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Dak Prescott pours it on in an ugly loss in Starkville



Over the past three years, Kentucky fans have conditioned themselves to find the positives when it comes to football. It’s a process, right? Sure, we may have lost to such and such team, but they were more talented. Yes, that one hurt, but look at the growth! The SEC is tough, but as always, just focus on recruiting!

Tonight, my friends, I am failing to find the silver linings. Kentucky went to Starkville as a 13-point underdog, but lost by double that, 42-16. Simply put, the Cats got whipped. Dak Prescott moved the ball at will and Kentucky’s offense once again made too many errors to stay in the game. Whereas in 80% of the games in the Mark Stoops era, we’ve been able to point to some kind of positive, there’s nothing worth taking away from this loss. It was that bad.

Grab another drink and let’s go over it.

There was no answer for Dak Prescott

From the get go, it was clear the Cats could not stop Dak Prescott. Mississippi State’s senior quarterback threw for 348 yards and three touchdowns and ran 117 yards for three more. SIX touchdowns, but at times, it felt like more. Dak might as well have been throwing to his favorite receiver in the backyard, because the Cats failed to pressure him for most of the game. Dak’s offensive line deserves a lot of credit, but they should also turn around and thank UK’s defensive line, who was sluggish and inefficient. With Melvin Lewis out, it was Matt Elam’s time to shine, but he seemed blinded in the headlights. Elam finished with one tackle. Cory Johnson stepped in to help and got eight tackles, but Dak and his offensive line were too much for UK to handle.

Too many mental errors on offense

The defense had its worse showing of the year, but for all the mental errors they made, the offense didn’t do much better. It was all so promising at the beginning. Boom Williams moved the ball easily down the field and Patrick was putting the ball in the receivers’ hands; unfortunately, more often than not, they dropped it. Dorian Baker and Garrett Johnson had huge drops that stalled drives in the second quarter, the latest in a series of gaffs by the offense that is quickly becoming defined more by their shortcomings than their accomplishments.

Stoops was forced to ice his own kicker



The turning point in the game? UK was down by four with the ball at the end of the second half and was poised to kick the field goal to cut the lead to one, but Mark Stoops was forced to call a timeout to avoid a delay of game penalty. Therefore, Stoops inadvertently iced his own kicker and MacGinnis missed the next attempt. From there, Mississippi State outscored Kentucky 28-6. After the game, Stoops told Tom Leach he wished he had gone for it on the play, but “if ands and buts were candy and nuts, it would be Christmas every day.”

After a Patrick Towles interception, Mississippi State scored two quick touchdowns, and even though MacGinnis kicked a field goal to give Kentucky three more points, the damage was done. 28-13 Bulldogs.

The second half was worse

Kentucky is 0-20 when trailing at halftime under Stoops, and they certainly lived up to that stat tonight. Dak continued to have his way with the Cats, who looked completely gassed. For the eternal optimist, there were slivers of hope: Mississippi State missed a field goal and Kentucky put together a decent series only to shoot itself in the foot by more dumb errors. The blame on this one goes to Ramsey Meyers, who was called for a personal foul when he punched a player. If that wasn’t bad enough, Kentucky dug itself out of that hole just in time for Jordan Swindle to get called for holding. MacGinnis got Kentucky its last three points on that drive, but judging by Kentucky’s effort and demeanor, the game was over.

The most telling sign Stoops thought the game was over?

Drew Barker went in

Barker went in with seven minutes and change left. The Barker supporters cheered with glee until the redshirt freshman threw a pick on his fourth play from scrimmage. Whatever quarterback controversy existed was quickly quashed. After the game, Stoops said it was good to see Drew get some time, but there wasn’t any hint of a quarterback change. Hate on Patrick all you want, but his play wasn’t even close to UK’s biggest issue tonight.

If pressed, there are three positives from this game

  • Chris Westry picked off Dak Prescott in the second half, Dak’s first interception of the season. I don’t think Westry knew it at the time, but he kept Andre Woodson’s SEC record for consecutive pass attempts without an interception safe at 325. Good job, young one!
  • The young guys got some play at the end. Sihiem King showed flashes of brilliance, racking up 31 yards on 3 carries late in the fourth quarter. Alexander Montgomery also looked good. This was all against Mississippi State’s second string, so take it for what it’s worth. I’m stretching here.
  • Possibly UK’s toughest test of the season is over with. Hopefully they will bury it and move on.

Where do we go from here?

That’s the question every UK fan is asking right now. Most will joke “basketball season,” but the loyal fans amongst us have the right to be perplexed by tonight’s performance. While there has been undeniable progress under Stoops — recruiting, facilities, record — the program still manages to shoot itself in the foot time and time again, a troubling pattern the program just can’t shake. In two of its three losses, Kentucky had a legitimate shot to win, but failed to capitalize. Program-defining upsets were on the tee for the taking. Tonight? Kentucky just crapped the bed.

