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Today on KSR: A Rough Saturday Night for Kentucky

© Jeff Blake | USATSI

© Jeff Blake | USATSI

Well, that didn’t go as planned.

In case you did not know, the Wildcats lost to South Carolina last night 24-7 to drop to 2-3 on the season. And it’s even worse than it sounds.

On the day, the Gamecocks managed 387 total yards compared to Kentucky’s 212, including just 90 through the air from quarterback Sawyer Smith on 11-32 passing and one interception. Yikes.

It was clear Smith may still be feeling injured from last week, but that still doesn’t completely excuse him from what was easily the worst quarterback performance from the Wildcats this season.

Things got so bad Lynn Bowden even stepped in and played quarterback for the last offensive possession for Kentucky. Of course, he actually did a great job as he led the Wildcats down the field for their only score. Thanks to Bowden, UK avoided the shutout.

So where does Kentucky go from here? The good news (if there is any) is the Wildcats will have a bye week to regroup and get healthy before taking on the likes of Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, UT-Martin and Louisville to close out the year.

They will have to win four of those games in order to be bowl eligible. UT-Martin and Louisville are contests the Wildcats should easily win, but its going to be tough sledding after that. They must win at least two of those four remaining SEC games to make it to a bowl.

Go ahead and say a quick Sunday prayer for the Cats. Because if they continue to play like they did last night, then six wins could be harder than we thought.

Elsewhere in College Football

It was an incredibly boring weekend in college football. Sorry, but it is what it is. Only one team in the top 15 lost – California, who dropped a contest against a talented Arizona State team.

There were only three truly news worthy stories from Saturday:

First, Clemson should have lost to North Carolina yesterday. As Head Coach Dabo Swinney admitted after the game, the Tigers were outplayed and out-coached.

The Tar Heels had a chance to beat the No. 1 team in the nation as they went for a game-winning two-point conversion. But……it did not go as planned.

Running the speed option on the five-yard line against Clemson is just outrageous.

Second, Notre Dame won in one of only two ranked matchups of the day. Yes, that is more of an indictment in how boring Saturday was, but the No. 10 Fighting Irish still defeated No. 18 Virginia handily at home.

And lastly, Ohio State is really, really good. College Gameday was at Lincoln, Nebraska as the Cornhuskers took on the Buckeyes as a massive underdog. Justin Fields and company blew them out of the arena in a dominant 48-7 showing. Folks, the Buckeyes will be back in the playoffs this year.

NFL Sunday

While College Football Saturday was pretty lame this weekend, NFL Sunday promises us some pretty good matchups this week.

Out of the 1 p.m. games, try to catch New England vs. Buffalo as both teams are undefeated, and the Bills fans will bring a crazy atmosphere to the game at home. Tom Brady should lead the Patriots to a victory, but this could be very entertaining.

Out of the 4:25 games, I’ll call for the Vikings vs. the Bears to be the best game. This will be a tough and physical NFC North contest, but I expect it to have a very close finish.

Finally, the Cowboys play the Saints for the Sunday Night Football game. Its Randall Cobb vs. Teddy Bridgewater in a huge NFC showdown. Be sure to watch and support Cobb and the Cowboys!

Kickoff is slated for 8:20 p.m. ET.

Article written by John Reecer

33 Comments for Today on KSR: A Rough Saturday Night for Kentucky



  1. hakanea
    10:14 am September 29, 2019 Permalink

    Last night was the most pathetic effort by players and coaches that I have ever seen in over 50 years of being a Kentucky football fan.



    • bkeith75
      10:21 am September 29, 2019 Permalink

      You obviously were in a coma during the Bill Curry and Joker Phillips era then.



    • hakanea
      10:39 am September 29, 2019 Permalink

      I don’t recall either one of those coaches leaving an obviously injured QB in a game with no hope to move the ball down the field. That decision has to demoralize your players, particularly Walker Wood.



    • bkeith75
      11:02 am September 29, 2019 Permalink

      You’re right. Curry teams had no hope to move the ball down the field with a healthy QB.



