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Sunday Quickies: Brutal Tennessee Loss Edition

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Another year, another heartbreaking loss to the Vols

NCAA Football: Tennessee at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Stop me if you’ve heard this script before.

Kentucky looks good early, but a combination of a stagnant offense, questionable play calls, and an inability to get critical third down stops doomed the Wildcats.

It feels like this is a common theme, but yet it struck again last night as Kentucky once again lost a heartbreaker to Tennessee.

The Kentucky coaching staff is going to receive a lot of criticism for this loss. The decision to punt at the end of the half, the questionable fourth-down deep pass, predictable play-calling in the fourth quarter... a lot falls on Stoops and Eddie Gran in this game.

Lynn Bowden tried to do everything he could down the stretch, but there are limitations to the offense with Bowden at QB as the passing game is virtually non-existent and opposing defenses know it. Kentucky has to present some form of a threat with the passing game to allow their rushing attack to flourish, but until then, defenses are going to continue to stack guys in the box to clog any rushing lane.

A play-action pass on that final fourth down likely would’ve had a receiver wide open in the end zone, but it seems like the coaching staff doesn’t have a lot of faith in Bowden’s passing ability.

But now with the loss, Kentucky sits at 4-5 and the path to bowl eligibility gets a little murkier. Kentucky should win against UT-Martin, and then they’ll have to defeat either Vanderbilt or Louisville, both of which had rough outings on Saturday. However, at this point, you can’t point to those games and guarantee the victory.

Anyway, on to Vanderbilt.

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Quickies

What we learned from the game - Courier Journal

Kicking concerns come back to bite the Cats.

Cats coulda, shoulda beat Vols - Herald Leader

Another year, another Tennessee “what if”

Andy Kennedy has high praise for Tyrese Maxey - Cats Pause

Kennedy likened the freshman guard to multiple former Wildcats.

Kentucky freshmen adjusting to playing with other stars - Herald Leader

Going from being the man to a new role can take some time to learn.

Joe Burrow strengthens Heisman candidacy, LSU with a clear path to playoff - Yahoo

Burrow might now be the man to beat in the Heisman race after a top-level performance.

WKU defeats Arkansas behind former Razorbacks QB - Courier Journal

The Hilltoppers picked up a big win behind Ty Storey.

Minnesota upsets Penn State - Bleacher Report

A wild scene as the Gophers prove they’re the real deal.

Seton Hall loses Myles Powell to serious ankle injury - Yahoo

One of the best players in the nation may miss some time.

Will NCAA ruling affect James Wiseman’s draft stock - CBS Sports

Wiseman is widely viewed as a top three pick.

Golfer disqualified for running out of balls - ESPN

Not the most common disqualification by any means.