At the time, the wins over South Carolina and Missouri felt great, but looking back, were they? South Carolina is so bad Spurrier left and Missouri just lost to Vanderbilt. The same can be said for any “marquee win” during the Stoops era. Suddenly, that game at Vandy on November 14th isn’t looking like a gimme. Given their effort against Alabama, I can’t even think about the Tennessee game yet.

The hard question I’m left with tonight? With mental lapses, questionable play calling, and glaring weaknesses, how much of this is “progress” and how much of it is making excuses?

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

92 Comments for Dak Prescott pours it on in an ugly loss in Starkville

  1. kyjohn
    12:46 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

    Good account of the game.Big question,where does UK get the two wins needed for a bowl game?

    • Old white guy
      2:46 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

      That’s a excellent question.

    • SEC
      7:06 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

      Mighty Charlotte is still on the schedule! UK schedules all these cupcakes to make a bowl game, but still can’t do it.

    • Ben
      7:59 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

      Are you a Louisville fan trashing UK’s schedule? Seriously? I’ve shat harder schedule’s than Louisville’s, and they’re still 3-4.

    • Baby shat
      9:02 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

      Both Clemson and Florida State are ranked

    • leon singleton
      11:04 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

      Play Barker. Towles keeps the other teams offense on the field to long.

    • CATandMONKEY
      11:13 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

      Leon, our defense allows the other team to keep their offense on the field too long.

    • BluKudzu
      11:43 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

      FYI, Lil brothel has lost to 4 teams. The only team not currently ranked, that they have lost to, is Auburn. I would worry more about our next few games than their losses. In two weeks theor record will be better than ours, and when we meet they will kill us, again.
      UK is getting worse and our preparedness and in game coaching is humiliating. No special teams coordinator? What a stupid move. We are awful, and if this humiliating play continues, 5-7, and that is if we beat Charlotte.
      EKU was all I needed to know how bad this team is in every phase of the game.
      Mitch, no more raises, please! It makes you look like you are desperate. 4-9 since the last raise. If you want to spend big money on a coach, do it. Just get someone that has a freaking clue.

  2. holler Baller
    12:46 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

    Went in with positive thoughts but just standard KY football. Try to get 6 wins and be satisfied

  3. jw
    12:48 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

    The silver lining is that UK is still another 2 years away from being at the level they need to be at. Sure its frustrating, but at what point in this season has any of their performances indicated otherwise?

    • Reality
      9:13 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

      Ahhhh, the ole wait till next year dream…..seems Ive heard that b4.

    • rockatao
      12:54 pm October 25, 2015 Permalink

      people just need to relax. if you’re competitive against the SEC West, then you’re generally in the mix for a national championship. And we’re no where near that level. We just played a team that spent part of last year ranked #1 in the country, and returned by far the best quarterback in the SEC. It was worse than we had hoped, but it should not have been unexpected. UK will be able to compete at that level when, and only when, we start getting 2-3 4-star linemen every year. You can see the skill guys developing now, but we’re totally outmatched on both sides of the line. And CJ Conrad is going to be a beast the next three years.

  4. Josh
    1:02 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

    We got beat tonight by a time that started 1 freshman on offense, the rest juniors and seniors. Defensively much of the very same for MSU. When we make it it to where we have freshman and sophomores backing up juniors and seniors and not the other way around we will see better results. Football is totally a game of slow progression, Stoops is getting it done, just a year or so away. Totally a better team since he has been the coach.

    • SEC
      7:11 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

      But what about Stoop’s used car sales pitch about early playing time? How does that work when you start Juniors and Seniors?

  5. TKAT
    1:06 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

    Team played hard, did many good things. Kentucky used to play teams like State and the game was over in the 1st QTR. Teams this year, Florida, Auburn, State, are having to give effort all game to get the win. We are getting there, takes time.

  6. Capt. Reality
    1:39 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

    Simply put..UK does not have SEC talent yet. Matt Elam is the epitome of UK.. High hopes, but simply a joke of an SEC player. We do not have the horses. The SEC is much much better than what we have. Tennessee will destroy us. They have FAR FAR superior talent to UK. We will be darn lucky to get to 6-6. UL is much improved and only Charlotte and maybe…I repeat…maybe Vandy are potential wins. Just like last year….5-7 more likely.

    • Ben
      8:01 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

      UL is not much improved. They almost lost to BC, the worst team in the ACC, and that is saying something. UL is terrible. We looked terrible also, but don’t think for a second that UL is any good.

    • For real
      9:20 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

      It’s a shame you have to try and use another teams records in order to feel good about your own. It’s like the special Olympic winners…they’re still just retards at the end of the day. Much like this joke of a UK program and its homer fans that really think they are relevent!

    • jdarren1963
      9:39 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

      For real…you are a huge asshole!

