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Fourth Quarter Disaster Dooms Kentucky’s Upset Bid at Auburn

Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

John Reed | USA Today Sports

With less than a minute left in the half, Kentucky had Auburn on the ropes. The Wildcats failed to deliver a timely knockout punch, leaving the door open for a disastrous fourth quarter for Mark Stoops’ team. No. 8 Auburn ran away with a 29-13 win over No. 23 Kentucky.

With only seconds remaining until halftime, Chris Rodriguez appeared to cross the plane on first down to give Kentucky a 14-8 lead. Officials somehow came to the conclusion that he did not score. On third down Terry Wilson’s pass was picked off and taken to the house. Luckily, an official review on a targeting call wiped away Auburn’s touchdown, giving the Cats a mulligan for the mistake.

Many Big Blue fans believed that was the worst mistake of the game. Unfortunately, it got exponentially worse in the fourth quarter.

Trailing 15-13 and facing a third and five, Wilson tried to make a move on a designed quarterback run but kneed the ball out of his own hands. Auburn recovered the ball just outside of the red zone on the UK 23 yard-line. Seth Williams caught his second touchdown of the day five plays later to take a 22-13 lead.

Trying to avoid a three-and-out on the following possession, Max Duffy was stuffed a on fake punt. Auburn only needed two plays to get into the end zone and effectively end the game by taking a 16-point lead.

Kentucky could not contain Williams whatsoever. The Auburn wide receiver caught six passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns from Bo Nix, who was only sacked once by the highly-touted Kentucky defensive line. The Tigers’ quarterback accounted for 267 total yards and threw three touchdown passes.

Kentucky’s offensive line was expected to dominate in the trenches, but UK only managed to rush for 145 yards. In Terry Wilson’s return to the field he completed 23-of-36 passes for 239 yards and one touchdown. He made a couple nice throws downfield, but most of his completions were in the flat near the line of scrimmage.

The Big Blue Nation had high hopes entering the 2020 season, and rightfully so. This is the first time the Wildcats entered the season ranked in the top 25 of the AP Poll since 1978. The hype could not prevent Kentucky from making fatal early-season mistakes.

 

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

51 Comments for Fourth Quarter Disaster Dooms Kentucky’s Upset Bid at Auburn



  1. BBN4LIFE03
    3:19 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    5-5



  2. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    3:21 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    It wasn’t just the 4th quarter. It was also the 2 pass plays at the goal line (the 2nd one being on the 2 point conversion).

    I told all you KSR writers that Auburn ain’t Vandy. I believed we had a shot at them, but so many chalking this up (in my estimation) as an automatic W was unsettling.



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      3:26 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

      And the first pass play was all on Gran. The 2nd on the 2 pointer was mostly on Terry for throwing the ball away, but the lack of field awareness may have been due to being off for a year.



  3. Hi Im Reality
    3:23 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    Mark Stoops always looks like he has no idea what’s going on. LOL.



  4. AndTheDevil
    3:24 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    Look I like Terry Wilson, but it might be time to admit that he’s just not a great qb. Or at least not good enough to keep us from being very limited on offense.



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      3:28 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

      The problem is we may never really know, what with his injury last year and the year off. Who knows, he may have had a great year last year if he hadn’t gotten hurt.



    • WKY Cat
      3:33 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

      It’s time to move on from Terry. He’s never had good decision making capabilities and limited vertical throwing abilities. I know he’s 12-4 as a starter but look at today. When you put the ball in his hands to win a game he’s not capable. And if you run the ball nonstop with him at QB you are missing an additional blocker.



  5. dukeisking
    3:26 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    Not ready for prime time. Put Beau at QB.



  6. Hot Stuff Eddie Gilbert
    3:27 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    Stoops going to get exposed as a fraud this year. Don’t get to play 8 home games, with 3 games against MAAC teams and 1 against a down Louisville program. Stoops for the most part has scheduled wins. He is not a coach.



