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69 responses to “Kentucky Must Regroup After Devastating Loss to Tennessee”

  1. notFromhere

    I love this team. This has been a really tough year, but theyve fought hard for it. I would really like to hope Bowden would come back one more year, but he may be too hot of a commodity. Like his attitude and fight. Hes been amazing.

    Let’s finish strong and cement the future! Go Cats!

    1. cats646

      Hell yea!!
      GO CATS!!!!

    2. gobble gobble

      I think ALL the fans are with the team… and by team I mean the players. Most fans are with Stoops. Most fans are NOT with Edward Gran. You CANNOT have a timid play caller at a program like Kentucky. I realize Lynn isn’t exactly a quarterback, but how is any quarterback supposed to do anything when the offensive coordinator is too scared to throw the ball. Gran hasn’t even given Bowden a chance to get in any rhythm… the dude can throw the ball if Gran would actually force his ovaries to drop. No quarterback can be successful when given less than 10 attempts at passing a game

    3. catsarerunnin

      Thank you Lou Holtz.

    4. huntthebottoms@gmail.com

      I like all our teams. We do play hard. Hard to keep driving three hours one way and watch this. Excuses stop with Stoops.

      Anyone see the WKU and App. State score, both win on the road. Both SEC schools We lose to SC on the road and barely beat Arkansas at home.

      We’re not good for several reasons.

  2. cats646

    GODAMNIT!!!! Just godamnit!! Fuk Tennessee!! I can’t believe what I just watched. 1st and goal on the fukin 6 and we can’t score on a TERRIBLE team that lost to Ga. st and BYU?!?! Wtf is that?????!!! FUK!

    1. catsarerunnin

      Calm down Felicia

    2. csnailnrun

      Immature language. You need to be removed from the forum.

    3. catsarerunnin

      If that’s the case 50% or more of the people here would be removed which would be great.

    4. JPhelps

      I’ll take one out of your playbook 646. Go find another team to watch!

    5. Bluehender

      646…it’s not God’s fault. You might want to think about that one..

    6. cats646

      Y’all are right. I was just extremely livid and couldn’t think of anything to say about our loss so I just cussed everything. I apologize to everyone except you JPhelps. The past few months all you’ve done is troll and make fun of anyone who actually cares about our football program. You go find another team to cheer for. Prick.

    7. jbcats1971

      Dude. They are Tennessee snd we are Kentucky. Death and taxes, you know?

    8. coal miner

      I agree pathetic.players play hard but coaches just awful Tennessee knew what we were going to do before we done it.i love Kentucky but we can be better than this same thing over and over.

    9. Bluehender

      You don’t owe me any apology 646. I’m no Saint. A guy once said that to me many years ago and it’s stuck with me all these years. It made me realize what I was actually saying when I took God’s name in vain. It’s admirable for you to apologize to the others and I admire your passion for UK football. Go Cats!!

    10. CombatMedic_98

      I hope that HE forgives you for your childlike rants that uses the Lords name in vain…please choose other words, this is offensive. Have a blessed day today.

    11. JPhelps

      I accept your apology 646. Glad you were humble enough to make it. When you’re wrong, you’re wrong. And you own up to it.

      I haven’t been trolling. I’ve been using something called ‘harsh reality’. But in the world today, people don’t want the harsh realities. They want to drink the kool aid and act absolutely shocked when a team that loses half its starters doesn’t go 9-3. I’ve said the same thing from day 1. 6-6 or 7-5 would be a great year for this team. You are just mad that I’m unfortunately right. I wish I was wrong, honestly, I do. But I saw this coming from way back. Any team who loses one guy and it renders them totally incapable of playing offense, wasn’t that great to begin with. Florida lost their starter. 8-2. USC lost theirs, they beat us like a tied up goat. UT has been a nightmare at QB all year long, but I told people, please don’t talk smack about UT, theyre going to beat us again because they’re improved… And look. I call it like I see it. The only troll post I made all year long was telling you to find another team… lol. I actually agreed with a lot of what you said in the OP. Actually, just read it again, I agree with all of it. Because that was the first time you woke up from the kool aid buzz all year long!

