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RECAP: The mistakes that led to Kentucky’s overtime loss to Ole Miss

Katie Stratman | USA TODAY Sports

Oct 3, 2020; Lexington, Kentucky, USA; Mississippi Rebels offensive lineman Bryce Ramsey (75) consoles Kentucky Wildcats guard Quinton Bohanna (95) after the game at Kroger Field. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

For the second straight week, Kentucky lost a football game. For the second straight week, it was because of costly errors that do not bode well for the rest of the ten-game season.

Before we break down the excruciating details of today’s 42-41 overtime loss to Ole Miss, a few remarkable stats. Kentucky led by 14 points with 10:41 remaining in the third quarter. The Cats finished with 408 rushing yards and an average of 7.3 yard per carry. Three players rushed for over 100 yards: AJ Rose (12 carries, 117 yards, 1 TD), Terry Wilson (22 carries, 129 yards, 3 TDs), and Chris Rodriguez (17 carries, 133 yards, 2 TDs). Kavosiey Smoke sat out the second half with bruised ribs, but even without him, the Cats’ rushing attack dominated Ole Miss’ defense. Unfortunately, it’s all for naught because of critical mistakes. Again.

First big mistake: Coasting on what should have been a touchdown

Let’s start with Rose’s 72-yard run on Kentucky’s first play from scrimmage, a beautiful run that would have been a touchdown if Rose hadn’t looked back at his defenders, put up deuces, and been tripped up. For a fifth-year senior, that is inexcusable. If that wasn’t frustrating enough, two plays later, Rose fumbled the ball after trying to run it into the end zone. In a horrible case of deja vu, it looked like Rose was in for the touchdown, but the officials disagreed. Seven points that should have been on the board but never made it.

From there, Kentucky forced a three and out and scored on the next series, a four-yard touchdown run from Terry Wilson thanks to a fantastic block by Kenneth Horsey. 7-7. A huge sack by JJ Weaver and Marquan (Bully!) McCall set up Kentucky’s next touchdown drive, this one courtesy of the aforementioned Rose, who redeemed himself with a two-yard score. This one was also reviewed, but thankfully, stood. 14-7 Cats.

First-half groaners: Flags, secondary torched

On the next drive, Kentucky’s lack of discipline burned them again. Taj Dodson was flagged for a late hit, which was originally ruled targeting. From there, Ole Miss did what it did all too well all day long: throw it over the middle for first downs. Matt Corral connected with Kenny Yeboah for the touchdown to tie it up again. 14-14.

A few drives later, a holding penalty on Clevan Thomas became a hole too big for Terry Wilson to dig out of. Three and out. Thankfully, Kentucky’s defense withstood its own holding penalty on the next drive to force an Ole Miss punt. Kentucky ended the first half on a spectacular note, with Terry Wilson bursting free for a 22 yard touchdown run to put the Cats up 21-14.

Second (and third?) big mistake: Missed field goal set up by an incomplete pass

The second half got off to a great start, with AJ Rose, Terry Wilson, and Chris Rodriguez having their way on the ground. Rodriguez’s 22-yard run on 3rd and 1 put Kentucky up by two touchdowns, 28-14. It all was going so well.

Once again, Ole Miss sliced Kentucky’s secondary to score on the next drive, a 24-yard pass from Matt Corral to Jonathan Mingo to cut the deficit to seven. In response, Kentucky easily moved the ball back down the field, but what would have been a touchdown pass from Terry to DeMarcus Harris fell just short. While it was slightly underthrown, it was still catchable. Adding insult to injury, Matt Ruffolo’s field goal attempt bounced off the upright. Three more points that should have been on the board off, bringing the total to ten.

2020 in a nutshell.

Third (and fourth and fifth?) big mistake: Bossman Fat giveth, and taketh away

For a few minutes, it looked like Bossman Fat had redeemed himself after getting Moss’d by Seth Williams at Auburn. A pass interference call on Davonte Robinson ushered the Rebels down the field, and it looked like they scored, but upon further review, the officials said it was just short. Ole Miss went for it on fourth and goal, but Jerrion Ealy was dropped for a loss by…Bossman Fat. Rejoice!

Not so fast. On Ole Miss’ next drive, Bossman Fat got beat on back-to-back plays, giving up a touchdown to Jonathan Mingo to tie up the game. Maybe we’ll just call him Kelvin Joseph for a while.

Second half groaners: Sack on fourth down, turnover on downs

A gorgeous pass from Terry to Josh Ali got Kentucky into Ole Miss territory. Three runs later, the Cats decided to go for it on fourth and eight on the 35-yard line. It didn’t work. Terry was sacked for a 12-yard loss. On Ole Miss’ first play on the next drive, Matt Corral connected with Kenny Yeboah for a 41-yard gain. Three plays later, the Rebels scored to take the lead, becoming the first team to score at least 35 points on Kentucky since 2017.