    • BluKudzu
      11:53 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

      Ben, you don’t know much about football and it shows when you comment about lil brothels record. Of the 4 teams they have lost to, 3 are currently ranked in the top 25, the only team not ranked, they lost to is Auburn. Leave the “if you can’t say something nice about UK you are a Cardinal troll” bull stuff on the tray of your high chair.
      UK is getting worse each game, and every phase of this team, from coaching, preparation, offense special teams, and specifically DEFENSE, is humiliating at best. How this DC has a job, after last night blows my mind.

    • Delk for 3
      1:43 pm October 25, 2015 Permalink

      BluKudzu………..You’re an idiot. I guarantee you UK beats UofL at the end of the season.

    • Kyle
      4:34 pm October 25, 2015 Permalink

      for real. – Now that’s how u can tell its a UofL fan. No class, lack of a moral compass and trying to be funny but instead looks like a douche canoe.

    • BluKudzu
      5:04 pm October 25, 2015 Permalink

      Delk for three:
      I hope you are right. After the game when UK wins, I am willing to sign on as BluKudzu the Idiot to comment about that game. I hope and I pray that I do.

  7. O is bad
    1:43 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

    Don’t try to hang this on the D. They kept us in the game most of the way but the offense couldn’t do squat and kept putting the D back out on the field. Towles is a towel. He’s a junior and still can’t throw a route consistently. One is good the other is way behind the receiver. He can throw it down field fairly well. He makes terrible decisions also. Stare’s down the receivers, hence all the picks. I’ll pray for 6 wins and a bowl then hope Barker looks better for next season. His off-field decisions don’t really point to him being smart or a leader. I guess we’ll see.

    • Dennis
      1:49 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

      O is bad I guess we watched different games. I was watching on the SEC network. You? A QB can’t make receivers catch balls, make your O-line effective or make your offensive coordinator or defensive coordinator make good calls. With 7 games into the season I am at a loss to try to describe our identity to anyone.

    • WeareBBN
      1:52 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

      Pat does badly miss lots of open guys way too much to be an SEC QB for a quality team. I do think he holds us back but also feel he is our best option at this point since he at least has game experience.

    • CATandMONKEY
      8:12 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

      What about the responsibility of the defense to actually stop the other team? Pass rush? Force a few occasions of 3 and out? We have some really good receivers…if they could consistently hold onto to the ball they would be fhe best receiving corps in th country.
      Nobody for UK played particularly well but MSU didn’t hang 42 on Towles.

    • For real
      9:24 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

      What about this outrageously over paid coach that was brought here because he was defensive minded genius?

    • DJ Elliot is terrible
      9:36 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

      Offense has been inconsistent all year. Defense let us down on this one. A stop after our first TD, would have been big. But,they have kept us in every game all year. I blame the defensive game plan. Everyone knew Prescott was their entire offense. SIf a team is one dimensional, you have been load the box to stop his running and blitz on every pass. Very poor coaching.

    • NavyCat
      10:08 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

      Coaching, Coaching, Coaching, Defense, Coaching, Coaching, Offense, Coaching, Special Teams! Get 11 people on the field against Auburn. Don’t run the ball against Auburn when running out of time. Get your defense aligned so MSST QB doesn’t waltz in untouched for a TD, twice. Don’t ice your own kicker because you either panicked, couldn’t get the field goal team lined up in time or both…and the list goes on and on. In hindsight we’ve not looked good yet. As mentioned in the article MO and SC victories are suspect, the 2nd half of ULL and SC were pathetic, FL and AUB… nuff said, EKU needed a miracle and now this humiliation.

    • BluKudzu
      11:59 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

      O is bad: no doubt offense sucks. The defense is the worst, and they actually have a defensive coordinator. He’ll, with the results we are getting from him, maybe we should do the same thing we are doing with special teams, you know go without a coach there as well. That has worked out just great so far. How Elliot keeps his job is a true indicator Stoops has no clue.
      This is Joker worthy.

  8. WeareBBN
    1:50 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

    Good write up TT. I do agree that looking back our wins are not impressive at all…ULL is horrible and we escaped late, EKU ditto, Mizzou is not good as we now know and USC ditto. The close loss to Auburn is bad as it was at home and they are average. Could say UF close loss is a positive but they were starting a Fr QB in 1st ever road start and made big plays for them. Plus I don;t think UF is that good but is probably 2nd best team we have played. I don’t think we are as bad as we showed this evening, but it seems we are closer to being that bad team than we are being a real contender. The positive I still see is our best players are young guys who hopefully will get better and are getting great game experience.

    • Madisonville Wildcat
      2:33 pm October 25, 2015 Permalink

      It is a terrible write up that shows she knows nothing about football, and is a constant apologist for Pat’s repeated failures. Pat throws two interceptions to Drew’s one, and she says, “Thus endeth the quarterback controversy.” That’s how her brain works, even though Drew went 7 for 9. And all of those “drops” that the receivers make whenever Pat throws the ball seem to disappear when Drew throws — go to a practice and watch.

      So long as Pat plays we will never be competitive in the SEC against any of its top tier teams. It’s as simple as that, and could not be more obvious.

