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Nobody is Pointing Fingers after Texas A&M Loss

After Kentucky’s heartbreaking overtime loss at Texas A&M, the Wildcats’ locker room was disappointed, but there was no panic.

“We just gotta go back to work,” said linebacker Kash Daniel.  “We’re not blaming anybody.  We win as a team.  We lose as a team.

“That shows just how much this organization has grown because if it was previous years, we’d have finger-pointing and (there’d be) dudes in corners, but no.  Coach Stoops addressed us as a team.  We’re all going to get healthy this week because we got a lot of guys banged up, myself included.  We’re all gonna get healthy and come back and finish the season strong.  That I can promise you.”

Instead of playing the blame game, leaders did what leaders do.  Josh Allen reached out to teammates all over the locker room to make sure they kept their heads up after the first loss of  the season.

“We’re good.  We’re gonna learn from our mistakes in this game; learn from it and go forward.  I talked to all the guys in there afterwards individually, so I got everybody’s head right.  We are mentally ready for the bye week and Vanderbilt.  We’re just going to have to bounce back, play more physical and win games.”

For some fans, the sky might be falling, but it’s just one loss.

“It’s the first loss of the season, so it’s a tough loss,” Benny Snell said, “but I don’t see it any different than any other loss.”

Playing the blame game would be easy, especially for the defense.  Kentucky did a better job slowing down Texas A&M’s offense than Clemson and Alabama.  The Aggies were limited to just 20 points and 5.2 yards per play.  The defense did their part, but the offense did not.  Still, there’s no animosity between the two.

The offense helps us out some games. We gotta help the offense out some games,” said Mike Edwards.  “We just gotta play through it, no matter how long we’re out on the field, no matter what the offense is doing, we have to worry about our side of the ball.  The defense has to play through it and make as many big plays as possible to get the ball back to the offense.”

Allen echoed that sentiment.  “We know we just have to control ourselves.  When we control ourselves, that’s when we play at our best.  We made an emphasis this year of not pointing fingers…We only control ourselves.  When big plays come, we gotta take advantage of those and go from there.”

Nobody made more big plays than Darius West.  The Kentucky safety had 10 tackles, an interception and a game-tying scoop and score in the fourth quarter.  West and the rest of Kentucky’s veterans will not let this team lose all of its early-season momentum during the bye week.

“It won’t, not at all.  We got guys like Josh Allen and Kash Daniel,” West said. “We’re going to continue to do what we gotta do to be victorious.”

Kentucky had big enough guns to win at Kyle Field, but they could not execute when it mattered most.  Rather than focus on the negatives, Mark Stoops’ coaching staff will search for what went right in the first five games.

“Our prep has been really good.  Our guys have been working hard.  We have good leadership on this team.  We’re going to hit the reset button here and look at things we did successfully to get it to 5-1 and we’ll look at the things we need to improve and work on those things. I don’t anticipate any issues there with this team.”


Article written by Nick Roush

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

18 Comments for Nobody is Pointing Fingers after Texas A&M Loss

  1. USMC5150
    6:09 pm October 8, 2018 Permalink

    Does anyone on KSR actually proof read?

    • bigbluebanana
      7:19 pm October 8, 2018 Permalink

      Yes, but this is a Nick article, he’s the worst “professional” writer I’ve ever witnessed. I legitimately think he just doesn’t know any better.

    • bailey000
      8:59 pm October 8, 2018 Permalink

      Banana u know he’s read this so don’t hold back. Love u nick but u are proof that English class is bull$\!+. Way to be successful despite your shortcomings. Giving me hope for some family members over here in eastern ky.

    • Nick Roush
      10:56 pm October 8, 2018 Permalink

      I appreciate all of your support and kind words.

  2. michaelb
    6:16 pm October 8, 2018 Permalink

    Yea this is nice to see . I think these guys will play fierce together the rest of the season

  3. Catlogic15
    6:21 pm October 8, 2018 Permalink

    I guarantee most of the defense are thinking “wtf” when they look at Gran.

    • shelby
      8:31 pm October 8, 2018 Permalink

      I guarantee you’re wrong; these kids trust their coaches. Not gran’s fault TW took a sack, the kid is young and learning. If benny had ran and got stuffed, everybody would be crying about how the whole stadium knew benny was getting the ball.

    • Wrong Shelby. SOME would be complaining, but not most. If it was 3rd and 8 or 10 that’s one thing, but not 3rd and 2. You put the ball in the hands of the best player in the stadium who is a bowling ball to try to bring down. He had started getting yards late also. It was a horrible play call, pure and simple.

    • catsfan9508
      12:44 am October 9, 2018 Permalink

      Truth Chris??. Benny gets almost 2-3 yards every time he just falls forward. I’m serious when I say there’s been times I’ve watched in awe. It’s like magic at times lol. That’s what makes this loss tough. Knowing we were the better team imo. Think about this tho. I’d like to know what kind of yards Benny typically gets the 2nd half of games. I bet it’s a lot. Because you have to think we usually spend the first half setting up the run dominance and then the defenses are gassed mid 3rd beginning 4th. We didn’t do that this game. I may be in the minority but he was getting 4-6 yards on first touches. I would’ve stuck with that until they could stop it. Because you do that on 1st and 2nd down then it’s 3rd and 4 at worst. It was like the coaches defeated the run game before the game even started. They probably said hey it’s the best run defense in country so we’re going to throw it around and just tell Terry don’t turn it over. I’m still 100% behind this team. But I’d be lying if I didn’t admit I believed we could’ve went 12-0. Because our defense like it showed last night will keep us in every game and Georgia isn’t setting the country on fire on offense. I wish we could get heavy doses of Conrad, Snell and Bowden. What do those 3 have in common? They’re like my earlier sentence about when they touch the ball it’s magic at times. We’ve said more times than any other offensive player with these 3 oh a no gain, oh no wait how did they catch/run that many yards I thought they were down/incomplete. Then tell Terry go back to what you did the first 4 1/2 games. I’m not trying to be a know it all. Our coaches know wayyyyy more than I ever will. Im just saying what I think looks like what worked when I’ve watched every game. GO BIG BLUE!

  4. jimmer
    7:18 pm October 8, 2018 Permalink

    Love what these players are saying.

  5. tacoterry0412
    7:32 pm October 8, 2018 Permalink

    Love that these guys are handling it this way, still in my mind none of the players were to blame, this game was 100% on Eddie Gran, the worst game he has called all year, he let A&M get in his head

  6. WileECoyote
    8:38 pm October 8, 2018 Permalink

    Not true, I am pointing fingers, straight at Stoops and Gran.

  7. Clyde X
    9:36 pm October 8, 2018 Permalink

    I loved the way Kentucky’s defense played against A&M. They just spent too much time on the field. I will make an observation about the offense. When we line up with two wide outside, a slot receiver, one tight end and one running back and the defense has eight men on the line of scrimmage, there is little chance of an off tackle run working. I am all for Benny running the ball on every down. Put in two tonight ends and a fullback and give the best running back in the country a chance. I watched Bama Saturday. On obvious running downs they had two tight ends and a fullback. Eddie Gran’s play calling brings back painful memories of Bill Curry.

    • CombatMedic_98
      11:55 pm October 8, 2018 Permalink

      They have a really good “throwing” QB like Georgia, Clemson, Ohio, Missouri, etc. too! Wish we did also!

  8. catsfan9508
    12:44 am October 9, 2018 Permalink

    Sorry Chris i didn’t mean the ? marks lol. I was in agreement with you