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Kentucky Wildcats: Morning Quickies - South Carolina Blowback Edition

Commentary and news from around the Big Blue Internet about the Kentucky Wildcats' loss last night to the South Carolina Gamecocks.

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Today, Quickies is all about last night's game. Lots of takes from around the Big Blue Nation, and all of them have some merit.

Here is the Tweet of the Morning:

Heh. For some reason, this struck me as Rich Brooks-like.

Your Quickies for Sunday:

Spurrier did not think 17-7 halftime margin was a huge lead for Kentucky // vaughtsviews

This is why it's nice to have a team dominated by upperclassmen.

John Clay: Cats fought when they could have folded //

The second half was a reality check. Someone must have reminded Steve Spurrier in the South Carolina locker room that Kentucky was 97th nationally against the run.

It wasn't just that. UK's offense couldn't stay on the field in the second half, and Spurrier wisely ran the ball down their throats.

Kentucky football blows 10-point lead, falls to South Carolina, 38-17 // The Courier-Journal

The Cats couldn’t overcome a monster second half by the Gamecocks’ star tailback, Marcus Lattimore, who rushed for 108 yards and two touchdowns after halftime. He finished with 120 yards on 23 carries. USC outgained UK 155 yards to 33 in the third quarter.

When your offense moves the ball, your defense gets rest. Kentucky's defense didn't get rest, because when they did get off the field, they didn't get to stay off very long.

UK basketball notebook: Kidd-Gilchrist getting his jump shot NBA-ready //

Yes, MKG's jump shot is broken, but it can be fixed if he's willing. And he is.

South Carolina stifles Kentucky football in second half for 38-17 win //

When you have a back like Lattimore, he should get the ball a lot. That has been a bit of a problem for the Gamecocks all year, but they figured it out against UK.

SEC: Georgia escapes, Texas A&M rolls, Bama sputters // John Clay's Sidelines

Is Mike Montgomery in for a big 2013 recruiting class at Cal? // CollegeBasketballTalk

Montgomery is a quality coach, and a big class would not surprise me.

Tom Leach // Sunday Links

The Fifth Quarter: Week 5 Rewind // CollegeFootballTalk

Some baffling scores from some surprising teams.

CRAWFORD: Same script for UK, but some promising new players // WDRB 41 Louisville

I appreciate that many fans are tired of that rerun. And I understand those who say a 21-point loss -- even to the No. 6 team in the nation -- doesn't earn this team or coach much slack.

But it's fair, also, to look at each game on its merits. And more than at any point since UK upset South Carolina here two years ago, the Wildcats looked like a legitimate Southeastern Conference football team in the first half Saturday night.

They did, and if they keep going, it is going to present a much more difficult situation for UK fans at the end of the year. Phillips right now is a lame duck, but for those anxious to see him gone, last night is a potential harbinger of trouble on the horizon.

An upset victory or three and matters will change. But victories are a must, and good efforts are not going to rescue Phillips from the currently inevitable.

Whitlow’s performance brings comparisons to Cobb // The Kentucky Kernel

I'm not quite willing to go there yet. Not quite.

Regardless, you have to like the poise of this kid, and his athleticism is really notable. Wouldn't it be a sweet turn of events if, for once, we were on the giving end of a dual-threat quarterback rather than the receiving end?

Kentucky's beating South Carolina, and the whole SEC's gone sideways //

Heh. It was nice seeing the freak-out while it lasted.

Thank you Coach Brooks for your inimitable curmudgeonlyness. I truly miss it.

Kentucky Sports Radio " Blog Archive " Good Job, Good Effort.

Injury Report: QB Max Smith (ankle), S Dakotah Tyler (knee), OG Zach West (shoulder) and RB Raymond Sanders (knee) will all be evaluated tomorrow.

Ugh. The injury report is not encouraging. Cats' Cup Half-Full

The Wildcats failed to cross midfield after halftime and recorded only 60 total yards against a South Carolina defense that entered the game ranked among the nation’s elite.

Credit to South Carolina's defense as well as much as anything. They played a lot better in the second half.

NCAA opens investigation into high school powerhouse Notre Dame Prep (Mass.) // CollegeBasketballTalk

This is the kind of work the NCAA should be doing more of.

Transcript of Joker Phillips’ post-game presser // John Clay's Sidelines

Q. Max’s ankle, he went in the back for a while. Did he get X rays?

COACH PHILLIPS: He did get X rays. X rays are negative, but we’ll take another look at it tomorrow.

That's good news, but I'm pretty sure he won't be ready for Mississippi St.

Q. Are there things you can do to tweak this offense to take advantage of Jalen?

COACH PHILLIPS: Might have put more quarterback run game in. We’ve put a little in. We may have to add a little more in for him because he can make plays with his feet. He’s not a great wildcat kind of guy, because most of the wildcat runs are downhill, physical runs. You don’t want to get your quarterback into that type of all the time into those type of runs. But there are some other things that we’ll have to do with them.

I think this is right. Whitlow looks pretty durable, but I wouldn't want to send him into the path of oncoming linebackers and tackles all the time. We need to get him out on the edge and force the defense to worry about his legs and his arm at the same time.

Mark Story: Are critical fans being screened off Joker Phillips' radio show? | Football |

One way you can always tell when a major Kentucky coach is under fan fire is that there is a controversy over whether critical UK backers have access to the coach's radio call-in show. It was true with Bill Curry in the early 1990s and again with Tubby Smith late in his tenure.

I understand why radio shows are not willing to let critical fans deluge the call-ins. These shows are not intended as forums to allow fans to call for a coach's firing, but to discuss football and how the game or games have been played, and to encourage fans to participate. Some participation is superior to others, though.

Three things from UK’s loss to South Carolina // John Clay's Sidelines

Three good points.

Postgame notes from UK’s 38-17 loss to South Carolina // vaughtsviews

The UK defense held South Carolina to 26 total rushing yards on 19 attempts in the first half and limited the Gamecocks to 108 total yards in the first period.

Impressive, but insufficient.