The game was a back-and-forth affair in the first half. Instead of playing into Tennessee’s hands by play fast, Kentucky possessed the ball for 7:00 minutes, nearing the goal line to retake the lead. On third and goal, this happened:
Benny was tripped. Instead of going for it on fourth and two, the Cats kicked a field goal, much to the chagrin of many UK fans, including Drew Franklin.
Stoops said he wanted to go for it, “But they told me it was from the two. Once I realized it was from the two I knew we had to take the points. You hoped to play better defense to keep it closer and points are valuable.”
The impressive drive ended with a field goal instead of a touchdown. It crippled Kentucky all day.
“The difference was in the red zone. They capped it off with touchdowns, we capped it off with field goals,” Stoops said. “The plays are there and we’re not making them.”
Here’s everything Stoops had to say after the game.