Fourth big mistake: Missed. Extra. Point. 

Kentucky’s offense did its part. Eddie Gran even sprinkled in some passing on the final drive of the fourth quarter, but it was Rodriguez who ran it in to tie the game up. After Kentucky’s defense forced a punt to take the game to overtime, the offense came through again. Terry’s ten-yard touchdown run was the ultimate high, followed by the ultimate low of Matt Ruffolo’s missed extra point. That split second swing was an absolute gut punch. Eleven total points that should have been on the board gone. From there, you know what happened.

Now what?

Last week’s loss to Auburn was disappointing, but at least you could talk yourself out of it. Kentucky turned the ball over three times. Auburn was a top ten team. It was on the road (even if the crowd was limited). Terry was knocking off the rust!

Tonight, however, is a much harder blow. The mistakes are still there and even more infuriating. Terry played well and the rushing game dominated, but was negated by the pass defense and special teams. Eight penalties for over 80 yards. Judging by the Georgia/Auburn game, the Tigers aren’t even that good. Mike Leach’s Mississippi State might throw for 800 yards on this secondary.

Can Kentucky still have a good season? Yes. But it has to stop shooting itself in the foot.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

41 Comments for RECAP: The mistakes that led to Kentucky’s overtime loss to Ole Miss



  1. Hi Im Reality
    9:51 pm October 3, 2020 Permalink

    We’ll still make a bowl game once we play the MAC and FBS teams on our schedule!



    • 2andToodleLoo
      7:59 am October 4, 2020 Permalink

      Losing at home to a crappy Ole Miss team with UKs best roster in years is exactly why UK gets no national respect. And that’s earned. They don’t deserve it.



  2. dhard
    9:55 pm October 3, 2020 Permalink

    In hindsight, the biggest mistake was running onto the field and attempting to play as attempting was all they did.



  3. VMI1957
    9:55 pm October 3, 2020 Permalink

    UK will be lucky to finish 1-9 for the season. 0 and 10 more likely.



  4. michaelb
    10:06 pm October 3, 2020 Permalink

    We lost on a missed extra point. The overtime format favored us and we still figured out a way to give the game up . We need to beat a team we shouldn’t now. I wanna take down msu



  5. blueblood80
    10:53 pm October 3, 2020 Permalink

    1. This team was overhyped by KSR and other sites ALL summer.
    2. Terry Wilson can’t throw, Ruffalo can’t kick.
    3. Ole Miss receivers made our DB’s look overwhelmed and pathetic all afternoon. Sit that K. Joseph!
    4. Offense is boring, play calling is questionable.
    5. The sun will rise tomorrow. U.K. will go 4-6.
    I’ll still be a true fan…… And SUFFER…



    • Pensacola_Cat_Fan
      11:46 pm October 3, 2020 Permalink

      Hard to blame Terry Wilson for this loss. Problem is, ow that we’re 0-2, we might as well start preparing our backup quarterbacks for next year.



    • CatfaninCinci
      10:15 am October 4, 2020 Permalink

      They’re moderating me



  6. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    12:20 am October 4, 2020 Permalink

    2 games in a row where the refs have no ideal what that line is in front of the endzone.



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      12:21 am October 4, 2020 Permalink

      Hey refs that’s still the endzone.



  7. goteam94
    12:53 am October 4, 2020 Permalink

    1st mistake is listening to KSR about how good this team was suppose to be. The secondary played in three games last year that were a downpour making the passing game nonexistent. Then add in the cupcake teams we played. Of course the stats from last year are going to look great. This secondary was never as good as the stats from last year made them seem to be. Cats are looking at 4-6



  8. VMI1957
    2:18 am October 4, 2020 Permalink

    4 and 6?? That will be the day…..no way!!!



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      2:31 am October 4, 2020 Permalink

      I don’t know which is worse your mom locking you in the basement or forgetting to lock it back after filling up your dog bow…..I’m going with the later, at least she locked you up for the good of humanity and to keep your grandpa from “touching” you again.



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      2:32 am October 4, 2020 Permalink

      Dog bowl!!!!



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      2:39 am October 4, 2020 Permalink

      Oh and VMI anytime you want to let us know someone just beat you again post something negative about Kentucky on here again. We may eventually figure out the code and be able to send help.



  9. CahillsCrossingNT
    3:36 am October 4, 2020 Permalink

    How bad is this team? Auburn, who throttled Kentucky last week, had their clocks cleaned by Georgia. If Georgia or Alabama wish to score 100 against Kentucky, they will do so.



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      3:57 am October 4, 2020 Permalink

      So part of the code is VMI is CahillsCrossing.



