The Kentucky offense cruised at the start of the second half to build up a 13-point lead over Florida. After that, not much worked until the final drive.
I was one of the first to question Gran’s playcalling. Whether he became too conservative is a debate amongst fans that will not end anytime soon, but it’s not a debate in the locker room.
“I don’t really ever second-guess that with Coach Gran and our offensive staff,” Mark Stoops said during today’s press conference. “I think they have a really good feel for that and it’s difficult because you can always second-guess yourself after the fact. We all do. I do more than anybody….believe me, we beat ourselves up quite a bit, but I have great trust in Coach Gran and Coach Hinshaw and what they do offensively.”
The offense used a formula that got them many wins last year: let Benny Snell carry the team to a victory. However, on one drive Kentucky went to the air and it failed miserably.
“That’s a tough call, because earlier we took points off the board when we threw it three straight times because we couldn’t block them. We took three points off the board because we went incomplete, sack, sack. I bet you on that situation we wish we ran the ball three times. So it’s hard to second-guess. I never would.”
Stoops has no issue with what the offense did schematically Saturday night and he has no issue with his coaches moving forward.
“I have great confidence in our offense and what they do. We’re not always going to be perfect.“