    • catsarerunnin
      11:28 am September 29, 2019 Permalink

      It’s Kentucky football. Did you bump your little head again when you fell off a barstool??



    • mashburnfan1
      1:12 pm September 29, 2019 Permalink

      Look up 1996 game at UF. I was there, and stayed the entire game, as we lost 65-0 with Couch as QB. Had like 60 yards of offense.



    • 2andToodleLoo
      2:25 pm September 29, 2019 Permalink

      It’s high time KSR quit making fun of UT and UL football. We should be so embarrassed we don’t laugh at anyone else. This article states UK should beat UL. Uhhhhh I wish that were correct. But not at this point.



  2. Dolla Bill
    10:24 am September 29, 2019 Permalink

    Not that it would of mattered but why is Xavier Peters not playing?



    • FunkyMonkey
      10:32 am September 29, 2019 Permalink

      I wonder that too.



  3. Rick_S
    10:31 am September 29, 2019 Permalink

    ENOUGH,,It’s basketball time



  4. drew_123
    10:33 am September 29, 2019 Permalink

    If Bowden comes out at QB against Arkansas I’m just going to turn my TV off. How is it possible that the only plan if TW went down was 1 guy? This is pathetic



    • mashburnfan1
      1:13 pm September 29, 2019 Permalink

      Smith was the plan but he is hurt, he did play very well in the first half vs UF. My complaint is that if he is hurt why did Gran decide to have him throw 73 times the last 3 games. Just stupid but that seems to be Gran in a word.



  5. eddiesuttonsliver
    10:34 am September 29, 2019 Permalink

    it’s a real backbreaker for this team. the fan base thinks this team is pathetic and the team won’t get a chance to prove them wrong for two weeks. the fan base will just stew until then and might not be around to see if they can be proven wrong.



  6. FunkyMonkey
    10:38 am September 29, 2019 Permalink

    I also wonder why apparently Walker Wood is not prepared to play? We’ve just been beaten by 2 freshmen quarterbacks. At least one also was a backup who actually played high school last year. For whatever reason, the Coaching staff is not effective in making during game adjustments. It is only after the game do they have any self realizations of what was happening during the game.



    • Bourbon-n-Coke
      10:54 am September 29, 2019 Permalink

      Any coach can make some bad decisions, however, bad coaches just don’t learn from them. Seems pretty apparent what we’ve got on our sideline.



  7. BluKudzu
    10:53 am September 29, 2019 Permalink

    At some point you have to ask, with the millions of dollars poured into the football program, why were the results we are seeing no better than the years of Joker who had none of the facilities and about 1/10th of the payroll this coach has had, while producing a losing record during his tenure, with obviously better players.

    Last night’s game was against a very bad team. They humiliated us.

    At no time did I ever think we had a chance.



    • catsarerunnin
      11:29 am September 29, 2019 Permalink

      But unfortunately you seem to have survived.



    • mashburnfan1
      1:16 pm September 29, 2019 Permalink

      The losing record is because of what he had when he got here. With all HIS players, take away the first 3 years since he still had too many Joker guys, and he has a very good record. Plus if you think we are in the same position as we were with the joke you are dumber than we can help.



    • BluKudzu
      5:02 pm September 29, 2019 Permalink

      Kind of my point einstein. Mash, he has had more given to him in one year, than Joker in 3 years…he should be doing better.

      And better now, but he is not even with all his advantages.



  8. GoCatz
    10:56 am September 29, 2019 Permalink

    OK, 2 separate thoughts here

    1) It’s way past time people use a bowl as a benchmark for a successful season. There are so many bowls now that teams with a losing record can get there…..and we now play 1 more game than we did in the past. The bowls are great for the school, for money and all that but don’t tell me making it to a bowl these days is some big accomplishment.

    2) Definitely not a unc fan but I LOVE the decision to go for 2 to win that game against Clemson even tho football theory says you play for the tie at home to get to OT and you play for the win on the road. I didn’t like the play call but I’m Sunday morning quarterbacking it too.



    • runningunnin.454
      11:17 am September 29, 2019 Permalink

      Not a fan of UNCheat, either; but, I like their coach; he plays to win. Good game.



