As great as Austin MacGinnis is, field goals do not win you football games. I can’t remember a time when that has happened because it doesn’t normally happen. A team has to score touchdowns in order to win a football game. And that did not happen for the Cats last night.
The execution from the offense during some parts of the game was not good, plain and simple. Inconsistency from your quarterback is not something that can happen when you are fighting to end a 28-year losing streak.
“I’m definitely missing balls that I usually hit and there is not excuse for that. We have to execute better. I have to execute better if we want to consistently win. I didn’t execute consistently tonight,” Towles said.
The inconsistent play from the offense that included overthrown balls, dropped passes and quarterback sacks were huge momentum killers. When you are playing a team like Florida, or any other SEC team for that matter, you can’t afford to have those things happen.
The most important drive came in the fourth quarter on Kentucky’s second last drive of the game. Kentucky was looking to take the lead (14-9) after the defense held Florida to a punt. However, the seven-play drive included only one first down, three incomplete passes and only a gain of 25 yards. On a drive that Kentucky absolutely needed to score, the offense had to punt the ball.
Many people want to put the blame on Towles, but you have to remember that Florida’s defensive line dominate our offensive line. There were many times when Towles did not even have the opportunity to look down the field before a Florida player had a hold of him. Dropped passes from the receivers do not help Towles’ case either. There were a few passes that went right through the hands of our receivers that could have been difference makers in the game.
The offense needs to execute more consistently next week against Missouri and for the rest of the season or we could be in trouble. Inconsistent play from the offense was one of the reasons Kentucky lost its last six games of the season last year. Personally, I would not like to see that happen again this year.
As Bill Belichick would say, “we’re on to Missouri”.