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Why Kentucky Can’t Score in the 3rd Quarter

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Kentucky has played four games this season. While a 1-3 record at this point isn’t necessarily surprising, it is naturally disappointing. There have been bright spots. Glimmers of hope for the future. It is safe to say the program is headed in the right direction. However, one of the ugliest bruises on the faces of the Wildcats so far this season is the third quarter. UK has scored a total of 87 points in 2013. Not a single one of those points has been recorded in the third quarter of play. Why you ask? Well there are a multitude of possibilities why…

-The lack of a single quarterback system doesn’t allow either Whitlow or Smith to find a rhythm, and by the time the defense has adjusted to Kentucky’s play calling, neither player is ready to come out of halftime capable to lead a scoring drive.

-The talent disparity between Kentucky and virtually any other team they are playing finally shines true right after halftime, therefore hindering Kentucky’s ability to score or move the ball.

-After the pregame hype, Kentucky’s momentum and energy wears off in the locker room after not finding themselves in the lead, and the team comes out flat into the third quarter.

Kentucky has simply forgotten how to win. The 3rd quarter is the time for a team to make a statement for the ending of the game. It is when most teams get into gear and prove their merit. Kentucky’s recent lack of successes has hurt them and put them into a mental state of non-belief that carries into the most important part of the game.

-Kentucky’s lack of a running game gives the ball back quickly to the other team, leading to long scoring drives for the opposition and Kentucky without any rhythm or flow on offense. When the leading rusher for your team is the place kicker….something’s not right.

If you ask me, I think the true answer is a combination of all of these things. There is no consistency within the UK offense with a dual quarterback system. The team has no belief it can truly win games against the SEC or other BCS schools. It’s going to take a gut check if Kentucky wants to jump over these hurdles and finally get the failure monkey of their back. It all starts in the third quarter.


Article written by Wilder Treadway

KSR Alpha Class '12 #holla

14 Comments for Why Kentucky Can’t Score in the 3rd Quarter

  1. Kytenorman
    4:14 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    I know the coaches know more about football than me, but what is it going to take to give the other two Q-Backs a chance? They surely can’t do any worse.

  2. schwing
    4:32 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    ah, the always groundbreaking football analysis from KSR. stick to basketball, guys.

  3. Jim
    4:40 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    KSR mislead everyone and had us thinking we actually had a shot to beat Florida. UK didnt deserve to be on the same field as the Gators. We had no shot. Its 27 years and counting. I personally think Neal Brown’s “Air Raid” is a bust, this UK team is no better than last years and the year before. Pitiful.

  4. MadTex
    4:42 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    The reason why Kentucky cannot score in the 3rd quarter is that they suck!! No offensive players with any playmaking ability. Yeah – you read about the much ballyhooed recruits who can do this and that but those that come to UK are just college player wannabees – in other wirds they are useless.

  5. bosshogg24
    4:54 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    Brown’s Air Raid offense has turned out to be a DUD, not much difference than Joker’s Joke!

  6. Jim
    5:00 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    I have heard the same ole song and dance for over 30 years with UK Football and I am done with it. I hate to say it but if you watch Louisville football at least your watching a competitive team win or lose. The is absolutely no reason why UK cant be competitive in the SEC and at least put on a good show week after week instead of making the university the laughing stock of the state. If this was basketball the AD would not put up with this crap for 1 year. Thank God basketball season comes soon.

  7. Darren
    5:59 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    The 3rd quarter is what takes place after the coaches have made their adjustments. Since our offensive coaches are terrible, this is why we don’t score there. You can blame it on talent, motivation, Joker, ETC.. But on the field this new offensive staff has been lackluster . Keep blaming the players. They’re not the ones calling an end-around on 3rd & 1, and switching QB’s in the middle of series.

  8. Megan
    6:02 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    Halftime adjustments. Or relative lack thereof. The opponents obviously adjust their defense at halftime. And our offense doesn’t respond. You need an offensive game plan for the first half, and another plan for the second half that anticipates how a good opponent is going to adjust at the half.

    Right, like I know what I’m talking about …

  9. Darren
    6:16 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    UK fans in delusion:

    2012- “We have talent, but our coaches just suck”

    2013- “Our talent sucks, but our future is bright with this coaching staff”

    Fact- This staff has gotten out-coached in every game but one this season! Did WKU have more talent???

  10. UK Freshmen
    7:27 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    What evidence on the field brings you to the conclusion that our program is headed in the right direction???

  11. Ricky Bobby
    7:34 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    Ever give any thought to the possibility that the UK offensive coordinator may be getting his coaching rear whipped by the other guy’s defensive adjustments at halftime?

  12. catspaw
    7:40 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    Forgotten how to win… Hahahahaha

    A – score points
    B – don’t let opponent score points


    Lets hope the student/athletes learn this formula before next weekend. There will be a test!

  13. UKBlue
    7:44 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    Simple, we suck!! If Max can’t do something as simple as know how to plant his feet, then we are in trouble with Max. Whitlow can’t throw, so that really limits him. If we can’t do the simple things consistently, then there is no way in hell we can do the big things yet. If receivers can’t catch the ball, then they can’t get yards, 1st downs or score. If the O line doesn’t block & stop a D lineman from having a wide open shot on QB’s we have no shot. As the line from the movie Moneyball goes: if you get on base we win if you don’t we lose. If we can’t do the simple or big things we lose. This is a work in progress.

  14. Wildcatsteeler
    7:46 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    The third quarter is all about coaching and the adjustments they should make at halftime. Browns play calling is as perplexing as Joker’s was. And just as unsuccessful. Kemp gets 1 carry for 11 yards and you don’t see him again until the 4th quarter. When Brown is asked why he passes the buck to the running backs coach. Maybe someone should explain to him what the “coordinator’ part of offensive coordinator means.
    The D is playing well considering they are spending most of the game on the field as the offense goes 3 and out over and over.
    The next two games are going to be brutal.