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Kentucky Falls 14-3 to Fifth-Ranked Georgia

Kentucky lost its eleventh-straight game against Georgia after another sluggish offensive performance at Kroger Field. The Wildcats gained only 229 yards in the 14-3 loss to the Dawgs.

Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran tried to inject some life into the offense by inserting Joey Gatewood at quarterback. The more significant surge came from Chris Rodriguez. The McDonough, Ga. native got the offense rolling in the second quarter, moving the Cats into scoring range with a tough fourth down conversion before UK ultimately had to settle for a field goal.

Rodriguez finished with 108 yards on 20 carries (5.4 yards per carry), his second 100+ rushing yard game of the season. Gatewood was 15-of-25 for 91 yards; the longest pass play only went 11 yards. Gatewood only accounted for 23 yards on 16 carries after he was sacked four times.

While the Wildcats’ offense struggled producing big plays against Georgia’s highly-touted defense, Kentucky’s defense made big plays to keep UK in the game. Phil Hoskins tipped the ball into the air and picked off the Stetson Bennett IV pass near the red zone, stalling a scoring opportunity right before half. All hope appeared to vanish after a second half Gatewood fumble, until Kelvin Joseph picked off his third pass of the season just inches from the sideline.

Georgia’s Zamir White rushed for a career-high 136 yards on 26 carries, including a 22-yard third quarter score that ultimately put the game out of reach.

Kentucky falls to 2-4 entering the bye week. It will be a long two weeks for the BBN before the Wildcats get a chance to bounce back against Vanderbilt.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

67 Comments for Kentucky Falls 14-3 to Fifth-Ranked Georgia

  1. Ryan Lemonds Toupee
    3:01 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink


    • makeitstop
      3:02 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

      Yea – great job last year given nothing to work with but this is unacceptable. Start over.

    • kydrummer
      3:29 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

      And rwplace him with who? Im not disagreeing just wondering who people would want to replace him with.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      3:49 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

      Except we’d still have Stoops. We could hire Ryan Day and Lincoln Riley as co-ocs and Stoops would still make them look anemic.

    • TBW3011
      3:50 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

      Bingo. It’s not the OC. SAID THIS FOR YEARS

    • KaliforniaKat
      4:46 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

      Football season is over… GO VOTE!

  2. dhard
    3:02 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

    Either stoops is controlling the offense and won’t let Gran be aggressive or Gran is awful.

    • mashman 93
      3:12 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

      That is exactly what I think. It seemed to me like they were not gonna let Joey throw it much especially in the first half although he did throw 25 passes.

    • TBW3011
      3:17 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

      I’ve always said Stoops is to blame. Brown, Dawson, Gran…they have a lot in common. All very successful and wide open everywhere else. All come here and it’s square peg in a round hole.

  3. DoubleB65
    3:02 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

    IF you’re gonna pull an upset over a team like GA, line up, go toe to toe and take shots down the field. You cannot win this game and be conservative like Stoops:
    /Gran are.

    Stoops can recruit. But he can’t coach. Gran is awful.

    Terrible game plan.

    • IndianaSucks
      3:34 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

      Bingo. Gotta take some shots downfield and maybe a trick play or two. Run play after run play with an occasional 3 yard slant isn’t gonna cut it.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      3:51 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

      Except Gran like every other OC under Stoops isn’t conservative or can’t gameplan elsewhere, only under Stoops due they truly suck.

  4. goteam94
    3:03 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

    Fire Eddie gran

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      3:52 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

      You mean Stoops. He acts like he’s the oc and makes high powered offensive guys play conservative.

  5. dcforuk
    3:03 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

    That JG fumble hurt

  6. goteam94
    3:04 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

    What was even the longest passing play that we attempted?

  7. miggy911
    3:05 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

    Ball control, we won possession time, we showed them how to manage clock

  8. east-ky-boy
    3:05 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

    All 3 QBs would have ran those same plays. It’s not the QB. It’s Eddie gran. He’s more conservative than a nun in hobby lobby.

    • goteam94
      3:06 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

      Fire Eddie gran

    • makeitstop
      3:08 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

      Agree first 58 minutes… Disagree at the end… not throwing downfield at the end is the QB, and the line not doing its job to buy a little time. Underneath passes and outlet passes are a QB’s choice not a called play.

    • KYCat4EVER
      3:11 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

      BEST POST ALL WEEK and who is responsible?

      The head coach!


    • UKgrad80
      3:14 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

      Good line EKB

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      3:55 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

      Go look at Cincinnati with Gran or Texas Tech and Troy with Brown neither were conservative but as soon as they started working for Stoops they forgot how to call plays… other words it’s Stoops.

