Sometimes you have to recognize an opponent when he is great against you. And frankly, after watching Dak Prescott for the past 3 full seasons, he is one of the better SEC quarterbacks that I can remember. He will never get the credit he is due because he plays for Mississippi State and not Alabama, but he hurt UK worse over the course of his career than anybody I can remember. Take a look at his yearly damage against the Cats, including his 3-0 record:
Senior (Loss 42-16)
25-35, 348 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT
13 carries, 117 yards, 3 TD
Junior (Loss 45-31)
18-33, 216 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
18 carries, 88 yards, 2 TD
Sophomore (Loss 28-22)
23-34, 268 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
16 carries, 33 yards
Freshman (Loss 27-14)
7 carries, 32 yards
COMBINED (Loss 142-83)
66-102, 832 yards, 6 TD, 2 INT
54 carries, 270 yards, 5 TD
That is quite a good stat line for Prescott. I think an argument can be made that he hurt UK worse than any player in the last 20 years. For comparisons sake, look at what Tim Tebow did against the Cats in his 4 years against UK. And Tebow is a good comparison because he played sparingly during his freshman year, much of the same way Prescott did.
TIM TEBOW AGAINST KENTUCKY
Freshman: 1-2, 12 yards, 6 carries, 73 yards
Sophomore: 18-26, 256 yards, 4 TD, 20 carries, 78 yards
Junior: 11-15, 180 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT, 9 carries, 48 yards, 2 TD
Senior: 5-10, 103 yards, 1 TD, 16 carries, 123 yards, 2 TD
COMBINED: 35-53, 551 yards, 7 TD, 1 INT, 51 carries, 322 yards, 4 TD
Prescott threw for nearly 300 more yards and rushed for 5 less yards. Both guys accounted for 11 touchdowns. At worst, you have to say Prescott hurt the Cats as much as Tebow. I would argue he hurt them more because he had so much less around him.
But I want to know your thoughts. Has there been another UK football opponent that has hurt the Cats worse over 4 years than Dak Prescott? You tell me the stories of the players during any era that burned UK year after year.