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Reliving A Nashville Nightmare

Kentucky traveled to Nashville with an opportunity to win its fifth game of the season a year ago. It didn’t. The manner in which it lost the game still provides an exasperating burr in several BBN saddles.

We sat in the top row of that concrete structure of a stadium on a day that my knee was aching to the point of sober hallucination. What ensued was four hours of misery and an experience that left me vowing to never make a return trip to the Music City. I’ve not been back by the way.

Let’s take a look:

KENTUCKY, 17

— QB Patrick Towles registered a 3.9 QBR by going 10-26, 67 yards, and 1 INT. Drew Barker relieved the beleaguered starter and provided a brief spark: 5-8, 60 yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT.

— Boom Williams rushed for 115 yards off 13 carries including a 67-yard jaunt that finished just short of the goal line.

— JoJo Kemp ran 8 times for 53 yards and scored 1 touchdown.

— WR Dorian Baker caught 7 passes for 42 yards. Baker was the target of several disastrous goal-line fade routes that led to 2 botched 1st and goal situations for the Cats.

— 4/16 on 3rd down.

— Totaled 352 yards: 225 rushing (6.1 ypc), 127 passing.

— 3 turnovers confounded any chance for win: 2 INT’s (1 Pick-6), and 1 fumble.

VANDERBILT, 21

— RB Ralph Webb carried the Commodores on his back: 33 rushes: 113 yards.

— QB Kyle Shurmur outdueled Towles/Barker: 13-26, 166 yards, 2 TD’s.

— LB Oren Banks intercepted 2 passes; returned 1 of them for a backbreaking touchdown.

— LB Zach Cunningham had 10 tackles.

— 6/17 on 3rd down.

— 301 total yards: 135 rushing, 166 passing.

— 2 turnovers.

— Scored a touchdown on a 37-yard “Sneaky Pete” trick play. QB Kyle Shurmur passed to an uncovered and hidden Caleb Scott on the sideline to give Vanderbilt a 21-10 lead with 37 seconds remaining in the 1st half. I missed this play by the way. A round trip to the latrine with a bad knee took approximately 41 minutes.

Ugly was not a strong enough word to describe last year’s Kentucky’s performance against Vanderbilt. Deplorable is in the ball park only if unacceptable could be grammatically hyphenated into the sentence structure. The Cats entered the game 4-5 with winnable home games with Charlotte and Louisville finish out the schedule. Opportunity wasted to say the least.

Mark Stoops, “It was a very difficult loss — heartbreaking for our team.  We thought our team played with a lot of energy, a lot of passion, a lot of heart. The game comes down to a lot of critical plays — a few decisions with myself that could sometimes turn the outcome one way or the other.”

Fast forward to present day and Kentucky has a chance to even its record at 3-3 with winnable games on the horizon. Both Mark Stoops and Derek Mason are hard-pressed to produce wins. Saturday will offer a similar scenario that was presented to the 2015 Cats and Dores. I can only hope that the Wildcats that endured that ghastly day will be motivated enough to repay the thousands of the BBN that suffered through that God-awful experience a year ago. Revenge is a dangerous word. But perilous terms are applicable in uneasy times.

Article written by Freddie Maggard

Former University of Kentucky Quarterback and Andy Griffith Fan Club President

11 Comments for Reliving A Nashville Nightmare



  1. RealCatsFan
    10:24 am October 5, 2016 Permalink

    Wow, is iHeart having another Jurich-inspired blackout, or is it just dead today?



  2. RealCatsFan
    10:29 am October 5, 2016 Permalink

    Cue up the anti-hunting people to start talking about that barbaric practice of hunting.



  3. RealCatsFan
    10:30 am October 5, 2016 Permalink

    Shannon needs to cue up the “Hey Hunters!” commercial at the break.



  4. Booby Petrino
    10:33 am October 5, 2016 Permalink

    why yall commenting on the wrong thread?

    I wasn’t at this game in Nashville, but I was there two years before it when we lost to Vandy and James Franklin. Vandy fans were smug, thinking Franklin was their savior and was going to make them relevant in football, right before he dumped them. Anyway, after the loss my friends and I were walking through a park back to the car and even the homeless people were making fun of us. “Kentucky has a football team? ha ha ha” they kept saying to us. When homeless people make fun of your football team, you really can’t get much lower.



    • Booby Petrino
      10:34 am October 5, 2016 Permalink

      I should clarify, homeless people aren’t bad people, my point is they don’t even have tvs and know how terrible we are and make fun of us!



  5. RealCatsFan
    10:47 am October 5, 2016 Permalink

    Oops!



  6. BluKudzu
    11:44 am October 5, 2016 Permalink

    We love Nashville, except when we go for UK football.
    This game, last year, seemed to epitomize the how poorly the football program has been administered, with the blame starting with the AD, and all the way down to the coaches.
    Inept offense, backed with inept defense, gave that game away. I can’t believe for one second, any film on Vandy was reviewed for a game plan, on either side of the ball.
    After the Eastern game, I predicted this loss. I was called everything but a UK football fan.
    I am hoping this year things will be different. I do know this; Derek Mason’s teams get stronger during the season, if you judge them by thier first couple of games, you will be fooled.
    This game is winnable. If our defense plays up to the capabilities, and the offense protects the ball, we will win.
    If not, time to change the wheels.



    • runningunnin.454
      1:01 pm October 5, 2016 Permalink

      Worrisome that Vandy held Florida to what, 13 points.



    • cats paw
      1:08 pm October 5, 2016 Permalink

      if they win, and they won’t, theyll just lose the rest



  7. snarkster
    12:19 pm October 5, 2016 Permalink

    Leaving the WR uncovered on the far right side was inexcusable and might have been the most disgusted I’ve been with CMS &staff since they got here. They could’ve/should’ve gotten a TO called. They’ve been asleep at the switch too many times. Probably the turning point of the whole season and the reason there was no bowl.



  8. bigbluefred
    1:19 pm October 5, 2016 Permalink

    Win, lose, or draw history will not repeat its self. With Benny in the backfield every 1st and goal from the 5 should end in 7 points. So… there’s that…