Dear Kentucky Football,
I arrived at Kroger Field today confident you were finally going to recognize my love for you and would reward me with our 7th regular-season win. I thought you’d want to give me a 7-2 start for the first time since 1984. I believed you were finally going to put away a game early enough that we wouldn’t be on pins and needles the final 5 minutes. In short, I thought you were finally going to love me like I love you.
I was wrong.
I had assumed if the Cats won the time of possession (they did, 36:15 to 23:40) and took care of the ball (zero turnovers), then a victory would belong to UK.
I believed that having a 10-point lead in the 3rd quarter would be enough. It would keep momentum in our favor and we’d continue to build on that.
I was certain this was the night our offense would shine and the defense would keep Ole Miss from scoring in bunches. Even when you gave up the lead early in the 4th quarter, I just knew you’d fight back and still get that 7th win.
When you scored that touchdown to regain the lead with a little over 2 minutes left in the game, I knew we’d leave the stadium happy. As Ole Miss threatened, I just knew you had caused and recovered a fumble. Even when that didn’t pan out, I was certain the defense would somehow keep the Rebels out of the end zone.
In the end, however, it was like so many other times in my life when you flirted with me but then left the dance with another girl. Yes, I know you still have 3 games left and I feel very strongly that you will win at least 2 of those games. But tonight, I came home dejected and rejected.
I won’t give up on you, Kentucky Football. I won’t stop loving you. I won’t let my hope wither and die.
I still believe one day, you will love me as much as I love you. It just wasn’t tonight.
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