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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly from Kentucky’s 15-14 victory over Missouri

© Denny Medley | USATSI

© Denny Medley | USATSI

Have your nerves settled a bit from last night? Voice coming back yet? No?

Me neither.

I don’t remember the last time I’ve felt such a wide range of emotions watching a Kentucky football game. Anger, sadness, frustration, disappointment, hope, and pure joy to top it all off. We had quite a bit of those first four emotions during the Joker era, a good mix of hope mixed in when the Mark Stoops era began, and then a few moments of the joy sprinkled throughout. But last night, we saw the extremes of all six from start to finish.

I broke down those emotions into good, bad, and ugly we saw on Saturday night, and how they all tied together to bring us Kentucky’s seventh win of the season and fifth victory in conference play.

The Good

The entire defense

Seriously, are you kidding me? There have been a few bright spots for the defense over the years, but they usually struggled as a unit on all three levels. If the Cats were facing a third-and-short on defense, barring an epic failure by the opponent, it was a guarantee they were going to convert. They lived by the “bend but don’t break” mentality, but when push came to shove, they almost always broke in crunch time. Kentucky offenses would have to just outscore the opposition if they wanted to pull out the victory.

Now, there’s not a doubt in my mind this is the best defense in the SEC. They may even be the best in the nation.

The Kentucky defense allowed just 14 points on Saturday, Missouri’s second-lowest total of the season. The Tigers managed just 249 total yards, their second-lowest total of the year. Mizzou star quarterback Drew Lock managed just 165 yards and zero touchdowns through the air, his second-lowest total of the year.

And the only reason they scored that many points and managed that many total yards is because the Wildcat defense struggled to find their groove to start the game. They allowed 209 total yards and all 14 points in Missouri’s first four drives, each coming before halftime. They didn’t have a three-and-out in the entire first half. Missouri’s high-powered offense looked the part early.

After intermission, however, the script changed completely.

The Kentucky defense didn’t allow a single first down in the second half, forcing eight consecutive three-and-outs. Missouri managed just 49 second-half yards on 24 plays, good for an atrocious two yards per play. Zero points, and they didn’t ever even come close to finding themselves in touchdown territory.

As a unit, the Kentucky defense is tied with Clemson for the No. 1 scoring defense in all of college football. They have allowed 20 points or less in all eight games this season, the first time they’ve accomplished that feat since 1950. They’ve allowed just 104 points, the program’s best since 1987. They’ve allowed 74 points in six SEC games this season, the fewest in the first six SEC games since 1979. They haven’t allowed an opponent to break the 400-yard threshold this season.

As far as individual players go, Josh Allen is proving to be one of the best defensive stars in all of college football. The star pass-rusher managed 11 tackles, two sacks, and two forced fumbles against a stout Missouri offensive line. He has now managed 24.5 career sacks, moving him past Bud Dupree for second in Kentucky history.

Per Corey Price of UK Athletics, Allen is now the only player in the FBS since 2000 to have at least 56 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, ten sacks, five forced fumbles, and four passes defended in the first eight games of the season. He’ll likely hear his name called in the top-15 of the NFL Draft this spring.

Beyond Allen, Jordan Jones finished with 11 tackles, while Darius West managed eight tackles, one pass deflection, and one blocked field goal. Mike Edwards also had four tackles, including one tackle for loss and a pass deflection.

Mark Stoops begged for this kind of talent to work with when he first got to Kentucky, and he’s finally gotten it.

Terry Wilson

Despite the overall offensive struggles (we’ll talk about that later), quarterback Terry Wilson finished with arguably his best game in a Kentucky uniform.

The JUCO transfer finished with 267 yards (71 percent completion), one touchdown, and one interception. He had an average of 8.6 yards per attempt and a 71.1 overall QB rating, all while throwing 102 more passing yards than Missouri star quarterback Drew Lock.

According to Corey Price, Wilson had the most passing yards by a Kentucky quarterback in an SEC road victory since Andre’ Woodson at Mississippi State on October 28, 2006 when he finished with 284. He also joins just Tim Couch (at LSU, 1998) and Jared Lorenzen (Vanderbilt, 2001) as the only Kentucky quarterbacks with at least 267 passing yards and a completion percentage of at least 70 percent in an SEC road win.

Wilson’s biggest moment of the night came in the final 1:24, where he orchestrated an eight-play, 81-yard game-winning touchdown drive.