      (Apologies for the profanity infused tirade he’s about to release after this comment people, lol)

    12. cats646

      Wrong JPhelps. You’ve been trolling. And I won’t apologize to you for anything. You’re the type of “fan” that Bowden would tell to get outta here. The “harsh reality” is that this team is more talented than every team we’ve lost to besides UGA. We should’ve beat UF and we should’ve beat UT. SC and Miss. St beat us like a drum because everyone on our team was ready to give up with Sawyer playing QB. This all comes down to coaching, as much as I hate to say it. Idk if it’s gran, or Stoops, or the whole staff. On that fourth and one at the end of the second quarter everyone in the stadium wanted to go for it. Try to at least get a field goal. That would put the score at least 16-3 at the half. Stoops should’ve learned in the Florida game, when you’re up on a team and driving down the field with enough time to put the nail in the coffin before the half, you DO NOT punt it away. You let these boys fight for it. Bowden was yelling at him from the field jumping up and down begging him to go for it and he made an awful decision. You don’t become a great program unless you’re aggressive. We should’ve beat this team by at least four TD’s and Stoops and Co. are to blame. This team is better than that. These boys fought their asses off and deserved to win both this and the UF game. I love coach Stoops, he has done things here I never thought I would see. But something has got to change. I understand we’re banged up and missing what seems like half of our team, but the coaching is what has killed us. Not the talent. We should’ve been a 9-3 team this year even without Terry. But our coaches have made sure that didn’t happen. I don’t want Stoops gone at all, but he HAS to change the way he does things offensively. And he HAS to stop taking his foot off the pedal when we’re standing on our opponents throat. They’re called your opponents for a reason. You don’t help them up when they’re down, you KICK them when they’re down!!! Until we start doing that, we will be out coached, and beaten in games just like this. When we are the better team. I hate it for these boys, thank you for fighting your asses off! Get it fixed Stoops!!!
      GO CATS!!!!!!!!!

  3. dcforuk

    I would like to publicly acknowledge Collie, kjd, Dakywildcats, Hot Stuff Eddie Gilbert, Willis talkin bout, njcat54 and Bamablue to name a few. We were all created with free will. I am called to respect your free will because I have no other choice. I cannot control myself sometimes let alone another person. I humbly and ashamedly admit that you gentlemen (not likely ladies) got me all riled up this evening reading your posts. Whether it was kjd’s utilization of “Period” or the sarcasm you all expressed or the actual demonstration by your words that you really think UK would be better off without Stoops and company, it got me all riled up I confess. You have your free will as do I. I had to respond to your posts. Legit questions that don’t throw away the benefit of the doubt don’t bother me that much. One or more of your posts did bother me I am ashamed to admit. I believe that you really are armchair negative nancys (NN). I made the mistake of reading your posts and lost about two hours of sleep. Impression without expression leads to depression. I should not have read your posts. I would not have received your impressions if I did not read your posts! That was my post-game fatal flaw! I really do wish that you would simply find another team to cheer for. But, I guess every fan base has a percentage of NN that probably are not all that satisfied with their own lots and have failed to own that fact and must, therefore, blamestorm more than brainstorm! I lost sleep but have successfully expressed some feelings. I did not want to avoid such feelings. Hopefully, I avoided the other extreme of indulging my feelings!

    1. dcforuk

      Daggum it. I should have stopped reading. Add Slam242424 to the mix!

    2. dcforuk

      TheBigjMan55, too!

    3. Slam242424

      Lose to Vandy and your list will exceed the allotted characters allowed in posts. What these coaches are doing to the players doing is shameful. Those players deserve the right and opportunity to play to win. Stoops said he will never argue with Bowden but you could clearly see just before the half on fourth and short Bowden was begging to go for it with time ticking off the clock. Stoops refused. Thus severing the chance for one more score because our staff wants to go conservative and truly showing the players they have no faith in them. Yep, add me to the list of fans tired of seeing games taken away from the players that actually do have more faith in themselves to win than the adults in charge of them.

    4. dcforuk

      Post 4. Was supposed to be a reply to Slam. I guess that means I should go to bed!

    5. dcforuk

      Coaches should listen to feedback from players but not 100% of the time. If you are down 14-3 and a player says put me in to return the punt and you listen and he scores a TD, then that is a good decision that works!

