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Kentucky Loses 13-Point Fourth Quarter Lead, 31st Consecutive Game to Florida

The Streak Lives.

Kentucky took a 27-14 lead on a 50-yard field goal with 11:33 left in the game, but couldn’t close the door to snap the streak.  On the final Florida drive, the Gators milked the clock before putting a dagger into the hearts of the Big Blue Nation.  For the second time in one night, the Gators scored by throwing a pass to an uncovered receiver.

There was still some magic left in the Cats.  The Juice got loose, Charles Walker made a huge fourth down catch and Benny Snell ran it down to the 25 for a chip-shot field goal, but it wasn’t meant to be.  A hold by Nick Haynes negated Snell’s run and pushed the Cats back to the 45.  McGinnis’ 57 yard game-winning attempt fell short.

Some things just aren’t meant to be.  Until next year.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

92 Comments for Kentucky Loses 13-Point Fourth Quarter Lead, 31st Consecutive Game to Florida



  1. chris43
    11:09 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

    Give up two wide open unguarded TD….pathetic! Penalties…..PATHETIC! Snaps! Freaking PATHETIC! Truly sickening. Bring Cal on! I’m ready for BIG BLUE MADNESS!



  2. bankerbh
    11:10 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

    Fire Stoops.



  3. EdC
    11:11 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

    There is no excuse for too many men on the field and we did it twice. That is CRAP coaching. 2 major blown coverages for touchdowns. I get it. They’re human but this team is better than this Florida team. This one hurts.



    • indbybirthcatbychoice
      11:25 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

      Yes but they made up for it by having only 10 men on the field on Fla’s last touchdown. Stoops the defensive wizard. He had his scared s**tless look on his face at the start of the fourth quarter. He saw this coming when it was 27-14.



    • EdC
      11:29 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

      The crazy thing is that Florida was freaking the F out and went for it on 4th down on THEIR side of the field with 13 min left on the clock. This was almost as close to a lock as you can get and we went into the 4 corner offense. Ponderous.



    • syrin23
      12:03 am September 24, 2017 Permalink

      Yep. It’s my same complaint about Cal.



  4. timewilltell
    11:12 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

    Biggest “CHOKE” I’ve ever seen. Eddie Gran coached to keep from losing and not to win.



  5. kentuckybackupplayer
    11:12 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

    that is kentucky football. pure and simple. free touchdowns to the other side.



  6. EdC
    11:12 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

    One more thing. Enough of this biased ex Vandy QB on UK games already. WAY too biased.



    • Kevin C
      11:19 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

      It had no impact on outcome of the game, so why complain about it? Mute your TV, and listen to the radio, like the majority of UK fans for the last 40+ years.



    • EdC
      11:23 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

      Suggestion … follow your own suggestion and don’t comment on my post next time.



  7. bankerbh
    11:13 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

    That was the most inept coaching ever. They played not to lose most of the second half. Oline got blown up in Q4 and the offense was a shell of itself. Defense played very well for all but two plays. Unfortunately those two plays turned into 14 points.



  8. 4everUKblue
    11:13 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

    Shoulda won this one. We beat ourselves.



    • Kevin C
      11:16 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

      That should be the name of our “fight song”….it’s been the underlying theme of literally dozens of UK losses over the decades.



    • kentuckybackupplayer
      11:18 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

      that’s kentucky football.



  9. Saul T. Nuts
    11:14 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

    That was NOT a HOLD! The defender was on his knees after a great block. This game is on the refs.



    • Kevin C
      11:17 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

      You’re drunk..go to bed and sleep it off. Haynes tackled the guy.



    • CATandMONKEY
      11:19 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

      Coaches



    • kydrummer
      11:31 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

      That call would not have been made if it were Florida



    • MyFriendsBrotherInLawKnowsMattJones
      11:37 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

      Agreed and Snell was already pst the line anyway.



  10. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    11:14 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

    If any one game summed up UK Football it was this one.



  11. My Dixie Wrecked
    11:15 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

    Stoops is an idiot



  12. katfan33
    11:15 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

    Simply pathetic



  13. Cats Other Paw
    11:16 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

    I really cannot believe how poorly coached this team is, and that’s not just sour grapes. This is an FBS team with FOUR coaches that are or were defensive coordinators on staff and twice they allow touchdowns to uncovered receivers!?!? This is a new low, and it’s not the first game that this has happened. I believe that it happened last year against Southern Miss. I hate to jump on the bandwagon, but it’s time for these clowns to go, especially for what they’re being paid.



    • indbybirthcatbychoice
      11:29 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

      Totally agree. On the first uncovered touchdown the receiver stood right in front of the UK sideline for 20 seconds before the ball was snapped. How does someone not see that?



