Progress: 31 furlongs
Oh, you thought Kansas’ streak-breaking win was big? Try this one on for size: Kentucky beat Florida for the first time in 31 years. Just think of all that has happened in that span: Jared Lorenzen, Steve Spurrier, Tim Tebow, three UK hoops championships, a Jim McElwain shark meme … it has literally been a lifetime for a whole bunch of Wildcats fans. In fact, go ahead, Kentucky. Celebrate by doing the Dan Mullen dance.
BIG UGLY OF THE WEEK
It takes some good blocking to break a 31-game losing streak against a team, and all of Kentucky’s offensive linemen deserve credit for helping the Wildcats roll up 303 rushing yards at 7.4 yards a carry in Kentucky’s 27–16 win at Florida on Saturday. But today, we’ll give special recognition to right guard Bunchy Stallings* for exceptional nastiness and a willingness to block through the whistle whenever possible.
*Also for having an excellent nickname. His first name on his birth certificate is Jervontius.
Stallings pulled and blocked a linebacker to spring Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson for a 24-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. He saved his best play for the final quarter, though. The Wildcats were nursing a 21–16 lead and needed to keep making first downs to grind out the win. They faced a third-and-one on their own 34-yard line with 2:45 remaining. Failure would have forced a punt, which would have given the Gators the ball with decent field position and enough time to move down the field. So what did Stallings do? He pulled left and erased the only tackler who could have possibly touched Benny Snell ahead of the first down marker.
Former MLB great Chipper Jones
Congrats to the Kentucky Wildcat football team. It’s been 32 yrs and u deserve it. U have been the FAR SUPERIOR team to Florida for the past 2 YEARS. Never thought I would hear my UK cheerleader wife gloat during the fall, in my lifetime. My how times have changed in G’ville!
— Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) September 9, 2018
Congratulations to Kentucky for beating Florida after 31 consecutive losses. They did it convincingly, 27-16. @TheCrowdsLine
— Lou Holtz (@CoachLouHoltz88) September 10, 2018
America is getting up to the realization that Kentucky has knocked off Florida – in football- for the first time since 1986! Many congratulations to Mark Stoops and the administration at UK for believing in him.
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) September 9, 2018
“Right now it looks like Kentucky is the second best team in the SEC East based on the way they played vs. Florida on Saturday night…I think Florida is going to be okay. They just got lined up and whooped the other night by Kentucky.”
Singer Charlie Daniels
Congratulations Kentucky Wildcats for breaking one of the longest losing streaks in college football by beating the Florida Gators
— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) September 9, 2018
I know if it does matter who is second in the East, Kentucky should be in that conversation.
Props, Cats. Thirty-one straight losses to one program must be a burden, even though no Wildcats player has anything to do with more than the previous three. Quarterback Terry Wilson admitted after the Wildcats’ streak-breaking win that the streak meant nothing to him. I’m not buying that. The elation he showed after the game speaks otherwise. And speaking of Wilson, I would have pulled him after a horrendous interception near the goal line late in the second quarter. I wanted Gunnar Hoak in the game. I said that off the air to my SEC Now comrade Gene Chizik and he told me I was dead wrong. Chiz was dead right. So was Mark Stoops. And so was the Kentucky administration when it maintained confidence in Stoops after he went 12-24 in his first three seasons in Lexington.
My top performances of WEEK 2
1-Kelly Bryant Clemson QB
2-Kellen Mond Texas A&M QB
3-Kyler Murray OU QB
4-Kylin Hill Mississippi St RB
5-Antoine Winfield Minnesota DB
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 10, 2018