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      3:33 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

      If you haven’t noticed, Bama plays a Mercer, a Georgia State, etc., every year. They don’t typically schedule tough non-conference games. Yeah, they’ll often go to Dallas or Atlanta and play a name team, but they’ve had the good fortune that many of those teams just happen to be down when they play them. I remember them mauling Michigan and Wisconsin in I think back to back years, but both of them were down at the time.

      Granted, if we don’t play better than today, we could be looking at 5-5 or thereabouts playing 10 games in this conference.



  7. gwhittle
    3:30 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    A lot to be optimistic about. We were even with auburn up front, the difference in the game was Seth Williams, a bad call by officials, and turnovers. Not one of these are the only reason we lost, but the combination made us lose. Take away two of those and it’s a UK win.



    • WKY Cat
      3:34 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

      Don’t forget the horrible game Terry had.



    • gwhittle
      3:49 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

      300 total yards against Auburn is not a terrible game by any definition. He absolutely made mistakes and looked like he hasn’t played in two years. But to put the loss on him is just wrong. The team lost on all fronts. But they also showed promise on all fronts.



    • WKY Cat
      3:54 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

      I’m not putting the loss on Wilson. It was in addition to your original comments. But he still can’t throw the ball vertically and makes bad decisions. Just three simple mistakes that tells me he’s not mentally the guy. Auburn jumps off sides twice and he throws quick outs instead of taking a free downfield shot. He throws it away on a two point conversion. Because in my opinion he still doesn’t like to get hit.



  8. 502ownsLexghanistan
    3:31 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    The OG Kentucky! The Kentucky we all know and love! Cats!



  9. KYCat4EVER
    3:31 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    NO… we can not win in the SEC with an OC as poor as Eddie Gran. The SEC network has been hailing the superiority of Kentucky’s THREE BACKS… and ur own OC puts the ball it’s the hands of TW on BOTH 3rd and 4th down on the 1-yard line??

    We have good talent… but poor coaching.

    They should have fired this OC Three Years ago!

    GO BIG BLUE



  10. oldfanallin
    3:31 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    If we are in the next level up in the sEC, we would have won this game. We are still beat the bottom guys and go after Tn, Fla, Ga until we win one.



  11. GACAT
    3:33 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    We will never beat an elite SEC football team on a consistent basis. Without non conference games we have no chance of winning seasons. Who can we beat consistently besides Vandy?



    • Hi Im Reality
      3:47 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

      Recruiting matters. A team of, mostly, 3-stars isn’t going to win the SEC. I’ll never understand why fans don’t get this.



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      3:52 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

      I think most fans do.



  12. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    3:34 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    BTW, I did miss football, but I didn’t really miss the Fansville commercials. Haha.



  13. michaelb
    3:35 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    Little offensive rust … that was one of the best teams in the USA . We will improve to still be a force in the league . We have seen terry do better … he will be better next time out



  14. cats646
    3:36 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    And just like that, I’m back on the “FIRE EDDIE GRAN!!!!” train. Smh horrible playcalling.



  15. DaaaaCats
    3:37 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    We didn’t win but I thought we looked good out there for the most part. Competed with a good team for 3 quarters before two silly turnovers



    • DaaaaCats
      3:41 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

      We had 384 yds to their 324. The difference maker was our 3 turnovers to their 0



    • beauleonard
      3:51 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

      Ball Security and decision making are the tail of the game. Terry and the coaches put the defense in two terribly bad positions. Not taking away from the Auburn receiver, whatsoever… That kid is physically talented. We gave away our opportunities in the second half and they capitalized on them. I want to be optimistic, but honestly, not sure I’m that sold on Auburn, either…



  16. eddiesuttonsliver
    3:41 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    This is where having a few games against community colleges as a dress rehearsal would have been helpful. Too much too soon.



    • BowdenQB4ever
      3:44 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

      Yep, this was always going to be an issue.



    • Hi Im Reality
      3:49 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

      Did Auburn get a few games against community colleges?



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      3:55 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

      No they didn’t, but they have more raw talent than us.



  17. cats646
    3:42 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    Also, wtf happened to our pass defense. We lost absolutely no one in the secondary yet were awful. And why can our receivers NEVER GET OPEN????



