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Mark Stoops on final offensive play: “I’ll never argue with Lynn [Bowden] about taking it”

In a game of inches, Kentucky failed to get theirs when it mattered most to close out the game.

With the ball at the Tennessee one-yard line with 2:11 remaining, redshirt freshman running back Christopher Rodriguez fell just short of the line of scrimmage on third down. And on fourth with the game on the line, quarterback Lynn Bowden rushed right on the option, faked the pitch, and cut upfield. Like Rodriguez, the junior playmaker was stopped short of the goal line, ultimately solidifying the Volunteer victory.

After the game, there was a bit of back-and-forth on social media about Bowden’s decision to not pitch the ball on the final offensive play, with some fans feeling Rodriguez had open space to make a play at the pylon.

During his postgame press conference, Stoops defended Bowden for his decision to take it, saying he has earned the right to make a judgement call in that situation.

“I thought Lynn made a really good play, I’ll never argue with Lynn about taking it right there,” Stoops said. “He stretched it to the perimeter. We’ll look at it and probably feel like if he pitched it, it would have been a footrace to the pylon. It probably had a chance, but I’m not going to argue with that kid and how he had the chance to pull the ball down and try to drive it in there for that one yard. Credit them for a nice stop.”

At the end of the day, though, the Wildcats will have to find a way to punch it in the end zone to close out the season.

“Just getting in the end zone,” Stoops said. “We’ve got to find a way to get the ball in the end zone. That’s the bottom line. You make that yard, you make a couple plays, and it’s a much different situation. But it didn’t happen, so we need to regroup and get back to work. I’m sure this team will.”

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Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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26 Comments for Mark Stoops on final offensive play: “I’ll never argue with Lynn [Bowden] about taking it”



  1. UKinIN
    12:16 am November 10, 2019 Permalink

    If Bowden pitched it and Rodriguez was stopped everyone would criticize that too.



  2. kjd
    1:02 am November 10, 2019 Permalink

    Rodriguez was the best option. He was one on one. That’s the right call. Period. Bowden made the wrong decision. Period. Stoops said as much post game, but Bowden is the star so no open criticism us allowed. Bowden is not a D1 QB. Period.



    • dcforuk
      1:06 am November 10, 2019 Permalink

      Exclamation points would have been better to use than periods. I cannot believe you would not have used exclamation points. What were you thinking?



    • catsarerunnin
      6:19 am November 10, 2019 Permalink

      He wasn’t thinking. Period.



    • shelby3605
      10:05 am November 10, 2019 Permalink

      UR correct; lynn is a great WIDE RECEIVER; the QB is healthy, put lynn back at his natural position and let sawyer pose a passing threat. You can’t expect to beat many teams running the wildcat formation 100% of the time.



  3. dcforuk
    1:04 am November 10, 2019 Permalink

    UT guy in the end zone and to Bowden’s left would have stopped Rodriguez! Period!



  4. Gaber
    1:15 am November 10, 2019 Permalink

    Glad the weather was good so we could open up the playbook. Lynn throws a great 5-10 yard pass. Would have liked to seen more than 8 passes.



    • dcforuk
      1:29 am November 10, 2019 Permalink

      Sentence two and three aren’t that bad.



  5. TheBigjMan55
    2:04 am November 10, 2019 Permalink

    0 pass yards is why we lost this game. You have to walk before you can run.



    • dcforuk
      2:21 am November 10, 2019 Permalink

      Maybe, maybe not. Maybe the game plan and strategy is why we only lost by four points?



    • shelby3605
      10:07 am November 10, 2019 Permalink

      It’s actually a miracle we were even in the game. Stoops is forcing gran to game plan using nothing but the wildcat formation. Ridiculous thing to do. Gran should probably be commended.



  6. TheBigjMan55
    2:06 am November 10, 2019 Permalink

    0 pass yards. That’s why we lost this game. You have to walk before you can run



    • dcforuk
      2:21 am November 10, 2019 Permalink

      Maybe, maybe not. Maybe the game plan and strategy is why we only lost by four points?



  7. DelrayCat
    3:45 am November 10, 2019 Permalink

    It was ridiculously stupid to stick with Bowden at QB. Once Smith was healthy, you go back to him. Barely winning against an absurdly bad team like Arkansas was fools gold. You cannot win consistently at D1 level if you cannot throw the ball…period.



  8. chris43
    6:29 am November 10, 2019 Permalink

    The team is what it is this year. The players are playing hard and giving good effort but when lost too many players last season. Then Wilson gets hurt and bam! Here we are! We aren’t Bama, LSU, Ohio State, Clemson etc. Fact is we lost a ton of talent and we don’t have a cupboard of 4-5 stars chomping at the bit to replace them. We have to develop our players which takes time. Bowden got us this far on pure heart. Run it on teams that know 95% of the time it’s gonna be a run. Put 8 in the box and that’s very hard to do. I’m with Bowden and his decision as there isn’t another player on the entire team who I’d rather see have the ball.



    • makeitstop
      6:38 am November 10, 2019 Permalink

      How about one who could throw it too? That would keep them honest. CRod pitch was the right play but if ur the best kid on the playground u keep it and he’s the best. Bad decision but we lost bc they put too much on him when UT adapted at halftime as well paid coaches do, or are supposed to, and we stubbornly did the same thing over and over expecting the results to change.



    • Dark Soul
      9:15 am November 10, 2019 Permalink

      You cant have rational posts on here. Come on now.



  9. CahillsCrossingNT
    8:14 am November 10, 2019 Permalink

    Stoops will NEVER beat Pruitt. Last night made that obvious, especially after the opening drive of the second half.



  10. bd2153
    8:30 am November 10, 2019 Permalink

    Can’t pass only run. No play action no nothing boring ass football then lose to a shit team Welcome to the clown bowl Sad football



  11. CombatMedic_98
    10:07 am November 10, 2019 Permalink

    To run that play was IGNORANT…same ole Eddie Gran



  12. shelby3605
    10:08 am November 10, 2019 Permalink

    Joey Gatewood is leaving town laughing his ass off. Aint no way in hell he’s playing here. If he ever tweaks his ankle and has to sit a game, he’ll never get his job back!



  13. StuckinLville
    10:46 am November 10, 2019 Permalink

    Or since they knew they were gonna run, how about an out to a tight end of Wagner? Cant win if you cant pass.



  14. abmorris27
    1:33 pm November 10, 2019 Permalink

    Lynn is an absolute warrior but he made the wrong decision on that play. Not sure that Rodriguez would have scored either but Lynn had no shot. Just heartbreaking.



  15. drbigblue
    6:32 pm November 11, 2019 Permalink

    Sawyer put up 28 points against Florida… is he still injured? Tn was so stacked up against the run… go figure…Players get an A+, offense and defense… coaching F-