Take away the two sacks, and the Kentucky quarterback managed a flawless two-minute drill to lead the Cats to victory, including completions of 12, 16, 27, 13, 17, and two yards for the game-winner.

When you add in the absolutely laughable quarterback “competition” we saw throughout the game (you better believe that found its way into the “ugly” section), you can’t help but be proud of Wilson’s execution in crunch time.

Lynn Bowden

What. A. Superstar.

The second Bowden stepped on campus last year, the Kentucky coaching staff flat-out said they were going to find a way to work the star playmaker into the offense as a true freshman. He ran plays out of the Wildcat, caught balls, returned punts, returned kicks, and even threw a few balls to put the icing on the cake.

He had his special moments, but he never found his way into the end zone.

This year, we got to see his first touchdown score on a catch from Terry Wilson in the Florida game. From there, the chemistry between Wilson and Bowden has been special, with the Wildcat receiver easily being the team’s most reliable option in the pass game since then.

Bowden took it about ten steps forward on Saturday against Missouri, setting career highs of 13 receptions and 166 yards. He’s the first Kentucky player with at least ten receptions since Ryan Timmons did it in 2014 and the first with over 100 receiving yards since Garrett Johnson, when he finished with 111 yards against Missouri last season.

He also finally broke free on a punt return, giving Kentucky their first touchdown of the day on a 67-yard scamper with 5:18 remaining in the game. When the offense needed to make a play, Bowden was the guy to make it happen.

The Bad

Benny Snell/Kentucky offensive line

For the first time this season, Kentucky star running back Benny Snell was overwhelmed by the opposing defense, failing to get much of anything going. He looked frustrated with himself, pacing back and forth on the sideline. He wasn’t the bright and confident Snell we’re used to seeing week after week.

He rushed 19 times for just 67 yards and zero touchdowns, good for 3.5 yards per carry. His longest rush was just 15 yards, and even that was difficult to come by. Snell was gobbled up at the line of scrimmage or stopped for a minimal gain more often than not. Missouri would stack the box and attack any openings made by the Kentucky offensive line. The Tiger defense just won the line of scrimmage, plain and simple.

Snell did make another jump in the history books, though, as he moved past Moe Williams (3,333 career yards) on the all-time rushing list for second place in UK history. He now sits behind only Sonny Collins (3,835 yards), where he needs just 477 yards in five (or six) games to break the record.

Despite giving up two sacks on the final offensive drive, the line did manage to hang in there long enough for the Wildcats to move the ball down the field for a game-winning drive. That’s something to be proud of, regardless of the frustration they felt throughout the night.

Missouri got the best of Snell and the Wildcat offensive line on Saturday, but odds are good they won’t be held down for long.

Kash Daniel

Daniel’s massive club for a hand against Missouri was cool for KSR content purposes, but it translated to a bit of a sluggish performance when gametime came around.

The Kentucky star linebacker made a few tackles to start the day, but instead of wrapping up the ball-carrier and pushing him backward like usual, he had an awkward yank-and-spin bear wrestling technique that resulted in unnecessary yards added to each play.

In coverage, Daniel was beat on crossing routes over the middle on a few occasions, leading to two easy first downs. He also got caught holding in the end zone, leading to an eventual Missouri touchdown. He did make up for it later on a pass deflection on second down, which eventually led to a Tiger punt, giving the Cats an opportunity to score in crunch time.

We know the junior linebacker has the heart of a lion and wants to play every down, but it might have been beneficial to have Kentucky’s up-and-coming stud Chris Oats in for some extra reps to let Daniel recover a bit.

It wasn’t a horrible overall performance, but you could tell he was bothered a bit.

The Ugly

Eddie Gran

Saturday was the first time in quite some time I was genuinely fed up with Gran calling the shots on offense. He had several solid calls on Kentucky’s game-winning touchdown drive, but beyond that, the Wildcat offensive coordinator was absolutely horrible.

In obvious run situations, Missouri would stack the box with eight or nine defenders ready to pounce, and Gran would run plays for Benny Snell right into them. He would call for Snell or AJ Rose out of the Wildcat, but ran no one in motion with no sign of potential trickery to keep the defense on their toes. The Tigers collapsed on the running back each time with ease, putting the offense in tough position.

In crunch time, Snell actually started to find his groove, but got an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty called on him. Snell was seen arguing with Gran immediately afterward, and then we didn’t see the star back for several series, with Rose taking his place. Was he being punished for it? I’m not sure, but it cost the Cats a few first-down conversions in short yardage situations.

