Jerry Claiborne couldn't do it.
Bill Curry couldn't do it.
Hal Mumme and Guy Morriss couldn't do it.
Once again Rich "Papaw" Brooks has added another "first" on his ever-growing long list of "firsts" by winning AT Georgia 34-27.
Time for me to eat a little crow. I boldly predicted that not only would Georgia beat Kentucky, but that the Bulldogs would have little problem covering the 10-point spread. What an idiot! I was wrong. I am glad to admit that I was wrong. What a game!
What was the biggest defensive play of the game? All four Georgia turnovers in the second half were huge. The interceptions by Shane McCord and Sam Maxwell.were crucial for the Cats comeback. Obviously the fumble recovery on the 1 yard line was a game saver. But my vote for the defensive play of the game was the first play of the second half -- Moncel Allen's hit that caused the fumble on the opening kickoff which was recovered by Matt Roark. I think that set the tone for UK's comeback. Instead of allowing Georgia to possibly go up by 3 touchdowns to start the second half, the Cats got the turnover, scored and cut it to one score. More importantly, the play showed the Cats that they were going to play with the Dogs and set the tone that there was going to be a ballgame! It changed the total outlook of the game.
Last week I tried to make the argument that the SEC road win at Vanderbilt may have been the biggest of the Rich Brooks era. It made for a good argument, but now the Cats have added another SEC road win at Georgia to go along with the SEC road win at Auburn. By the way, Morgan Newton was the starting quarterback in all 3 of those SEC road wins and is now 5-1 as the Cats starting quarterback.
At any rate, regardless what game you might consider which is the biggest win of the season, or the biggest win of Brooks' UK career, the biggest win of all could still be to come -- Tennessee.
Was there a basketball game today?