    • CATandMONKEY
      4:41 pm October 25, 2015 Permalink

      Except we were competitive against Florida, home and away and when MSU was one of the best teams in the country last season Pat was very competitive. I know he is not ever gojng to be on the Heisman list but your blind hatred that allows you to ignore facts is rather obvious.

      If Drew were better in practice he would have started all year. Stoops has a serious financial incentive to win more games and if Drew becomes the answer he will play.

  9. UKBlue
    1:51 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

    We as UK fans at least for now need to stop think we are something we aren’t at least for now. We aren’t any where close to being good enough to compete with middle to top SEC teams. If we can barely beat EKU at home, really what did you think was going to happen in this game? How did Vegas not have the line at way more !! No point getting hyped for the UT game because they’re more than likely going to kills us.

  10. Lol
    1:56 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

    It does not matter. It was a bad night in all phases of the game tonight. As for patrick towles he has 9 touchdowns to 10 interceptions. No excuse for that. That is not acceptable in the SEC. It will not get it done.

  11. Brian Kassinger
    2:20 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

    Stop trying to find a player to pin this on….the coaching staff in genreal did a VERY poor job planning and executing a game plan…if one actually existed. Freaking amazing the poor planning for this game!!!

    • timer
      4:46 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

      I like Stoops and Co., but they were totally out-coached in this game. They did not have the team prepared to play, they didn’t seem to have any semblance of a game plan, and they did not make any meaningful adjustments during the game.

      Butch Jones will have his team ready to play next week. If Stoops and his assistants do not do a much better job this week we will be embarrassed…..again.

    • Mike from DC
      7:02 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

      When as a fan base are we gonna start calling for a new DC? The Defense has gotten worse each year(Please don’t try and sell me on losing Z and Bud). Stoops is supposed to be a defensive coach, he has had 3 years and his defense is hot garbage. We need to start putting things on him.

    • BluKudzu
      12:06 pm October 25, 2015 Permalink

      Mike from DC: Amen.
      If you have no defense, you have no shot. We do not, and playing in a league like the SEC, exposes coaches and teams for what they are.
      EKU exposed us. Think about this, we are just 4 plays from being winless.
      We are worse than last year, by far. This program is going backwards.

  12. Tommycatsfan
    2:30 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

    I caught holy hell on here for pointing out the obvious. We suck. I am a fan. We suck. I was at game and it was embarrassing. Nothing like getting ridden out of stadium by MSU fans. Seriously ?!
    All these “Beat State” people on here. Yeah, right. Remember the article about MSU was worst team in SEC that we must beat? They are so far ahead of UK its ridiculous.
    BTW: MSU stadium is smaller than Commonwealth. The environment here was 1000 times better than
    CW ever will be. All the pie in the sky people that get on here criticizing anyone that doesn’t drink the blue football Koolaid are delusional.
    I saw Barnhart at game. I suppose he was here to give Stoops another raise.
    UT will roll UK next week but it doesn’t matter. As long as UK wears black and a cool helmet, right?

    BTW: WKU played LSU tougher than UK did MSU, the worst team in the West according to KSR. But we are bigger, stronger, faster, right?

    I could block Matt Elam. Geez….

    • BigBlue37
      3:26 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

      Dude…Shut. The. F*ck. Up.

      You sound like a dumb bitch on her period. If you’re not going to stand with this program then go root for the “football school” down the road that can barely beat Boston College. Or go f*cking root for MSU since they’re sooo far ahead of us, and their stadium atmosphere is “1000 times better than CW will ever be.”

    • DesignatedDrinker
      4:03 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

      Tend to agree. Ksr is leading the hype machine on football. Stoops is 11-20 here now, Missouri and USCar are the big wins and Mizzou just lost to Vandy. I like Stoops, but the coaching staff is not above being questioned. They need to get better, the delay of game forcing the timeout boils down to coaching. The play calling at the end of the Auburn game, was coaching. The lack of offensive creativity all season is coaching. Jones saying we are a mediocre SEC team, not really, we are in the bottom third probably and the SEC is down compared to a few years ago. Still think we get to 7 wins and have a fantastic season, but it would be nice to have a big win, like in 2007 to know that the program was relevant.

    • Mike from DC
      7:07 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

      While I tend to think you are being slightly over reacting, in general I agree. However, one could argue that CWS is bad because of people like you, who want to bail and not be held accountable for anything.

      There was a caller the other day that said it best, we haven’t beat MSU since Rich Brooks walked the sidelines. That is unacceptable. Admittedly, idk what the answer is, but we need to figure it out and quick. Also, Shannon Dawson makes the Joker Phillips hiring look like a home run

    • Aukfandude
      9:00 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

      Agreed. Smoke and mirrors. Its basketball season now. Stoops and this defense is sad. UK football will always stink. First comment guy prob still thinks we will win every game left on schedule. Ha!

