Had Missouri won tonight, Kentucky fans would be talking about one play for the next two weeks: Mark Stoops’ decision to kick the field goal instead of going for it on fourth and goal with two minutes left. Austin MacGinnis’ kick put the Cats up six, but it left the door open for a potent Missouri offense to march back down the field and win the game with a touchdown. Thankfully, the Tigers didn’t, but it made for a tense few minutes across the Commonwealth.
When asked about the call afterwards, Stoops said he was “tempted” to go for it on fourth down, but decided to push the lead to six instead.
“I had to. It was tempting, but I had to do it because that team could move the football and three points — for the very reason they got it down there, you had to get in the end zone makes a big difference with no time outs. We know they can go fast and we obviously saw how explosive they can be. So I just felt like we had to do it. It was tempting, but not at [fourth and] two. If it was fourth and one, you may make them drive the length of the field if you don’t make it, but I think six [points] was big and you had to make them score the touchdown.”
Say it with me: Phew.