Wilson was thriving in the intermediate game, but Gran rarely utilized the tight ends or David Bouvier in the middle of the field. On a second and two at midfield, Gran called a screen pass to Bowden on the outside with 181-pound sophomore receiver Josh Ali out to block. He whiffed the play, leading to a tackle behind the line of scrimmage. The Cats were forced to pass, leading to an incompletion and punt when they needed points on the board in a hurry.

Following timeouts, the offense ran the exact same play they were planning on running before the brief break. It allowed for the Missouri defense to set their unit up to make a stop, and on at least three different occasions, that’s exactly what they did. It wasn’t even that the offense was vanilla, it was just so predictable and the Tigers found a way to capitalize off of it.

The worst aspect of it all, however, was Gran’s media session after the game. It was condescending and argumentative, going after KSR’s Nick Roush for having the audacity to ask about deciding between running and passing the ball on the final play of the game. Especially considering his own players told the media they were going back and forth on it.

“Run it? There was no conversation about running the ball right there. Zero-point-zero-zero,” said Gran. “It was zero coverage, they were bringing the house. We had CJ in there and that’s a play. It’s part of a two-point play, it’s part of a win-the-game play. We’ve been practicing that against our defense, I can’t tell you how many times we’ve thrown that right there.”

If you ask his own members of the offense, however, that’s simply not true. In fact, the players said there was some confusion for the offense (including the player who caught the game-winner).

“There was a lot of confusion at the end, we were going back and forth between running it and throwing it,” said senior receiver David Bouvier. “The time was up, the refs were like “Come on, come on.” So Coach Gran was like, “Just go.”‘

“We had (my play) called out, and then they called timeout,” said senior tight end CJ Conrad. “We were thinking about switching it and possibly running the ball, but I was like “No, I’m winning this game for this team.”‘

It just wasn’t a good look for Gran all-around.

The Quarterback Experiment

When Mark Stoops announced during his call-in radio show on Monday evening that he would play “several” quarterbacks against Missouri, I genuinely thought it was just to light a fire under Terry Wilson. He had a rough go of it the last two games against Texas A&M and Vanderbilt, but not once did I feel there was an actual chance three quarterbacks would play in a crucial game with the SEC East at stake.

Danny Clark entered the game on Kentucky’s second drive for a quarterback keeper and fumbled the ball into the hands of a Tiger defender just across the line of scrimmage. The refs ruled him down by contact, and the play stood after review, but it was too close for comfort.

On Kentucky’s second drive of the second half, backup quarterback Gunnar Hoak entered the game down 14-3 in hopes of putting some points on the board. The only problem? It was the running backs struggling to get the ball down the field, not Terry Wilson. Wilson was actually performing at a high level with strong efficiency and zero turnovers at that point.

Now is not the time to groom egos and hand out participation trophies in the locker room. Though it’s easy to think the guy off the bench is the best thing since sliced bread, backups are backups for a reason. The coaching staff sees them in practice daily, and obviously made the call before the season started that Wilson was the best option going forward. Throwing in the backup in a high-pressure situation with major season ramifications on the line, especially with how well Wilson was finally playing, was borderline ludicrous.

The Cats came away with a massive victory with so much on the line, and for that, the Big Blue Nation should be proud.

Now let’s go win the SEC East.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

76 Comments for The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly from Kentucky’s 15-14 victory over Missouri

  1. BigolBlue
    5:41 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    Good- Defense, Bowden
    Bad – Benny, o-line, Refs, all qb’s
    Ugly – Coaching, 4ever

    • Parker_UKFanNC
      5:52 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Laughable Terry played a great game and absolutely played better than mr future nfl QB on the other side of the ball. Get your head out of your butt and find another team.

    • runningunnin.454
      6:48 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Parker, most trolls can’t read a box score. You just have to debate them calmly, logically; and, support your argument with facts.
      So, in that spirit, you just have to say, “You’re an idiot, and full of sh!t”!

    • bigbluebanana
      9:38 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Don’t directly acknowledge them either. Also, just wish them the best. For example, I wish nothing but the best for bigolblue and combatmedic98 and their future together. Btw guys, my son took the biggest combatmedic98 today! Smelled horrible and I had to use a plunger to flush it.

