Facing a 2nd-and-5 with under a minute remaining and momentum in the passing game, Patrick Towles handed the ball off to Boom Williams for a draw play that was stopped just past the line of scrimmage. Commonwealth Stadium erupted with frustration in the call, knowing Kentucky was out of timeouts and still had a ways to go to inside field goal range. The play was a killer, given its timing and lack of success.
After the game, Mark Stoops was asked about the call and if he realized he was out of timeouts when it was made. He defended the decision.
“We knew we were out (of timeouts),” he said, emphatically. “But we’ve called that same play on third down in the past and it’s worked.”
But does he regret it?
“Yeah, because it didn’t work. Would do that different.”
When asked the same question, offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson said, “Every call is a bad call when it doesn’t work.”
Fair point, but that doesn’t make anyone feel any better.