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This Sucks

© Mark Zerof | Getty

© Mark Zerof | Getty

I’ve seen a lot of Kentucky football in my life, but tonight’s collapse might be the worst of all. The Cats went into the fourth quarter with a 27-14 lead, and just when you felt like it was too good to be true, it was. Slowly but surely, the Cats fell apart. Florida’s backup quarterback did what backup quarterbacks do to Kentucky: picked the Cats apart and exposed the flaws. Hope hung on in forms of big plays, but more often than not, Kentucky shot itself in the foot. As the fourth quarter dragged on, it felt like a slow march towards the inevitable: another loss to Florida. Thirty-one in a row. Just when you thought Sisphyus was going to stay at the top of the hill with that boulder, the football gods kicked it back down.

The Stoops Era has given us so many breakthroughs: a four-year winning streak over South Carolina; big wins over Mississippi State and Vanderbilt; the improbable upset of Louisville; the program’s first bowl game since 2010. However, it’s also given us a litany of costly coaching errors to look back and wonder, “What if?” Tonight’s were the most egregious. Twice, Kentucky left a Florida wide receiver wide open on a touchdown. Both times, it came out of a timeout, meaning the coaches should have had plenty of time to spot the error and call a timeout. They didn’t.

Fourteen points later, Mark Stoops knew he had no one else to blame and shouldered responsibility in the postgame press conference. Yes, there were other mistakes — the missed field goals, the holding penalty on Nick Haynes on what would have been a first down to set Austin MacGinnis perfectly for the game-winning kick — but if you’re like me, that fourth quarter was excruciating because you knew exactly what was going to happen. It was like being forced to watch a horror movie with your eyes open. With the SEC Network forcing us to relive history after every commercial break, it’s no wonder the actual ghosts of UK Football didn’t rise up from the field and finish it themselves.

Heartbreaking losses lead to hyperbole, so excuse my next rant. Perhaps it’s our cursed nature, but didn’t tonight feel a little too big for us? Kentucky was the better team. The atmosphere was the best it ever was, the offense was rolling, and for once, bless our hearts, we thought we had a chance of exorcising some 30-year-old demons. Unfortunately, the moment got too big and the team shot itself in the foot. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.

The mistakes suck. The penalties suck. The result sucks. But the worst part of it for me is the dread I felt in the fourth quarter. No matter what fantastic thing Stephen Johnson or Benny Snell or Josh Allen did tonight, it will be remembered as Kentucky’s 31st loss to Florida. Florida was not the best team on the field. The Cats showed time and time again they were better than the Gators, but whether it be emotion, fate, or downright luck, it didn’t matter. The boulder has rolled down the hill, and here we are.

It sucks.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

28 Comments for This Sucks

  1. AGSlater
    12:48 am September 24, 2017 Permalink

    Wonder what Chester will say?? I hate that guy

  2. JohnieB
    1:02 am September 24, 2017 Permalink

    Also Florida screen pass where their back slipped two defenders and picked up 7 or 8 yards after catch, among many other debacles.

    LSU hail mary pass still worse XD

    always nice to read your thoughts and share in the joy / grief

  3. runningunnin.454
    1:12 am September 24, 2017 Permalink

    You’re right…it was like a watching a horror movie, and the ending is obvious. When it was 27-21, I could see the final score in big, bright lights. Once again, running into the middle of a stacked box, the OL getting dominated, and the abandoning of the game plan that got you the lead. Three and out over and over. No sweeps, no RPO, no screens. Some day I hope the coaching staff will learn…maybe they should read the comments on KSR…everybody can see it.

  4. aemcle02
    1:14 am September 24, 2017 Permalink

    The go ahead touchdown was on 3rd and 1, not 4th down. Check the facts first. Horrible game either way.