    • CombatMedic_98
      7:03 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink


    • 4everUKblue
      7:10 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Bigolslater you’re neck and neck with CombatMedic_98 for biggest loser.

    • JusSayin
      7:23 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      We are overacting to the individual matchup between Drew Lock and Terry Wilson. Drew Lock was playing against Kentucky’s defense. Terry Wilson was playing against Missouri’s.

      I think Terry played well but QBs are supposed to play well against Mizzou.

    • CombatMedic_98
      11:57 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Well said

    • Booby Petrino
      7:38 am October 29, 2018 Permalink

      No matter what combatturd and bigoltroll say, TW is the best option we have and I’m glad we have him.

  2. KYcats11
    5:46 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    Was ok with giving Hoak a look, even though Terry Wilson hadn’t really done anything wrong. But, when they put Hoak out there for his third series, I was pissed. It was apparent that Wilson was not the problem, it is Eddie Gran.

    • UKPROF
      7:52 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Just imagine for a moment if UK had a good offensive coach!!? Eddie Gran may not even be Division II material. Who thought he ‘might’ be SEC level coach? Let’s face it, he has proven beyond the shadow of a doubt that he is NOT.

    • Perry1987
      9:15 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Believe it or not, but if I’m not mistaking, when Eddie Gran was at Cincinnati their offense was pretty damn good and very well known for their passing ability. There were game where Cincy had 400- 500 yards passing! Not to mention the national ranking they had on a couple different occasions.
      Make no mistake I’m with you guys on the atrocious play calling when it comes to our offense but maybe all of this blame doesn’t fall on Gran. We knew coming into the year (or altleast I did, by doing my homework) that Terry Wilson was a work In progress. He had more turnovers/ interceptions than touchdowns playing in JUCO, and we just expect he’s going to come into the SEC and dominate? Absolutely not. I support Terry and believe he’s capable of becoming a good, not great SEC quarterback. But I also think we’re putting to much pressure and scrutiny on Gran. Is his play calling been bad? Absolutely. But I also see what he did at Cincinnati and know what he’s capable of, but I also think he’s doing what he believes is best at the time with the quarterback were using under center. Give both time to adapt and get accustomed to each other, figure things out and im of belief that the real magic can happen!
      We must remember this is all new to Terry. He’s like a freshman and being thrown into the toughest conference in America is no easy task especially when he was in JUCO the year prior!

    • bigbluebanana
      9:41 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Well said. Bigolblue and combatmedic98 could learn a thing or two from you. You don’t have to spout verbal diarrhea and idiotic nonsense to have a valid argument.

    • CombatMedic_98
      11:59 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Soo BE QUIET

    • ClutchCargo
      12:57 am October 29, 2018 Permalink

      Except I’m a UK fan and couldn’t care less about UC. I’m losing confidence in Gran every week.

  3. Ridge Runner
    5:46 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    I truly wonder where Coach Stoops limit is with Gran. Not that he would or should tell the fans, but I mean.. Stoops isn’t stupid (No pun). What would or will be the breaking point to change OC?

    • Ridge Runner
      5:48 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Making it tougher… our great players at least this year bails us out enough that he might be back next year.

    • Cat68
      6:03 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      I’ve said many times of Gran – let the players determine the outcome of the game. Get his nonsense play-calling out of the players’ way and good things will happen. Almost sounds like an OC with no confidence in the players. And apparently arrogant, too.

    • mashburnfan1
      10:16 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      The big head shaker is the comment first time angry with Gran. Eddie C {conservative} Gran has been horrible from the get go. He lives in his Conf USA or AAC world. He will now think that BS play call to Bowden is genius because Bowden bailed him out and reversed field the play won’t work otherwise. And for arguing with Snell, does he not realize if not for Benny the last 2 years Gran would probably already be fired. This offense has the talent to score alot, Gran does not allow them to play. Baker needs sat down, Bouvier can flat out catch anything and runs good routes, Baker does neither and other guys need most of his playing time. Throw North/South and not all this EastWest trash. I’ve been complaining about this forever. And the Wildcat needs to go, why not just hand off or quick pitch, at least at the snap the defense has to worry about run, pass or qb keeping it {3 things} Wildcat is {1 thing} and the defenses I have watched literally leave the 3 wr side with 2 defenders. Love Stoops going for those 4th downs, just did not ,like the play calls from Gran. Hopefully that does not prevent Stoops from staying aggressive and trusting his players later on.

