By LARRY VAUGHT
So what happened to the Kentucky offense at Texas A&M? The Cats were so ineffective that they never had an offensive snap in Texas A&M territory in the 20-14 overtime loss in regulation play.
“Thought they did a nice job of affecting the quarterback (Terry Wilson) and that is with coverage and push in the pocket. He was not comfortable all night,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops admitted. “That’s on everybody, not just on him.
“We have to do a better job as a coaching staff to put him in a position to get him some comfort. Our players have to give him some protection and we have to do some things better. That’s all of us. That’s not on any one guy.
“But he definitely was not very comfortable. And you talk about effecting the quarterback, they did that to him. They affected him in a big way.”
It sure did. He not only could not throw the ball down the field, but Wilson could not get loose when he ran on either designed calls or trying to scramble away from pressure. Plays that had been first down runs in previous games were only short gains at Texas A&M.
“They do a nice job of mixing it up. But they also have guys that can get pressure with four. Zone blitzes, again, they made it not very comfortable for Terry,” Stoops said.
Stoops didn’t argue that his sophomore quarterback who was making his sixth start was indecisive most of the game.
“Just watching it from the sidelines, you felt like there were times where if he just made a decision to pull it down and run it he may have gotten it. Or wait in the pocket and wait until a receiver cleared,” Stoops said. “But give them credit. They were very good. Good in their coverage.
“They were really good at escaping and tackling him when there were lanes. They have some athletic guys. It looks like there’s windows there and they would escape and get him down.”