    • js
      9:29 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

      Tommy, like you, I got trashed for pointing out that UK would not make a bowl game this year. There are not two wins left on the schedule. This is not a very good team. They are all hype and no substance at all. there are a couple of good players, but overall, they are not very good. UT and Georgia will win by as much as they want against us. No doubt. Vandy will take advantage of a UK team on the decline and who have no confidence after a 4 game losing streak, and U of L owns UK football right now. No I’m not a Tard fan, just pointing out the obvious.

  13. Sammy
    4:49 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

    I’ve enjoyed the season up until now. In the end UK football always finds a way to be UK football. I actually believed for a bit. There is no emotion involved in saying that. It is what it is. So…. When does basketball start?

  14. BluKudzu
    6:46 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

    Thinking maybe since the last raise Stoops had recieved, we are 4-9. Looking at the rest of this schedule, I am thinking 5-13, maybe 6-12. Oh yeah, we will be playing teams that also have young players too. Maybe our recruiting is not as great as we think, our perhaps could it be coaching?
    This type of team effort is humiliating. This has got to be on the coaches.

  15. Shaking My Head
    7:27 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

    Everyone says Stoops is a great recruiter. Though it seems he’s recruiting on a higher lever, the classes have all been ranked at or near the bottom of the SEC. Yet, here are all the homers wondering why this team can’t get quality SEC wins.

  16. Steve
    7:28 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

    2 losses in a row, 2 more on the way. Charlotte game can’t get here fast enough. I said that we would not go to a bowl game with Towles as QB. I knew this would be an ugly loss. We had our chances n the previous games, but more INT’s than TD’s is we got. He may be our only option due to Reese’s injury, but that does not mean Towles is a good QB or leader. He is definitely not an elite QB. I am not even talking about this game. We have struggled all year to win 4. We can not beat a good defense. Tennessee’s D looked pretty good against Bama, Georgia on the road, Louisville’s D is improving every week. Charlotte and Vandy. Charlotte may be a win,. Vandy on the road? We always seem to struggle with them. The crowds will start to dwindle at CWS now. The more we lose games, the more we will lose fans (spectators). 5 – 7 record. May be Gunnar Hoke will come in and take over the QB spot. We had our chances this year but did not seize the moment: the moment has passed. 3 years of Towles will be a 15-21 record at best

    • 247
      8:24 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

      Gunnar Hoak. LOL. He’s the 37th ranked QB in this recruiting class. THERE ARE 36 INCOMING QBs BETTER THAN HIM THIS YEAR! But, let’s believe KSRs hype over actual statistics, so when the time comes, we can all wonder why another UK player can’t live up to expectations.

    • Delk for 3
      1:36 pm October 25, 2015 Permalink

      KSR will trash Gunnar like they do Drew Barker when Stoops and Co. decide to keep on playing Towles. They have done nothing but try to put down Barker this entire season after they did nothing but hype him when he signed with UK.

  17. Towles' Man Bun
    8:39 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

    Stoops is like the anti-Tubby Smith. Stoops is a very good recruiter and a very mediocre coach. Tubby was a very good coach and a very mediocre recruiter…

  18. Mad Max
    8:48 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

    Guys. Relax.

    Alabama got plastered by Ole Miss. By the Ole Miss got pasted by Florida. Tennessee has FOUR losses and almost beat Alabama.

    Stuff happens

    Are we there yet? No

    Have we significantly upgraded our talent in the last 2 years? Absolutely.

    Do we have great talent coming in? Oh yeah. There spare brighter days ahead. Boom. Juice, baddy, Conrad, baker, Elam, big George. These guys are freshman and sophomores and portray a bright future!

    We are better off than we were before.

    We are still in THE SEC.

    Nothing is easy. Nothing is free. We have a brighter future than ever. Be when has uk been able to say that? Have fun. Cheer for these kids. This is a process. And we started from less than scratch!

    Remember, the hope diamond doesn’t look big if you don’t have the perspective.

    • Sammy
      9:09 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

      Baker sucks. Just…. Sucks. Nothing personal. I’m sure he’s a great kid. He would be OK at eku, just not in the SEC. Dawson? I wouldn’t permit him to call plays in Pop Warner.

    • Buckeye
      11:37 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

      “We are still in THE SEC…”

      Ha ha ha. The SEC sucks this year. Besides, when was the last time UK had a winning SEC record?

  19. Shelby
    9:14 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

    Worst game of the year no doubt; a lot of people need to remember that prior to Stoops’ arrival, this type of ass kcking was the norm, now it’s an outlier. People also need to realize that we will likely lose the next two as both Tennessee and Georgia have exponentially more depth, talent, and experience than we do; that’ll change in the next couple years. After 9 games we will likely be 4-5 and our fans CANNOT quit on this team; the last 3 games are all “winnable” and we can finish 6-6 and even 7-5. Fill the stadium EVERY game let’s stay behind this young team. Going to a bowl is 15 extra practices and a HUGE need for this team’s continued development. GO BIG BLUE!!!