    • syrin23
      12:05 am September 24, 2017 Permalink

      Don’t forget he was also WAVING for the entire world to see, but let’s not blame just the coaches. Don’t you think ONE F’ING PLAYER would at least LOOK at the entire frigging line of scrimmage just to make sure there wasn’t an uncovered player? Just ONE DAMN PLAYER ?!?!



  14. kentuckybackupplayer
    11:16 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

    that’s kentucky football.



    • ArmyCatFan
      11:43 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

      Dude shut up. If you don’t want to be a Kentucky Football fan then don’t. But please don’t run salt in true fans wounds by making this stupid comment repeatedly.



    • EdC
      12:11 am September 24, 2017 Permalink

      And don’t overlook that the asswipe has done it several times in this thread. I’m sure to his classmates it is hilarious but to people past grade school not so much.



  15. AGSlater
    11:18 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

    No suprise here. Stoops still cant coach. Where is cats runnin runnin wild and big board? Ridiculous how bad the coaching was in this one. Im sure Stoops will say its on me like he always does. Deflating loss. Attendence will drop bigtime now. Thought they could run clock with 2 min left in 3rd qtr. Hilarious.

  16. Unreal. The disorganization from the Auburn game a couple of years ago rose it’s ugly head again. It’s not the only reason we lost…wait…it gavce them 14 points. Maybe I have to reassess that. As they said in the old comics, “E-gads!”



  17. Cat68
    11:18 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

    Shoulda coulda woulda…better players, poor coaching. Two unguarded TDs out of a timeout.



  18. kentuckybackupplayer
    11:20 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

    wont have to waste anymore time watching this year gonna spend the time deer hunting instead, at least i wont leave the big bucks uncovered so they get away.



  19. T-wah
    11:21 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

    What happened? Let’s take a look at 2 primary culprits:
    1. 2 bone-head defensive lapses out of timeouts. That is absolutely on the coaching staff. Unacceptable.
    2. We got too conservative on offense with over a quarter to go.
    We deserved better than this, tonight. The holding call on Haynes was a legitimate call, but it was the only holding call made all night. Ridiculous. Still love my Cats, but our coaching staff hurt us tonight.



    • CatsfaninFL
      11:32 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

      actually when they cut it to 6 we had 3 straight pass plays…



    • runningunnin.454
      11:53 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

      Yeah, but what happened to the sweeps and screens, and we were beating them wide all night; and it all stopped in the 4thQ. Their OL was beating us in the 4th…what happened to the rpo



    • T-wah
      12:19 am September 24, 2017 Permalink

      Our buttholes tightened up, that’s what happened. 2nd play of the game, we threw a great screen pass to counter the strong Florida pass rush. Sure could have used 1 or 2 of those in the 4th quarter.



  20. Lip Man 1
    11:21 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

    The players change…
    The coaches change…
    Yet Kentucky football remains the same…
    As it was, as it is, as it always will be.

    They’ll win six or seven games and go to a minor bowl but this program simply has to much against it (history, geography, weather vs. other SEC programs) to ever think of getting to the top level and remaining there for any extended stretch.



    • Kevin C
      12:29 am September 24, 2017 Permalink

      LOL…WTF does weather have to do with UK football’s awful history? Hell, truth is, Kentucky has some of the best weather in the entire COUNTRY for outdoor sports. Very seldom has anything more than lighting around the stadium so much as delayed a UK home game, let alone affect the outcome.



  21. natertatter
    11:22 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

    2 touchdowns to uncovered recievers is business as usual, but i put this on the refs that was a super iffy holding call with kentucky in e
    asy field goal range, typical bs to give it to fing florida……….



    • Cats Other Paw
      11:25 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

      Should never have come to that. Had the two receivers been defended — I can’t believe I’m writing this — by anyone or a coach called a timeout to prevent either of them happening, the holding call and the field goal at the end of the game would have been unnecessary. Or had the earlier field goal been made.



    • MyFriendsBrotherInLawKnowsMattJones
      11:41 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

      Shouldn’t have been conservative and shouldn’t have given up 2 wide open uncovered TD’s…but that has nothing to do with under 30 seconds to go and getting called for holding when that hadn’t been called the whole game. And, Snell was already past the line so no bearing on the play.



  22. Cats Other Paw
    11:22 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

    I am curious if our new defensive version of “The Wildcrap” is going to be to leave a single isolated receiver uncovered and dare the opponent to throw to them? I guess this is the new literal version of the UK Cover Zero. That’s Stoops Ball. We’re behind ya coach! Why Not? Change the Game! Finish! Never Flinch.



