What a whirlwind.
The Belk Bowl ended the decade with a bang for the Big Blue Nation. What can’t Lynn Bowden do? The answer is nothing. It’s going to take some time to exhale and process the season that was. Luckily, it’s a long offseason. While we collect our thoughts to share experiences from UK’s 2019 season, enjoy the celebration from the coaches’ box after Bowden connected with Josh Ali in the end zone.
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) January 1, 2020
We Aren’t Talking About This Play Enough
Josh Ali’s game-winning touchdown in the Belk Bowl will be remembered forever. It wasn’t his most impressive catch of the game.
On fourth and seven Virginia Tech assigned two players to spy Bowden to prevent him from scrambling. Forced to throw, Ali laid out to secure the pass from Bowden and keep the drive alive. Ahead of his senior season, Ali gave UK fans another reason to be optimistic for 2020.
Everybody is gonna remember the Ali TD catch for good reason but don’t forget this amazing catch on 4th and 7 with 3 minutes left. If Josh Ali doesn’t make this catch then there is no game winning drive….. ??? #BBN pic.twitter.com/UXazZ0X9O5
— ??B££ZY?? (@Burke_Franklin_) January 1, 2020
Shout out to Logan Stenberg
I will go to my grave saying that more than half of the penalties called on Stenberg were based on reputation alone. One official’s hold is another man’s pancake. Now that he’s finished playing, Stenberg is going down swinging.
Also huge shoutout to the zebras who have continually had different standards and expectations when it comes to officiating a game, but always staying constant and having my number in your mind?? pic.twitter.com/c6ttVg2cZa
— Logan Stenberg (@LBStenberg) December 31, 2019
One Poll UK Could Not Win
You people are crazy, just not as crazy as soccer fans. Facing the best of the best from the 2010s in Fox Sports’ team of the decade poll, the 2012 Wildcats made it all the way to the final, a special feat in its own right. Despite the BBN’s best efforts, the Cats could not dethrone world soccer fans.
2015 FC Barcelona was crowned team of the decade. Luis Suarez, Leonel Messi and Neymar edged out UK, garnishing 53 percent of more than 55,000 votes cast.
The Journey Continues
All of the attention turns to John Calipari’s Wildcats at the perfect time — fresh off a dominant win over Louisville. See exactly how Coach Cal prepared his team for the epic overtime win at Rupp Arena before they return to the hardwood Saturday against Missouri.
Hear from John Calipari
Kentucky’s head coach is back in front of a microphone Thursday, kind of. The SEC Basketball Coaches’ Teleconference returns this morning. We’ll have updates from all of the important things Coach Cal has to say on Kentucky Sports Radio dot com right after lunch.
More Bowl Games
New Year’s Day brought just enough juice to help the BBN come down from a big win. Auburn and Minnesota went down to the wire (although the Tigers couldn’t carry their weight for the SEC) and Oregon was able to outlast Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. A game that featured two special teams touchdowns, the most electric moment actually happened when the ESPN cameras weren’t rolling.
This man didn’t give up. You gotta hand it to him. pic.twitter.com/wO0QuuNlwX
— Katie B. White (@katbwhite) January 1, 2020
Today the bowl schedule is treating us with two games. Unfortunately, one of those features Tennessee. It’s the price we have to pay for more football.
- Birmingham Bowl: Boston College vs. Cincinnati at 3:00 on ESPN
- Gator Bowl: Indiana vs. Tennessee at 7:00 on ESPN
One Impressive Collection
Some people collect stamps or baseball cards. Blaise D’Sylva collects college football helmets. In the history of the Kentucky football program, the Cats have worn 38 helmets. The Washington State fan owns miniature versions of 36 different UK helmets. An impressive collection, it’s hard to take a look and not think, “Bring back the Power-K.”
KSR is Back in Action
Hear Matt and the KSR crew break down all of insanity from the Belk Bowl win by tuning in at 10 a.m.