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Kentucky’s Second Half Surge Falls Short in 28-13 Loss to Mississippi State

Matt Bush | USA TODAY Sports

Matt Bush | USA TODAY Sports

In the first half, I don’t think you could describe what Kentucky did in Starkville as “football.” An ugly affair, Mark Stoops’ team put the embarrassing 30 minutes in the past to mount a valiant second half comeback. Unfortunately, it was too little, too late.

Mississippi State weathered the storm and played stout in the red zone to hold off Kentucky for a 28-13 at Davis Wade Stadium.

A pick six from Sawyer Smith on the fourth play of the game immediately put Kentucky behind the eight-ball. The Bulldogs surged to a 21-3 lead before the Cats showed any life. An interception by Quandre Mosely gave UK a chance to score in the final minute, until a deep ball bounced off Lynn Bowden’s fingertips, setting up a 47-yard missed field goal by Chance Poore.

The Cats turned a new page in the second half. After the defense forced a fumble, UK went 80 yards in 11 plays to setup a Kavosiey Smoke 2-yard touchdown run. A quick stop gave UK another scoring opportunity, driving all the way down to the 8-yard line. Instead of scoring a touchdown, Poore missed his second field goal of the night, UK’s second scoreless trip to the red zone of the night.

Kentucky got one more shot at putting up points, but the 26-yard miss cut too deep. The Cats settled for a field goal, this time by Matt Ruffalo, to make it a one-score game. Needing a stop, Garrett Shrader’s 49-yard run set up a score that officially iced the game.

The Cats were hungover from the Florida loss for a half. Luckily, it was only one half. If the Cats can solve their red zone woes, there’s still a path to a successful season.

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Article written by Nick Roush

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

101 Comments for Kentucky’s Second Half Surge Falls Short in 28-13 Loss to Mississippi State



  1. CatsNationBBN
    7:22 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

    i’ll say it again, time to get ready for basketball season



    • cats646
      7:36 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      Fuk you



    • Slam242424
      7:39 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      He’s right.



    • CatfaninCinci
      7:42 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      YEP… I’m done!



    • classof68
      7:46 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      What surge would the writer be referring to? We came out flat and stayed that way most of the game. Poor performance. Poor coaching. Never fails we get spanked in Starksville. Never fails we have a couple good seasons in a row and then fall flat on our face. Maybe basketball season will be better, so bring it on.



    • sprtphan
      8:37 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      Go camp out with the rest of the idiots.



  2. AFR0_SAMURAii
    7:23 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

    Wonder how many recruits we’ll sign in this class after this 5-7 (1-7) season



  3. BBNBRIAN
    7:24 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

    “Surge”…? What game were you watching?



    • makeitstop
      7:40 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      Surge???? That’s a surge? Talk about hyperbole.



  4. Cousins Fake Tooth
    7:24 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

    Welcome back pre-2018 UK football. Smh



  5. dhard
    7:24 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

    That was a total system failure. Players, coaches, mascot and anyone associated with the program.



    • catsarerunnin
      7:43 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      Jump ship already? Typical fair weather fans. What did you expect after losing so many players from last years team? Either you’re a fan or you’re not. Take the good with the bad and stop complaining.



    • CatfaninCinci
      7:50 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      No… KSR said we were an 8-9 win team. I want that. Nothing less.



    • catsarerunnin
      8:33 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      Then root for Alabama.



    • Jester
      8:34 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      What team doesn’t lose players every year “catsarerunnin”? You think good teams don’t lose lots of good players too? Quit making excuses. You aren’t a real fan if you stick your head in the sand and think everything is just rosy.



    • catsarerunnin
      8:53 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      This is Kentucky Fester. This ain’t Bama,Clemson or Georgia. Grow a set and stop embarrassing yourself.



  6. Slam242424
    7:24 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

    Surge?!? Lmfao.