    • ArmyCatFan
      11:44 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

      The wildcat works. If it did not, every other team in the country wouldn’t run it. Dip being ridiculous man. Tough loss, it hurts but continue to be a solid fan.



    • CATandMONKEY
      11:50 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

      Wildcat on 3rd and 1 with a center that can’t snap below 6 feet?



  23. runningunnin.454
    11:24 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

    C & M; I’m afraid you’re right. Maybe for the sake of the year, overall…the loss was a good thing. Maybe one day, our coaching staff will learn…the other team is still trying to score; you can’t take the 4th quarter off. Over and over and over and over.



    • CATandMONKEY
      11:31 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

      Conservative play calling is for the birds.



    • runningunnin.454
      11:59 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

      Yep, in football and basketball…can’t just hold the ball when the other team is trying to score. Continue to play the way that got you there.



  24. Truman Claytor
    11:27 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

    Would love to hear Matt House explain how they have to receive a wide open twice… Pathetic – I hate that Stoops cannot rely on his D-coordinator to do the basics of the job



  25. twdisciple
    11:27 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

    Yea we lost and it sucks. But Stoops has got us to a place this program has never been and has improved every year. Don’t forget we lost to Florida 45-7 last year. We’re still gonna have a good year, quit your bitchin. What do you want Joker back??



    • Cats Other Paw
      11:32 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

      Coach Brooks had far less talent and beat Clemson and Florida State in bowl games, #1 LSU, Louisville, and on and on. Claiborne won 9 or 10 games in a single season. Curci won the SEC. Bear Bryant won a national championship. Your comment would only be accurate if you said Stoops has got us to place this program has never been if your timeline is starting with Joker.



    • bankerbh
      11:32 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

      You are either a fool or haven’t been around the Kentucky program very long to think that Stoops has taken this program to a positive place. And stop the foolish Joke talk as if these are the only choices. Brooks and the AD screwed up by giving Joker the job ahead of time.



    • EdC
      11:36 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

      Please PLEASE explain what place that is Stoops has us that we’ve never been. We went to a horrible bowl game last year and chocked another game that we should have won. Kentucky football has been better than this. It has been awhile but it has. Yours is the kind of statement that makes it possible for a coach with Rich Brooks’ record to make it into the UK football HOF. LOW standards.



    • runningunnin.454
      12:10 am September 24, 2017 Permalink

      Actually, Ed; the Gator Bowl is not a horrible bowl. Did you know it was the first bowl game televised nationally?



    • EdC
      12:29 am September 24, 2017 Permalink

      What relevance does being the first bowl game televised nationally have? That’s like saying the first person to play tennis is as relevant as Federer and Nadal.



    • EdC
      12:36 am September 24, 2017 Permalink

      Wait WTF was Gator Bowl a joke? If so my bad.

      In any event not that CBS is the definitive authority but … https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/ranking-all-40-college-football-bowl-games-for-2016-17-from-worst-to-best/

      Also keep in mind that bowls know UK fans will travel and are very anxious to get some of that low expectation money.



  26. kentuckybackupplayer
    11:28 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

    kentucky football that is.



  27. CatsfaninFL
    11:29 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

    The people calling for Stoops firing are IDIOTS. Did Stoops fire snap after snap over a QB/RB head? Did Stoops miss 2 FGs? Did Stoops hold when the dude was already going down from a great double team block? These are mental, PLAYER errors that you just cannot give up to ask SEC team. I played hs and collegiately… for a crap team in hs and a great team in college. Beating a streak is as mental as it is physical. Stop blaming Stoops. This team is really friggin good but sometimes you have to beat both yourself and the team across the LOS. This one STINGS. But it will add fuel to the fire. Don’t count this team out yet.



    • CATandMONKEY
      11:33 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

      14 points on the coaches for uncovered receivers.



    • Cats Other Paw
      11:34 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

      Beating a streak also requires not leaving receivers alone on an island uncovered for touchdowns …twice. Twice in the same game.



    • EdC
      11:37 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

      Let’s not forget whose fault it is for too many men on the field which we screwed up twice.



    • CATandMONKEY
      11:41 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

      My point exactly. ..and I only played intramural on the Seaton Center field.



    • CatsfaninFL
      11:59 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

      Yup. But you act like that is solely on the coach. Basic cornerback rules are check the outside. You are the outside line of defense. Every CB knows that. It’s a mental lapse. On coaches for not calling a TO faster but at some point you have to look at that game and realize even when things were good, we were emotional. It is soooo hard to beat that mental block on a streak and it happened tonight. Again. It sucks but knee jerk reactions are not needed. Jumping off the bandwagon is not needed. These guys are hurting now and giving up on them is silly when we are 3-1 with a favorable schedule.