  9. makeitstop
    3:06 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

    The last 2 minutes were unwatchable. I did not expect to win but I expected to try to win and they didn’t. And for all the dumb stuff TW does Joey at the end was like his loyal protege, throwing underneath and outlet passes down 2 scores. I’m speechless. That’s as poor as I have seen a KY offense play. Oh wait, there was Mizzou, MSU… still the worst drive w 1:30 to go in history.

    • claiborne_field
      3:18 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

      It’s easy to see Gran is only successful when he’s able to lean on talent. Snell and Bowden aren’t walking through the door anytime soon. Rodriguez could be that guy we other our offensive line but for whatever reason we have to run by committee. Horrible coaching.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      3:59 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

      Gran had no talent at Cincinnati but still was able to produce. It’s Stoops. The one game where they let Gran open up the ball was going everywhere. Brown beat an LSU team with less talent than Stoops had here. Fire Stoops higher Brown and find a defensive coach who can stop the run.

  10. blueballs80
    3:06 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

    Not sure what’s going on with the offense but it starts with Stoops. If Stoops is holding Gran back, he should fire himself. If Gran is simply not cutting it, let him go.

  11. cmstephens
    3:09 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

    Eddie Gran is horrible! I don’t understand why these commentators typically praise this guy! Their is absolutely ZERO innovation when it comes to play calling! UK has one of the better offensive lines in the SEC!

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      4:06 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

      Go back and look at Cincinnati, him and Hinshaw ran the spread and put up decent numbers with half the talent. Now look at Brown at Texas Tech and Troy, both coaching jobs points were put on the board, when he coached under Stoops he looked conservative.

  12. KYCat4EVER
    3:09 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

    It’s SO appropriate to have this debacle on Halloween…

    When else can you celebrate a macabre day… with a macabre coaching staff while offering one word to explain both?



    • Mbivinsuk007
      3:30 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

      I wish they would just let the QB go out there and call the plays and just let them play football. My son’s high school teams offense could have played better than UK’s today hell the worst offense in country could have possibly beat UGA with Defense playing like they are. 14 points is very good and had a ton of 3rd and 4th down stops plus turnovers cant ask for much more. Our Defense should be pissed the F— off!—

  13. Southky
    3:09 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

    I have always been critical of Terry Wilson and I still believe he isn’t a viable option at QB but Tom Brady couldn’t be successful with this offensive scheme. If this is the best offense one of the top 20 paid coaches in this country can run it’s time to fire the entire staff or take away a bunch of scholarships or both. Georgia has a good defense but this was an abomination on the offensive side of the ball.

  14. dhard
    3:10 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

    There is talent on that team and it this point, you must look at coaching or the lack there of.

  15. cats646
    3:11 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

    I could take a madden playbook and call a better game than Gran. I played two years of HS football and even I know what we’re running every play.

    • makeitstop
      3:19 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

      Agreed. We are SO predictable. But are our receivers THAT bad that they just aren’t capable of getting open? Of course why would good receivers come here?

  16. makeitstop
    3:12 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

    Firing coaches mid-season creates too much chaos – no time for a new offense. But maybe give the play calling to Hinshaw. No way to do worse.

  17. UKgrad80
    3:12 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

    Once again Stoops dies not coach to win he coaches to beat the spread! Stoops has no stones and Gran has got to go!

  18. dcforuk
    3:14 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

    Many of our wins under Stoops are “ugly wins” in many people’s assessment. Try to run the football and control the clock. When we are on the wrong side of wins and losses that makes the losses look that much uglier by definition

  19. ukyelecteng
    3:14 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

    It’s easy to blame the coach but truth is that we don’t have the talent on offense, specifically at qb, to compete with good defenses. Miss the days of Andre Woodson, Joey and terry are not good, let’s quit lying to ourselves.

    • IndianaSucks
      3:30 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

      Impressive that some keyboard captain can evaluate a player’s talent level based on his 1 and only full game against a top defense and terrible playcalling the whole game. Maybe we should hire you as the head recruiter because I’m in awe.
      What an idiotic statement. Way too early to write a kid off after one game.

    • Bluenblood
      3:41 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

      Stop your talk moroon

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      4:02 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

      For a kid with very little play time, in a new offense, against probably the best d in the country he actually performed rather well given what Stoops limits Gran to.

    • Hi Im Reality
      6:49 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

      Well you can’t finish around 10th to 12th in the SEC every year, in recruiting, and expect to be better than that on the field.

  20. mashman 93
    3:16 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

    Stoops is meddling in the offense imo. Go back and look at Cincinnati’s offense they threw the ball all over the field!!!! Our Coach is three yards and a cloud of dust and our receivers are not great.