    6. Collie

      Sounds to me you struggle with free will vs predetermination. Eddie Gran had free will to put the ball in the air more than 7 times but had predetermined to run it 64. Even a rat running a maze can figure out if he goes one way and keeps running into a wall he needs to go another way to get the cheese. But I guess if a frog had wings, well, you know. Hoe bought this. I have payed for years and will continue to pay over two thousand dollars a year for my ticket package. I take road trips every year to follow my team. Don’t lean back in your armchair and assume everyone is a “negative Nancy.” Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Our OC iis borderline insane and if he is here next year you have to question our HC’s sanity. Go to sleep young man. Sweet dreams of gum drops and lollipops. Night night.

    7. dcforuk

      Thank you for calling me “young.” Your post was pretty good and gave me a good hearty laugh. Thank you for making me smile!

  4. dcforuk

    There are good decisions that don’t work and bad decisions. I, like most, make both types and so does Stoops but so do you and others. You are choosing to focus only on bad decisions and good decisions that don’t work and refusing to acknowledge good decisions that do work!

    1. DelrayCat

      The worst decision of all was to stick with Bowden at QB. Sure give him some snaps…but maybe a series or two at most. But to completely reconfigure an offense around only a handful of plays was ignorant. Even good high school teams eventually scout a future opponent who relies on such an offense or makes half-time adjustments in game to key on such a one-sided situation. He’s a great player…love his passion. But he is not a QB. And he is getting hit over the course of a game far to much to then be a reliable passer for his 5-8 attempts. It was fools gold from day one to keep this charade up….win or lose.

    2. ukkatzfan

      Also taking away a good WR when he is qb.

  5. Collie

    Defense had been solid or held their own since stoops has been here. If you watched the LSU vs Alabama game and noticed the fluidity of their offense you have to question the execution and play calling of ours. There is no doubt our talent has been upgraded on both side of the ball since Mark Stoops hire. The inconsistency of production of our offense falls directly on the OC’s shoulders. Stoops needs to recruit a 5* OC.

    1. DelrayCat

      This looming turd of a season falls squarely on Mark Stoops, not his OC. The decision to completely scrap your old offense and to basically create a new one from scratch to match an athletic QB was a terrible idea. Bowden is not a QB, period. Great athlete, yes. Best player on the team, yes. But not a quarterback. Oh sure, they won a couple of games on grit and heart alone, not to mention against terrible teams. But other coaches in the SEC will scout and soon figure out a game plan to stop such a one-dimensional attack. It is down right stupid to think otherwise. And it is not being a negative nancy or a bad UK fan to state the obvious. It was a bad bad idea not to go back to Sawyer Smith from day one when he was ready to play again….and honestly, a bad idea not to try to use Walker Wood or some other actual QB on the roster. If they didn’t have one good enough to play…then again, that is on Mark Stoops, not the OC.

    2. catsarerunnin

      I don’t know why this season is a surprise after what UK lost from last years team. But fans around here are quick to point fingers and jump off the bandwagon. You’re definitely one of those regardless if it’s football or basketball.

    3. gobble gobble

      I realize Lynn isn’t exactly a quarterback, but how is any quarterback supposed to do anything when the offensive coordinator is too scared to throw the ball. Gran hasn’t even given Bowden a chance to get in any rhythm… the dude can throw the ball if Gran would actually force his ovaries to drop. No quarterback can be successful when given less than 10 attempts at passing a game

    4. gobble gobble

      I guarantee that if you exchange Gran for an offensive coordinator with some balls, Lynn Bowden’s passing game, and in turn running game would improve immensely…

  6. bibs

    You can’t win being one dimensional. That’s why Nebraska went from being a national powerhouse to an afterthought. If Smith is absolutely terrible then I support the coach. But, if he’s even halfway decent, he has to play. It’s just that simple!

  7. notaprinceaking

    I don’t get why we didn’t put in Sawyer or Walker when TN loaded the box and ate our lunch for the 3rd qtr. Sawyer damn near beat FL and wasn’t the same after he chased down the defender on his INT due to injury. We were horrible and still had a shot with Bowden but you cannot win games throwing for 20 yards. Not sure if staff is afraid to take the reigns back from Lyn, but he’s still going to be on the field! Best receiver we have and can run him out of the wildcat.