  4. michaelb
    6:38 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    I can’t even stand the way gran looks or speaks . He has the most punchable face of all SEC coaches

    • runningunnin.454
      6:43 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Maybe, now that McElwain and Meyer are gone.

    • cats646
      7:18 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Idk, I would put Kirby smart, Dan Mullen, and Joe Moorhead up above him.

    • cats646
      7:18 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Oh, how could I forget will muschamp?

    • henderblue
      10:25 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Current coaches. Who had/has a more punchable than Steve Spurrier? Omg going back to his days at Florida wanted to choke him with one hand and punch him with the other.

  5. makeitstop
    6:47 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    Couple of observations: 1) Gran has called some great drives and while sometimes he’s laid an egg (TAMU) he is working w what he has and they’re 7-1 so hating on him just doesn’t make sense to me. It isn’t as easy as “run or pass”. 2) KSR must have bought Terry Wilson stock bc the blind hero worship is just weird. Stephen Johnson wasn’t as talented but he was an absolute warrior. I was critical of his passing timing and accuracy as was Andre Ware (and other commentators) but u have to love the kid. But Terry makes made decisions on reads, misses a lot of open receivers when he pulls it down, turns the ball over at an alarming rate and his accuracy isn’t much better than last year. Dynamic. Seemingly nice kid. Fumbles too much. NEEDS the plays called from the sideline. Dude came up huge on the last drive apart from inexplicable sacks but that doesn’t get u a pass in the film room unless u play for a loser which KSR writers seem to think he does.Hoak looked like a guy w 2 months of rust but if u look at Benny’s runs, he had more room to operate when Hoak was in – he keeps them honest. There’s power in unexercised options. Keep UGa and others guessing. Play both. Keep them honest. The SECN analysts know 10x more football than KSR writers. No offense. They all say it’s our one dimensional offense and lack of passing that make us vulnerable. Chiz and CD are wrong and Nick is right? Gran is wrong and condescending bc he takes issue w kids from a blog site? Really? U guys need an awareness check.

    • KYcats11
      7:04 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Mostly agree with your thoughts on Gran, disagree about Wilson. It’s the coaching staff’s fault that we haven’t seen the best version of Terry. Didn’t bother reading the rest because I fell asleep halfway through.

    • CombatMedic_98
      7:06 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      LOVED IT

    • bigbluebanana
      9:43 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Combatmedic98 plays Fortnite and bullies 10 year olds when they shoot him.

    • CombatMedic_98
      12:00 am October 29, 2018 Permalink

      Liked IT

    • 4everUKblue
      7:10 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Yeah but you’re a CombatMedic_98 head. Half a brain.

    • CombatMedic_98
      12:00 am October 29, 2018 Permalink


    • davis2319
      7:42 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Hoak looked like a lost caused and we were fortunate that he didn’t cost us points via a turnover. The reason Snell wasn’t freed up more is because Missouri was loading the box and we ran right into it every single time. It doesn’t matter if it’s Emitt Smith or Benny Snell, if the box is loaded with defenders, don’t expect many breakout runs. Terry Wilson was the only quarterback that gave us a shot to come back and win that game. He is the only quarterback that gives us a chance against UGA. I mean did you seriously not watch the game?? Did you even watch Hoak? 2 months rust?? What do you think practice is for? You need the awareness check because clearly you are an IDIOT.

    • makeitstop
      8:00 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Ur so right Davis, I’m an idiot. Where did u go to law school btw? And I’m not sure where u played but I can tell u from experience that yea, u can’t run when they stack the box but it may have eluded you, but the reason they stack the box is bc they know you can’t (or won’t) try intermediate pass routes, crossing patterns, anything requiring timing and a read of where the linebackers and cbs will be. But hey, name calling proves what a smart guy u are so I defer.

    • Le Docteur
      9:15 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Absolutely. Nick and all of KSR have a bizarre worship of Wilson going. Except for stupid stupid sacks, he was good on the last drive. Played a good game. But still a question mark.

    • bluecrowe
      3:58 am October 29, 2018 Permalink

      Thank you. I am proud of Wilson and what he did, but I still think Gran is out of his depth in the SEC. The defenses he went against at UC do not compare favorably with even the weakest teams in the SEC. I am tired of the screen passes. He is setting Wilson up to fail with these things. We need to throw down the field and have success to beat very good teams (Georgia). I love the success we had on the final drive, but shouldn’t we be throwing to Conrad over the middle ten times a game? you cannot call running plays when the entire defense is waiting at the line.

