A number of Kentucky’s football players and coaches probably left the field last night with a rather empty feeling. For one unit of the team though, it was hard to ignore the lingering excitement from a play that is quite honestly any specialist’s dream. Just how special was the night for those guys? Consider this: Jared Leet, Kentucky’s holder, was invited to the post-game interview room for the first time in his career. And quite possibly the only time in his career.
“I came in here and wanted to take pictures,” he told the Herald Leader. “It’s kind of a dream for me.”
Joe Mansour showed a burst of speed that many probably didn’t know he possessed when he ran Kentucky’s fake field goal attempt in for the Wildcats’ lone touchdown on the night. The play ignited Commonwealth Stadium and set the tone for what felt like a potential upset in the making. Unfortunately, Kentucky wasn’t able to carry the momentum into the second quarter, but for that moment at least– Mansour and Leet and the rest of Kentucky’s specialists were on top of the world. The play made ESPN’s Sports Center’s Top 10 last night as well. That’s cool, no matter how you slice it.
For Kentucky’s part, the plan to potentially run a fake field goal was in the works all week long. Mark Stoops said that the team was prepared for such events, knowing that to beat a solid Florida defense, they might have to get a little creative. “It was something we worked all week. We’ve been greasing it up.”