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The Moment We Knew Stephen Johnson Was Ready

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Nobody expected Stephen Johnson to outplay Lamar Jackson, but that’s exactly what happened in the Governor’s Cup.

He looked great even before he took the first snap.  In the video below from Scott Charlton, Johnson smiles, then says, “I love this *hit.”  Seconds later Garrett Johnson is 75 yards down the field for a touchdown.

Johnson completed 16 for 27 passes for 338 yards and 3 touchdowns.  He also rushed for 83 yards, accounting for 421 total yards to take home the Howard Schnellenberger MVP award and, more importantly, the Governor’s Cup.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

13 Comments for The Moment We Knew Stephen Johnson Was Ready



  1. RealCatsFan
    10:38 am November 28, 2016 Permalink

    I see the smile, but how on earth can anyone tell what he is saying? I guess I’m not a very good lip reader. Or did someone ask him after the game?



  2. CottonMash
    10:38 am November 28, 2016 Permalink

    What did UK coaches see on film that suggested the deep pass would be open on the first play?

    “Just the rotation of their secondary on that motion in that formation,” Gran said. “Coach (Darin) Hinshaw, everybody did a great job as we put ’em up there and they felt like that’s how they were going to react to it, and we just felt like we had a good one-on-one shot. It just worked out perfectly.”

    http://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/college/kentucky/2016/11/28/early-planning-helped-spur-uk-upset-u-l/94538550/



  3. ukjaybrat
    10:39 am November 28, 2016 Permalink

    i could watch this all day



  4. kampus korner
    10:50 am November 28, 2016 Permalink

    Stephen Johnson is one of the most poised UK quarterbacks I’ve seen. His poise is even more remarkable considering he came to UK from something called the “College of the Desert Junior College”. H



  5. Callinstraight
    10:50 am November 28, 2016 Permalink

    Luck was definitely a Lady for us Saturday. We totally miss blocking a d lineman and Johnson is still able (barely) to get off the pass.



    • stratblend
      10:54 am November 28, 2016 Permalink

      Judging by lateral quickness, we could have unblocked that dude all day. He weebles and wobbles more than my 16 month old.



    • secrick
      11:21 am November 28, 2016 Permalink

      Didn’t see it that way, no luck this kid is good.



    • averagejoe
      11:58 am November 28, 2016 Permalink

      I think you’re a U of L fan. Yep. Sorry about your luck.



    • DACats86
      12:29 pm November 28, 2016 Permalink

      Yes, the only time that D-lineman hit Johnson was when he got flagged for a late hit. “Lucky” for us that passes that “barely” get thrown still count…



  6. kampus korner
    10:57 am November 28, 2016 Permalink

    Stephen Johnson is one of the most poised UK quarterbacks I’ve seen. His poise is even more remarkable considering he came to UK from something called the “College of the Desert Junior College”. He is playing



  7. averagejoe
    11:55 am November 28, 2016 Permalink

    SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2007 — A guy named STEVIE JOHNSON catches a long TD to blow up highly-ranked U of L and leave their fans discontent and mumbling.

    NOVEMBER 26TH, 2016 — STEPHEN JOHNSON outplays the “strike-the-pose” QB and blows up U of L, leaving their fans discontent and mumbling about the Orange Bowl that got away.

    No matter how they spell it, we need more guys named Steve Johnson!



  8. Rise
    1:13 pm November 28, 2016 Permalink

    Straight f**kin savage. I love it.



  9. rockatao
    3:36 pm November 28, 2016 Permalink

    The only “lucky” thing about this win was that Badet actually caught that pass in the final two minutes. He bobbled that baby twice on the way down and only hung on because he landed on his back. They all count though.