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What Went Down on the Final Play that Won the Game

© Denny Medley | USATSI

© Denny Medley | USATSI

One play, two yards, for the win.

Terry Wilson connected with C.J. Conrad on an outside stick route to give Kentucky a 15-14 win over Missouri, UK’s seventh win of the season.  As the Big Blue Nation exhaled, so did Mark Stoops.

“Man, I felt like I was going to have a heart attack,” he said to the media as he captured his breath.  It’s a feeling I’m sure many can empathize with, but unlike many fans, Stoops never stopped believing his team could come back to win.

“I just felt good. We felt like we were going to find a way,” said Stoops.  “These guys have worked hard and you have to find a way.  If you’re going to be a Championship team you have to find a way to win games like this.”

Before they found a way to win on the final play, there was quite a bit of discussion on what to run at the two-yard line.  C.J. Conrad knew exactly what would work.

“When we get inside the red zone, they have a lot of plays setup for me.  As soon as we got the extra play (on the pass interference), I’m like, ‘we need to run that play.’  We had it called and then they called a timeout.  We were thinking about switching it and possibly running the ball.  I was like, ‘No.  I’m winning the game for this team.'”

Eddie Gran’s account of the story differed.  “Run it? There was zero conversation about running the ball right there, zero point zero.”

Missouri was bringing the heat.  The Tigers were in zero coverage, blitzing every player that did not matchup in man defense.  When Conrad saw Missouri’s initial look, he knew what he was going to do.  Presented with an option to go inside or out, all he needed was a little chicken wing move to break free from the defender.  All Terry Wilson needed was some time.

“Double A-gap blitz, Benny picks it up, our line picks it up. There’s a guy free. He sits in there. C.J. runs a great route and the ball is thrown on time.  It was awesome,” Gran said.

“I was ready to go,” Terry Wilson said.  “They called the best play down there on the one-yard line. C.J. ran a great route. We connected and it was a touchdown.”

As soon as the officials signaled a touchdown, the sideline spilled onto the field in celebration.  While many may have worried or written the Cats off long before, Jordan Jones knew exactly what was going to happen.

“We threw an interception to them.  There was like three, four minutes left on the clock.  A lot of guys were feeling down.  They just felt like we had lost already.  So I went up to C.J.  C.J. just had this look on his face.  I told him, ‘C.J., get that look off your face because we’re about to go win this.  Buckle up man, get ready.’  It’s crazy.  I literally told him and he caught the game-winning touchdown.”

“Crazy” is the only way you can describe Kentucky’s miraculous walk-off win over Missouri.

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Article written by Nick Roush

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

18 Comments for What Went Down on the Final Play that Won the Game



  1. UKfanman01
    10:58 pm October 27, 2018 Permalink

    Let Mizzou fans cry. Even of he pushed off they held Allen to give them a TD in the first half. It was their, I think this is an accurate statement, largest pass of the game that put them in position to score. They held Allen like it was going out of style, in front of the ref, and it was a no call.



  2. Lip Man 1
    11:14 pm October 27, 2018 Permalink

    Quarterback again wasn’t great but give him credit. He got it done when the game was on the line. Props to him. But man things have got to get better offensively, they can’t keep cutting it this close week after week.



    • CPACAT
      8:10 am October 28, 2018 Permalink

      You do realize Wilson had 102 MORE yards passing than their much ballyhooed QB…



    • Cat68
      9:27 am October 28, 2018 Permalink

      …psst…our defense is pretty good.



    • 4everUKblue
      8:15 am October 28, 2018 Permalink

      And a win is a win.



    • henderblue
      9:11 am October 28, 2018 Permalink

      He was great in that last drive. We should play more like the clock is under two minutes. QB controversy is over. It’s on Gran to call a better game and stop being so predictable. Teams have figured out the Wildcat. A little less Wildcat and a little more throw down the field, mixed up with Benny. Go Cats!!



    • henderblue
      9:18 am October 28, 2018 Permalink

      And for goodness sake, more Lynn Bowden please!!!



  3. BBNDan7
    11:23 pm October 27, 2018 Permalink

    I believe Conrad, not Gran. He probably wanted to run a flea flicker



    • michaelb
      12:01 am October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Lololol best comment of the nite



    • jimmer
      8:30 am October 28, 2018 Permalink

      If you recall Gran called a flea flicker from the 2 yd line after the Bowden TD.



  4. stunninsteve
    11:57 pm October 27, 2018 Permalink

    Are NCAA rules similar to the NFL in that situation, where for the first five yards contact is allowed? CJ just blocked then released into his route in my mind, lol



    • michaelb
      12:05 am October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Yes . I’ve played a lot of tight end . There’s plays similar … a te delay – in which you pose as a blocker then release for a sneaky catch . It’s very effective



    • BigBlueMeade
      2:59 pm October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Also the Mizzou player reached out for contact as well. Fair is fair.



  5. Paw
    7:08 am October 28, 2018 Permalink

    BELIEVE!!!!



  6. jimmer
    8:28 am October 28, 2018 Permalink

    Surely the amazing win (one nice offensive drive) is not going to let Gran off the hook. C’mon. Before that last drive the offense was a complete clown show. Punishing Benny by sitting him out when we were on the goal line and a hundred other miscues. Love the win. But dang Gran was a disaster.



  7. KYcats11
    8:49 am October 28, 2018 Permalink

    Great win. Don’t let Mizzou fans tell you he pushed off, it was within 5 yards, and the ball wasn’t in the air. Clean play. TOUCHDOWN KENTUCKY VICTORY KENTUCKY



    • Cat68
      9:26 am October 28, 2018 Permalink

      Yeah but to get to that play there was a huge pass interference call in UKs favor. Not so sure our guy didn’t maul the defender. Jaw dropping call but as they say I’d rather be lucky than good any day.



  8. BluKudzu
    9:00 am October 28, 2018 Permalink

    Terry Wilson threw for 100 yards more and threw for more TDs than Drew Lock, Missouri’s All American, can’t miss first round draft pick at QB.
    Time to shut that shid up about Gunnar Hoak.
    Terry Wison will remain our starter. He gives us the best chance to win.