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Former players Jacob Tamme, Cole Mosier believe Cats will be fine; so does ESPN reporter Holly Rowe

Josh Allen (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

When Kentucky didn’t give the ball to Benny Snell on a third-and-two play in overtime at Texas A&M Saturday night that led to a Terry Wilson sack and then a Miles Butler 43-yard field goal try that was no good, it reminded me how former all-SEC tight end Jacob Tamme often has told me that players have to execute no matter the play call.

“I would agree (with myself). Disliked the call. Disliked the decision by Terry even more,” Tamme replied back to me on Twitter after the game. “Benny needed more carries. In order for that to happen we have to convert some 3rd downs and we flat didn’t do it tonight. Got to be able to pitch and catch it. 3rd down offense had been solid overall until tonight.”

He’s right. That’s why I am not ready to panic over what has happened to the UK offense the last six quarters — not after seeing Mississippi State and Florida get wins over top 10 teams Auburn and LSU Saturday after both State and Florida lost to UK earlier this season.

Saturday’s win put Texas A&M into the national rankings again and also dropped UK only from 13th to 18th in the Associated Press poll with the Cats having a bye this week.

“Feels weird saying this because that game was frustrating on a lot of levels but let’s take a step back … at midway point 3-1 in SEC and BY FAR our worst game is an OT loss at Texas A&M,” Tamme tweeted.

He’s right. Any UK fan would have jumped at the chance to be 5-1 before the season started — and that was before it appeared that Louisville and Tennessee are not nearly as good as most expected.

Former UK lineman Cole Mosier still knows plenty of players on the team. He also encouraged patience from UK fans after the loss.

“Let’s not forget A&M is a good team guys and should be ranked. Their two loses came to Alabama and Clemson. Trust me we didn’t do ourselves any favors but will be fine y’all I promise. Everyone will learn from this game and move on to the next opponent!” Mosier tweeted.

Then came this tweet from ESPN sideline reporter Holly Rowe that UK fans should read twice.

“@UKFootball has come a LONG way since I last covered them. @JoshAllen41_ is absolutely incredible. He was in like every single play and has to be accounted for EVERY moment. #gamewrecker” Rowe tweeted.

2 comments

  1. Not worried about Josh Allen, or the UK defense. They are for real. I also respect Jacob Tamme a ton, but UK folded on offense Sat night. They were not prepared. A&M exposed them Saturday night. If they don’t get it fixed quick they will have big problems in the six remaining challenges, starting with Vandy at home. UK could have won that ball game on the last drive before the OT. Yes, 5-1 is great but 6-0 was attainable if UK had fought a little harder on offense, and blocked somebody and took control of the LOS. They could have actually won it on the last drive before OT. They had the momentum. Call a time out and rally your troops Coach.

  2. That loss will burn Forever because 6-0 very rarely available on UK radar screen. What happened to our athletic, physical offensive line? They collectively dociled out and our staff wasn’t able to make any necessary adjustments. Factor in Gran’s vanilla play calling and a QB saving his worse game for then, you have a recipe for disaster, and that is exactly what we got. Turns out to be another national TV embarrassment that we seem to establish more than other teams. Pup is correct…..we have been exposed.

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