The Kentucky Wildcats fall in what can only be describe as “A” football game to the Florida Gators, 29-21.
Kentucky looked like world beaters in the first half, dominating the Gators in every aspect of the game, but in the second half, when Feleipe Franks went down, it looked as if the Wildcats had not made any defensive changes at all, and got torched by a backup who hadn’t warmed up.
It was reminiscent of the Kentucky football of old and was a complete coaching malpractice in the second half by Stoops and company. They were playing not to lose.
To make matters worse, the kicking game doesn’t look improved at all, as Chance Poore missed a chip-shot field goal to take the lead with 58 seconds left after Stoops and Gran played specifically for a field goal, not a touchdown.
Overall, it was a terrible game played by the Wildcats and terrible execution.
Prayers up to Franks.
Here’s what social media had to say:
Tough result at Kroger Field. pic.twitter.com/Eid81Nhyc5— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) September 15, 2019
4th and 1 up 11 on Florida’s side of the field starting the 4th Quarter— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) September 15, 2019
The inability to get that first down was the turning point of the game
The worst part about tonight? This feels normal.— Jason Marcum (@marcum89) September 15, 2019
This one is going to hurt. Kentucky looked like the better team in this game. But too many turnovers and Florida capitalized. Wildcats fall 29-21.— Keith Farmer (@KeithFarmer18) September 15, 2019
I used to think Chris Blewit had the worst name for a kicker. Kentucky's Chance Poore might be worse.— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) September 15, 2019
Coaching malpractice. Just awful by the staff— Ian Teasley (@ianteasley) September 15, 2019
It shows how far UK has come as a program that Kentucky has definitively out played Florida the last 3 years— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) September 15, 2019
It shows how far we still have to go that we have only won 1 of those 3 games
Refs tryna do everything in their power to give Florida this game smh— Julius Randle (@J30_RANDLE) September 15, 2019
We’ve all seen this upcoming ending too many times— Brandon Bargo™ (@BBargo11) September 15, 2019
UK is still a 9-10 win team but this loss hurts. They gave that one away...— Seth Ratliff (@TheRealRuth15) September 15, 2019
♂️— Paul Washington Jr (@PJWashington) September 15, 2019
I need a full explanation from the coaches on why the hell we stopped playing aggressive. To anyone that said at halftime that running the clock out and being conservative was a good thing, you’re wrong. Keep attacking, keep pushing, and keep pressing forward — or that happens!— TheStoopsEra (@TheStoopsEra) September 15, 2019
Mark Stoops has changed the culture at Kentucky but after losing many of your program's cornerstones, it's still a process for younger guys in learning how to win themselves. Mistakes and growing pains were evident tonight. Were the better team and let one get away.— Chris Fisher (@ChrisFisher247) September 15, 2019
May be too early for silver lining's to some ... But this was not akin to the big game build up --> let downs of 2014 and 15 (UT, Aub, UF). This is a "bridge year" for UK, this was their second-toughest game on paper. They looked like close to UF's equal or their actual equal.— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) September 15, 2019
I get it, you have to be able to make that kick but Kentucky was playing for the field goal and to not make a mistake offensively.— Shawn Smith (@gbbcountry) September 15, 2019
Eddie Gran has had a great start to the season calling plays. That being said, he's had a HORRIBLE second half against Florida.— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) September 15, 2019
Mark Stoops, very disappointed, states the very troublesome obvious: "We're REALLY thin in the secondary," and got thinner tonight, losing two guys (one targeting, one injury).— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) September 15, 2019
In other news, Kentucky basketball landed their fourth commit of the 2020 class in Terrence Clarke today:
5⭐️ Terrence Clarke has committed to Kentucky. @terrenceclarke_ pic.twitter.com/BOc3jJWDyA— TIPTON EDITS (@TiptonEdits) September 14, 2019
.@terrenceclarke_, the No. 3 prospect in 2021, is reclassifying and committing to @KentuckyMBB for the 2020 season @brhoopspic.twitter.com/0UDJlRHUSI— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 14, 2019
Terrence Clarke to KENTUCKY #BBN pic.twitter.com/FsUpDKMT2K— . (@LilJoeBHall) September 14, 2019
Terrence Clarke playing for Kentucky next year mood. pic.twitter.com/yh7xgALvug— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) September 14, 2019
I guess everyone knows, but here’s the news from @terrenceclarke_ himself pic.twitter.com/6J8xL9YYLV— Greg Levinsky (@GregLevinsky) September 14, 2019
.@jerrymeyer247 called Terrence Clarke one of the best shooting guard prospects he's ever scouted and a player with No. 1 overall pick potential. pic.twitter.com/2QPBYJsP0d— Chris Fisher (@ChrisFisher247) September 14, 2019
Terrence Clarke is the first top 5 recruit to commit to Kentucky since the 2015 class.— Big Blue Express (@bigbluexpress) September 14, 2019
September 14, 2019
You realize Cal got Kentucky’s next superstar today right? This commitment has been kind of downplayed compared to how big it is.— Greg (@GregNJ) September 14, 2019