Early in the fourth quarter, the Missouri Tigers managed to tie the game up at 34 points a piece on a 75-yard touchdown that took just 23-seconds off the clock. The Tiger offense was rolling, and it didn’t look like there was anything Kentucky could do to stop them.
On Kentucky’s following drive, Eddie Gran opted to run up the middle on three consecutive plays, leading to a fourth and one at the UK 44-yard line.
In punt formation, Kash Daniel received the direct snap, and he stumbled his way to the 50-yard line for one of the biggest first downs of the entire game.
Kash Daniel with the sweet fake punt run for the first down. Love it.
– Jamie McCracken (@jamieamccracken) October 8, 2017
As the play developed, Daniel’s running lane was filled up almost immediately, forcing him to run outside to convert the fourth down. According to the Kentucky linebacker, there was no sense of panic, he just went back to his days as a quarterback in high school.
“I just went back to my training as a stud quarterback, should’ve been a five-star, Elite 11,” he said. “I just kept my feet moving, pulled my Benny Snell trick out there.”
When Daniel got the first down, however, he knew he had one celebration move he had to accomplish.
“When I got the first down, I knew I may never get this opportunity again, so I’m definitely doing the first down indicator,” he said.
Watch his entire post-game interview here:
After the game, Stoops touched on the gutsy call and his faith in special teams coordinator Dean Hood.
“That was Dean. Dean, luckily the gut was right again, but I was hesitant and he said, what do you think, and I said, do it. And it worked. So that was big. It was a big play in the game,” he said.
Could we see more tough-yard situations for Kash in the near future? One can only hope.