  21. ukwildcat1991
    3:21 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

    When your conservative u get passing plays like this

  22. millertim
    3:21 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

    Uhhh… did I miss something or is Georgia ranked as one of the BEST defenses in the nation???? I’m sure there wasn’t anything OPEN downfield and all that was likely available was the dink and dunk. The reaction on here is like the Mizzou game— which was an awful excuse for offense. But today we played well and hing in there against a top 10 team…

    • blueballs80
      3:25 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

      We played not to lose by much and that was very evident. No offensive fight. Just bad. If recruits see this kind of offense, they will never come here.

    • mashman 93
      3:35 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

      blueballs80 nailed it!!!!!

    • kykid16
      3:37 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

      Tough to Chuck it down the field when receivers can’t get open! Only completions were short under coverage!

    • makeitstop
      3:40 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

      I’m with you to a point. Down 14-3 in the 4th, mission accomplished w a conservative offense and bend don’t break D. But the failure to throw vertically in the 4th was inexcusable and inexplicable as the SECN crew has said over and over.

    • TBW3011
      3:52 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

      Did you miss last week? Now tell me how good that Mizzou D is

  23. dhard
    3:27 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

    Stoops is so hard headed that he believes this offense will work. He will not change his philosophy and we will continue to see performances like we have witnessed the last two weeks.

  24. miggy911
    3:28 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

    Millertim drinking the kool aid

  25. jakew60
    3:36 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

    I think the guys on sec nation got it right we just look like a team that’s content with losing we just wanna make sure we don’t lose by a lot

  26. KauaiWild
    3:36 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

    The blame for this loss falls directly on the defense. Phil and Kelvin should have returned those interceptions for touchdowns. Phil would have had to levitate with a man on his back and land on his feet, yes, but we’ve seen him do it before. The offense did all that it needed to do to win this game. Including padding our national lead in 1 yard completions. I thought it was genius for us to call timeouts during the last Georgia possession so we could pad it even more. The crazy thing is that Kirby Smart, who is supposedly a defensive guru, LET US DO IT!

  27. Shredder
    3:37 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

    The strength of the offensive line is clearly run blocking. However, I think they were good enough in pass protection today (albeit in limited chances). We can’t see the WR’s running routes, but Gatewood had time. The sacks were coverage sacks for the most part. Whether Gatewood and Wilson don’t have vision to see WR when they get open is a possibility. However, it seems more likely that the WR’s aren’t getting open. The one thing about Wilson is defenses at least have to respect his speed. Gatewood doesn’t have that breakaway speed and he didn’t break any tackles today either. When he doesn’t have WR, it’s not going to be pretty.

    It’s clear there should have been more passing plays called, especially at the end. No question about it. It seems like the passing play book isn’t open, because we don’t have anyone but maybe Ali get open. I don’t understand why we aren’t running more play actions or more tight end releases. Marrow has talked ad nauseum every year about how versatile the entire tight end room is. If you aren’t going to pass the ball, then this offense needs someone with speed or elusiveness taking snaps. You might as well use 2 RB.

  28. blueblood80
    3:39 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

    We can’t run a play without the play clock down inside 5 Seconds! Too damn slow. Ga. player down and we can’t call the next 3 plays! We must have no receivers who can get open.They must not be any damn good! GOOD GRIEF!!!

  29. makeitstop
    3:45 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

    Consider this: versus Miss St, Mizzou and UGa, we averaged 11 first downs per game. And those are 2 bad teams and a down UGa. 11 first downs.

  30. dukeisking
    3:52 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink


  31. TBW3011
    3:55 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

    Is it concerning to anyone that fans notice the obvious before the coaching staff? Rose wouldn’t have had 35 yards with the carries Rodriguez got today. And they get paid 6-7 figures to make decisions

  32. UKFanSC
    3:58 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

    All in all, against the nations #5 ranked team, we did well enough I suppose, particularly on defense….. I mean at this stage of our journey we are not supposed to be teams like Georgia. That’s why Vegas had us as a two score underdog.I would’ve given Rodriguez the ball considerably more. But we’re in trouble.

  33. CatfaninCinci
    3:58 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

    If Wilson would have started, it would’ve been worse. Gatewood kept it respectable.

    We probably (unfortunately) go back to the dreaded Turnover Terry next game, but it’s clear. Gatewood throws a much better ball.

    Gran is awful. Has been awful. He should’ve been fired 2 years ago.

  34. bigblue98
    4:05 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

    Can we play like they did in the waterboy? Just punt it every time we get the ball. I feel more confident in the defense scoring than I do our offense. I hate watching a team play not to get blown out rather than trying to win. I’d just as soon see 35-3 or 42-3 as this.

  35. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    4:13 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

    [email protected] is Mitch’s email. Time to flood it with fire Stoops or resign messages.

    • bigblue98
      4:22 pm October 31, 2020 Permalink

      Everyone who had season tickets and rolled over to next year needs to call UK and demand refund now. Also, hopefully next year people don’t renew once things are back to normal. Impacting Mitch financially is the only way he’s going to listen.