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Six ‘What Ifs’ Kentucky Fans will be Asking after another Disappointing Loss to Florida

Kentucky had no business losing to Florida.

The Cats controlled the game for three quarters before they let the game slip away in the final 15 minutes. There are so many plays that if they went differently, Kentucky would have easily secured the victory. Six stand above the rest.

1. What if Yusuf Corker didn’t get ejected for targeting?

The centerfielder of Kentucky’s secondary was a true freshman for all but two Florida possessions. One of the Cats’ top tacklers and a reliable security blanket at the back of the defense, Kentucky’s defense wasn’t the same without Corker in the game. Even so, that penalty might not have been as consequential as the T.J. Carter flag that really bothered Mark Stoops after the game.

2. What if Sawyer Smith didn’t try to be a hero in the red zone?

On the first drive of the second half, Kentucky cruised into the Florida red zone. A 23-yard Justin Rigg reception and a 21-yard A.J. Rose run put the ball on the Florida 13-yard line in about three minutes. A touchdown would give Kentucky a 21-7 lead. Instead, Smith felt pressure and was pushed out of the pocket. Before taking the sack, he tried to thread the needle. It resulted in an interception. Smith’s hustle prevented the play from becoming a pick six, but the Gators were able to make a field goal that kept the game close, close enough to mount a fourth quarter comeback.

3. What if Franks didn’t get injured?

As soon as the Florida quarterback injured his ankle on a fourth down scramble, it felt like the Gators recaptured their mojo. It also planted the idea into every fan’s head around the Big Blue Nation: “Oh no. Not another backup quarterback.” Yup, a backup quarterback beat Kentucky, again.

4. What if UK just snuck it with Sawyer?

The last play of the third quarter and the first play of the fourth quarter cost Kentucky the football game. They had an 11-point lead and two plays to get one yard. The Sawyer Smith quarterback sneak worked well earlier; so did the Kavosiey Smoke run. Instead, Eddie Gran went with A.J. Rose in the Wildcat on fourth and one, the last thing fans wanted to see. I’d like to think that a simple quarterback sneak would have moved the chains before Smith supplied a dagger to end the drive.

5. What if UK ran left on the final drive?

Kavosiey Smoke was moving the ball pretty well down the field on the final drive, typically following the right side of the line. On the final two plays before the go-ahead field goal attempt, Smoke ran right instead of following Landon Young and Logan Stenberg into the middle of the field. Following two future pros to make it an easier kick just made too much sense.

6. What If Chance Poore just made a 35-yard field goal?

It’s not too much to ask of a college kicker. We miss you, MacGinnis.


Article written by Nick Roush

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

40 Comments for Six ‘What Ifs’ Kentucky Fans will be Asking after another Disappointing Loss to Florida

  1. 4everUKblue
    11:53 pm September 14, 2019 Permalink

    All very valid “what ifs”….this one hurts.

  2. UKfanman01
    11:57 pm September 14, 2019 Permalink

    That fans face says it all. I still can’t believe I just watched that go down. I thought we were beyond this blow games when up stuff. I’m gonna hear about this at work Monday.

  3. maximumscott
    11:57 pm September 14, 2019 Permalink

    Missing a 35 yd FG is terrible… no excuse. After all of the bad calls, injuries, TOs we still had a chance to go ahead for the win… moral victory?!?!?

    • Wakecrash
      12:00 am September 15, 2019 Permalink

      We should not have played for a field go with a red shirt freshman.

    • RealCatsFan
      12:03 am September 15, 2019 Permalink

      I hate to pile on the kid, but wth were his parents thinking when they named him?

    • UKfanman01
      12:04 am September 15, 2019 Permalink

      Wake we shouldnt have ran the ball right and made him kick across his body. We shouldn’t have let Rose run up the middle with the o line spread thin on a 4th and 1. Smith shouldnt have thrown an interception after marching to the red zone. They shouldnt have blown coverage in the fourth. They shouldnt have ran the ball up the middle in the 4th on a 1st and 15.

