Offense’s bright spots gets lost in a disappointing finish


Kentucky running back Benny Snell Jr. and Kentucky tight end C.J. Conrad celebrate after a scored touchdown during the game against Ole Miss on Saturday, November 4, 2017 in Lexington, Ky.

In a loss that’s as crushing as Saturday’s 37-34 defeat to Ole Miss, it can be tough to find some bright spots in UK’s football team.

One bright spot that almost won the game for UK was their offense. The unit put up over 450 yards and scored their second highest points total, but it wasn’t enough to take down the Rebels in the high-scoring game.

“We executed as an offense great, at the end of the game, I was so happy, I was just so happy because this is who we are,” running back Benny Snell said. “We did it last week and this week, this is who we are, this is Kentucky football. We came up short.” 

Snell had another big day for the offense, rushing for 176 yards and three touchdowns. This comes just won week after Snell’s 180-yard and three touchdown performance against Tennessee.

Snell was almost the hero of the game, as his third touchdown put the Cats up by four with over two minutes remaining. However, the Rebels were able to score a touchdown of their own on the next possession, stealing the game, and the glory from the Cats.

Read: Cats fall to Ole Miss 37-34

“I should (be happy about his performance), but as a team, I’m not the happiest right now, cause I wish we’d won,” Snell said.

Watch: Benny Snell post game interview

Snell wasn’t the only member of the offense who had a big game. After not registering a catch in four games, C.J. Conrad bounced back with five catches for 75 yards and a touchdown. 

However, Conrad feels bad for scoring the touchdown in a way, as him scoring has not been a part of the recipe for success in the Cats’ losses.

“Maybe it’s just bad luck, because the last two times I’ve scored, we’ve lost, maybe I shouldn’t get in the end zone,” Conrad said. 

Freshman wide receiver had his best game of his young career, grabbing two passes for 31 yards. Epps’ biggest catch was a 28-yard reception that put UK one-yard away from the end zone. Snell would score on the next play and give the Cats the lead heading into halftime

Despite the big catch and game, Epps can’t help but feel down for not coming up with the win.

“It’s a team sport, so were all in this together,” Epps said. “I had a good catch, but we win as a team, we lose as team, so we got to just take it as that.”

Unfortunately for the Cats, all the big games and big plays will be forgotton by fans, as the only thing they’ll take home is the frusteration of losing in the final seconds.

The Cats have some forgetting of their own to do, erasing the sting of the loss. It will hurt, but the Cats know they have to get back on track before heading on the road to Vanderbilt next weekend. 

“It’s going to suck tonight, tomorrow but Monday come, we going to watch this film and get back to work because we got a great opponent come Saturday,” Conrad said.