That was a heartbreaking defeat we just witnessed in an electric Commonwealth Stadium. A play here or a play there and Kentucky is sitting in sole possession of first place in the SEC East. Unfortunately, key mistakes were made, in execution and play-calling, and Georgia will travel back to Athens with a gift of a win.
After the game, Mark Stoops said, “It was a very difficult loss. Lot of disappointed people in that locker room.”
He didn’t shy away from taking some of the blame, either. He admitted to making his own mistakes, telling reporters, “There’s always things you can do better. There are a few calls in particular that I wish I could have back.”
I think it’s safe to assume some of those calls came on Kentucky’s final drive, a drive that needed more than the three points. The Cats’ offense got a little too reliant on the Wildcat and then threw the dreaded fade to Dorian Baker on third down. Maybe not the best strategy in that situation, which is why Stoops will go home with a little regret on his plate.
I assume many others would like to take some plays back as well. Jeff Badet’s drop is a glaring mistake, as is Garrett Johnson’s fumble on the previous drive. Then there’s the holding call that cost Kentucky a field goal, which proved to have a very meaningful impact on the game.