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Stephen Johnson sums up today’s game: “Frustrating”


When you look at the stat sheet, Kentucky had a red-letter day on offense: 635 yards total, 443 rushing and 192 passing. Unfortunately, Kentucky’s six trips to the red zone only resulted in 36 points. When asked what happened, quarterback Stephen Johnson said third-down execution plagued the Cats. 

“I don’t know, it’s just — one thing we’ve got to do is just finish. When we get those third downs, we just need to make sure we convert those third and shorts and third and mediums in the red zone.”

The word of the day in the postgame locker room? Frustrating.

“We had a really good day of offense, we’ve just got to come together as a team and finish a game. It’s pretty frustrating right now. We’ve just got to focus on the next one.”

Tell us again how you feel about losing a game after putting up over 600 yards of total offense:

“It’s pretty frustrating,” Johnson said. “We’ve just got to learn to finish the game on all sides of the ball — offense, defense, special teams. We’ve got to move on now to Austin Peay.”

One more time, for the cheap seats!

“It’s frustrating, obviously,” Johnson said of Benny Snell’s fumble in the third quarter. “Mistakes happen in a football game, we all know that. We’ve got to fight past those and score touchdowns on the next drive.”


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14 Comments for Stephen Johnson sums up today’s game: “Frustrating”

  1. Bluebloodtoo
    7:08 pm November 12, 2016 Permalink

    I know the last two games have been frustrating, but think of how much better these guys are playing as compared to last year. There has only been one game all year where we had little chance to win (Alabama). The boys are making progress and it shouldn’t be much longer before they are ready to finish games like this.

    • WeareBBN
      7:30 pm November 12, 2016 Permalink

      UF. did you miss that game. I agree though, this team does fight. Normally when we make a huge mistake we go on to lose by 30 plus. These guys fight back and we are still a young team. The defense is not good though. We were all fooled into thinking we improved but it was who we played that made the D look good.

    • Bluebloodtoo
      10:44 pm November 12, 2016 Permalink

      I don’t know that our defense isn’t good. I think maybe Jordan Jones makes a bigger impact than we knew. This looks like the defense we saw for the first two games. Was everyone trying to make up for jj being out? Did they panic or something? Too many big plays in the secondary.

  2. runningunnin.454
    7:09 pm November 12, 2016 Permalink

    Don’t understand all the negativity in previous posts. We are close to making the big plays; the running game is exceptional; and, Johnson continues to improve. Stoops is slowly but surely getting it done; his efforts are a vast improvement over Joker’s lethargy.
    Tennessee and Georgia are solid teams; who expected us to cover the spread against the team most experts said had the talent to win the East? Who expected us to win 4 SEC games?
    Just watched Georgia end Auburn’s 6 game winning streak, holding the Tigers to 7 points; we scored 24.
    Next year will be exciting.
    We are going to beat Peay, and I’m going bowling….the fair weather fans can stay home and cry on each other’s shoulders.

    • WeareBBN
      7:38 pm November 12, 2016 Permalink

      Still we have not beat anyone good and we lost to Southern Miss, do you understand how bad that team is? I am a season tix guy, been to all but Vandy game and like you I will be bowling but will not call this season a success. I do like that we have tons coming back and the attitude seems different but bottom line is what I see. Defense is horrible, I can’t remember a season when I saw more blown coverages and wide open guys. We tackle at the chest and above way too much, who teaches that. Still don’t know if we have a QB on the roster that can throw at the SEC level. For all the talent we are supposed to have at WR why do they all drop what few easy catches they get? Feel we should be better and we have shown at times we can be good, that just frustrates me as a fan. As for Johnson, if he wants to see frustrating he should see all the wide open receivers he misses badly, how do you miss Snell on the flea flicker by 10-15 yards.

    • runningunnin.454
      8:18 pm November 12, 2016 Permalink

      After the first two games, I would call 4 SEC wins and a bowl a success. Honestly, after Florida, did you expect that?

    • Patches
      9:11 pm November 12, 2016 Permalink

      Still no quarterback that can balance the game out with the pass and a defense that just wilts way too much due to no depth.

    • memphis wildcat
      10:36 pm November 12, 2016 Permalink

      WeareBBN…don’t really disagree with you but we did beat Miss St that beat TAMU. Tough when you start playing the who beat who game

    • memphis wildcat
      11:23 pm November 12, 2016 Permalink

      Nevermind…just saw ole miss beat tamu and that bama smoked msu

  3. Catlogic15
    7:46 pm November 12, 2016 Permalink

    Johnson can’t pass 10-15 yard range. Conrad grabs high throw gets hurt. Johnson late on reads. Red zone issues prove this.
    SEC quality QB play is what we need, don’t have.

  4. BluKudzu
    8:08 pm November 12, 2016 Permalink

    What we need is a SEC quality type defense. This is one of the best run blocking teams we have had in a long time. Giving up 49 killed us.

    • WeareBBN
      9:05 pm November 12, 2016 Permalink

      3 and 4 are correct, hope it is fixed next year. I like Johnson, really do, as he can give us many options but he has to be able to throw with accuracy.

  5. Patches
    9:14 pm November 12, 2016 Permalink

    Stoops is just too conservative in the red zone opting for FGs when we needed TDs. The main deficit of this team is trying to win despite bad coaching.