    • Skooms
      9:13 am October 29, 2018 Permalink

      Medic, I’m done talking smack to you my friend. I know you bleed blue like we all do and you have every right to complain or not. It’s a free country and, no matter whom is taking reps at QB, it’s a great freaking time to be a CAT fan! GBB!

  6. dcforuk
    7:12 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    Are the coaches only accountable for losses?

    • zoupman
      8:18 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      I’m glad Hoak played 3 series. Don’t think we win the game if he doesn’t.

    • makeitstop
      9:29 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Stoops thought it helped but what does he know, right?

  7. JPGott2
    7:14 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    Stop the ‘We are 7-1’ junk. That is not because of our playcalling! UK is 7-1 because of our defense and Benny Snell putting the Cats on his back on numerous occasions.

    I agree w the sentiment on Eddie Gran. Have been saying it for awhile. He calls plays that the opposition knows is coming. Part of Benny Snell’s struggles are because of plays where he is running up the middle in an apparent 9-10 man box (Benny in the Wildcat on 1st and 10).

    This has been happening since the 2nd half of USCjr. Needing a punt return and a walk off TD drive is not the signs of being good at your job when this has been happening game after game.

    Here is my question: UK has One of the best defenses and running backs in the country…..So, why are the Cats not calling PLAY ACTION passes????????

    I mean, if you have such a weapon in Snell, the defense will have to always respect the fake. That would easily open the field for Bowden, Bouvier, tightends, etc.; for easy strikes.

    The talent is on the team. The teams own words do not back up Grans nonsense.

    Go Cats!!!

    • WillySpankit
      7:53 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      If I had to guess, I’d say Wilson needs all the time he can get and play action gives the defense more time to get to him. I was wondering why they didn’t call more outside runs since it was obvious that those were the only run plays that were getting anywhere.

    • michaelb
      2:36 am October 29, 2018 Permalink

      Snell is good on outside runs too

  8. dcforuk
    7:14 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    Nothing is impossible for the “fan”atic that doesn’t have to do it!

  9. 72uksprinter
    7:18 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    FWIW, I agree with every word about Gran but I have to give him credit for the calls on the final drive.
    We know the TD call was the right one since they had stuffed Benny and his O line from shorter than that several times.
    Ridge, the problems with anyone (inc. myself) who want to see Gran gone are he was the OC at FSU when Stoops was the DC and he is recruiting his ass off in that critical area of Florida. He has the imagination of a down marker and gets so ridiculously conservative it appears he is choking.
    I must be the only one out here thinking, “IF the QB race really was so close, why not have set plays for Gunnar that include Wilson in the Wildcat, as a receiver, some sweeps (ala Hughes), etc. Imagine defenses having to plan and execute against Wilson, Snell, Rose, CJ, Justin, and Bowden. Wilson would be a genuine threat in that scheme and maybe (just maybe) Hoak would be more accurate getting targets to the deep receivers; a proven deficiency for Wilson.
    But, that represents a concept apparently as lost on Gran as the fact that there was NOTHING available between the tackles for one of the the most fearsome RBs in college football. We all know the definition of doing the same exact thing over and over and over. Well, all but one of us.
    GOOOOOOO Cats!
    Take down the haughty Dawgs.

  10. dcforuk
    7:18 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    Every team has failures and problems. The good teams don’t park there. They can move beyond. Pessimism is generally a problem that pessimists cannot move beyond. If you ran a regression analysis on the coaching as a predictive value of wins for this team, the correlation coefficient would be in excess of 90% which is an excellent correlation coefficient!

    • WillySpankit
      7:55 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      I didn’t come here to play math.

    • Kat4Life
      8:49 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Thank you Sheldon

  11. dcforuk
    7:23 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    I liked last year’s AAR (After Action Review) title better than this title (the good, bad, ugly). Just does not feel right under the circumstances to me. She (the team and record) is a beautiful thing right now. No ugliness!

    • makeitstop
      8:11 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Freddie knew what he was talking about, so the analysis was meaningful. If it’s just blogging, any of us could do it.

  12. oruacat2
    7:33 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    Our OL (and TE) is good enough to block any team in the country when it’s 6-on-6-or-7 – but they cannot block 6-on-9, and that’s what’s happening when Gran doesn’t mix up the play calling and defenses don’t respect Wilson.

