The Florida game was one of the focal points of the 2015 Kentucky football season. Commonwealth Stadium would be shiny and newly renovated. The coaches, players and fans were emboldened and confident about facing the Gators at home after going toe to toe with them in The Swamp in last year’s 36-30 overtime loss.
The excitement, the hype, the buildup and Florida not being the Florida of old had the stage set for the 28 game losing streak to be brought to an end.
It didn’t happen.
Florida got the win 14-9.
Here’s the crazy part, the 29 game losing streak is a huge, dubious burden that Kentucky fans have to bear. We went through it with the long frustrating streak against Tennessee.
The difference with the two burdensome streaks was that there were more games that Kentucky let slip away against Tennessee than have been against Florida when you look at the history of the series.
The 36-30 loss in 2014 and the 14-9 loss this year are the most gut wrenching back to back defeats since 2002 and 2003 when the Cats fell 41-34 and 24-21 respectively.
Freddie Maggard agrees.
The (Worst) One That Got Away | Kentucky Sports Radio Game ball goes to? The BBN. Fans did their part. http://t.co/o0HiecZ7bF
— Freddie Maggard (@FredMaggard) September 20, 2015
And we all remember how painful that 24-21 game was.
For the most part the games with Florida have been lopsided to say the least. We remember the scores, no need to revisit all of that.
As frustrating as it is, disappointment is a sign of progress when it comes to Florida. For years we’ve just taken our blowout beating and moved on. To get to the point where it’s painful at the conclusion of a UK-UF game is a move in the right direction. The next step, getting over the hump and finishing the game is tough, but it has to be done if this streak is ever going to be brought to an end.
Florida is not going to just roll over and give it up.
Kentucky’s defense has been stouter than anticipated. If you look at the last game and a half against South Carolina and Florida they have been solid. The Gamecocks had to settle for a lot field goals, after scoring 14 first half points the Gators never scored again.
Conversely, the offense is struggling more than anyone could foresee. In the last six quarters they have manufactured nine points. Patrick Towles has had some drops and dealt with some nasty pass rushes. Fair or not, the cries for Drew Barker will get a little louder similar to the Tyler Ulis for Andrew Harrison situation in basketball last season.
Pat needs to play better. I understand that. He’s still the leader. I wanted this one bad. Let beat Mizzu
— jared lorenzen (@JaredLorenzen22) September 20, 2015
Very true, 8 for 24 won’t cut it.
The offense has to get back on track and I believe it will. The thing that’s concerning thus far is their inability to hit back when opposing defenses hit them in the mouth. They will have to match the intensity of whatever defense they are facing in order to sustain drives and put points on the board.
Missouri is up next and they will present a challenge of their own. The Cats are 2-1 and still on track to do a lot of good things. Might as well attack these challenges sooner rather than later.