  20. barney howard
    9:26 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

    Yuk fans are the worst.I’m surprised the fans didn’t call anyone a cheater as in the previous two losses,always the refs did it they hate Kentucky,no uk will never spend the money on football.As for UofL,the only reason you moron uk fans talk trash about pitino is beacause he left ky went to nba and came back to coach u of l.Caliparis record is not as good as pitinos.pitino won 1 national title as has cal,but the only difference is when uk gets in trouble who will you blame

    • CATandMONKEY
      9:43 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

      People talk trash about Pitino because he deserves it. Please compare Pitino’s and Calipari’s records over the last 10 years. Compare their head to head records over the past 6 years. Facts are the anathema of idiots.

  21. barney howard
    9:37 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

    Living in a bubble UK fans.Hopefully 5-7 would be awesome.2-0 betting against yuk this year so far lets make it 3-0.playing cupcake teams is the norm for stoops.used to play u of l first game now last just backfired on stoops this year for sure.great job coach.never seen a coach who calls the dumbest plays ever,almost makes me think he loses on purpose.

  22. Mr. Mojo
    9:44 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

    You people need to calm the hell down. Sure, this was an ugly game, but you act like anything other than immediate, absolute success is a failure. You can be angry because we haven’t figured out how to be Alabama yet, but only if you want to sound like a moron. It’s a slow, slow process, and the only way to get there is one tiny step at a time. Stoops may be the right guy or he might not, but if you decide it’s time to blow it up every time something frustrating happens, you’ll never get there. If that’s what you want, keep up the irrationality.

  23. Uk basketball fan
    9:48 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

    I hate how any time someone tells the truth about the football team. ( They suck ) morons on here instantly call them a Louisville troll, do you people really believe uk will ever be relevant in the sec?! No way sorry. It’s not a joke tyler stop wasting time on this joke of a football team and cover the sport that matters, basketball

  24. bigpoppapump
    9:52 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

    Stoops is the worst coach in the SEC…PERIOD. Look at Vandy’s defensive numbers compared to UK’s. Vandy has inferior talent but they are prepared defensively every single week. We played with 8 guys against Auburn and we don’t even have a special teams coordinator! That tells you all you need to know. He will get 5 more years and we will still be a bottom feeder. Bottom line is Stoops is not the answer. Accept it and take comfort knowing that Charlotte is still on the schedule.

  25. KSRhomers
    10:47 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

    I think KSR should get some blame. They have put high expectations on a mediocre team. They praise the coaching staff. Fail. They praise Pat. Fail. They praise Elam. Fail. KSR force feeds everyone sh*t and tells us it’s sugar. Freddy M. is the only writer on this site that knows anything about football.

    • GatorCat
      11:25 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

      Agree about Freddie – his frank game analyses and comments are a huge addition to KSR. Bad news that folks aren’t mentioning on KSR is the impact on recruiting. You can only sell snake oil so long before the call of Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame dries up the Ohio connection. Another 5-7 year is going to hurt …..and while the classes look decent nationally, they are near bottom of SEC. Maybe Matt Jones was right all along about UK never being able to compete in the conference – deck just stacked too heavily against us.

  26. Zack
    11:10 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

    When are you people going to accept that Stoops is dumb, and Towles is awful? He had a 45.4 rating with 42 frigging passes! Barker throws 1 interception in crap time after sitting on the bench for a year and a half, looks great otherwise, and naturally he is terrible. The Towles worship from this site is getting to the point where it’s flat-out comical. This isn’t his first lousy game either, and it will not be his last! If there isn’t a QB controversy after tonight, then there should darn well be a coaching controversy. Idk when the people at this site will quit brown-nosing Stoops and accept that they overhyped him, and admit that this team is no better than last years group, and that most of the blame can be placed at Patrick Towles feet. It’s sad, and it’s getting to the point where I can’t stand to read KSR football coverage.

    • jim
      11:16 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

      Be careful they will call you a card fan, you can’t disagree with all the football knowledge that works for this site. Just like fat boy Lorenzen tweeting Barker doesn’t need playing time last night because it’s pat’s team. Yeah Doughboy we can tell it’s pats team.

  27. inside info2
    11:26 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

    You guys are calling Stoops a good recruiter. Stoops is not a good recruiter. Coach Morrow is the recruiter on this team.

  28. Aja
    11:44 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

    Is it just me or do others also see a bit of irony in a man being (over) paid $3.5 million a year and continuing to slog in to post game pressers and lament poor coaching.

    And just how many damn times do we have special team screw ups and still pride ourselves in not having a special teams coach?

    Count me as a potential disenchantee with this crew.

    • BluKudzu
      12:10 pm October 25, 2015 Permalink

      With the way our defense has played we should go without a coordinator there too

  29. FernCreekCat
    12:07 pm October 25, 2015 Permalink

    I wonder if Stoops is happy with the progress his staff has made at UK? I contend that coaching is the biggest concern at UK. Mainly. line coaching. Have Schlarman and Brumbaugh ever been sucessful at this level? And now we know why the Head Coach at WV never allowed Dawson to call plays. Can’t believe his logic.

