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Patrick Towles had a rough day

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

It was a rough day for Patrick Towles. The sophomore was 14-29 for 176 yards, zero touchdowns, and two interceptions. Towles looked out of sync the entire game, dancing indecisively in the pocket, scrambling right into Louisville defenders and showing absolutely no confidence under fire. His last throw sealed UK’s fate, sailing right into Louisville’s Gerod Holliman’s hands.

Mark Stoops said after the game that Patrick was so bad that Neal Brown was forced to call more runs than he would have liked. “Patrick was just too erratic,” Stoops said. He also said that UK’s game plan included lots of quick hit passes for 7-8 yards, but they had to scrap it when Patrick struggled. “Patrick’s throws just weren’t there, so we changed.”

Not even an obliviate charm can fix this one, I’m afraid.

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23 Comments for Patrick Towles had a rough day

  1. ShepherdsvilleKAT
    5:06 pm November 29, 2014 Permalink

    and that’s why red-shirting Barker was a mistake. Phillips was never going to play unless Towles got hurt this year and that would have been disastrous. We had no other options whenever Towles struggled.

    • ZombieLibrarian
      6:11 pm November 29, 2014 Permalink

      We could have went 0-12, and redshirting Drew Barker would absolutely have not been a mistake. You get a solid football program when starting with a bare cupboard ONLY by slowly building. This is exactly why so many guys have been redshirted, and other guys like Elam, Bone, Johnson, Boom, etc. have played, but played sparingly. This isn’t basketball…you can’t just throw these guys into the fire and have them learn on the job as true freshmen. We’re going to start seeing some real payoff next year when jump up 2-3 wins again, and after that there could be something special in store. I’m not saying there will be, but this is easily the most talent we’ve every accumulated and we’re continuing to do so. I know today (and the second half of the season) have been a bitter pill to swallow, ut the future remains as bright as I can remember.

    • Leuther
      3:34 am November 30, 2014 Permalink

      Don’t agree that redshirting Barker was a mistake. He needed time to mature and Towles deserved a whole season to show what he could do.

      Unfortunately, Towles regressed so next year Barker will have a real shot…

  2. rainman
    5:12 pm November 29, 2014 Permalink

    I wonder if the staff ever thought that MAYBE, that was part of the problem? Changing the game plan as soon as the game starts? How can there be any consistancy if your going to abort the game plan? At least we didn’t run the Wildcat 9 times in a row!

  3. UKBlue1
    5:19 pm November 29, 2014 Permalink

    He just isn’t strong enough mentally to be a starting QB in the big game.

    • Time Expired
      5:25 pm November 29, 2014 Permalink


    • Jobob
      5:37 pm November 29, 2014 Permalink

      Dumb comment. Pat made the plays early in the year. I wouldn’t mind seeing Barker next year, but I know Towles can be good with the right QB coaching. Jared should apply for that job

    • Cousins Fake Tooth
      5:50 pm November 29, 2014 Permalink

      He made plays early on. Against…..oh yeah, GARBAGE competition on most of them. So you are saying, hes good for a low-mid major team, but is not near even average SEC good.

  4. Jobob
    5:20 pm November 29, 2014 Permalink

    That was not Patrick Towels fault! Shame on him for saying that it was! The play calling was horrific! Getting paid six figures….that’s who has the blame. They should at least have some kind of two minute offense that does not involve qb draw!

    • Cousins Fake Tooth
      5:48 pm November 29, 2014 Permalink

      Yes, it was not Towels fault! I blame the invisible man with bad hands that let the ball go right through his hands at the end of the game, straight into the UL players arms! The visible people should have been somewhere remotely close to the ball in case the invisible man with bad hands missed it, which is just what happened!

  5. Jobob
    5:23 pm November 29, 2014 Permalink

    Pat has the goods, and he is plenty tough enough, mentally and physically. Coordinator shrunk every single time the players needed them. If it wasn’t for the players making some great plays we would have never been close!

  6. DelrayCat
    5:26 pm November 29, 2014 Permalink

    I am happy about Neil Brown’s exit…so long as Stoops makes the right hire. Personally, I hope he opts for an O.C. who is perhaps an ex-head coach. Someone with some gravitas and more experience…perhaps 45+. Perhaps a guy who is also a great recruiter.
    The best guy for the job….Joker Phillips!

  7. blubo
    5:27 pm November 29, 2014 Permalink

    our first mistake was knocking bonnafon out of the game.

  8. CopenhagenCat
    5:29 pm November 29, 2014 Permalink

    Playing calling was awful, for a min I thought Joker was back. Towels looked like he was scared the whole time. Air Raid my ass.

  9. cats paw
    5:31 pm November 29, 2014 Permalink

    I guess the obvious question is why Stoops didn’t put in Phillips then? Do they not think he was capable of handing the ball to a running back?

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      6:41 pm November 29, 2014 Permalink


    • catdaddyd
      12:33 pm November 30, 2014 Permalink

      I think they were going to put Reece in, but then Patrick throw a td, so they left him in.

  10. Jobob
    6:24 pm November 29, 2014 Permalink

    My point is this, the play calling and protection has held him back all year! I just don’t like to bash on the kid, when there are five coaches getting paid to put him in a position to succeed.

  11. Jobob
    7:45 pm November 29, 2014 Permalink

    You sir are a complete tool.

  12. 3 fan
    9:45 pm November 29, 2014 Permalink

    Towles showed he is not a SEC caliber QB. It’s that simple

  13. Catsfan3
    11:58 pm November 29, 2014 Permalink

    If Towles can’t handle things any better than he did today he won’t be the starter next year. He misses wide open receivers to try to force balls in between two or three defenders, constantly overthrows or under throws wide open targets on balls thrown deep and can not go through his processions of receivers. He just appears to lost all confidence in himself and seems to be a nervous wreck out there.

    • Time Expired
      9:05 am November 30, 2014 Permalink

      Without any doubt Patrick Towles may have played himself into a backup role next year. Playing with happy feet, never planting his feet to throw, exceedingly poor field vision, he just looked like a poor quarterback and that was not just last night. If Barker is not better than him next year then the Cats are stuck with poor quarterback play again. Pray for a good OC to come in here and clean this mess of an offense up.

    • catdaddyd
      12:41 pm November 30, 2014 Permalink

      Time expired, agree. My biggest complaint with Patrick all year has been with the happy feet, even in the games we won. He’s caused a lot sacks by not stepping up in the pocket. Patrick did make great strides coming into the season and if he improves again he could keep his job. No excuse for all the bad throws though.