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What If? A Gut-Wrenching, Streak-Snapping Hypothetical

What if?

The question is all too often asked after the fact.  Today I’m going to pose an incredibly difficult situation, one Mark Stoops’ staff has likely already discussed, to ask, “What would you do?”

The Scenario

Kentucky and Florida are tied with 41 seconds remaining in the game.  The Cats have the ball and one timeout.  It’s fourth and three on the 31.  Stoops has a decision to make.

The Options

1. Go For It — Three yards is usually one yard past the comfort zone for coaches on fourth down.  That changes when you have a running back line Benny Snell (even though everyone in the stadium will know Benny is getting the ball).

2. Kick a 48-yard Field Goal with Miles Butler — Stoops opted not to let Butler kick a 49-yard field goal against Central Michigan because 48 is Butler’s pre-determined limit.  Do you push it to the limit?

3. Call in the Rookie — Chance Poore is the freshman with a big leg who is on the travel squad just for situations like this.

Potential Consequences

In an ideal world, Snell keeps the drive alive to make it an easier field goal attempt for Butler.  It also chews up more clock that Florida could use to get into field goal range.  But if Benny does not get the first down, fans will say that Stoops had a chance to win and didn’t take it because he does not trust his kicking game.

Calling Butler onto the field might be the safest option, even though that distance is even more uncertain without much in-game experience.  If you put Poore into the game and he doesn’t make it, that’s an awful heavy burden for a true freshman to carry.  But if either makes it, the Cats are almost certainly leaving The Swamp with a win.

We do not know what Mark Stoops would do in this hypothetical scenario, but what would YOU do?


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

11 Comments for What If? A Gut-Wrenching, Streak-Snapping Hypothetical

  1. Blue Bill
    3:52 pm September 8, 2018 Permalink

    Give it to Benny in the wildcat and let him do what he does!

  2. Cmart0907
    4:00 pm September 8, 2018 Permalink

    Stoops is to darn conservative. They play not to lose instead of playing to win.

  3. ronzo
    4:08 pm September 8, 2018 Permalink

    Send fat boy long, completion, TD, game over.

  4. jimlowe7
    4:15 pm September 8, 2018 Permalink

    Two tight ends in backfield to block for Benny in Wildcat

  5. (Aixelsyd)0505
    4:25 pm September 8, 2018 Permalink

    With rain.. give it to Benny in wildcat or an easy rpo… no rain and dry, Butler kicks

  6. CKTermy23
    4:35 pm September 8, 2018 Permalink

    Go for it and hit Conrad with a jump pass of our own for the win. Go Cats

  7. Blue Jesus
    4:55 pm September 8, 2018 Permalink

    We’d probably send ten guys out on the field

  8. Justin
    5:05 pm September 8, 2018 Permalink

    Send out a kicker first, but burn the timeout trying to draw them offsides. When that doesn’t work, direct snap to Benny who throws it to (????) and hold your breath.

  9. maximumscott
    5:30 pm September 8, 2018 Permalink

    Depends on how Benny had been running all game. If they werent able to stop him, then feed him. Benny would make sure he got three yards.