Kentucky capped off its football season Saturday with a loss to Louisville, dropping the Wildcats to 5-7 on the year. The season had brilliant moments, but it also had detrimental miscues. Let’s take a look back on a few events that defined the Wildcats’ season.
1.The loss to Vanderbilt.
Kentucky headed to Nashville, Tenn., looking to snap a frustrating four-game losing skid. There was no better opponent for them to end the streak against than Vanderbilt. Many thought Kentucky was the better team and Vanderbilt was only favored to win by 2.5 points. Kentucky had two opportunities on first and goal against Vanderbilt and was stopped both times. With other powerhouses in the SEC, Kentucky’s losses are somewhat justifiable. This one was not.
2. The quarterback change.
For the 11th game of the season, coach Mark Stoops decided that redshirt freshman Drew Barker would start at quarterback instead of usual starter Patrick Towles. It was difficult to accurately assess how Barker did in such a short time frame, but it’s not too far fetched to think that this switch played a part in Patrick Towles’ decision to transfer. Moving forward, Stoops won’t have the option of playing them both. The load will likely fall almost fully on Barker’s shoulders.
3.Losing Boom Williams against Louisville.
Right before halftime Saturday, Williams went down with another elbow injury and was out for the rest of the game. Kentucky had a comfortable lead at the half and was well on its way toward bowl eligibility. But without Williams, the offense couldn’t find a spark in the second half and stayed scoreless through the third and fourth quarters. The Cardinals, on the other hand, scored 31 unanswered points and abruptly ended Kentucky’s season.