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      3:58 am October 4, 2020 Permalink

      Have you tried telling your uncle to just stop?



  10. UKinIN
    6:04 am October 4, 2020 Permalink

    Last year’s defensive stats were misleading and this year’s stats prove the old adage that the only stat that matters is the final score. A lot is being made of UK’s yards per carry but if UK rushes for 25 yards on first down then rushes for only one yard on first, second, and third down UK is averaging 7 yards per carry but still punting.



  11. bbn606
    6:56 am October 4, 2020 Permalink

    We are not getting the most out of our talent and that’s all I have to say about that.



  12. DoubleB65
    6:59 am October 4, 2020 Permalink

    Maybe if this team and it’s coaches had remained focused on football in the preseason and not walking out of practices and getting involved in social issues they could have worked on these things. There is no excuse for losing to Ole Miss except that we are just awful.



    • EdC
      10:54 am October 4, 2020 Permalink

      Amen. I keep hearing about how their feelings are hurt about the pre-season rankings. They have had a chance to make their point but apparently their point is yapping and grandstanding are more important than execution.



  13. bacnine
    7:44 am October 4, 2020 Permalink

    I think it time for another raise and contract extension. Yea, it’s all KSR and Donald’s fault.



  14. UKFanSC
    8:45 am October 4, 2020 Permalink

    AJ Rose’s grandstanding was about the most irresponsible, stupid thing I’ve seen a Kentucky player do. Cost us the game. 5th year senior no less……just infuriating.



    • bbn606
      9:17 am October 4, 2020 Permalink

      I can’t believe he even put him back in the game.



    • UKFanSC
      11:53 am October 4, 2020 Permalink

      Me either…..I can tell you my high school football coach would not have put my a$$ back in the game for about a month.



  15. kurofmi
    8:46 am October 4, 2020 Permalink

    Another 5 million dollar coaching job.
    How nice to be playing with house money?
    3. 7. With lots of ‘reasons’ by KSR minions.



  16. Eddiemcwildcat
    9:52 am October 4, 2020 Permalink

    Defense cant stop the pass. And UK is to one dimensional. Bad combination.



  17. Robert
    9:59 am October 4, 2020 Permalink

    I must be considered ‘Old School’ but how AJ Rose ever saw another snap in this game after his first run is simply beyond my comprehension. Tells everyone on that sideline that you really don’t need to be disciplined, you



    • UKFanSC
      11:53 am October 4, 2020 Permalink

      Amen



  18. blueballs80
    9:59 am October 4, 2020 Permalink

    Why is it we can’t get the tight ends involved in the passing game more often?

    As of now our two possible victories will come from Vanderbilt and Mizzou. This will be a 2-8 season.



  19. Robert
    10:02 am October 4, 2020 Permalink

    I may be considered ’Old School’ – but how AJ Rose EVER saw another snap in this game is beyond me. Tells everyone on that sideline that discipline doesn’t really matter. And it shows.



  20. JT55
    10:24 am October 4, 2020 Permalink

    When does basketball season start



  21. EdC
    10:52 am October 4, 2020 Permalink

    They didn’t play well. The play calling wasn’t great. The defense was less great. With all of that said they GAVE the game away. It is hard to beat any SEC game when you have a player that thinks looking cool is more important than scoring a TD. It is hard to beat any SEC team when you end up in a situation where your best kicker can’t hit a PAT, much less a chip shot 3.



  22. Bobby
    11:59 am October 4, 2020 Permalink

    The team spent too much time pre-season practicing politics not practicing football this year, and it shows.



    • Blue Bill
      3:11 pm October 4, 2020 Permalink

      Yeah, that’s what is is….. geez. That one practice would’ve fixed it all.



  23. BigBluSoTru
    3:10 pm October 4, 2020 Permalink

    KSR has written this is the year we have arrived .We wanted Bama gurateed a a win vs Auburn, Greatest UK team ever talent has surpassed FL,GA we going a head to head with Bama and Ohio St for Recruits etc. fools gold UK fb is what it is a pipe dream of false hope.



    • Blue Bill
      3:13 pm October 4, 2020 Permalink

      Damn KSR…. get excited over what should be the most talented team we’ve had in decades… foolish of them.



  24. gasman01
    3:20 pm October 4, 2020 Permalink

    Ole miss will not win another game this year. That’s how sad we are. Too much talent to lose that game last night….pitiful.



  25. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    5:28 pm October 4, 2020 Permalink

    As I said on another article, I do appreciate the pic of the Ole Miss big guy consoling our player. Class act that guy.



  26. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    5:31 pm October 4, 2020 Permalink

    And AJ should have been benched BTW.

    Also, please stop humoring Joseph and using that silly nickname. Call him Kelvin, and when he starts accomplishing something on the field, then use that dorky nickname.