    • 4everUKblue
      11:53 am September 29, 2019 Permalink

      Why was our coaching staff content to run out the clock at halftime. I could see that if we had a three TD lead, but that was just a chickens!t move.



    • GoCatz
      12:38 pm September 29, 2019 Permalink

      I don’t know 4ever…some questionable coaching moves and decisions on our part. I made a comment last night about Lynn Bowden being put on the kickoff special teams after he had just taken over at QB and we scored. I know we were doing the onside kick thing and we needed “hands” guys to try to recover a muff or fumble but it’s late in the game, the outcome has been decided and they put our most important all around player out there?? And if you remember, he got shaken up on that play!! Some very strange decision making going on there but what do I know??



    • mashburnfan1
      1:19 pm September 29, 2019 Permalink

      The way the offense had played and with like 35 seconds left lots of coaches have done the exact same thing in hopes to regroup and salvage only being down 10. Have seen that happen many many times. This staff lost the season in the 4th quarter of the UF game sending both the offense and defense into prevent mode. Lost the game, the season, the players and most fans all in 1 quarter.



  9. hakanea
    11:07 am September 29, 2019 Permalink

    I think most would agree that Stoops has been a work in progress as far as his coaching decision’s . I think most would also agree he has taken our overall recruiting to another level. It is concerning that we have not been able to recruit a QB out of high school that can perform at a level as a respectable SEC quarterback.



  10. bkeith75
    11:29 am September 29, 2019 Permalink

    I agree with this 100%. Not to make excuses for the staff, but we had two QB’s give commitments to UK for several months (Mac Jones & Jarred Williams) only for both to de-commit and commit to Alabama & Miami respectively. It would make sense to back off other QB’s since that spot was filled. Then the de-commitments happen and left the staff scrambling. That’s just fact. 15 years ago, we didn’t have QB’s de-commit because the other offers we were up against were MAC schools. I was in Columbia for the game. I’m as disappointed as anyone. But let’s not forget were this program is now vs years past. It’s better and that’s indisputable.



    • 4everUKblue
      11:55 am September 29, 2019 Permalink

      You’re all over it bkeith. Glad there’s at least one out there who can think rationally.



  11. Smyrna_Cat
    12:18 pm September 29, 2019 Permalink

    “what was easily the worst quarterback performance from the Wildcats this season.”

    It may have been the worst UK QB performance in the last 20 years.



  12. sincitycat
    12:52 pm September 29, 2019 Permalink

    Rather than bashing the coaches and our team I’m just going to root harder. Call me dumb or old, I love my Wildcats, win or lose.



  13. mashburnfan1
    1:23 pm September 29, 2019 Permalink

    And look at that crowd USC had to watch their 1-3 team, we could learn from that as our team will not have that many fans at our next 2 home games combined. Sad but true. I am very disappointed as well but will still make the over 3 hour drive each way for the rest of our home games. No matter the record or the weather we will be there.



  14. bkeith75
    1:35 pm September 29, 2019 Permalink

    Sincitycat & Mashburnfan 1 You two are going to stop using logic with this crowd that thinks illogically. You’re blowing their minds when you use facts. Continuing to support a team and a program that has done nothing but steadily improve from year to year. (The only program in the country that can claim that over the past 6 years) That’s a novel idea.



  15. sincitycat
    2:04 pm September 29, 2019 Permalink

    When the going gets tough, the tough root harder. Go Big Blue!



  16. jaws2
    5:18 pm September 29, 2019 Permalink

    mashburnfan says:

    “The way the offense had played and with like 35 seconds left lots of coaches have done the exact same thing in hopes to regroup and salvage only being down 10. Have seen that happen many many times. This staff lost the season in the 4th quarter of the UF game sending both the offense and defense into prevent mode. Lost the game, the season, the players and most fans all in 1 quarter.”

    Sir, I couldn’t agree more. The FL game this year isn’t the 1st game this staff has given away and I’m afraid based on history it won’t be the last. And yes, I’ll be there every game as well but it’ll be painful.