Massachusetts native going to school at Kentucky
Man, I have a hard time putting Kentucky ST in detention. The missed XPs sucked, but the career long 70-yard punt and the 26 yard 4th down conversion by Duffy more than made up for it. Doubt we'll remember those 2 extra points by December, but that Duffy run is gonna be replayed a lot.
OK got through looking at them. Smoke vs Toledo - Smoke took the wildcat snap and hit the field side C gap, converted. Rose vs Florida - Rose took the wildcat snap, hit field side A gap, didn't convert. Looked like center got blown up and blocked into the hole. Whole line got pushed back though. Smith vs MissSt - Qb sneak from under center, 2nd push converted. Bowden vs Arkansas - this was the weird play where Bowden got listed for the fumble but it looked like it got popped out of Rose's arm right after the handoff. Not sure cause it got blown up so bad but I think he was going for field side B or C gap.
Sorry just realized I said the 2 successful and listed all 4... obviously the successful ones were Smoke and Smith, and Rose and Bowden did not convert.
We've gone for it on 4th and 1 four times this season, 2 successful and 2 not. Can't tell you which were A-gap runs as I can't find the film right now, but... the 2 successful were Smoke vs Toledo, he picked up 3 yards; Rose vs Florida, no gain; Smith vs Mississippi St, 1 yard; Bowden vs Arkansas, fumble 1 yard behind LOS. So net yards on those 4 4th and 1's would be 3 if you include the loss on Bowden's fumble. Looking for film now to see how many were A gap, I have a feeling all but Bowden's were; his was probably going for C gap and that's how he got caught in backfield but I don't remember.
THANK YOU for writing this. Been getting real sick of the "Kentucky is overrated/sucks again" takes all night. Georgia was clearly more talented and our only chance was playing lights-out, which didn't happen. Beginning of this season, those predicting 10-2 were called crazy. Now it's the expectation. I'm good with that. We're going to continue to improve the win column in Stoops' 6th year and make a great bowl game. Can't wait.
Totally agree. The difference between 3 stars and 5 stars on the field today was night and day. We're still going in a good direction, a 10-win season would be fantastic. Good luck to y'all in Atlanta!
Definitely some coach speak as always, but in this case it's true. UK defense is better than LSU defense in almost every single statistical category. The only one LSU leads in is opponent 3rd down conversion, which could definitely come into play. But overall, I would say we're absolutely better.
Absolutely agree with you on Tennessee. I don't see us overlooking Mizzou because it's a road game, I think it's a lot harder to have a trap game on the road. Vandy seems to have the most ridiculously weird home field advantage in the SEC... not the fans, but the time of day. Everyone goes into Vandy for those 11 AM local kicks and looks asleep for the first half... the night game at home makes me feel a lot better about that one. Our freebie from Georgia's loss (as long as they beat UF) is most beneficial for the UT game I think. The Vols would love nothing more than to catch us off guard and pull the East title out from under our feet if we were to beat Georgia the week before.
How did you miss Sad Peyton Manning? I missed getting the shot when it was on TV and was waiting for it to show up here lol
Interesting to see it here. In the stadium it didn't look that bad, I thought it was questionable. Never mind.
Exactly foam finger, that's my thinking. We don't have a great chance at beating UGA (although you never know!) but Georgia has to play at LSU and host Auburn. If they somehow dropped both of those, and we kept winning, theoretically we could lose to them and make Atlanta.
Y'all keep saying we'll have to move past the "no respecT" motivational tactics, and yet everyone keeps disrespecting us. Sooo... lol
I honestly don't see the point here. The issue, in my opinion anyway, is DURING school. 100k when they graduate isn't a huge help compared to during the 4 years when these guys pretty much can't have a job on top of school and football. Just pay them minimum wage for the practice and meeting hours. Done.
Last year was a total disaster, but 2014 and 2015 were damn good games, especially 2014... never gonna forget that one. The defense is going to be improved this year, and there's a lot more stability and a lot fewer question marks right now than there have been in the past few years at the same time of the year. This team's gotten progressively better under Stoops each year, so it stands to reason we'll pick off another SEC opponent this year as we've done the past few. And besides all that, I mean we gotta beat em at some point. Right? lol
Don't forget Lynn Bowden either. Not on campus yet but we can expect big things from him as the complement to Benny. Plus AJ Rose looked great before he got hurt. Either way we'll have serious depth next season.
I think most people are happy. The win would have been a great way to end it, but it just wasn't our day. Seemed like we played a little tight and got distracted by the atmosphere while GT was a been there done that bowl team basically. The great part is everything's lining up for next year to be even better - returning almost all the starters, easier schedule, good recruiting class. It's pretty fun to be BBN right now, in my opinion.
It was cumulative. A missed targeting on Garrett Johnson, several missed chopblocks, and then they called a GT player out of bounds when he clearly went down inbounds with :01 in the half. Then reset the clock to :03 and let GT kick. That was kind of the last straw. In the second half there were some missed calls as well, including a should-have-been targeting against us, but Stoops had calmed down at that point.
21 days until we get to watch the Cats play in 70-degree weather. What a way to end the year :D
While losing Marcus is going to hurt, I think the far and away most obvious choice for Kentucky is Jon Toth. Huge loss.
Hitman, In some ways yes, UK's results were where we expected to finish. Yet we started 0-2, the bottom fell out of this team, we lost our starting quarterback, and then finished the season 7-3 with a massive upset over Louisville. The argument can easily be made for Stoops as COTY. Muschamp also did a great job with that team, with their highlight win over Tennessee.
Agree 100%. I was talking him up all spring and got told it was "SEC bias," of course. Screw that. The guy's awesome.
I still think Belk Bowl or Birmingham Bowl is highly unlikely for Kentucky, I don't see either of those games willing to risk scheduling Kentucky to play on the same day basketball goes to Ole Miss. I bet we end up in the Liberty or Music City.
The Tennessee game next week is nowhere near "must win." What? The thing that made last night's loss hurt so much was that we could have won it if we hadn't beaten ourselves, and Florida left the door open. But this is all house money now. We've got Austin Peay for #6, we will go bowling, and that was the goal this season. No idea how the UT game could even be construed as "must win." At this point, for that one and UL, I want to see this offense go nuts. Ballsy play calls, have fun with it, and see what happens. Nothing to lose.
No, you do your homework lol. Right now Florida is 4-1 and UK is 4-2, thus tied and loses tiebreaker. UK W and Florida L puts us at 5-2, Florida at 4-2, UK takes first place. It's measured by wins, not losses.
Not a rivalry, but thanks. Interesting points here though. Close, hard-fought ground game on both sides. Gonna come down to it but the Cats pull it out, maybe thanks to Austin again.
Uhh... it IS a rotating schedule now?? lol
Agreed, I love the kid, and have since last spring. He may not have the best arm right now, but he's a cerebral player, almost always makes good decisions. He works hard and is never satisfied with the way he plays. That is a recipe for success. Give him the rest of this season and the offseason to improve his throwing, and he could be special next year.
Kentucky's 4-2, not 4-1. Bama and Florida.
I wouldn't be surprised if it did get to 50,000 but it would have been momentary. No one there pregame, at kickoff it was OK. There were about 5 sections with literally zero people in them, but middle sections weren't terrible. People started leaving before halftime though. By the end if was absolutely pathetic.
Although as a Kentucky fan it gives me hope to see the Vols obviously having internal problems (we need that W!) it's also a bummer to see a talented player feel like leaving a school he always wanted to play for is the best option. Issues within the team and staff suck, we know that real well here in Lexington. Best wishes to the guy.