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Kentucky defense takes it personally when teams score any points on them

The Kentucky defense currently holds the No. 2 scoring defense in the nation, and it’s a statistic the unit is extremely proud of.

They have allowed a combined 90 points on the year and just 60 points in five SEC games, a total average of 12.9 points per game and a ridiculous 12 PPG games in the conference. Only Fresno State has the Cats beat, allowing just 12.6 points per game on the season.

But even maintaining the No. 2 defense in the nation isn’t good enough. Any points allowed is an extreme disappointment in their eyes.

“It means a lot [to allow no points],” said head coach Mark Stoops in his post-Vanderbilt press conference. “We talked about that. We said that to the defense today, going into the game, that every yard and every point was personal. It means something to us.”

And it nearly happened against Vandy on Saturday. Despite finding themselves in Kentucky territory throughout the evening, the stout Wildcat defense held them scoreless in all but one drive.

“We’re trying to do our best to shut them out, hold them as best we can,” said Stoops. “Believe we would have a good chance if we didn’t turn the ball over.”

The star of the defense, senior pass-rusher Josh Allen, said the team was “pissed” when they weren’t able to leave a goose egg on the opponent’s side of the scoreboard on Saturday.

“We were all pissed when they scored,” said Allen. “We went in with the mindset that they wouldn’t score any points, and then they scored the first touchdown, we were all upset. But we know this defense is legit and we knew we were going to come out and not give up anything.”

With elite talent layered through all three levels, teams are forced to rely on officials missing penalties or bailing them out with flags thrown on Kentucky to find any kind of success against the unit. We saw a whole lot more of that on Saturday, and the players finally broke their silence about it.

Josh Allen is getting the Shaq treatment, regularly getting held without flags being thrown. He finally drew one flag on Saturday, but the star linebacker says there were multiple other missed calls on the day.

“I got held on the one they called, and then like two or three more other times,” said Allen. “It was terrible. But you know, you’ve just gotta keep playing and make my plays. Hopefully they’ll make a call [in the future].”

On the flip side, cornerback Derrick Baity was called for a hold on an easy interception play that killed some solid momentum the Cats were working with. Commentators, media members, and fans heavily criticized the call, with the SEC Network’s Jordan Rogers going as far as ranting on live television about how atrocious the penalty was.

Baity was asked about the play after the game, where he adamantly denied holding the Vanderbilt receiver.

“No [I didn’t hold him]. But I’m not gonna argue with the refs. It’s over with, can’t do nothing about it. But nah, I didn’t hold him,” he said.

This defense is so good teams have to cheat to have a shot at scoring.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

19 Comments for Kentucky defense takes it personally when teams score any points on them

  1. USMC5150
    8:24 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

    Sec network just said Stoops wanted Gunner to go in last game but Gran said no. Stoops you’re doing an amazing job. Yet every year Gran gets more restrictive as each season goes along. This isn’t remembered the Titans so please useful your offensive weapons!

    • michaelb
      9:18 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      What?! Stoops is the hc. Shouldn’t have to check with anyone to do anything . Mind blowing

    • bluecrowe
      1:17 am October 24, 2018 Permalink

      Okay, if this is true, Gran is done. That is total BS. He has no idea what he is doing and is clearly not comfortable or talented enough to even try coaching a QB who drops back and passes. The dual threat qb is the dumbing down of any offense. If the coach is not confident in his ability to manage a game then of course he wants a kid out there who in THEORY can both pass and run.

  2. CombatMedic_98
    8:28 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

    Then GRAN needs fired…last time I checked the HEAD COACH gives the orders and has the final say so on ALL things…he needs to clean HOUSE immediately!

    • Booby Petrino
      8:56 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      Great idea, Stoops should fire everyone right in the middle of the season! You’re a genius, he should hire you for sure!

  3. CombatMedic_98
    8:28 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

    Everyone on Earth knows we need a new QB…

    • Booby Petrino
      8:57 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      Everyone except Gran knows Hoak is a Heisman caliber QB and is going to lead us to a national championship!

    • henderblue
      10:14 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      That’s right Booby. He threw a touchdown in 55 seconds against a MAC team. If only our coaches would come on here and read Combatidiot’s comments, they would see what kind of genius he is and adapt to his way of thinking. We all see what kind of genius he is…

    • bailey000
      6:36 am October 24, 2018 Permalink

      So people are happy with Terry??? This?? I??? Well?? Maybe??? Are you F_____g stupid. This is a special opportunity for Kentucky and one player is holding us back. Everyone should be pissed. As fans this is our team more than it is Stoop’s.

    • CATandMONKEY
      3:35 am October 24, 2018 Permalink

      Hoak also had two great Spring games, /s

  4. wyatts1
    8:37 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

    It’s been a awesome run for our Defense and they’ve done some great things annnd will be remembered as one of our better defenses in awhile. however if they truly wanna put their stamp on this season then the next few games will prove just how they will be remembered, and I’m thinking they wanna be the best at Kentucky ever. If that’s the case then they have the chance to carry this team to their first one loss season in awhile (if ever). Cause most of us will agree if the one loss thing happens then it’s gonna be because of this defense, even though the run game has been amazing I don’t think we make up for the lack of passing in some of the earlier games if our D didn’t do it’s thing.
    Hope our D goes out there and dominate for the rest of the season and maybe then they’ll get the respect they desearve.

  5. dukeisking
    8:43 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

    Georgia is gonna bust that bubble in 2 weeks

  6. Randall lee
    8:49 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

    And we’ll be busting yours in the champions classic.

  7. dUKesUKs
    8:54 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

    Go troll your own teams site(s) and leave us alone!!!

  8. michaelb
    9:17 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

    This is the right attitude to have . Nice to see a ky d with pride for once