Mark Stoops Outduels Will Muschamp Again And This Time It Counts

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Mark Stoops Outduels Will Muschamp Again And This Time It Counts


Andrew Bishop,

A funny thing happened as Mark Stoops and the Kentucky Wildcats were on their way to defeating Will Muschamp and the South Carolina Gamecocks. Down on The Plains of Auburn the LSU Tigers had seemingly snatched victory out of the jaws of defeat with a 19-18 victory over the Auburn Tigers on the last play of the game.

Legendary broadcaster Brent Musburger was calling the Kentucky game on the SEC Network but talked over a UK touchdown and replay as he enthusiastically urged everyone to be sure they caught the highlight of the ending of the LSU-Auburn game.

To be fair, the ending was spectacular and had reverberating consequences.

After a booth review, LSU’s game winning touchdown was overturned because the Tigers failed to get the ball snapped before the play clock expired. This ultimately proved to be the last game for Les Miles as the head coach of LSU. He was relieved of his head coaching duties the following day.

Similarly, the last time Mark Stoops and Will Muschamp opposed each other on the sidelines was on September 13, 2014.

With Kentucky clinging to a 27-20 lead in the first overtime Florida scores a touchdown on fourth down to close to within 27-26. As we all remember, the play clock had expired in Gainesville just like it had expired in Auburn. Unfortunately there weren’t any booth reviews that could be made to overturn this call and the Gators went on to win 36-30 in triple overtime.

Brent Musburger was calling the game in 2014 but he wasn’t yelling about anything other than what was happening in The Swamp on that night.

Mark Stoops got a much-needed win to get things as close to back on track as they will possibly be for Kentucky this season.

Now Mark Stoops will head down to Tuscaloosa to lock horns with Nick Saban in what he describes in his own words as “a tall task”. Then its three winnable games in a row against Derek Mason, Dan Mullen and Barry Odom and we’ll see where they are after all the dust settles.

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