    I remember screaming at UK recievers for running 5 yard routes when it was 3rd and 8 and now I’m screaming for running 30 yard routes when its 3rd and 8. QB coaching and play calling really seem suspect. Stoops needs help recruiting coaches. Maybe Vince Marrow could switch to recruiting coaches.

  30. Frank
    12:09 pm October 25, 2015 Permalink

    Obviously we’re blessed with great basketball tradition and it’s easy to be a UK hoops fan. Anyone who says “when’s basketball?” or cries for more UK hoops coverage during football season is a coward. Plain and simple, you have no grit and your lame mentality is part of the overall problem. Yes it’s frustrating we shoot ourselves in the foot so often. And yes the coaches and players can do better than last night. This team was so mismanaged that four years ago we didn’t even have a backup QB. We had no option but to play Matt Roark against UT. You don’t recover from that in three years. The rest of our conference has legit SEC talent in their fourth and fifth seasons. Mullen has been great about red shirting at MSU. That allowed them get competitive and thus attract better recruits who can contribute early. It sucks to get whipped but we’re clearly heading in the right direction. Our time will come. As a lifelong Red Sox fan I’ll testify that it will be sweet when it does! In the meantime these 18-22 year old kids have given us some exciting moments. They’re Kentucky Wildcats same as our hoops team who need and deserve our support (Probably more so). If you don’t have the toughness to root for them no matter what, you’re not True Blue. Go find another school to root for. There’s another school with a storied basketball program but a watered down powder blue maybe they’re a good fit for the half hearted.

    • BluKudzu
      12:21 pm October 25, 2015 Permalink

      Upset with those who have an opinion about the progress of the team? Grow up and put your big boy pants on. 3.25 million a year. I think we have a right to vent. This type of at is humiliating and this staff is well compensated for 4 wins since the last raise.
      It is only going to get worse.
      EKU has nowhere near the support UK has in facilities, players, etc., and we were one at away from losing that game.
      This coaching staff is not worthy of the money they are making.

    • Frank
      12:43 pm October 25, 2015 Permalink

      No problem with venting. You make good points in questioning the coaching staff considering what they make. There’s plenty to vent about but moving on to basketball season with 6 games to play is disrespectful to the kids and their hard work. Complain about the coaching… Fine. Lament some bad play… That’s part of being a fan. Whining about when basketball season begins is the same old rhetoric and it needs to go away. We’ll have plenty to cheer about on the hardwood when the time comes. Dissing the football program In favor of the basketball program is going to help. And if you want to talk money… It’s all about football even at UK.

    • Frank
      12:45 pm October 25, 2015 Permalink

      NOT going to help.

    • BluKudzu
      4:59 pm October 25, 2015 Permalink

      I totally agree.

  31. roundball fool
    12:19 pm October 25, 2015 Permalink

    First off, nice piece Tyler. The lead pic of Stoops and the SNL guy got a chuckle.

    UK football can be very frustrating and at times disheartening. I still believe we’re on the right track as a handful of commenters have wisely expressed.

    I am concerned about our overall lack of preparedness and confusion( schemes/clock management etc. ). The defense seems to be regressing. Our offense has seemed disjointed since day one. That goes directly on the coaches.

    We need to keep the faith but keep the heat on our system to coach up the players we have and to keep recruiting at a level that will continue our slow improvements.

    Go Big Blue!!!

  32. Dennis Smith
    12:28 pm October 25, 2015 Permalink

    Good write up, Tyler. It was a downer reading it but better than watching the game. Kentucky still needs at least two seasons before they’re a legitimate power in the SEC. This program is a testament of (1), how difficult it is to recover from being football’s grave yard team and (2), what a remarkable job Brooks did, albeit taking him 4 years to field a competitive team. We forget just how low Kentucky football went during the Curry, Mumme (Newton – isn’t it a joke that the field is named after him) era. Stoops is the guy, let’s hope Barnhart doesn’t fire him or he doesn’t leave – for sure the fans will always be around, they are still the good part of Kentucky football.

  33. KT
    12:31 pm October 25, 2015 Permalink

    I’m STILL pissed about yesterday. I didn’t think we would win and I thought we might get beat by a couple scores, like 10 or 14, NOT 26. That was pathetic effort all around. I had to listen in car and I’m glad I wasn’t watching it. It sounded ugly all around. Sounded like we just flat out got manhandled yesterday and I’m not ok with that. I can take a loss but not stupid mistakes and lack of effort.

  34. lol
    12:51 pm October 25, 2015 Permalink

    Fun fact: Kentucky is 94th in the country in points scored this season (compared to 58th in points allowed). As a reminder, we’ve played Florida and six bad teams. The defense played terrible last night, but the offense is still the weakest link holding back this program from taking the next step in the conference.

