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October 10, 2014
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LEXINGTON – flashpoint; a point at which someone or something bursts suddenly into action or being (see Kemp, JoJo – trash-talk, 2014 Kentucky Wildcat Football Team)
Kentucky football has found themselves in a really good place, or at least, a place that almost no one expected them to be in at this point.
4-1 overall, 2-1 in SEC play.
Kentucky went from never beating Spurrier (0-17) to winning 2 out the last 3 times he’s been to Commonwealth.
So after an improbable comeback win against the Gamecocks, which saw the Cats score 21 points in the last 8 minutes of the game, they will take on a team who hasn’t broken 23 points except for once this year. BUT HERE’S WHAT THE Warhawks HAVE DONE. They opened this season with a road victory on ACC field beating Wake Forest 17-10, after trailing 10-0 at the half. Of course the comeback for that is they needed a late field goal, after blowing a third and goal from the 2-yard-line, to beat a terrible Troy team by the skin of their teeth 22-20.
The question to ‘yours truly’ though is not what the Warhawks have done, but will the Wildcats come out and play, well, wild. You know, the team that scored 21 in the 4th against Spurrier’s Gamecocks. The team that was a missed call in the 3rd overtime in the Swamp from beating the Gators.
If I’m Mark Stoops, I’m not infuriated by JoJo’s trash talk to Florida now, I’m like everyone else on that team, ready to back it up. That, to me, was the flash-point that ignited the Wildcat Swagger that’s been missing. He said outloud that he was not intimidated, but EXPECTING TO WIN, in the swamp. When was the last time a player from Kentucky felt that way about going to the Swamp? He’ll get another chance in his senior year to get that win too.
Kentucky has to begin the ULM game with the very intensity they ended the South Carolina game with. That ‘pull-out all the stops, never say quit, never give up attitude, every snap counts fervor’ that makes the difference between a bowl game and a losing season.