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‘Old school UK loss’ comes with déjà vu for Kentucky

I spent the morning gathering post-game quotes, trying to wade carefully through the “coach talk” and the players’ media training to find some actual insight as to what happened during Kentucky’s collapse against Florida Saturday night. The Cats’ turnovers, inconsistency and at least one questionable targeting call in the second half ultimately led to a blown 21-10 lead and a victory for the No. 9 Florida Gators inside Kroger Field.

One play that stands out, of course, is Chance Poore’s flubbed 35-yard field goal – I’m sure the Florida media had fun with that headline following the game. But why was the game coming down to a kick in the first place? I was looking for answers – what did the coaching staff say in response to the drive that ultimately resulted in a missed kick and zero points on the board for the Cats? Thanks to our friend the internet (specifically, videos that permanently live on Youtube), I found a video titled “Eddie Gran post Florida.”

You’d like to not kick field goals; you’d like to have touchdowns on every one. We’ll probably come back and look, and it was mistakes, play calling, whatever it may be,” Gran said in the video. “We had a chance to put them away. We had a bad snap; we had a penalty. Those things are excusable. But that’s on me.”

Gran went on to discuss the Cats’ struggles with getting points on the board late in the game. After a mostly-positive offensive outing during the first half, what led to the kick that ultimately decided the Cats’ fate? They simply couldn’t convert.

“Our efficiency on first downs in the first half, I thought was phenomenal,” Gran said. But the second half was a different story.

“You’ve got to convert. If we would have converted three more, maybe who knows. It could have changed the game. If you don’t have a penalty or something like that, maybe you don’t kick a field goal. Not on a team like this. We had the chance to put them away and we didn’t do it.”

Then the next question… was about Benny Snell. Wait a second. Did Gran’s response just reference Stephen Johnson? And… is that Alan Cutler in the background?

Turns out, the video I was watching was actually from 2017. It came from an entirely different year with the same outcome: a heartbreaking loss to the Gators inside Kentucky’s own stadium. Gran even looked exactly the same.

I’ve never felt a more intense instance of déjà vu. How is this still happening?

The progress the Kentucky football program has made since that video was posted two years ago is truly remarkable. Since then, the Cats have boasted two winning seasons, an impressive bowl game victory, a handful of NFL Draft picks and a win over Florida inside the Swamp. It can be done. Sure, the Cats’ starting quarterback just went down with a devastating injury last week, and many of last year’s key players have graduated from the program. Saturday’s absences due to injury or ejection didn’t help either. Still, what’s in the water when Florida comes to town? And why did it once again come down to a kick?

KSR’s Matt Jones ran through a few of the game’s qualities on Twitter. Combined, the team’s late-game falters lead to an “old school UK loss.”

I finally found a video from this year’s post-game press conference. Not surprisingly, it didn’t sound that different from the 2017 video.

“We’ll go back as a staff – it always starts with us. It always starts with our staff,” Gran said Saturday night. “We’ll go back and make sure we put them in the right position to win a game. Obviously we didn’t on short yardage, so we’ll go back to the drawing board and get that fixed for next week.”

If nothing else, may we all age as gracefully as Eddie Gran.

Article written by Maggie Davis

I love sports, podcasts, long walks on the beach and Twitter (@MaggieDavisKSR)

26 Comments for ‘Old school UK loss’ comes with déjà vu for Kentucky

  1. VMI1957
    3:30 pm September 15, 2019 Permalink

    Simply put UK is awful this year in football.

    • Trueblue44
      4:10 pm September 15, 2019 Permalink

      Yeah, beating ourselves against the #9 team in the country is being awful. You suck dude. Plenty of mistakes but for the love of God, can people f’n relax? 10 wins last year and lost our starting QB, lost a generational talent in defense, best RB in program history and our entire secondary and still should’ve won against a top 10 team. You all are sad, please don’t try to jump back on when it’s going well, there won’t be room

    • Wade
      6:36 pm September 15, 2019 Permalink

      Grounding needed to be called, garbage targeting, 4&1 2x and made a bad call one led to a missed field goal. If one thing changes we win. Even with our dbs all new and missing our top 2 and sawyer giving the ball up 3 x. We got conservative in the 4th but it was bend not break and see if the front can make something happen. Instead it was bad playcalling. We were in position a lot of times but shit happens. We need to pick it up get Lynn in the same page with sawyer, run smoke ,and bring along dbs. We will win 8 games. We’re pretty good even with all the guys we have out. I’m pissed but excited about the season and know we’re better than that. IT sucks bc we want to beat fl that’s our super bowl every yr and I happen to live an hr from Gainesville so I gotta relive this all week

    • BlueByYou
      8:24 am September 16, 2019 Permalink

      Comments by VoMIt1957’s are a great example of what happens when you leave your computer logged on tot he site and a two year old gets behind the keyboard. The guy is obviously a loser as he has nothing else to do but make inane comments about a team he obviously hates. If his name does mean that he was born in 1957, it only means that he is even more pathetic. Ignore the dickwad and just let him waste his life making these stupid comments. Maybe his mommy will give him some attention and he won’t feel the need to look for it here.

