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Special Teams Mistakes and Awful Second Half Offense Dooms Kentucky in 34-10 Loss at Florida

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It was deja vu all over again in The Swamp. Kentucky’s 34-10 loss to Florida mirrored the 60-point loss at Alabama. The Wildcats’ performance was defined by poor plays on special teams and abysmal second half offense. At least the Kentucky collapse came a little bit later in Gainesville than it did in Tuscaloosa.

The Wildcats actually led 10-7 with 1:20 to play in the second quarter when Mark Stoops called a timeout to give Kentucky a chance for one more scoring opportunity before halftime. That decision got a snowball rolling out of control until it destroyed Kentucky’s chances at winning.

Florida punted the ball inside UK’s one-yard line. Three plays later, Kentucky was forced to punt. Using two returners, the Wildcats’ punt team crashed on the wrong Florida Gator, springing Kadarius Toney for a 50-yard touchdown.

It wasn’t the only special teams snafu. The Wildcats had three special teams penalties, including a delay of game (?) on a punt, and they allowed Florida to convert a fake punt on the opening possession of the game, paving the way for a Kyle Pitts 56-yard touchdown two plays later.

The final drive of the second half, a three-and-out, was also the beginning of some of the worst offensive football you’ll ever see. Kentucky did not get another first down until Joey Gatewood entered the game in the fourth quarter, going six straight offensive possessions without a first down. The Wildcats mustered just 46 yards of offense in the final two quarters. Kentucky’s second half drive chart is a thing of beauty if you admire awful offense.

It’s unfortunate the way the game unfolded because it all started according to plan. UK’s offense controlled the clock and they actually converted on a red zone opportunity, with Keaton Upshaw making an incredible touchdown catch. Kentucky’s defense also forced two turnovers, but it was too little to make any sort of impact.

Kentucky fans did not expect the Wildcats to beat Alabama and Florida, but they did not deserve to see the Wildcats fall apart in such embarrassing fashion.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

49 Comments for Special Teams Mistakes and Awful Second Half Offense Dooms Kentucky in 34-10 Loss at Florida

  1. dhard
    3:18 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

    Folks, we have a coaching problem.

  2. Southky
    3:18 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

    I will be the first to admit I was wrong…I said Florida by 40+.

    • 4everUKBlue
      3:24 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

      What were you smoking when you said we’d only lose by 40?

  3. catsfan1995
    3:23 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

    Wait… we had a game today…?

  4. jim tom
    3:25 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

    Forever hopeless

  5. Nickname
    3:25 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

    Time for an offensive coaching/mindset change. There is absolutely no reason for any defense to even prepare for UK to throw the ball.

    It’s only going to get worse as no decent wide receiver is going to want to come to Kentucky.

  6. slam212121
    3:26 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

    Good article. It’s good to see a piece written where coaching is called out. There’s zero accountability at UK. Execution on the field is a direct reflection on the coaching staff. Expected losses are one thing, but expected poor execution is entirely another.

  7. 4everUKBlue
    3:26 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

    This game couldn’t have helped Trask’s heisman trophy bid. He should’ve had more TDs against a really bad team missing 16 players.

    • slam212121
      3:28 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

      Voters don’t count this game.

  8. makeitstop
    3:27 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

    Mitch should explain to Stoops he’s not asking anymore. There must be a change on offense. We must hv a special teams coordinator. Not asking. And as to our QB, would u believe he’s 15th in a 14 team league?! Of course u would bc u hv eyes. In passing and YPG, he’s 15th!! And 13th in QBR. There is literally nowhere to go but up.

    • dhard
      3:31 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

      I think stoops is the problem with the offense. He will not let athletes be athletes.

    • Dave C
      3:37 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

      Yea. All that

    • nocode96
      3:56 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

      That’s very damning stats for sure

  9. dhard
    3:29 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

    But hey, we won the time of possession. Just think, we have scored 2 , count them, 2 touchdowns in 16 quarters outside of playing Vanderbilt.

    • makeitstop
      3:36 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

      Isn’t that the headline? We CANNOT score. 2 TDs in 4 FULL games (apart from Vandy). WTF? Someone has to hit the door for that, right? And don’t even get me started on Special Teams… they’ve been entirely consistent: bad from start to finish.

  10. 4burgoo
    3:32 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

    I can’t figure out what’s worse, Terry at QB or the coaching decision to keep putting him out there at QB?

  11. nadkin
    3:32 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

    what is the rule now that states how someone can play another year because of the covid, could like drake and such come back next year?

  12. slam212121
    3:43 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

    I feel bad for the players. The work they put in only to get midway thru the season to start wishing the season would hurry up and end. You can see it in their body language.

  13. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    3:47 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

    Hi my name is Mark Stoops and I have an addiction………

  14. Irememberharrylancaster
    3:50 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

    NEVER any halftime adjustments. Not surprising. Pitiful offense and stupid, undisciplined mistakes.