  7. Cousins Fake Tooth
    7:24 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

    Smith gotta go. He sucks. This is the SEC, not Sun Belt.



    • dhard
      7:27 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      Yeah, he was the one that dropped 3 td passes.



    • 4everUKblue
      7:30 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      He was the one he threw that early int. That didn’t really get things going in the right direction. Most of his throws were off.



    • haha
      7:35 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      There were 3 dropped tds dumbass lol



    • Nickerbocker05
      7:48 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      Dropped TD’s!??? You must be the dumbass… I saw ONE dropped TD. The rest was all sawyer.



    • makeitstop
      7:43 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      He cost us at least 10 points w that throw. His QB rating was room temperature. In fairness to him I think he was hurting much of the game and credit him for effort but if he’s our best option we are D-E-A-D



    • Cousins Fake Tooth
      7:44 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      He can’t throw. We have a QB that can’t throw, a kicker that can’t kick. Give someone else a chance. 0-2 under Smith. #Facts



    • sawbrady1026
      9:57 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      Not a good showing all the way around. From the coaches to the water boys. Did you or any of ever play college ball? Yeah, didn’t think so. O-Line has to block & receivers have to catch the damn ball. True fan to trash talk your team/players. Grow a set. Have a nice night.



  8. KYjellyRoll
    7:24 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

    B-ball anybody? Go Cats…



  9. BBN1982
    7:25 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

    It’s Basketball Time in the Bluegrass!!!!!!



    • cats646
      7:36 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      Fuk you



    • CatfaninCinci
      7:45 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      Football in Kentucky. Basketball’s appetizer.

      Always has been. Always will be.



    • bennybbn
      8:05 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      What kind of fans do we even have, bbn should be ashamed of this garbage thread



    • Bluehender
      8:24 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      bennybbn….a loss brings out the worst of BBN. When we win it’s not nearly as many comments..just the way it is.



  10. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    7:25 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

    Stoops Poops.



  11. Optional Facts
    7:25 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

    3 point surge?? Interesting verbiage…



  12. Slam242424
    7:26 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

    Worst showing of heart I’ve ever seen. That was the most gutless football I’ve ever witnessed.



    • ScoggDog
      7:27 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      Did you see the Tennessee game last year ?

      This team has plenty of quit in it. This staff is why.



    • makeitstop
      7:44 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      Actually I thought this was the UT game last year



  13. JPhelps
    7:27 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

    FREEEEEEEE MONEYYYYYYYYYY. Right Roush?



    • CatfaninCinci
      7:44 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      LMAO… Yeah, all that preseason boisterous talk is getting flushed down the toilet.



    • catsarerunnin
      8:33 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      Much like your life. Enjoy!!



    • JPhelps
      9:27 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      I’m sure his life is fine. Yours however…



  14. Slam242424
    7:27 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

    Horrible football. Lost 3 hours of my life watching that crap. It’s back to hoping UL loses to at least having something to feel good about.



  15. Slam242424
    7:29 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

    Define success of a season. We are going to lose next weekend too. So define it.



  16. sp
    7:30 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

    Makes me realize how terrible the SEC really was last year. We missed our opportunity. Khaki pants at Michigan will be keeling our recruits.



  17. Carlos Danger
    7:31 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

    That was a crap sandwich… fortunately there is a lot of football to come. At least we found someone who can kick a ball between the goalposts



  18. catsfanintexas
    7:31 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

    We never have receivers catch the ball .. No one can make a play when it counts .. just no heart or the coach’s don’t get them prepared.. it makes you wonder what they do at practice listen to the radio or what ..



  19. jrb4uk
    7:32 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

    What is our coach’s name? White, Gran, Stoops—NONE OF THEM!!!!!



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      7:34 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      Brooks….least I wish it was.



    • Blue Bill
      7:56 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      How many 10 win seasons did he have?



    • cats646
      10:32 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      Brooks had 1 7 win season. Stoops already has 2 and a 10 win season. You’re a jackass!