    • WKY Cat
      3:50 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

      A lot of our games last season was in the rain. It definitely helped our secondary.
      Unfortunately we just don’t have the talent and speed are receiver.



    • kjd
      3:52 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

      Yes, our receivers are a concern or they are poorly coached.
      Terry Wilson is not good enough to run Gran’s offense. However, he will remain the starter because of a Florida win and coming off of injury.
      All SEC schedule will be a likely losing record.



  18. Southky
    3:45 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    Look, I’m sure Terry is a great guy but he isn’t much of a quarterback. To be fair, he really doesn’t have a receiver to throw it to.



  19. BigBluSoTru
    3:48 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    This is bull shit we should have won Auburn us. The SEC has it against us they didnt want to see us win the SEC this year. Stoops need to complain the SEC office of officials. Matt you need to get these officials home adress and let BBn do what we do best .



    • dcforuk
      6:55 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

      It’s about time you said something SoTru SoBlu! If one of those refs got fired, you may be able to get off unemployment but then we would miss your posts!



  20. Memphis UK Cat
    3:49 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    We controlled the game in time of possessions, total rushing and passing. Not getting that touchdown changed the game. 2 additional turnovers was the result of trying to play catch up for not scoring and taking the lead.



    • DaaaaCats
      4:15 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

      Thank you! It feels like we were watching a different game than every other person that’s commenting here



    • makeitstop
      4:15 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

      As others have said, the talent gap at QB is real. The bad decision to throw on 3rd and a foot is on Gran and execution on Wilson. I get not wanting to hv to run the FG unit on if ur stopped but w our line and our backs and his speed, no excuse. Not throwing it downfield on 2 offsides, pitching to C-Rod when he was clearly going to get hammered behind the line, the 2 point throw away, the arm tackle that brought him down by the able on 3rd down and the inexcusable fumble are all on Terry. Not an SEC QB1. Not GOING to be. Bo Nix isn’t perfect and he has room to grow but the talent gap bt our guy and theirs is insurmountable, big blue wall not not.



  21. DaaaaCats
    3:52 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    I admit I don’t know much about football but isn’t it a hood thing for a qb to go 24 for 37 and 239 yards? That was Terry’s stat line after his first game back in forever. Cut the kid some slack y’all, geez



    • WKY Cat
      8:01 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

      Stats can be misrepresenting. Any college QB can throw short passes and that’s all Terry can do. You have to be able to stretch a field vertically which Terry can not do. Granted our receivers have no break away speed.



  22. DoubleB65
    4:08 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    Turnover Terry is Terrible Terry. Sit him. Let Gatewood have a shot. No excuse for this. 5-5 is likely even 4-6 is more likely. And the KSR “fan reporters” need to be more objective. Yes this is to you Mrs Tyler and others. Get real.



    • Soylentbeans
      4:35 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

      I could have sworn joey gatewood is ineligible. But I guess what do I know.



    • dcforuk
      6:57 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

      I think DOUBLEB265 must have double vision and was not able to read how the kid is not eligible yet!



  23. Hot Stuff Eddie Gilbert
    4:11 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    When Stoops ran his man pleaser after Louisville got smashed by Miami, I knew we were in trouble. Talking all the junk about how in the SEC you won’t see guys wide open and won’t see all that green grass. Auburn was playing pitch and catch. Looked like Madden on novice mode.



  24. michaelb
    4:19 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    Terry will be twice as good next week … not even worried … this season is still set for success



  25. dhard
    4:28 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    Without doubt, the non touchdown call changed the game. We can’t turn it over and we need to pass the ball downfield . Not a huge fan of Gran and kind of showed Bowden made Gran look good.



  26. sgd
    4:37 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    I said before the season even started that we would not have a winning record. Way too many mistakes at QB and not enough pressure on the opposing QB. Secondary is mediocre and no speed at receiver or else Wilson has tunnel vision.



  27. BigBluSoTru
    5:12 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    CFB writers are saying even with this loss they expect the Cats to adjust and not lose another game great news.



  28. dcforuk
    7:00 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    SoBlu you are like untrusting muscle. You remain entangled in unbelief or arrogance or bitterness or sarcasm or maybe all of the above.