Kentucky Football: Wildcats loss to Georgia honestly more of victory for Cats

Kentucky wide receiver Wan'Dale Robinson (Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports)
Kentucky wide receiver Wan'Dale Robinson (Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Kentucky quarterback Will Levis. (Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports) /

Good Game Vibes start with Will Levis and the rest of the offense

Where the wins from the game start are with quarterback Will Levis.

Glancing at the stats from the game you wouldn’t say he had an incredible game, but in reality, he played probably his best complete game in a Kentucky uniform.

For the third straight week, he has played increasingly better and better. We knew coming into the season would take several games for him and offensive coordinator Liam Coen to gel along with running the Wildcat offense. Remember he didn’t even arrive in Lexington until fall practice began.

Against Georgia, he was 32 of 42 passing for 192 yards and ZERO interceptions and two touchdowns. His passes were crisp and more accurate despite a behemoth of Dawgs trying to get to him.

Kentucky got into the Red Zone three times and made good on two. Georgia had not allowed two touchdowns to any team all season and had only given up 33 points thus far for an average of just 5.5 points a game. Clemson could only muster 3 points and Auburn 10 so what does that say about Kentucky?

Stoops answered that question as well.

"“I thought Will played a really good game. He was really patient in the pocket when he needed to be, he bought time when he needed to, looked to scramble when he needed to, went to second and third receiving options when he had to.”"

UK converted better on third downs 9 of 19 and succeeded on both fourth-down attempts.

While the final one came with just four seconds left when Stoops called a timeout much to the chagrin of betters as Levis’ touchdown pass to Wan’Dale Robinson allowed the Cats to beat the spread of 21 points.

That timeout was a huge confidence booster and the right call.

Levis had led his team on a 22 play 75-yard drive that consumed nearly the entire final quarter eating up 11:23. Punching that one in and not leaving it on the field allowed them to walk off with their heads held high.

Coen was able to finally open up his playbook from top to bottom and that was a refreshing sight. Gone are the Eddie Gran days of one-dimensional play calling. If that were still the case Georgia would have had no secondary and just stacked the box.

Stoops really likes what he has seen from Coen’s play-calling in his first season.

"“He really dresses things up very nice. There’s a lot of eye candy going on, a lot of moving parts in shifts and motions. And we’ve been physical. We’ve been able to run the ball and keep people off balances.”"

While Chris Rodriguez only got a total of seven yards on seven carries realistically no one expected 100-yard rushers against the Georgia defense.

Robinson was targeted 17 times catching 12 for 39 yards, but more refreshing to see was 9 different players make catches and that was without wide receiver Josh Ali who is still sidelined with an injury. Would he have made a difference, probably but overall again not the deciding factor.