  8. BBNBRIAN

    Called this loss before the season ever started. Stoops is too soft and timid and “plays not to lose”. Punting at the end of the first half instead of driving a nail into the coffin is what cost us THIS game. I wonder what Stoops will do to cost us the next one? Head on down to FLST… Oh wait, their fans don’t want you either.

    1. just a guy

      If our QBs on the roster are so bad they can’t complete a pass, and allow Bowden to be a playmaker on the outside, speaks volumes about recruiting at the QB position.

  9. gasman01

    Wow. What a performance for all those recruits that came to this game. Why would a wide receiver or a passing quarterback even consider KY. It will be interesting to see how many of his committed recruits change their mind before signing date.

  10. gasman01

    On another note… why do you not line up your tight end in the backfield and let him lead block for Smoke and just run it up the gut. Surely they could make one yard in 2 tries.

    1. catsarerunnin

      Yes this was the first successful goal line stand in the history of football…

  11. just a guy

    We barely scraped by Arkansas, the same team WESTERN Kentucky completely waxed at Arkansas yesterday. Why can’t we put Smith in that 1942 wishbone run only offense? Can’t he run well enough to run up the middle and get tackled? Wouldn’t he at least give us an opportunity to complete one of the 8 pass plays Gran plans to attempt? Bowden is playing his butt off but even the announcers said surely TN will dedicate to stop the run in the 2nd half and make UK (Bowden) throw the ball. He can’t pass. He had a guy wide open behind his defender and threw it so soft and flat a second defender had time to come over to intercept it. We have no threat of passing. Weren’t we 0/8 for zero yards against one of worst teams in the SEC?
    Punting the ball with 25 seconds I half on TNs 40? It went to endzone so it turned into 20 yard punt. At that point in game TN QB couldn’t move the hall at all. I just don’t get that call.
    Can we stop wearing silver helmets? In the last 3 years since they came out, have we ever won a game wearing those.

  12. JPhelps

    I will say, it is kinda funny to watch people who inexplicably picked us to go 9-3 and 10-2 after all we lost from last years team to cannibalize each other when we don’t do anything close to what they were predicting. I guess people are losing a lot of #FreeMoney 7 win season bets, huh. News flash: this is why you don’t listen to a fan blogger for betting advice. Actually leave that to actual professionals.

    1. JPhelps

      Yes yes, I realize we lost a quarterback, but teams lose players every season. Florida lost their QB. 8-2… UT has been a mess at QB. They beat us. USC has been smoked by about everyone they played, on a back up QB. Except us.

      Why can’t we just admit, maybe we drank too much of the kool aid this year and we seismically blew how good we were actually going to be a year after losing half our starters?

    2. My Dixie Wrecked

      100% agree. Everyone gets all hopped up on the KSR Kool Aid around here and completely ignore the fact recruiting has not been up to par with the rest of the SEC, then wonder why we get beat by teams with better players. You have people on here recently talking about competing for the SEC next year. Not when you’ve never had a class higher than 10th in the SEC.

  13. J. Did

    It is what it is. Which is: K E N T U C K Y football.

    Should have beaten Florida.

    That loss defined the season.

    1. JPhelps

      Sure is. UK football is back guys. J Did is right. This is UK football.

    2. JPhelps

      Football only fans will grind and gnash their teeth at that. And call us the problem. But we live in reality.

    3. BigBertha

      Agreed.

  14. My Dixie Wrecked

    I watched Ohio State, LSU, and Alabama play yesterday. Kentucky and Tennessee, both, were like watching high school teams, compared to them. The difference is unbelievable. Anyone thinking UK can compete for an SEC title or CFP spot within the next several years are incredibly delusional.

    1. J. Did

      Her real name is Mike Rowe P. Niss.

    2. My Dixie Wrecked

      So you think UK is on the same level? Bahaha.

  15. just a guy

    Stoops said “we need to find a way to get into endzone”. When all you do is run, it’s easy to spread out enough to run when you’re in between the 20s, but one the field is constricted it’s hard to run ball when the other team knows you’re running.