  4. Hot Stuff Eddie Gilbert
    12:02 am September 15, 2019 Permalink

    Pretty sure Chance Poore has a vagina.

    • RealCatsFan
      12:05 am September 15, 2019 Permalink

      Well, then he obviously wouldn’t be a romantic interest for you.

    • eyebleedblue
      12:10 am September 15, 2019 Permalink

      Kicker should’ve never been in this position. Coaching and officiating lost the game.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      12:30 am September 15, 2019 Permalink

      I think he would have been better if he had a vagina because at least then he would know what it takes to hit the hole.

    • Skooms
      10:46 am September 15, 2019 Permalink

      LMAO…. I’m sorry Truth, but I about spit out my coffee laughing when I read that!

  5. jakew60
    12:04 am September 15, 2019 Permalink

    What if somehow we get lucky, and Florida loses a couple sec games and somehow we get way better after this and beat Georgia, then again we are Kentucky and if we don’t play to win we won’t

    • UKfanman01
      12:05 am September 15, 2019 Permalink

      I’d feel better if they just went ahead and fired Eddie Gran

    • maximumscott
      12:41 am September 15, 2019 Permalink

      Its not Gran that gets conservative. Gran was the 1st half. Stoops was the one telling Gran to go Rushing in the 2nd half, which put Sawyer in predictable passing situations which made it harder for him to complete his attempts. This one is on Stoops… and Chance Poore, what a terrible name.

    • jakew60
      10:13 pm September 15, 2019 Permalink

      I agree scott I do think chance poore will definitely be kicking himself after this but just maybe we still have a shot we got to win this one next week for sure though

    • Great American
      2:10 am September 15, 2019 Permalink

      Kavosie smoke should be rb1. And we need a new kicker….

  6. eyebleedblue
    12:06 am September 15, 2019 Permalink

    What if UK had any other OC other than Gran? He is horrific. Next two weeks will tell the tale.

    • eyebleedblue
      12:09 am September 15, 2019 Permalink

      Benny Snell isn’t walking through that door. But may/e Grans poor performance will keep Stoops here, when FSU or Oklahoma are looking.

  7. Hot Stuff Eddie Gilbert
    12:06 am September 15, 2019 Permalink

    Stoops and his sausage fingers cost us another big game.

    • Blue Bill
      12:44 am September 15, 2019 Permalink

      Yeah, just 12-3,the last 15 games. Dumb. Ass.

  8. Miller45
    12:07 am September 15, 2019 Permalink

    They lost the game on purpose that’s the only explanation

  9. Hot Stuff Eddie Gilbert
    12:10 am September 15, 2019 Permalink

    Was Stoops the fat guy from Teen Wolf

    • BluesBrother
      7:24 am September 15, 2019 Permalink


  10. bennybbn
    1:24 am September 15, 2019 Permalink

    I’m just about tired of seeing aj rose, runs straight upright, never falls forward, always on his back, but that’s who we give it to on 4th smh

  11. Le Docteur
    7:31 am September 15, 2019 Permalink

    What if our power RB, Rodriguez, hadn’t been shelved already? And what if they put him in on 4th and less than 1. AJ Rose on 4th down from the freakin Wildcat was never going to work.

  12. dcforuk
    7:36 am September 15, 2019 Permalink

    There were too many what ifs. We did not play well enough over the last 18 game mins to win. The first 42 game minutes also had a few costly mistakes. Momentum works for you or against you and worked against us after QB went down. Also, don’t underestimate their motivation and desire from that point forward after Franks went down. They are humans like our guys. And, though not an illegal play like a horsecollar, were probably just as amped up and mad. Then, when Trask scored that 1st TD it was game on

  13. JPhelps
    7:41 am September 15, 2019 Permalink

    What can’t you people believe? Why are you acting surprised. This is UK football.

