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Lynn Bowden told Stoops “Give Me the Rock” and it Worked

© Denny Medley | USATSI

© Denny Medley | USATSI

Kentucky desperately needed a big play.  Lynn Bowden delivered.

After the Cats were stuffed on a fourth down run inside the red zone, time was running out for a potential comeback.  The UK defense held their own, but the offense could not get the ball into the end zone.  With just over five minutes to play, Mark Stoops was approached by Lynn Bowden.

“Lynn wanted the ball in his hand. He told me, ‘I’m going in on punt return.’ I said, ‘Go do your thing.’”

Lynn did his thing. Fifty-seven yards later, Kentucky had its first touchdown of the day.

Normally, Bowden is used exclusively for kickoff returns.  When he interjected to return the punt, Stoops knew something special was going to happen.

“When you’re coaching guys all these years, when they say, ‘give me the rock,’ some times it’s lip-service. They all want that. Then there’s some times when there’s a shear desire in that guy’s eyes that he’s going to do it. That’s what he had today. He was just unbelievable. He made tough plays all night. No environment is too big for him. He’s not afraid of anything. He’s not perfect, but he’s going to play and what he did was special.”

Bowden knew he was going to have a big day.  Something felt different this morning as the wide receiver prepared for kickoff.  Once the time came, everything clicked.  He finished with a career-high 13 receptions for 166 yards.  On his career day, Bowden refused to lose.

I wasn’t going home with an L,” Bowden said. “We couldn’t go home with an L. We couldn’t do it. We came too far. We prepared too hard. We got a chip on our shoulder.”

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Article written by Nick Roush

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

14 Comments for Lynn Bowden told Stoops “Give Me the Rock” and it Worked



  1. 4everUKblue
    10:18 pm October 27, 2018 Permalink

    I love this young man’s attitude! Give him the damn ball more!!!



    • henderblue
      9:14 am October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Exactly 4everUK. He should be back there for all the punt returns. And surely they will involve him more in the offense. He’s a player



    • 4everUKblue
      2:10 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      I hope so henderblue.



  2. dhard
    10:24 pm October 27, 2018 Permalink

    He should touching it at least 10 times every game.



  3. J-Dub421
    10:27 pm October 27, 2018 Permalink

    Love it. Big time players make big time plays.



  4. Cokely53
    10:29 pm October 27, 2018 Permalink

    We need to use him more like Cobb. Get him the ball in the backfield some



    • Cmart0907
      10:50 pm October 27, 2018 Permalink

      I agree. He can throw the ball too. Expand the offense even more. Utilize the weapons we have.



    • henderblue
      9:16 am October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Yes!! Someone needs to bring Gran some tapes of Cobb. He should be required to watch them all day today!



  5. Wade
    10:43 pm October 27, 2018 Permalink

    That’s a change we need and glad to see the trust on that last drive and chance Poore! We have the best defense in the nation! Go cats. Coaches get out the way and play. We have seen we can win even turning the ball over twice. These kids just wanna win. Play to win! No more holding back!



  6. bailey000
    10:55 pm October 27, 2018 Permalink

    Love this kid. Cat forever.



  7. UKfanman01
    11:06 pm October 27, 2018 Permalink

    I’d like to see a flea flicker play. Something where Benny runs the Wildcat with TW in the backfield. Have him run to the line and reverse the ball, CJ bust down field. More CJ, more Bowden. Benny will pick up more yards. Spread the field



  8. Cletis75
    1:06 am October 28, 2018 Permalink

    He fielded the ball at the 33. That’s a 67 y’s return. Why you wanna rob the man of 10 yards?



    • KYFAN4LYFE
      3:15 am October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Since he spelled it out, it’s hard to know if it was a spelling error, or a math error….since Nick sucks at both.



  9. CellarDoorx06
    7:20 am October 28, 2018 Permalink

    Thank each and every one of you Gentlemen for making Kentucky Football FINALLY fun to watch!!!