Beaten and battered, Stephen Johnson gave all he had left to create the most magical moment of the 2017 season.
The Kentucky quarterback took a shot to the left shoulder in the second half that forced the senior into the locker room. Just a few plays later, Drew Barker coughed the ball up to Tennessee. The Vols responded with a score to take the lead.
“I was just sitting there, waiting to get my numbing shot for my shoulder,” Johnson told KSR after the season. “They told me we had a fumble during our last drive. So I just said, ‘Put it in anywhere. Let me run out there.’ As soon as the shot was lifted out of my shoulder, I grabbed my helmet and ran straight out of the locker room.”
A dramatic reenactment:
The crowd erupted in applause as they saw No. 15 leave the locker room. Kroger Field knew it was Johnson’s time to lead Kentucky to a dramatic rivalry victory.
Trailing by five, Kentucky had 3:10 to get a touchdown. Johnson marched the Cats down the field and finished the drive with a diving touchdown into the end zone on his injured left shoulder. He followed it up with a spectacular two-point conversion play to give Kentucky a three-point lead and just the second victory over Tennessee in 33 years.
It’s been fun looking back at 2017. Now it’s time to close the book on the season that was and look ahead to 2018 when Spring Practice begins Monday morning. Until then, Freddie has everything you need to be prepared.