    • Bluenblood
      8:35 am September 22, 2019 Permalink

      You need to go back to playing video games sir. And don’t listen to cats464 he is just a blowhard and his buddy Blue Bill…get your facts straight. Rich Brooks had TWO 8 win seasons followed by 2 7 win seasons. 4 straight bowls 3 of them victories over decent Clemson and Florida State programs and NOT a down Pedophile State U team. Haha laughing at you dorks



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      9:11 pm September 22, 2019 Permalink

      Brooks had 8 win seasons with less talent. Imagine what he could have done if he wasn’t coming off a probation and had the money that was thrown at the team Stoops has had.



  20. runningunnin.454
    7:34 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

    I guess my take is “slightly” at odds with the rest of you. Looked like we didn’t want to be there in the first half; at least, came out with some pride and fight in the 2nd half.
    Sorry to be so weird…ha ha.



    • wildcat1994
      8:26 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      no your’e absolutely right. This comment section is full of a bunch of idiots. They all probably thought the coaches were wrong for starting terry to begin with after the first half of the florida game, theyre all comparing this to old UK football even though old UK football would have been run out of the stadium, they’re calling for basketball and yet the second basketball loses a couple games they’ll be calling for football. Do yourself a favor and stay outta here, its not where reasonable ppl need to be



    • Bluehender
      8:27 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      No one likes to lose rg, but a loss brings out people you never see on here when we win..



    • runningunnin.454
      9:11 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      Yep, rough crowd. I guess I’ll give the Cats a break on this one; QB1 lost for the season, Sawyer’s first SEC road game, a miserable 98 degrees on the field…can’t blame them for wanting to be somewhere else.
      I understand the negative comments in the context of the first half; but, we showed more heart after halftime.
      We could have completely quit; but, we held State to a touchdown, and won the 2nd half.



    • Bluehender
      12:10 am September 22, 2019 Permalink

      I agree completely..



  21. UKFanSC
    7:34 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

    That headline is taking considerable liberty with reality



  22. UKCatAttack
    7:34 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

    Let’s face it we lost most of our top players from last years team. Our great hope was that Terry Wilson had taken a huge step forward. Unfortunately, he’s gone for the year and it’s all system failure at this point. Field goal kicking might be the most disappointing part.



  23. haha
    7:34 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

    Dropped tds and missed kicks lmao. Terrible!!!! Should have been a 31-28 win



  24. nocode96
    7:36 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

    The sun will rise tomorrow guys. Stoops has taken this program already far beyond where it was when he started. We aren’t Alabama, or Clemson, or even Penn State or Nebraska, we are UK football, and we’ve come a long way since Stoops took over. Enjoy UK football for what it is, something to help pass the time until tip off. I have no interest in football but it’s been interesting reading all you guys from pre season until now. Y’all say “10 wins easy”, or “what disrespect they have not putting us in the top 25” and things of that nature. Now, those same people are bashing their heads against the wall. Why do that to yourselves? UK isn’t living up to an expectation YOU created. Just enjoy the fact we are fairly relevant in football again. We lost our starting QB, and this is the SEC, I can’t wrap my head around the expectations some of y’all create.



    • CatfaninCinci
      7:47 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      THANK YOU NOCODE!!! This is EXACTLY what I say every flipping year. KSR however is just as responsible. Filling people’s heads with, this is an 8 win team, 6-6 projections are free money bets… Blah blah blah. Looks like we are who they thought we were.



    • catsarerunnin
      8:47 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      Then stop coming to KSR douchebag. Problem solved PussCinci.



    • bluebew
      7:54 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      In all fairness, that Stoops has taken us ‘far’ from where we were when he took over, well, come on, Joker had driven this program into the ground and admitted that he passed on recruits ANYONE else wanted. So, you know, any one of us with charisma could take us from from that. I actually like Mitch, but he gives Stoops a raise every time he makes a ca-ca. Which is insane. Good news, though…..we’ll be hot again in 2058, when our obligatory 40 years to relevancy passes.