    • UKFanSC
      10:07 am September 16, 2019 Permalink

      Go away….

  2. brassnux66
    5:08 pm September 15, 2019 Permalink

    They aren’t awful, but the coaching staff was gutless last night. Throw the damn ball to Wagner in the end zone on that las drive. I’d rather lose trying to get a TD than run the clock down for an unproven kicker. Trust your QB.

  3. Park
    11:09 pm September 15, 2019 Permalink

    Anyone see the video of Kash Daniel apparently trying to twist Trask’s ankle? Been going around Twitter. Not a good look…

  4. ColoradoCatFan88
    11:14 pm September 15, 2019 Permalink

    Irrelevant article. Just let it go KSR..

  5. 4everUKblue
    11:25 pm September 15, 2019 Permalink

    Looks like they are just recycling the same stories, I notice the one Nick Wheaties wrote about who was the better QB disappeared. Must be desperate for clicks.

    • JPhelps
      7:28 am September 16, 2019 Permalink

      Yep. It is… I thought that was a horribly stupid story as it was. Terry/Gunnar nearly ripped the fan base apart and now, KSR was leading the charge on the next controversy. Bad optics.

    • 4everUKblue
      8:44 am September 16, 2019 Permalink


    • runningunnin.454
      9:00 am September 16, 2019 Permalink

      Well I missed that one. What possible QB controversy could there be? Between a QB with bowl game experience, and one that’s never taken a snap in a game? Gee, that’s a tough one.
      Oh, I know; Trevor Lawrence transferred and was granted immediate eligibility?

  6. J. Did
    5:44 am September 16, 2019 Permalink

    Why is Gran taking the blame? Loss is on St. Oops. Defense cost UK the game.

  7. catsarerunnin
    7:02 am September 16, 2019 Permalink

    The Florida game is over and done KSR. Let it go.

    • gasman01
      7:27 am September 16, 2019 Permalink

      You are so right!! Let’s move on to MissSt. If we get up for that game and shore up some mistakes we will win. State is NOT Florida.

  8. UKFanSC
    7:37 am September 16, 2019 Permalink

    I can’t even talk about it anymore

  9. BluKudzu
    7:57 am September 16, 2019 Permalink

    Einstein once said “Insanity is doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results”

    Same pile, different decade.

    • 4everUKblue
      11:54 am September 16, 2019 Permalink

      And you are living proof of insanity, posting stupid comments over and over again. Same pile of sh!t, different day.

    • catsarerunnin
      12:49 pm September 16, 2019 Permalink

      Kudzu is currently sitting in his pile.

  10. truebluefootballfan
    8:05 am September 16, 2019 Permalink

    Gran’s playcalling was and still is garbage… He doesnt know how to utilize the personnel he was gifted either. It’s like giving a dude a beefed up muscle car that has the governor set on his 10hp go cart. Maybe Stoops should do take the keys from the oc this time around. Our option looks more like a guess option than a read and the Wildcat is done until you quit running it up the middle every time you line up in it.

  11. Larkin123
    8:09 am September 16, 2019 Permalink

    Its not Gran… Everything he does is with Stoops in mind. That’s why you hear they work so well together. He does exactly what Stoops wants

    Stoops goes for it when should kick and goes too conservative when he should be a little more aggressive. Its not natural for him. Its out of place. Stoops is a run the ball and play defense guy. This team is not completely that. Stoops is much better his way. I figured this out a long time ago. Multiple coordinators.

  12. EastKYCAT
    8:15 am September 16, 2019 Permalink

    Gran needs to get the ball to either Smoke or Rodriguez on short yardage. I know Rodriguez has had fumble issues, but you can’t keep him out forever, let him prove to you to trust him again. #FeedtheSmoke! We are fine ppl, yes we would be a top 20 team if we beat them, but we are after a 8-9 win season get behind the team and let’s go out and get a good Bowl game. Plus you never knowhow we come out against GA, I can dream, don’t trash my dream. This Season is not over, let’s not focus on last week, let’s focus on Miss St.

  13. 4everUKblue
    8:58 am September 16, 2019 Permalink

    I think we’ve covered this loss six ways from Sunday. Can we move on the the next game or are we going to keep reliving this loss for another week?

      11:49 am September 16, 2019 Permalink

      Think this is bad…? Just wait until coaching costs us the UT game.

    • 4everUKblue
      11:55 am September 16, 2019 Permalink

      God I hope that doesn’t happen, but you’re right. Or UofLittleBrother.

  14. michaelb
    11:58 am September 16, 2019 Permalink

    Why do people say we’re awful? We let this fla game get away . We let them off the hook. If anything it shows me that we’re better than I expected . I think we can beat anyone left on our schedule besides Georgia