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Box score, MVP, and Twitter reactions as Kentucky falls to Clemson

The Tigers outlasted the Cats.

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The Kentucky Wildcats Football season has finally come to a close, as they faced off against the Clemson Tigers in Jacksonville this afternoon. In what was a hard-fought game through all four quarters, the Cats came up just short as they fell to Dabo Swinney and the Tigers, 38-35.

The first half was a slugfest between both defenses. As each team felt each other out, it took explosive plays by both offenses to get some points on the board. For Kentucky, those came from Ray Davis, Barion Brown, and Dane Key. Luckily for the Cats, they pulled off a few more big plays, which allowed them to take a 14-10 lead into the locker room.

Then Barion Brown started the second half off with a bang, as he took the opening kickoff to the house for his fourth career kickoff return touchdown. After that, it was mostly a sloppy half of football for this Kentucky offense, including turning the ball over three times in a matter of 10 plays.

That was just the start of the craziness that happened in the fourth quarter. It featured several huge plays from Brown and Jordan Dingle, but it wasn’t enough, as the Kentucky defense was gassed in the final drive after being on the field so much in the final 15 minutes.

This game was UK’s to win, but the Tigers took advantage of Kentucky’s mistakes to help propel them over the top.

Now, the focus will turn to the offseason. Can the Cats finish better than 7-6 next season? Let’s hope so.

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MVP

This has to go to Barion Brown.

Despite a rough sophomore season, the talented wide-out flashed that superstar talent this afternoon against a very solid Clemson defense.

He finished the game with three catches for 100 yards and a touchdown, while also adding two rushes for 26 yards and another TD. Not to mention the 100-yd kickoff return TD he had to start the second half.

The expectations were huge coming into this season for the true sophomore, and today's performance showed why. Now, the coaching staff must turn their attention to keeping him in the program because we all know the big boys will come calling after today’s performance.

It's going to be an interesting few weeks, to say the least, on watching how this one plays out, but it's just an all-around effort for Brown to help keep the Cats in this one.

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