    • CATandMONKEY
      12:11 am September 24, 2017 Permalink

      Not giving up on this team. But those 14 points are on the coaches. This isn’t the first time.
      Appreciate your optimism. We still have at least 7 wins in us.



    • runningunnin.454
      12:18 am September 24, 2017 Permalink

      Well said, Cats fan in Fl; I’m not giving up on them, and was hard to watch S, Johnson and Haynes after the game; they were really feeling down. And you’re right about the DB checking the field; also wise to count the opponent’s players.
      But, the conservative play calling in the 4th has been a problem… you’ve got to move the chains and kill the clock.



  28. You Can Call Me Cal
    11:30 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

    Pitiful coaching. Secondary hasn’t been the same since Ansley left. Fire Clinkscales dumb a**. And get somebody who can snap the damn ball. Haynes and Stallings are a couple of headcases. Coaching in game and in practice lost this one for us.



  29. IAmTheDanger
    11:32 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

    Please don’t let me hear “we need to clean some things up” PLEASE!!



  30. You Can Call Me Cal
    11:32 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

    Not to mention that bs holding call! The guy fell down underneath Haynes.



  31. BTownUKFan
    11:37 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

    Can we hire Bob Stoops, he obviously is the one in the family with the cajones. Little Stoops thinks he can beat FL by sitting on a 10 point lead with 20 minutes left in the game. As long as he has that mentality we will continue to lose games like this. Getting 2 yards on first down is not going to protect your lead.



  32. boyd1988
    11:39 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

    That was a brutal loss, but if you are saying fire Stoops then you obviously haven’t watched as much Kentucky football as you want us to believe.



    • CATandMONKEY
      11:45 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

      I don’t think he should be fired. He needs to be creative and consider non-conservative play calling.



    • bankerbh
      11:49 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

      How many coaching blunders are needed in your book to pull back your unwavering support? There are as many bowl wins with Stoops as there were with Joker. The first two games this season the team played down to the level of their opponents and that comes back on the coach. SC was a good but, but SC is a bad team.



    • boyd1988
      12:16 am September 24, 2017 Permalink

      The difference in my mind is we got worse once Joker started getting his own coaches and players and system implemented compared to when he took over. I’m not necessarily giving unwavering support and I do blame the coaches for the two TD’s, but I don’t understand the argument that we aren’t better off right now.



  33. kentuckybackupplayer
    11:41 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

    the streak looks like it will go to 60



  34. EdC
    11:45 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

    The good news for Stoops is that his winning percentage was 42.3% before this game. Just 3.2% under pace to make the UK football hall of fame.



  35. silverado
    11:46 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

    That you mention Joker tells all of us what your problem is. Racist. Stoops is just as bad. UK football cannot get beyond until we decide we want to hire a real coach .



  36. You Can Call Me Cal
    11:47 pm September 23, 2017 Permalink

    Hire Neal Brown. The guy is doing great at Troy.



  37. letsroll76
    12:10 am September 24, 2017 Permalink

    Brohm



  38. BluKudzu
    12:41 am September 24, 2017 Permalink

    It is a bad as loss as you can possibly have had. Stoops coaching took some major shots tonight on national TV, and will be criticized heavily by all the media (SEC network just absolutely crucified him). “I have never,in my football career, have seen any defense, come out of a time out, and line up, twice, and not cover a receiver.” (SEC Network.)
    Anywhere else, after a loss like this, the coach would be gone, or on his way out.



  39. EdC
    12:43 am September 24, 2017 Permalink

    How about the university ties Mitch’s pay to success of the football team within the SEC and see how that affects things. There is an obvious pattern of hiring coaches that NO OTHER SEC PROGRAM would hire. Over the hill coaches who get into the UK HOF with winning percentage of 45.5 and first time coaches. Other than Vandy no other SEC administration accepts this level of incompetence.



  40. Howdy Doody
    9:18 am September 24, 2017 Permalink

    Wuda, Cuda, Shuda #31…..



  41. Kat4Life
    9:51 am September 24, 2017 Permalink

    Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory yet again. I will never ever ever ever ever get my hopes up for a Kentucky football win again



  42. mcp157
    11:34 am September 24, 2017 Permalink

    Kentucky’s lack of ability to put this one away cost them. Let’s see the snap over Johnson’s head in the red zone, the dumb ass defensive play at the end of the second half, the continuing overuse of Snell in the Wildcat, the general poor play calling for offense, the increasingly inept play for the Gator’s last touchdown and finally the hold. This team needs to mature further and focus. I include the coaching staff in that equation.