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UK vs. Georgia: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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Fans across the Commonwealth had a collective heartbreak last night in Kentucky’s close loss to Georgia at home. With so much on the line to get first place in the SEC East, the energy at Commonwealth Stadium was electric. But just when you think we’ve got it, you remember how Kentucky Football can break your heart.

The Good

There is no way you can mention the good parts of Kentucky’s game against Georgia without mentioning the true freshman and standout, Bennny Snell, Jr. The running back rushed 21 times for 114 yards and two touchdowns to finish the game. And though he had several major plays and saves for the Wildcats, the game did not end how he had hoped. However, that doesn’t take anything away from arguably Snell’s best game of the season. Maybe he can parlay that momentum and intensity into Tennessee next weekend.

And you can’t forget Jordan Jones! The defensive linebacker for Kentucky had his season’s best performance. The sophomore was everywhere. He ended with 10 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, one pass breakup and one forced fumble.

The Bad

But despite Jones’ performance, it just wasn’t enough to bring home the W. The Cats have been somehow winning games this season despite being last in turnover margin. This time, Kentucky’s two detrimental turnovers caught up to them and gave Georgia its edge.

“The turnovers were the difference, or a big part of it,” said head coach Mark Stoops. “We were up 2-0 at the half with turnovers and to me didn’t play as good as we could in the first half, but did get a couple turnovers that helped us. We put it on the ground three times and lose two in the second (half). And that can’t happen because it was putting the defense in some bad spots. Those possessions really hurt. Those were one, two possessions and that hurts to go right back on the field. That’s a physical team.”

The first turnover was close to landing in Kentucky’s favor, but it was an overturned call on a Wildcat fumble when Garrett Johnson took a hard hit. This gave Georgia the ball and an eventual field goal to cut UK’s lead to 21-16.

The following Kentucky possession, Stephen Johnson threw a long pass to Jeff Badet. The ball landed in Badet’s hands but only briefly before it deflected into the hands of the Georgia defender. Johnson and Badet have connected on that long pass before but that deflection was a crucial part of the game. It could have perhaps been a touchdown or at least a field goal, but regardless would’ve completely flipped the field on one play. After that turnover the defense has to immediately come back on the field. You could see those guys wearing down late in the game.

After the turnover, Georgia scored a touchdown to go up and the rest is sad, sad history.

The Ugly

I already mentioned what an amazing game Benny Snell Jr. had last night. He broke Randall Cobb’s Freshman TD record and got Kentucky near the goal line at a crucial point in the game when a touchdown could have changed the outcome of the game. But that’s where it gets ugly.

Instead of giving the ball to Benny to run one more time on third and short, Kentuky opted to have Johnson throw a fade pass to the end zone that resulted in an incomplete pass. Thus came a field goal for Kentucky to tie the game 24-24 with about three minutes left in the fourth quarter. Choosing not to capitalize on the momentum and adrenaline of Benny Snell Jr. could have been the difference for Kentucky. With UK only tying the game up, Georgia was able to run the clock all the way down for the game-winning field goal.

This one of course hurts with the chance to move into first place in the SEC East. Plenty of frustration for sure but this team has come a long way this season. This program has come a long way. The bowl goals are still in place. These guys need the support of the BBN the rest of the way. Now the ‘Cats must learn from their mistakes before heading on the road to Tennessee next weekend.

Kentucky will play the Vols at noon which can be seen on the SEC Network.

Article written by Kelsey Mattingly

Drew Franklin is my spirit animal. @kelseyKSR

14 Comments for UK vs. Georgia: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

  1. Kray502
    11:06 am November 6, 2016 Permalink

    I think it is a serious time to consider leaving the SEC. If we want a real football program. AKA one that has a winning season yearly, and actually makes New Years Day bowl games. If Boise State can make the BCS bowl games, we should be able to as well. It’s sad that a mail in school such as UCF (Central Florida) has a Final Four and a BCS Bowl Win, While Kentucky doesn’t. Let’s switch to the AAC, where the best teams yearly are Houston and South Florida in football. It wouldn’t affect basketball at all, remember Cal’s Memphis teams? Plus we always talk about 40-0, right? Well Cal came closer to 40-0 at Memphis than here, and he did so is a poor conference. We could honestly go to the AAC and go 40-0 in basketball, and then go to a New Year Day Bowl in the same year in a conference like that. I’m willing to do it, hell it worked for UofL.

    • runningunnin.454
      12:30 pm November 6, 2016 Permalink

      Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha…..oh, wait
      you’re serious?

    • Kray502
      1:35 pm November 6, 2016 Permalink

      So you enjoy being awful in football year in and year out? Ok good to know where your fandom is.

    • inside info2
      2:30 pm November 6, 2016 Permalink

      This will never happen because of one 2 reasons:

      1. We are a founding member of the SEC
      2. And much more importantly, MONEY. We would not get near the amount of money anywhere else as we do now.

    • Kray502
      3:56 pm November 6, 2016 Permalink

      On the money part, we only get that because the SEC has it where every amount made from bowl games is split evenly amognst the teams in the conference. But just think, wouldn’t we make more in another conference where we profited off of ourselves going to New Years day bowl games, and consistent bowl games? I’d have to check the math but it can’t be that insurmountable of an amount. I for one just want to see a consistent and competitive team in all sports. Not just basketball.

  2. Bluebloodtoo
    11:09 am November 6, 2016 Permalink

    The most annoying part of this game was listening to butt musberger calling it. He was doing play by play for other games that weren’t visible to the audience. It seems that his senility has given him license to say things that aren’t appropriate on national TV. His previous retirement was prudent and should be reinstated.

  3. justaguyinthebackrow
    11:57 am November 6, 2016 Permalink

    Snell had just run the ball down the field using the same play over and over. They should have changed the play one down earlier, after the Georgia time out, not gone to it one more time. I think they had figured that one out.

    • justaguyinthebackrow
      12:00 pm November 6, 2016 Permalink

      They also could have stopped Georgia on the ensuing drive where they used the same dump play over and over and our CBs laid off them 5 yards and let them have it every time. Every one of their plays was obvious before the snap and UK couldn’t stop them.

  4. Howdy Doody
    12:56 pm November 6, 2016 Permalink

    A loss is ALL Bad & Ugly….NOTHING good about it.

  5. inside info2
    2:38 pm November 6, 2016 Permalink

    We should have won this game. Georgia wasn’t the normal Georgia team. A little less interference from our HC in the offense and we might have accidentally pulled out the win somehow.

    That being said, at the beginning of the year I would have told you we would have been beaten by at least 3 touchdowns. Even though it is a very down year for the SEC East, we are improving. Looks like we have a real shot at a winning season this year. I’ll take it. I just hope that Marrow can keep up the momentum in recruiting. If we can get another above average recruiting class, we can keep an OC for more than a year, AND Stoops goes to coaching school in the offseason then we could have a good year next year.

  6. easy
    4:32 pm November 6, 2016 Permalink

    The ‘Ugly’ take is really silly. It was not 3rd and short, it was 3rd and 7, and the ‘momentum and adrenaline’ of Snell had majorly slowed, only getting 2 yards total on first and second down. So basically, no there’s no reason at all to think he would’ve broken a 7 yard touchdown run at that point, as you present it like a forgone conclusion he would have.

  7. BluKudzu
    6:07 pm November 6, 2016 Permalink

    We were missing urgency. That is why we lost.