    • zoupman
      8:20 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      I would like to see more play action also.

    • Alex90
      9:14 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Yes any OC with common sense would move the pocket with a mobile qb with a cannon arm. The offense has no surprises to it and instead of expanding the playbook Gran seems to have reduced it to about 10 plays

  13. jccuk
    7:42 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    Go back and look at the FL and SC games, we were faking the run and passing and then mixing the run in beautifully and then we went ultra conservative. Don’t know why we haven’t done that since. Also, where were the play calls that they ran for Hoak when he was in? Call the same ones for Terry and he makes the throws. Gran thinks he is outsmarting everyone but he isn’t. Heck let me call the plays at half his salary, I’m sure I can mix it up more than him, the Wildcat would be played with Bowden with the option to pass the ball!

  14. dcforuk
    8:03 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    Nothing is impossible for the person that doesn’t have to do it!

  15. kjd
    8:41 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    Benny needs to mature. Has to learn how to handle adversity. Not a good look for him. NFL scouts will make a note of this.

    • cats646
      8:55 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Have you watched the NFL? 80% of them act like little b!tches over the smallest thing.

    • dcforuk
      11:02 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      I heard someone say once that our weaknesses are our strengths carried to extremes. If you try and eliminate thise weaknesses, there is also a risk of reducing a strength. I have a UofL friend that was all PO’d when Lamar scrambled against UK and fumbled. My friend’s solution was to stop scrambling so much. That’s foolish. The solution is to stop fumbling. Please Benny, keep being passionate! BBN loves your passion! Just express that passion between the tackles.

  16. Kat4Life
    8:47 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    If Bouvier doesn’t step up on that last drive we lose…..and I haven’t read his name in any headline or article. Unsung Hero.

  17. dcforuk
    9:01 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    So many players are sacrificing individual accolades for the greater good. That’s what makes the best teams great. How many H.S. Studs are 2nd/3rd string for Alabama? The whole must be greater than the sum of the parts. They are playing for something greater than themselves. Very cool to watch!

  18. clancyhat
    10:36 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

    Yeah, you guys are all REAL SMART and Eddie Gran is dumb.Yeah.

  19. michaelb
    2:38 am October 29, 2018 Permalink

    Qb sneak on 3rd and goal from the 2 was dumb to do with Wilson

    • bluecrowe
      4:06 am October 29, 2018 Permalink

      You hardly ever see the sneak from so far out! It was a horrible call! We should have beaten AM and handled Vandy and MS much more easily, but Gran and his prevent offense made this impossible. He has weapons all over the place and as mentioned above, seems to be shrinking the playbook.

    • ScoggDog
      4:31 am October 29, 2018 Permalink

      Gran, at least to me, calls the offense like a guy that doesn’t trust his QB. When his back is against the wall – like the last possession at Mizzou needing a TD or bust – then desperation forces him to be more aggressive … which just happens to be what this team needs.

      Wilson makes mistakes – we’re just going to have to live with them. And I’m sure he has another A&M or Vandy game in him … keeping Hoak or Clark ready in the wings is a must. But it seems to me that Wilson is our best option – we’re gonna’ have to go with it. As Quick Rick would have said … “Tim Couch ain’t comin’ through that door.”

      That means Gran is going to have to make the best out of what he’s got. And he hasn’t done that since the first half against South Carolina.

  20. UKfanman01
    5:38 am October 29, 2018 Permalink

    Wilson is best when hes throwing mid range passes and open field, with NO defender close. He did have a good game but I’m still not completely in on the kid. Show up again and look like he did Saturday against UGA and I’ll be on full board with the Wilson train. I still think Gran is garbage and we should contact Neal Brown with a pay raise.

  21. Cmart0907
    6:05 am October 29, 2018 Permalink

    In other news. U6 is a 40 point underdog against Clemson lol.

  22. Blue_Cat75
    7:43 am October 29, 2018 Permalink

    It was nice to see Wilson play well against a secondary that ranks 122nd in the country. Hope this boosted his confidence for the game against Georgia, who ranks 8th in passing yards per game.