    Not sure what else some of you need to see from Towles for him to convince you that he can’t get it done. Poor offensive line play and drops from the receivers don’t hide the fact that he hasn’t progressed mentally as a quarterback since the start of last season. Still throws flat-footed in the pocket, still locks onto receivers and refuses to go through his reads when afforded time. He’s played worse than his stats show, and that’s saying a lot.

    • lol
      12:57 pm October 25, 2015 Permalink

      Excuse me, Florida, Mississipi State, and five* bad teams.

      Our best win of the year just lost to Vandy yesterday.

  35. Mark Liptak
    12:52 pm October 25, 2015 Permalink

    They’ll still make a minor bowl (barely) with six wins and there has been some progress but it’s Kentucky football…what it always was and what will probably always be.

    They simply will never get to the point where they can consistently challenge the powers in the SEC, at best maybe, a program that can get to the ‘second level’ in the conference but there’s still a long way to go before even that is reached.

  36. bassackwards
    12:53 pm October 25, 2015 Permalink

    What was Stoops so mad about?

  37. Duck, here comes Patricia
    1:19 pm October 25, 2015 Permalink

    Towles is NOT an elite qb, not even an average SEC qb. He’s not a leader, never tries to talk up his guys on the sideline just stands there shaking his hair. More INTs than TDs. Can’t throw the ball between the hash marks, pass is either behind his receiver or over his head leaving the receiver hung out there for a big hit.
    Matt Elam needs to transfer to an FBS school where he could play against players at his level. He’s fat, slow, and apparently lazy (or else he wouldn’t still be fat after two years in the program).
    O line and D line still suck, can’t block, can’t pressure the QB.
    Coaching is still a head scratcher. Two weeks in a row they’ve had embarrassing moments; 8 men on the field against Auburn, ice their own kicker on a made FG. And in game adjustments are apparently out of the question.
    How can a Div. 1 university not have a Special Teams coordinator? Not enough $$ after paying the HC?
    Westry looks good. Conrad looks good, Boom Williams shows flashes of greatness. Other than that, it all looks like same ol same ol Kentucky football to me.

  38. za
    1:28 pm October 25, 2015 Permalink

    I don’t want to write stuff like this but.. I wanted to be at a very high point with this season in terms of where our program is at, but really we’re not anywhere we haven’t been before (high expectations I know). Accordingly, in game coaching staff gets a D+ for the game, Towles gets a B and everyone else is somewhere between the two. Our best player is Boom and we have to find a way to get him the ball in space. We have the most boring, lackluster offense ever.

  39. Delk for 3
    1:32 pm October 25, 2015 Permalink

    Hate on Drew all you want, but I’ve seen Towles make a thousand bone-headed plays over his time. One mistake by a freshman in his third game while getting drilled means nothing. I’m not saying Towles is to receive his unfair share of the blame, but you show your obvious lack of knowledge about football when you absolve him for our offensive problems. In one sentence you complain about the offense, and in the next you say Towles was not the problem. The QB is more responsible for scoring points than anyone. Patrick is way too up and down to ever be a really effective QB. I’m almost sure that Drew will end up being the more effective QB during his time at UK.

    • catfan4life
      2:11 pm October 25, 2015 Permalink

      I agree with you, Delk, I was so glad to see Drew get in the game. I had just said he should get the series and then coach put him in. Drew may not be the answer either, but we need a qb that can throw on target most of the time without conveying his intentions, Towles isn’t that. The thought because Drew threw the interception there will be no qb controversy is mistaken, because other than that Drew did OK.

  40. Patrick Butler
    3:16 pm October 25, 2015 Permalink

    good observations, well done.
    this is where I think KSR outpaces typical fan sites; the ability to write critical , if warranted, commentary.

  41. chuckyw715
    3:36 pm October 25, 2015 Permalink

    Thank you Mrs. Thompson you are adding a lot for KSR.

  42. UK Fan From Florida
    6:30 pm October 25, 2015 Permalink

    Mrs. Tyler Thompson
    Your lack of maturity was in full display as one of the moderators for the live Blog Forum. You would selectively omit posts which in no way were foul or crude but only critical of the coaching or specific players. Yet when you were asked why? You would post that comment…. I guess that is funny to you.

    I know this is a sport site…. Not CNN. I know this is football and not world affairs. But unfortunately as a UK graduate I can see why our school and for that matter our state ranks at the bottom of most categories. If our so called moderators such as yourself display such simple disregard for respect and integrity and display a full out immaturity then what to expect of the so called great unwashed.

    Lastly, the problem with this team is not the PLAYERS… it is the COACHING!!!! Its not the W or the L, it is actually the continued lack of preparation that was in full display during the Auburn and MSU game. We are too happy with mediocracy and the false hope of a better future with the current status quo. Time for a change because Stoops and company are not the answer.

  43. SameOldThing
    2:30 pm October 26, 2015 Permalink

    As much around Ky footbal that changes(supposed better coaches,stadium upgrades, supposed better players,etc) it seems everything stays the same( loses). Its been like this since Bear Bryant and will will be like this long long after Stoops is gone.