Scout.com/Jeff Drummond

Breaking down "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly" from Kentucky's loss to Georgia

Breaking down "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly" from Kentucky's 27-24 loss to Georgia on Saturday night at Commonwealth Stadium...

1. THE GOOD

Benny & His Jets ... Kentucky freshman Benny Snell bolstered his impressive young resume with the best rushing performance by Georgia opponent this season and the Wildcats' top individual effort against the Bulldogs in 20 years. Snell carried the ball 21 times for 114 yards and two touchdowns. It marked the third consecutive 100-yard effort by the Ohio native and fourth overall this season, tying the UK freshman record set by Chris Jones in 1979 and matched by Moe Williams in 1993. He now has 10 touchdowns on the season (despite not playing in the first two games) which broke Randall Cobb's frosh TD record at UK. If he rushes for 154 yards in the Cats' final three games of the season, he'll break Williams' 1993 single-season record for rushing yards by a freshman. 

Saturday Night's (Alright For Cheering) ... It's been a long time since the Cats had a home field advantage like the one they had Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium. The UK fan base is traditionally reactive rather than proactive, so it was impressive to see Big Blue Nation loud and engaged from the opening kickoff. The players, especially on the defensive side of the ball, fed off the energy all night long. It's a shame that it didn't lead to a W, but it probably put the Cats in a position to pull off the upset.

Madman Across The Line of Scrimmage ... There may not be a linebacker in college football playing better than UK sophomore Jordan Jones right now. On Saturday, it felt like the Cats had cloned the Youngstown, Ohio, native. He was everywhere. Jones recorded 10 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, one forced fumble and one pass break-up. It was the third time this season that he has recorded 10 or more tackles.

2. THE BAD

Goodbye Blue Brick Road ... Kentucky's heartbreaking loss prevented the Cats from moving into first place in the SEC East this late in the season for the first time since 1977. It's not Mission Impossible but now appears extremely unlikely that the Cats have a path to their first appearance in the SEC Championship Game since it debuted in 1992. Both Florida and Tennessee would have to completely collapse to re-open the door. For almost three generations of Big Blue fans, this was an unthinkable position to be Saturday night. With the SEC East being down this season, it may have been the best opportunity the program will ever have to accomplish that dream. 

Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word ...  Snell was rated a three-star prospect out of Westerville (Ohio) Central High School and the No. 39 running back prospect in the Class of 2016 by Scout. Yeah, we blew that one. In our defense, we had Snell rated higher than any of the major recruiting networks. His industry average was No. 56.

3. THE UGLY

Levon (The Ball on The Turf) ... We all knew Kentucky had been playing with fire this season when it came to turnover margin. The Cats were last in the SEC at minus-11 entering the game but had largely gotten away with the miscues. On Saturday, they finally burned the Cats. A fumble by Garrett Johnson on UK's end of the field led to a Georgia field goal in the third quarter. On the Cats' next play from scrimmage, UK appeared to have a 77-yard touchdown pass from Stephen Johnson to Jeff Badet on a perfectly thrown deep ball, but the junior wideout had it bounce right off his hands and into the arms of UGA's Deandre Baker. A 10-point swing occurred on those two plays. (Kentucky also lost three points on a holding call that negated a long Austin MacGinnis field goal in the third quarter.)  Meanwhile, Georgia as able to avoid giving up points after two of its three fumbles on the night. 

Border Song ... Barring an improbable win next week against its oldest rival, the Tennessee Volunteers, Kentucky (4-3 SEC) will go into next season having gone 40 years without a winning record in league play. Forty. Years. 


AllWildcats Top Stories