  5. katfan33
    1:15 am September 24, 2017 Permalink

    Big wins against Vandy… 😳

  6. indyscott7
    1:19 am September 24, 2017 Permalink

    I love Stoops and the job he has done. Tonight, though, we saw three questionable coaching calls that he and his staff have to learn from. As fans, who didn’t see the chaos that was going on with our defense just before the two Florida touchdowns where the receiver was left alone?! If your defense looks that confused, there is a good chance they ARE confused. Use your timeout! Why didn’t an assistant or trainer or inactive player or someone on the sideline TWICE not see a wide-open receiver?! The third, in my opinion, was in trying to gain a few more yards to get McGinnis closer. We were already in his range when Walker made the 4th down catch. Kick the field goal. I understand why he did it, but the likelihood of gaining any substantial yardage without something bad happening is pretty low in that instance. Trust your Senior kicker and let him kick. Although, if you are going to risk gaining a few more yards, you would also think your Senior linemen would know the same thing–anything close to a hold is unacceptable because it takes you out of field goal range. No gain or a small gain is fine. Just don’t risk a penalty! Players are students who at times will get lost in the moment. Coaches are the ones who can’t.

  7. TBW3011
    2:11 am September 24, 2017 Permalink

    Totally unprepared and clueless on numerous occasions. That’s coaching. I’m sure another raise and extension is on the way.

  8. shepdog3720
    2:23 am September 24, 2017 Permalink

    In fact, Florida was the better team tonight.

  9. Angelo
    2:59 am September 24, 2017 Permalink

    I wish I was as rich as Stoops. I wish I was as smart as Stoops…

  10. JohnWoo
    6:41 am September 24, 2017 Permalink

    Fool me once, shame on you…Fool me twice, shame on me…Fool me thirty one times, I must be a UK Football Fan.

  11. Howdy Doody
    6:45 am September 24, 2017 Permalink

    Told ‘ya so….keep on making tasteless banners to give the superior opposition locker room fodder…
    Same crap, different year.

    • EdC
      9:14 am September 24, 2017 Permalink

      Right that banner caused 2 touchdowns with wide open receivers and too many men on the field twice. #sarcasm

  12. BluKudzu
    8:04 am September 24, 2017 Permalink

    Kentucky 4th quartes. Can’t finish the game. Players lose focus, coaching mistakes. Just can’t finish.

  13. Loganville Cat
    8:25 am September 24, 2017 Permalink

    Some of you are just pathetic. This loss hurt but do you want to go back to the Joker era? Grow up and move on.

  14. Aristocat
    8:54 am September 24, 2017 Permalink

    The fanbase is hurting. We feel tired and let down by inexcusable, amateur coaching mistakes. Let us vent. Let us grieve.

  15. Jay17282
    8:56 am September 24, 2017 Permalink

    It’s obvious god is a Florida fan

    • EdC
      9:16 am September 24, 2017 Permalink

      If God cares about football, and I doubt it, it seems more likely that UK is cursed for letting the basketball situation get to a point where Bear Bryant left us.

  16. krautdog
    9:24 am September 24, 2017 Permalink

    Order the rings!

  17. Cruginator
    10:30 am September 24, 2017 Permalink


  18. My Dixie Wrecked
    10:50 am September 24, 2017 Permalink

    Let’s face it. We’ve seen improvement from being a 2-10 team under Joker, but have we seen a jump? Or is our success recently because the SEC is down overall, with the exception of Alabama. Florida had 10 players suspended! Michigan eviscerated them. If we’ve seen marked improvement, this should have been a cake walk. We weren’t even favored.

  19. yoshukai
    1:20 pm September 24, 2017 Permalink

    Mrs. Tyler Thompson, I know where you’re from . Same place as me . You know good football . There is NO WAY Sam Harp , Alvis Johnson, or Chuck Smith would have had those two coaching BLUNDERS happen.

    • coachc90
      7:05 pm September 24, 2017 Permalink

      No, they would not…but, you don’t have to be a great coach to prevent this. Mediocre high school coaches wouldn’t let this happen, either.

  20. CatesDuncan
    1:56 pm September 24, 2017 Permalink

    I think we can still beat UT