable of. Still learning and building, players and coaches, but love the way their grinding. Go Cats, beat them gators and we’ll be half way to a bowl game!

  22. I’m so happy I’m going to celebrate with some ice cream!



  23. JCCATS
    11:25 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

    Unbelievable effort by the defense in the second half. Offense left them on the field for what felt like the ENTIRE third quarter and they stood tall in the Red Zone. Can. Not. Wait. for next Saturday.



  24. J-Dub421
    11:26 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

    Way to go Cats!!! They about gave me a heart attack, but I will take the win all day!



  25. Rixter
    11:32 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

    I can live with Stoops explanation of the second half… He just said they’re young, not yet used to winning, and they got tight.



    • J-Dub421
      11:35 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

      They got it done in the end when it counted. I don’t care if it’s pretty; I’ll take the win any way we can get it.



  26. Mathlete
    11:33 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

    Good to see others giving the defense their due! They’re saving our bacon week in and week out so far! Those red zone stops were HUGE in the second half and somebody needs to get Westry the game ball for that pick! The future’s so damn bright for this team and I’m so pumped about that II feel like I could run through a brick wall (OK, at least 25-30% of that is the bourbon talking but still)!



  27. Mark Liptak
    11:36 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

    I’m happy they somehow hung on to win but that’s two weeks in a row the offense went into comatose mode in the second half and almost blew a comfortable lead.

    It’s got to change or it’s going to start losing games for them sooner rather than later.



  28. Steady
    11:39 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

    Will Spurrier mention out punter? Jokes aside, he was not good.



    • wallywildcat
      12:15 am September 13, 2015 Permalink

      He hasn’t mentioned the UK Punter in a couple of years. 😁



    • The Rest of the story
      9:52 am September 13, 2015 Permalink

      Our punter did a terrible job giving SC great field position every poor punt till that last one when he finally hit a good one.



  29. Andy
    11:40 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

    It was pretty clear SC was defending the run well. Why not mix it up with a few pass plays? Our offense looked brain dead in the 2nd half. We had 92 yards total in the 2nd. In the last 4 minutes the offense decides to show up again. This is a bi polar offense for real and hope everything is okay with Horton. We coulda used him more out there.



  30. CatsfaninFL
    11:47 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

    Those blaming Dawson have no clue on the game of football. When you have a 3 possession lead and the oppositions QB is out you absolutely play conservative. Had the refs called the blatent hit out of bounds or our offensive line not held on first 2 posessions, it would have been entirety different game. O-line was massively outplayed in 2nd half and that was the difference.



    • CATandMONKEY
      12:28 am September 13, 2015 Permalink

      No. 2nd and long, third and long…you do NOT play conservatively. The only time to play conservatively is when playing otherwise could lose the game on one play. We did not have a single first down in the third quarter. First half play calling was superb. Third quarter was not. The stats do not support your argument.
      Agree completely about the out of bounds hit and the O-line issues.
      You play conservatively when you are in the Super Bowl and a pass play could cost the game…whoops.



    • Andy
      1:21 am September 13, 2015 Permalink

      These cats have to understand they need to put their foot on the opponents neck. Playing too conservatively can allow the opponent to get back in the game. These past 2 games are an example. Need i say more?



  31. Gowcats
    11:47 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

    Spurrier was on the verge of a breakdown in the after game conference. A win is a win, and all the better on the road, but we have to learn how to finish. Congrats on the win Cats!



  32. Good win
    11:51 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

    Still not sold on towles. But winning on the road in the sec is probably the hardest feat in college football. Congrats



    • CatsfaninFL
      11:58 pm September 12, 2015 Permalink

      He was 21-29. What else do u want? Walking on water?



    • good win
      12:00 am September 13, 2015 Permalink

      the majority of those passes were slide screens. I could throw a slide screen



    • Ima Dumbas
      1:00 am September 13, 2015 Permalink

      I’m still not sold on Apple. Not sure if Warren buffet is all he’s cracked up to be either.



    • The Rest of the story
      9:55 am September 13, 2015 Permalink

      Towels did everything he was supposed to do. Great stats he was just not given the chance to throw the second half.



  33. CatsfaninFL
    12:05 am September 13, 2015 Permalink

    So now it’s on him to call the plays? He threw a perfect bomb to Badet. Honestly game plan in this one was short and simple and he did it well.



    • CATandMONKEY
      12:34 am September 13, 2015 Permalink

      These people calling for Towles to be replaced deserve nothing but derision and ridicule.
      Good observations Catfan in FL. I disagreed with your opinion of conservative play calling in a previous post but you are on spot with you other comments.



    • cig107
      4:03 am September 13, 2015 Permalink

      Truth CATandMONKEY!



  34. Kim Donaldson
    1:23 pm September 15, 2015 Permalink

    Congratulations on the victory Saturday. Your team has definitely brought back the fun of football to weary fans!!!! I am so glad to see your dedication finally pay off.