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So how about that first quarter?

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Let’s take you back to a great, beautiful time filled with hope and promise for the Kentucky football program.

Coming in as 31-point underdogs, the Wildcats stumbled a touch out of the gates with a five-play punt on the first possession, followed by a quick six-play, 55-yard touchdown drive for Alabama.

From there, though, Kentucky put together an eight-play, 58-yard drive to move the ball down to the UA 10, one that would end in a 33-yard field goal make for Matt Ruffolo. After forcing an Alabama three-and-out on the ensuing drive, the Wildcats again drove down the field into the red zone, closing out the first quarter at the UA 20 with a 1st and 10 waiting for them to open the second quarter.

After 15 minutes of action, Kentucky had more total yards, rushing yards, passing yards, better passing efficiency, fewer penalty yards, more first downs, more total plays and better time of possession.

In position to take the lead to open the second quarter, Kentucky pushed the ball all the way down to the UA 6 before getting stopped on third down, forcing a short field goal try.

Had they scored a touchdown, Kentucky goes up 10-7. Avoid the holding call in the team’s first red zone appearance, and UK likely goes up 14-7.

Even given the circumstances, a second field goal make cuts the deficit to just one point, with Alabama leading 7-6 with just over 12 minutes to go before half.

Instead, Kentucky long snapper Cade Degraw sailed the ball over punter Colin Goodfellow’s head and back toward the mid-field mark, resulting in a 36-yard loss and turnover on downs.

Just five plays later, the Crimson Tide found themselves up 14-3 following a 10-yard touchdown strike from Mac Jones to DeVonta Smith, officially beginning the massacre.

Kentucky responded with another strong offensive drive that flirted with yet another red zone appearance, moving the ball down to the UA 25. Again, though, a botched snap and hold led to a missed field goal, keeping the score at 14-3 for another 1:35 before the Crimson Tide cruised down the field for a 5-play, 75-yard touchdown drive. 21-3, ball game.

Following Kentucky’s three successful drives in the first and second quarters, the Wildcats managed just 34 total yards on 25 plays to close out the game.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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8 Comments for So how about that first quarter?



  1. ukwildcat1991
    8:42 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

    If stoops is on the hot seat (according to the comments on this website) then look for someone to get fired. Please Lord, Eddie gran must go!



  2. ukwildcat1991
    8:44 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

    Also there are good offensive coordinators who come up with a game plan but then there are some great offensive coordinators who can adjust the game plan and succeed as the game progresses. I’m not sure Eddie is either one of those. Definitely not great of course



  3. original slappy
    8:50 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

    Please don’t try to put lipstick on this pig. It’s an absolute embarrassment that you say at least we played well for 15 minutes (even though we were still losing).



  4. dcforuk
    9:29 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

    The line is fine but the gap too big to not get 13, 17 or 21 points on those three possessions. Still would have lost but would not have had a Curry-esque type loss.



  5. Hi Im Reality
    11:10 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

    1st quarter. LOL. Where we were still out scored, but just not as bad? Homer.



  6. oldfanallin
    1:39 am November 22, 2020 Permalink

    Stats are for losers and 20 minute stats are for big losers.



  7. wildcatdon
    10:29 am November 22, 2020 Permalink

    Never ever thought we would see this type of loss again. So embarrassing.