    • ScoggDog
      7:57 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      Of course the sun will come up tomorrow. And when it does – this team is led by Stoops/Gran. Bet your bottom dollar – if they get a lead, Stoops/Gran will fix it.

      But tomorrow – there’ll be sun. On a team better coached than this one.



    • CatfaninCinci
      7:58 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      NoCode is so right. Anyone who is completely baffled as to how this could happen was blinded by their own created expectation and not reality. Someone needs to check on Nick Roush tonight. That guy might take a long walk off a short bridge.



    • ScoggDog
      8:02 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      If Nick does – it’ll be the perfect walk off the most excellently selected bridge – as only Nick would know. And he’ll let us know. Because … Nick.



    • wildcat1994
      8:28 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      KSR also makes post that say things like “outrage! tyler herro was left off the all summer league team!” when everyone that made it had better numbers than him and they cant even put that in the post lol



  25. jrb4uk
    7:36 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

    Followed for 49 years, nothing new or unexpected.



  26. drew_123
    7:37 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

    What surge?



  27. Hatchet
    7:37 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

    I am so done with this so called team. We will be lucky to win 5 games. Tennessee as bad as they are will beat us again this year.



    • Bluehender
      8:29 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      Glad you’re gone. Don’t let the door hit ya on the way out..



  28. eddiesuttonsliver
    7:39 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

    And some of you have the nerve to call other people snowflakes lol



  29. season-3-disc-2
    7:39 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

    Oh yea that was a surge for sure hahaha…embarrassing, no other way to put it. Where are all of those “sawyer is better than Terry fans?” Basketball time in the bluegrass.



  30. dUKesUKs
    7:41 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

    Completely terrible football!!! Back to the same ole BS of finding a way to lose (4th quarter choke last Saturday) and then coming out feeling sorry for themselves and giving absolutely ZERO effort to try and win the next game to get back on the winning track!!! We’ve seen it for so many years now, sans last season, that it’s the norm with Kentucky Wildcat football!!! Time to find and hire a winner as head coach who can recruit AND coach winners!!!! Embarrassed and Sad here in Western Kentucky!!!!



    • drew_123
      7:48 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      Watch out dUKesUKs talk poorly about Stoops too much and people might come after you and say you’re not a fan.



    • dUKesUKs
      8:32 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      I hear ya drew_123!!! Truth hurts but it will set us free!!! The main priority for the current and/or future coaching staff at my beloved UK is find, recruit, and put on the gridiron a legitimate quarterback!!!! We must find an on field leader going forward. Sawyer may, or may not be doing the best he can. It’s just not enough. How long do we give Stoops and his coaching staff? One more season? Two? Five? We must have a proven, winning HC and his staff who can not only recruit but coach high level talent if we ever want to seriously contend in the SEC and the NCAA. Then a legitimate QB to lead the men on the field. I’ve been a fan for all of my 54 years. I’m not a hater by any means! I love what Coach Stoops and the Cats did last season. I just want more of the same. Consistency. Competitiveness in our league. Always finding ways to win instead of finding a way to lose. Don’t have to necessarily compete for the National Championship every season but competing for the SEC Championship wouldn’t be so bad!!! I’m a Kentucky Wildcat for life!!! Sometimes I just get so damn frustrated that I gotta vent. GO BIG BLUE!!!



    • Slam242424
      7:49 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      Like I said, that was some mighty gutless football.

      Bowden was targeted 22,376 times and had 8 receptions.

      Chance Poore kicked FG’s like Shaq shot free throws and Shaq had a better percentage.

      I really love Kash attitude, but unfortunately attitude can’t make tackles and at least no one will accuse him of trying to hurt someone since he didn’t make any contact most of the day.