    • CATandMONKEY
      4:19 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

      Well there WERE half-time adjustments. We adjusted from being in the lead and showing offense to total suck.

      Feels like we traveled back in time 20 years

  15. blueballs80
    3:51 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

    We have recruited decently but we can’t develop offensively. Time to fire Gran. Madness is keeping the same OC and expecting different results. Any other OC would be shown the door. 61 yards passing? Stoops will lose the recruits he has.

    • dhard
      3:55 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

      I do not believe it is gran as I believe stooos will not allow wide open offense .

    • nocode96
      4:05 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

      It’s not on Gran though. We have been through what, 3 oc’s under stoops? None have been allowed to do their thing. Gran is no different. I believe he’s a smart and open offensive coach being totally throttled by stoops. I don’t even really care about football, but I still watch UK games and this is embarrassing football to say the least. If I cared about UK football like I do basketball, I’m sure I’d have already had a stroke, so it’s easy to understand why so many fans are fed up with this bs.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      6:05 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

      I agree dhard and nocode. Stoops for some reason is a 3 yards and a cloud of dust guy. Read this to see how nonsensical that is:

      “Nick Saban on Alabama’s identity shift: ‘Good defense doesn’t beat good offense anymore’”

  16. slam212121
    3:54 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

    UK is the best football coaching job in the country. Zero expectations of winning not even putting a functioning team together.

  17. dukeisking
    3:55 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

    Mitch will give stoops a 100k raise and add another year to his contract for going 4-6 in a pandemic!!!

  18. eddiesuttonsliver
    3:59 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

    Time for us to move on to the off-season so KSR can start writing more posts saying “this is the year Kentucky will make a run in the SEC east”

    • Jester
      4:36 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

      That idiot Matt Jones and his sycophants enjoy their access to the program way too much to ever write honest articles. At this point I just visit the site to see what the fans have to say.

  19. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    4:03 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

    Every other decent SEC team has fired coaches for this kind of season and of those 90% are better than us now.

  20. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    4:10 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

    Does TW have a driver license, and if so how many wrecks has he been in? Cause if he drives like he reads defenses……..

  21. neat1ky
    4:13 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

    Dhard, u need to find another team!! Coaches don’t drop passes or let someone take it away and when punter kicks to wrong side of field or coaches don’t get penalties called at wrong times and this game had 16 players and staff out and this game should have been rescheduled but Fla needed a game

    • CATandMONKEY
      4:23 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

      No, we do not need a new coach but he needs to be forced to play and coach differently.
      This conservative b*llsh!t does not work with our talent- or lack thereof. Discipline remains Stoops biggest weakness as a coach.

    • Jester
      4:39 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

      A true fan will acknowledge the shortcomings of his entire team, not just the players. And it wouldn’t have mattered if we had all our players and staff available, the outcome would have been the same, because we saw all this kind of stuff before we started losing personnel.

      It’s the job of the coaches to make the players better and that doesn’t appear to be happening, especially at QB; so blaiming the players is not the answer.

    • dhard
      4:46 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

      What game were you watching?

  22. neat1ky
    4:29 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

    Some how several of you think we are on same level as the Bama, Fla, Ga of the world and I’ve had fun again going to football games and dukeisking needs to stay with Duke

    • 77CatFan
      4:36 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

      Yup, year after year we hear the best recruiting class ever, bigger, stronger, deeper, faster and better. We give up over 100 points in two games and people say Stoops is a defensive mastermind?, seriously?

      Stoops football reminds me of peewee league football.

  23. Jester
    4:41 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

    Stoops’ gameplan for every single game is the same–“play not to lose” instead of playing to win. Maybe he’s afraid to let his coaches and players take risks and make mistakes. The problem is that they are going to make mistakes no matter what, so they may as well make them while trying to win the game instead of “managing the clock.”

  24. Jester
    4:42 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

    Good job on that trash talking JJ, you really showed Pitts who the best player was, didn’t you?

  25. 77CatFan
    4:58 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

    Auburn and Alabama throwing it all over the field.

  26. bbn606
    5:34 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

    Again, another special teams nightmare. We may be the only Power 5 conference team that does not have a special teams coordinator and it shows. This is entirely on Stoops.

  27. friendsofcoal
    6:18 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

    I don’t understand why the comments are closed on the article about the Vandy girl?? Somebody got one in before they shut it down. Anyway, I think it’s pretty cool but kinda scary at the same time. That’s a good way for a girl to get hurt really bad. Not a good IMO.

  28. Wild Turkey 101
    6:58 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

    Best O-line in the country. Terry Wilson and wide recievers much improved.

  29. CatfaninCinci
    7:44 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

    Not a good day to be a Turnover Terry fan, huh Roush?