  23. UKBoo
    8:23 am October 29, 2018 Permalink

    I really wish Wilson had played as well as JP thinks. Last drive, he looked very good and that last throw was money. But Bouvier and Bowden saved him on the last drive. Wilson’s numbers would have sucked without that drive and the one play that Bowden made. Let’s remember, it was a pass in the flats to Bowden who happened to have defenders on him right away. Should have never been thrown. Bowden made that play and accounted for the FG range. More over than his numbers, Wilson was again generally lost out there unless it was a bang bang play. Wilson still cannot go through progressions but he did stay in the pocket more. Hoak’s throws were crap but the guys were open. Again, it isn’t that guys suddenly run better routes when Hoak is in. Hoak saw the field better and at least tried to hit open guys that he actually saw. Wilson never sees them. Also notice the defense had to play more honest and rushes were easier with Hoak. Hoak played like crap, no two ways about it. But I think he did help soften the D a little. As for Gran, and UK OC’s in general, I think it’s Stoops that is getting in the way. Sure, the playbook is limited with the lack of intelligent QB play, but you see Stoops in Gran’s ear way too much. He needs to stick to the defense.

    • makeitstop
      9:46 am October 29, 2018 Permalink

      I’m totally with u up to last line – ultimately it was Stoops saying to grind it that led to the winning drive w Vandy and he seems to be developing as a head coach instead of just head coordinator before our eyes. I mean it’s all conjecture from here, but the results seem to speak for themselves. His comfort zone is definitely the D though ur right about that, and he seems to have better chemistry w House than the first couple DC. Wow they have come a long way. That isn’t all recruiting!

  24. MadScientist
    8:46 am October 29, 2018 Permalink

    It looked like they played Hoak to just shut up the fans. They didn’t really give him a chance to succeed. I thought Wilson played pretty well, definitely wouldn’t have won without him! Bowden was a beast! The Defense settled down in the second, but Missouri’s offensive play calls in the second half helped the Cats. But the UK Offensive Line play was horrible!!! I get that Missouri was stacking the box to stop the run, but there was not push on the line.

    Three 4th and inches and nothing, that’s demoralizing.

  25. Skooms
    9:09 am October 29, 2018 Permalink

    Hop in your DeLorean and go back to this exact date last year. If you ran into yourself and asked him/her this question “If UK could be 7-1 right now, would you complain about ANYTHING related to the team?” I bet you 100 bucks that your past selves would say “Hell No!” Yet here we are, sitting at 7-1 and finding PLENTY of crap to complain about. I don’t care hpw “lucky” we have or haven’t been. We’re freaking 7-1! We all have a right to complain or not too, but just stop for a second and think about how nice it is that we can have these conversations sitting at 7-1! What I mean is, the program has come a VERY long way! Go CATS!

  26. makeitstop
    9:55 am October 29, 2018 Permalink

    A little like last years b-ball team, I had no expectation of going to the final four until suddenly the seas (or seeds) parted then the expectations changed and bam, disappointed. We all figured we’d be lucky to get to the second weekend til we did then suddenly we were pissed we got knocked out. I hope this works out better bc from here u really could see a run to Atlanta. I hope I didn’t just jinx us.

    • Skooms
      11:39 am October 29, 2018 Permalink

      Amen brother! It’s definitely a good problem to have. It just goes to show you that our coaches are really good at exceeding our expectations!

  27. katmandue2you
    12:53 pm October 29, 2018 Permalink

    All you Gran bashers look stupid as hell. Yeah it’s easy to question anything when it’s not working. That Monday morning day after 20/20 vision is some rough work isn’t it? The bottom line for you guys is when the play doesn’t work he’s an idiot. The real bottom line is shit happens…our guys don’t execute adequately or geez the other team rises up! They got dudes leaving it all on the field too! Eddie Gran has forgotten more football than you or myself will ever know. Do I question things? Hell yes. But this wholesale bash the OC cause we are struggling? It’s horseshit from wannabe know-it-all’s. Eddie Grands resume speaks for itself including his work at UK. Question for you assholes…. If he’s responsible for all the bad decisions the bad play calls the QB subbing (which most everyone had called for), then who’s responsible for TW going 7 for 7 to open the game and passing for 267 yards, who’s responsible for all the big plays to Lynn Bowden? Who’s responsible for the last drive? Who’s responsible for the brilliant play calling of the last 3 plays of the game and that entire final drive??? Ohh…all that worked…but let’s not give credit. Let’s just bash the shit that supposedly was bad coaching cause it didn’t work. Get a life….you too Jack!

    • syrin23
      10:05 pm October 29, 2018 Permalink

      It’s Gran’s son!!