  31. Bobbum Man
    7:43 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

    They played decent in the red zone… don’t have to play great when our quarterback throws it 40 feet over peoples heads



  32. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    7:46 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

    Where’s Gilmore’s shot. Oh wait he’s to young to get one.



    • Slam242424
      7:50 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      Yet we lost to a 19 year old frosh who did everything better than our 25 year old 8th year senior.



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      10:24 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      My point was Stoops has a history of overlooking players because they’re young. Not that Gilmore couldn’t play.



    • Dark Soul
      10:30 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      I will never understand how some fools on here think Stoops does not know what he is doing



  33. ChetSteadmansSalisburySteak
    7:57 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

    Can’t wait to see these young Cats in action!!! So close to b-ball!!!



  34. ChetSteadmansSalisburySteak
    7:59 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

    Where is #WeNeedPitino ?!??!?



  35. Bluebloodtoo
    8:06 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

    Can’t run pressure all the time when tough don’t have a seasoned secondary. That complex defensive system that worked so well last year depended on that secondary. We’re don’t have that secondary this year.



  36. CopenhagenCat
    8:13 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

    Whole team played like crap. Cats should have won . Miss tackles, miss throws, miss field goals. Some of the play calling made no sense at all.



    • dave1964
      8:18 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      We dropped 3 TD’s all in all just a sad effort by most of the football team only thing worse was coaching.



  37. juiceisloose
    8:20 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

    Why does our play calling consist of no jet sweep, no fake jet sweeps, no screens, no thigh end screens. His best idea to get our best players the ball is to hand it off in shotgun/pistol to get them the ball a little faster. How about something to get the defense on their toes… like uhh fake jet sweeps. I mean does he not watch how all the good offenses work these days. Consistently throws players under the bus not by name but still. I know there was bad throws and drops but the runs are so predictable it hurts. Like handing it off from the pistol or the wildcat. Like evolve Gran evolve



  38. dUKesUKs
    8:36 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

    Oh and one more thing…..I want to go on record as saying I am in NO WAY a fan of Eddie Gran as an offensive coordinator!!!! He might be a great fella but his offensive scheme and plays don’t work for me at Kentucky! Back to Cincinnati perhaps?!?!



  39. BlueBanker18
    8:43 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

    Our team has the potential to be great. We saw flashes (three quarters, really) of it against Florida last week. The hell happened, man?



  40. wildcat1994
    8:48 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

    Thank god the world isnt run by this comment section lol why even call yourself UK fans if you’re that quick to call for basketball season? Everyone calling this old UK football is off their rocker. Yea it sucks, we missed some field goals, were playing with an injured backup quarterback, were on the road after a big florida game and yet we had a chance to win. Get the cheetos dust off your fingers and get out of your parents basement and go get some perspective. My god were fine! The world isnt over



    • JPhelps
      9:31 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      Because football is an appetizer for basketball. Once it gets cold, it’s not good anymore.

      Bring on the main course!



    • schnauzerface
      2:46 am September 22, 2019 Permalink

      You idiot



  41. bbn606
    9:08 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

    I wouldn’t say 10 points in the second half was a surge.



  42. natchamps98
    9:22 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

    21 incompletions, not sure I can remember that many from UK QB. There were a lot of drops though…



    • juiceisloose
      11:23 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

      That is a lot but he had 26 incompletions. And a pick six the fourth play, if we score that drive it might change the whole game. Terry has to be losing his mind watching this. He knows if we win these two games which we probably do, were a top ten team maybe



  43. BluKudzu
    10:46 pm September 21, 2019 Permalink

    I told everyone, give the points, take MSU.



  44. schnauzerface
    2:44 am September 22, 2019 Permalink

    Worst article I’ve ever read on this page. What type of krylon were you huffing before you wrote this shitty post about we almost had em? They were beat as soon as they hit the field and every second after . I love my teams but I’ll admit when they’re trash and they were all day today. You my friend are a friggin moron if you find positives in that train wreck. Can’t wait to hear the positives in the press conference