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Stoops: “He was clearly in.”

Sep 26, 2020; Auburn, Alabama, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops questions an official during the second quarter against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

(John Reed-USA TODAY Sports)

The hot topic following Kentucky’s loss at Auburn is the no-touchdown call late in the first half when UK running back Chris Rodriguez crossed the end zone, but was rewarded no points for his efforts by the officials.

One explanation given on the broadcast was that Rodriguez’s knee was down, which it clearly wasn’t; then analyst Jordan Rogers later said the play was ruled dead due to forward progress. Neither make any sense.

After the game, Mark Stoops was asked if he could explain the decision, or if he could at least explain how the officials explained the call to him.

LOOK: How was this not a touchdown by Chris Rodriguez?

He too is baffled by what happened.

“I don’t understand it either,” Stoops said after the game. “He was clearly in. I really can’t give a good explanation. I didn’t really get good explanations all day. I don’t know if it’s us wearing these masks and all that, I don’t know. But that was a big swing.”

When asked if it affected his team moving forward, Stoops replied,  “I don’t know if it did. We came in at half knowing that we were doing some very good things and certainly our guys felt comfortable, they felt physical. We knew it was going to be a tough game, a close game. Whether that affected us or not, I don’t know.”

Somebody has some explaining to do.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

26 Comments for Stoops: “He was clearly in.”

  1. cats646
    4:00 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    Not saying it lost us the game. But it lost us all momentum. And the game. As usual fuk refs everywhere. I’m gonna go punch a footlocker employee now lol.

  2. Hi Im Reality
    4:01 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    Lost by 16, but somehow 1 missed TD made all the difference…

    • BBN4LIFE03
      4:06 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

      Would be up 14-8 while recieveing ball in 2nd half

    • cats646
      4:08 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

      Football is a momentum game kid. Lose momentum, probably lose the game. That terrible call definitely lost us all momentum.

    • Soylentbeans
      4:22 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

      Made this user name just to come post this 1 comment I assume?

    • Hi Im Reality
      4:36 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

      Football is a momentum game. Blah, blah, blah. What you’re really saying is Stoops isn’t a good coach. It’s his job to generate momentum and keep the team motivated.

    • peaches76
      5:19 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

      Sir, as a former D-1 football player your comment clearly shows you to be a complete dumbass.

    • csnailnrun
      8:20 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

      And to add to Peaches, I’m a fellow D1 athlete, and momentum leads to confidence. Confidence is game changer. That is reality.

    • cats646
      4:58 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

      Stoops made Ky a respectable football program. We could go 0-10 this year and he would still be a good coach. That call may not have lost us the game, but it definitely hurt us. Bad.

  3. DoubleB65
    4:06 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    Excuses. Same crap every year. Excuses. Play the right kids Coach. Tired of excuses.

    • dcforuk
      4:09 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

      If you earned a work bonus that was taken away, you would at least have the right to discuss the impact of its loss………especially if it were televised

  4. gwhittle
    4:07 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    That’s inexcusable to miss that with replay. Someone in the SEC office had money on auburn

    • dcforuk
      4:15 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

      Watch this explanation. I don’t buy it. If that were Alabama or Auburn they would’ve got the call reversed guaranteed:


    • dcforuk
      4:15 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

      Looks like it won’t go thru

    • ballplayerstu
      4:23 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink


  5. VirginiaCat
    4:13 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    Anybody else understand why our QB threw the ball away on the two-point conversion attempt? If you throw it up for grabs, at least you might get lucky. Throwing it away eliminates any chance. Seemed like a mental error to me, suggesting that the QB’s head wasn’t 100% in the game.

  6. dcforuk
    4:17 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    Tom and Jeff commented on that play on the radio. It was a mistake.

  7. makeitstop
    4:20 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    The missed TD didn’t need to kill us. We could’ve just punched it in. It was a horrible call but it was 1st down. The INT was unforgivable. The fumble. The fake punt. The late fumble. I mean, no way u play ur way out of that, on the road, in this league.

  8. dcforuk
    4:37 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    Yeah I don’t necessarily disagree with all of that. There is less room for error and less margin for mistake when you play on the Road. That margin is even less when it’s a road game against a top 10 team. Momentum for you or against you as powerful. It was a negatively momentous play Or perhaps I should say a negatively momentous call. The reality is you gotta shrug it off and move to the next play but the reality is also that it’s nevertheless deflating and discouraging.

  9. peaches76
    4:45 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    Look at the way the SEC schedule was made for opening weekend. Traditional big boys vs the rest of us. Couldn’t let “lesser” team win on the road. Not good for future ratings

    • UKgrad80
      4:55 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

      Exactly right!

  10. UKgrad80
    4:55 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    SEC refs will always protect the hierarchy of the conference!

  11. dhard
    5:11 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    Stevie wonder could see he was in. That call changed the game in a huge way. With all the change over the last 6 months one thing we know is constant, SEC refs are beyond incompetent.

  12. Lip Man 1
    5:50 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    Well Drew I guess you lost all your money picking the upset. LOL.

    Like I said when the schedule came out 5-5 at best…and considering the schedule that may not be at all bad.

    But take heart, basketball season is just around the corner (virus permitting) and that’s what really matters.

  13. BigBlueFoo42777
    7:36 pm September 26, 2020 Permalink

    We have to get better play put of our qb and the defense needs to play smart like they did in 1st half. If not it could turn into a really ugly season.

  14. satcheluk
    10:46 am September 27, 2020 Permalink

    Besides the bad calls and obvious bad decisions, what had me most disappointed was the lack of leadership and attention to detail by the skill players, especially Terry. Two dump offs when the defense was offsides? Geez, my 10 year knows you chuck it in that situation and Terry did it twice?! Throw it away on a 2pt conversion? Sliding 1 UF before the first down on multiple occasions and we had a couple of guys run out of bounds to avoid contact with 1-2 yards of the first down. Individually, not big mistakes, but collectively they killed us and showed they we lack a high football IQ which is necessary to pull off big upsets on the road. We were physically dominant for 3 quarters, but we got outplayed and out coached.