Kentucky did it. What so many people thought was impossible… they did it. Kentucky went into Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium and beat Louisville. The 20+ point favorite, Louisville, lost the Governor’s Cup. In what (in my opinion) was one of Kentucky Football’s greatest wins of all time… I was and still am speechless.
Kentucky never gave up. I cannot even begin to express how much joy and excitement is in my heart tonight. I live in NKY, so the whole hour and a half drive home… I called my family just to share my excitement. I couldn’t stop talking about the game. Kentucky played phenomenal. When Louisville scored at the beginning of the game, I was nervous. My mind said to myself, “You knew this was going to happen. Louisville is favorited to win. Hopefully Kentucky can score a TD or two.” Then… Kentucky played like they had nothing to lose. Boom Williams and Benny Snell both had a TD with over 50+ yards each, but I was more impressed with the way Stephen Johnson handled himself. Stephen Johnson ran the ball really well (in times that Kentucky really needed it) and threw over 330 yards with 3 touchdowns. Kentucky never gave up despite Lamar Jackson continually leading the Cards right back down the field.
At the end of the game right after Boom Williams got hurt and Benny Snell fumbled the ball… my stomach was in a knot. It was in a knot that made me tear up, because of how bad I felt for Benny. Benny is a tremendous athlete and for him to turn the ball over when he did… made me sad for him. That may not make sense to the average fan, but to those who bleed blue… you know what feeling I’m talking about. This team has captured my heart. You can call it corny… you can call it cliche… but I’m just being completely transparent… when I saw this…
… I had to walk away from the media on the sidelines, because I was crying. I just recently tore ligaments in my knee, and I thought Boom Williams did as well (by the way he was walking). Again, to the average fan… this article may not make sense to you, but right after the game… I looked around at the faces of this Kentucky Football team, and I wept tears of joy, because they were weeping tears of joy. It’s more than being a “fan” of Kentucky sports… it’s being a member of the Big Blue Nation and sharing similar feelings and emotions that these players feel.
I could go on and on about how much tonight meant to me, but I can honestly say that this was one of the best nights of my life. Being able to have this interview with Benny Snell and watch one of the best football games of my life… I’m still at a loss of words. I’m thankful to the Kentucky Football team, staff, and all of Big Blue Nation for making tonight possible. I’ll leave you with this:
Oh… and… this…