    • makeitstop
      8:17 am September 15, 2019 Permalink

      Man that’s the sad truth. My wife couldn’t understand why I said “this game’s over” when we were up 11 and got stuffed 2 plays in a row running #10 who can’t get a yard. But when they threw TJ out I left. No experienced safety. No line pressure. No Chance – sorry no chance. Game over. Seen this movie so many times before.

    • dcforuk
      4:42 pm September 15, 2019 Permalink

      Stop with that garbage Phelps!

  14. Bourbon-n-Coke
    8:22 am September 15, 2019 Permalink

    What if we had a coach that didn’t play prevent offense & prevent defense in the second half when we have a lead and stuck with what got us the lead…

    • RealCatsFan
      8:40 am September 15, 2019 Permalink

      Yeah, what if we had Joker again? Or better yet, we should have hired Petrino like some of you other bozos were wishing for. That would have turned out swell – just ask University 6 down the road. Some of you people anaze me. Yeah, I’m pissed too – we let those bastards sneak out with another win they didn’t deserve, and a lot of it is on the coaching decisions. But Stoops has built this program to way beyond where I expected he would take us. And we have closed the gap on programs like Florida. In spite of how dark it looks this morning, the future is still pretty bright. we have a lot of new talent coming in, a lot of young guys getting valuable experience. Be careful what you wish for.

    • makeitstop
      9:42 am September 15, 2019 Permalink

      I agree with realcats, we have made great progress and done it the right way. It wasn’t “conservative” play calling, it was a LOFT problem after the ejections and injuries: lack of f’ng talent (or experience). We weren’t playing prevent we were down two pass rushers, and had no experience in the secondary. And I would bet that smith’s wrist injury (brought on by his horrible interception and great hustle) was the cause of some of those bad throws or he confused Bowden for Ahmed Wagner. I love Bowden but just a side note, he seems disconnected somehow, and that’s troubling. Reminds me of when Boom went and pouted for a game or so when Benny was getting “his” snaps. Hope it’s just not enough reps. But none of that is on Stoops and Gran. The wildcat w AJ on 4th down is, fair point but the wildcat instead of a sneak or Smoke to the left isn’t “conservative” it’s just a mistake.

  15. Yankee
    8:39 am September 15, 2019 Permalink

    What if’s
    4th and 1. UK has backup lineman in on right side. Right guard gets lost and misses the block.(blocks no one). QB sneak, 1st string lineman or run Smoke all better ideas

    Bowden doesn’t get overthrown and walks into the end zone

    • makeitstop
      9:45 am September 15, 2019 Permalink

      Right? Of all the plays, why sub a lineman then? And is Rodriguez so bad w ball security we just can’t use him? He’s good for a yard for sure, running left behind those beasts.

  16. ukisdabest
    8:41 am September 15, 2019 Permalink

    What if we cover a receiver and Florida doesn’t get a touchdown in the first quarter

  17. makeitstop
    9:33 am September 15, 2019 Permalink

    All good what ifs – answer is: we win. But we live on what ifs in UK football – it’s a staple of our diet, sadly.

  18. BluKudzu
    9:45 am September 15, 2019 Permalink


    Back to the future; bottom of the SEC East.

    Will somebody please tell Stoops and company, to stop using the non-cover two defense…..especially against Florida?

    It never prevents touchdowns.

    LOL….give him another raise!

  19. Larkin123
    9:59 am September 15, 2019 Permalink

    Rose Has never been good in short yardage and he’s easy to tackle and he doesn’t fall forward well or get extra yards. And there was no evidence that had changed Before the game.

  20. TBW3011
    10:10 am September 15, 2019 Permalink

    Not to beat a dead horse. Kentucky is 3 TD’s better than that team they played last night. Very bad loss.

  21. mashman 93
    10:31 am September 15, 2019 Permalink

    Heck I believe Kentucky wins if Franks doesn’t get hurt. The other guy got the ball out of his hands so quick while Franks usually didn’t in this game.