There were plenty of plays that left the BBN scratching their heads (the number is staggering). Mark Stoops was proud of the fight from his team, but critical errors in crucial situations kept Kentucky from getting a victory.
“The game comes down to a lot of critical plays and also a few decisions with myself that sometimes can turn the outcome one way or the other,” Stoops said.
The most glaring mistake came during Kentucky’s ill-fated final two minutes before halftime. “I’m disappointed with the 4th and 1 at midfield.” They began by trying to draw them offsides. Once they saw an opportunity on the outside, he pulled the trigger instead of taking the delay of game and punting. “We had ’em one-on-one and thought we could take a shot right there. It was a poor decision.” Stoops added, “It’s all on me.”
Vandy would score five plays later on a trick play to give them 21 points at halftime, the most this season against an FBS opponent. They didn’t need another point to defeat Kentucky.
Heading into the game, Stoops said they wanted to be the aggressor. They came out firing, but couldn’t put points on the board on two occasions inside the 5-yard line. “When you have the ball inside the two and come away with nothing. Obviously that sets the tone right there,” Stoops said.
Kentucky tried to will their way back into the game, but at the end of the day their mistakes were too much to overcome. “It comes down to critical plays and critical decisions. It didn’t go our way tonight.”