Saturday, October 18, 2008
I think the headline pretty much sums up the feeling in Razorback territory today. It was a suckerpunch to the nether regions. A low blow of ultimate proportions. It was a loss that stings way worse than any 45-7 blowout ever could.
For 3 1/2 quarters, the Razorbacks were the better football team. Much better.
Michael Smith was slicing up the Wildcat defense like a smaller version of Darren McFadden or Felix Jones for 193 yards before leaving in the fourth quarter with a concussion. UK QB Mike Hartline was making a case for worst QB in the league, and Kentucky was not only the worst team in the SEC, they were one of the worst teams in the nation at that point. It was a sea of boo in Commonwealth Stadium as the Kentucky fans rained down their displeasure with the team's performance.
Many Kentucky fans had actually given up and were actually leaving with just under six minutes to go following another turnover when Hartline was picked off by Ramon "My Posse's On" Broadway.
But the very next play saw Arkansas tailback De'Anthony Curtis fumble, and it was recovered by Kentucky.
All of sudden, the Hog defense went AWOL. Hartline changed into his Sam Bradford costume in the phone booth and rallied the Cats with 2 touchdown passes in 2 minutes, both to backup QB Randall Cobb.
The next thing you know it's 21-20 Kentucky with two minutes remaining. The final Razorback drive went nowhere except backwards and ended with a Kentucky interception (one of 8 total turnovers in the game).
Petrino loses for the first time ever to Rich Brooks. Actually, it wasn't so much a loss as a giveaway. The Razorbacks gave their fourth win of the season away, and it could come back to haunt them come bowl time. There was just no word to describe this bizarre game. I could only come up with one:
Posted by KK at 10:27 PM