    1. bluecorvettecat

      Absolutely
      You think Fl State fans want this kind of offense.
      Stoops is a great recruiter but terrible game coach
      $$$$$$ Stoops top 20 pay – what a sham

  16. CahillsCrossingNT

    There has been consistent complaining about each OC in the Stoops era. The common denominator is Stoops himself. These are the offenses he wants. Gran does what he does because that’s what Stoops wants.

  17. UKFanSC

    Suffice it to say Florida State is no longer an issue

  18. Bill the Cat

    Everyone critical of the offense needs to chill! You have luxury of hindsight while the coaches have roughly 20 seconds each play. You think it’s easy to just put an extra position on the field (TE, WR,Etc) and act as if the defense can make no adjustments or substitutions to counter your moves. You call the coaches idiots but all they have done is guide this program to its first 10 win season in 40 years AND have THIS years group on the cusp of a bowl game while playing with their 4th string QB! Stop already! This team could be top 10 if we had our starting QB in the game but we don’t and that changes the entire dynamic of the offense and game. These guys are playing their butts off and the coaches are doing what they think gives us the best chance to keep the ball, win the game. When the players talked after the game about how the locker room can come together or fall apart….. most of you on here are the ones that would cause a locker room to fall apart. I bet you complain about your kid not getting the ball enough, or are the one that has the latest, best golf equipment but can’t break 90. I choose to fight with this team and have their back. We almost won but didn’t. We played our tails off! I choose to stay positive and try to win the next game. The season is a street fight and it sounds like you guys are Ike Clanton at the O.K. corral. Get to fighten or get outta the way.

    1. Jester

      No they did not have 20 seconds, they had 2 weeks to prepare for this game. You can choose to stay positive, but to use another Tombstone reference, you’re as drugged up as Mattie Earp if you don’t see the problems with this coaching staff and their ability to adapt to opponents in-game.

  19. hakanea

    This is the bottom line…… We are not good right now. We have beaten 4 terrible teams. We will not be good until we get an offense they can score more points!

  20. bige

    Tough loss. Lynn Bowden is so tough and one of the best ever at UK.

    OC lost this game. Losing recruits because of the OC too.
    What happened to our amazing TE group, again this year?

    1. bkeith75

      What recruits did we lose?

  21. Bluehender

    Bill I just think that with two weeks to prepare for this game and a healthy Sawyer Smith on the sidelines, they should have had a backup plan for the second half. Just in case Tennessee made adjustments at halftime and shut down the run game..which they did. So when you say the coaches have 20 seconds, to that I say they had two weeks. I don’t think anyone disagrees with you about the fight in the kids. They are playing their butts off, like you say.

    1. bluecorvettecat

      Proud of our boys- they deserve a coaching staff that gets today’s offensive balance- pass-
      We have destroyed the recruiting momentum and will see defections on signing day
      And does anyone think the Auburn QB portal transfer will choose Stoops to be his next coach
      Please Fl State hire Stoops

  22. largoky

    Think everybody is mad now…wait till we lose to vandy and loserville…can’t run the same 4 plays over and over and expect to win. All teams have to do to beat us is a) load the box to stop our run game, and b) use 4 and 5 wr sets to throw the ball and move down the field while we lay back in prevent and give their qb time to find an open receiver we can’t cover. Back to same ole same ole for UK football that we have all watched for years. SMDH…

  23. Headhurts

    I don’t know much about the technical part of footballl but I tell you this, if your team does’nt have a kicker or a QB…..scoring tends to be difficult.

  24. CombatMedic_98

    Need to start THROWING the ballllll…down field…

    1. catsarerunnin

      You’re a mental midget.

  25. dcforuk

    “This is UK football” includes fans second guessing everything when we lose.

  26. whatwasthat

    Bowden is not a QB, never was, in high school just the most athletic player on team, do high school coaches put their most athletic player at QB I would say yes they do. Anyone remember Morgan the fig Newton. Would have a half time adjustment been Sawyer you are the starter in second half, considering TN obviously made adjustments, Gran is absolutely horrible OC, makes you appreciate last years defense just that much more, dude has got to go. Allen has to be second guessing himself, especially since Gran is recruiting another non throwing QB, what a sh#t show.

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