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Stoops Explains why they Kicked a Field Goal from the Two-Yard Line


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.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

19 Comments for Stoops Explains why they Kicked a Field Goal from the Two-Yard Line

  1. tippytoe
    6:23 pm November 12, 2016 Permalink

    More bs from Stoops. Admitting you not knowing where you are on the field is showing you are incompetent. How about calling a timeout when the clock was already stopped for a hurt player? Benching Snell for the fumble?
    Why not benching receivers that have more drops than catches. The only good news in ALL the red zone trips is we didn’t see the dreaded fade.

  2. BluKudzu
    6:29 pm November 12, 2016 Permalink

    We got 4 wins in the SEC. We, hopefully will go to a bowl.
    Not great, likely 4 th in the East. It ain’t the bottom.
    Get a great DC. We will be fine.

    • KYcats11
      6:44 pm November 12, 2016 Permalink

      I agree. If you asked all the kentucky fans in the world, what is the main thing you want to accomplish this season? 95% percent of them would say, GET TO A DAMN BOWL! Why is everybody so dissapointed with losing to georgia and Tennessee. Tennessee was a topportunity 10 team and playoff contender, and now we are pissed that we lossed. Hell, I’m happy about being pissed because we lossed to IMO 2 great teams. That means we took a big step in the right direction. BTW have you ever seen tippytoe comment something positive after a win.

  3. tippytoe
    6:55 pm November 12, 2016 Permalink

    Sorry the truth hurts hillbillies.
    Be happy with the turd bowl and stick to getting upset about basketball. Still mad about not beating Asbury by 100 points?
    I can still be upset because I know this team could have won the East this year. It was there for the picking.
    Not sure UK will ever have such an opportunity again.

    • WeareBBN
      7:25 pm November 12, 2016 Permalink

      actually we will have the opportunity next year. We return almost everyone and all will hopefully be better. East will still be garbage. We replace Bama on the schedule with Ole Miss. If we can at least be a threat to throw the ball we should be pretty good. Need more depth on D, maybe a juco or transfer.

    • 206Bones
      4:03 pm November 13, 2016 Permalink

      Does that mean we getta keep CMS, fingers crossed.

  4. dstnshpp
    7:10 pm November 12, 2016 Permalink

    The frustrating play wasn’t the 4th down play, but the play on 3rd down. Why on 3rd down did we move out off the wildcat and put Snell 7 yards into the backfield? Snell could have gotten one yard in 3rd out of the wildcat and put us in the end zone.

    • WeareBBN
      7:27 pm November 12, 2016 Permalink

      agree…but the offensive lineman can’t get pushed back like that….Benny would have walked in but our lineman tripped him

  5. RealCatsFan
    7:21 pm November 12, 2016 Permalink

    When I was a young man trying to meet women my uncle gave me some sage advice. “No guts, no glory”, he said. That advice also applies to winning football games.

  6. RealCatsFan
    7:34 pm November 12, 2016 Permalink

    And now Pitt has beat Clemson. That probably gives Louisville a shot at the playoff. Pitt’s coach comes in with a good game plan and a set of gonads. Stoops needs to grow a set.

    • runningunnin.454
      7:55 pm November 12, 2016 Permalink

      Clemson still has the tie breaker over Louisville; and, the Cards didn’t help themselves with mediocre games against Duke and Virginia.

    • RealCatsFan
      8:38 pm November 12, 2016 Permalink

      Louisville down to WF late in the first half by 9. They may have laid out the blueprint on how to contain Jackson. Louisville looking kind of one dimensional.

  7. shelby
    8:23 pm November 12, 2016 Permalink

    I have no problem with the field goal; getting points was a must. IF we go for it and get snuffed we come away with nothing and all u idiots are saying we should’ve kicked.

    • Megan
      12:36 pm November 13, 2016 Permalink

      John Madden would’ve kicked the field goal. Used to upset me no end. But what are the odds of scoring from the two-yard line (making a two-point conversion)? About 50 percent? Not exactly in your favor.

  8. WeareBBN
    9:19 pm November 12, 2016 Permalink

    Forget explaining the FG, please explain how we let this team gain almost 11 yards per play, DJ needs to go and we need a real DC. Keep in mind an incomplete pass is a play and they averaged nearly 11 yards per play. UT only had 5 third down plays because they made so many yards on 1st and 2nd downs. Poor poor poor performance.

    • RealCatsFan
      9:52 pm November 12, 2016 Permalink

      I agree 100% that it’s time to send Elliot packing. Exhibit A should be the fact that Stoops had to take over the defensive play calling. That is the only thing that stemmed the bleeding on defense, at least for a little while.