Kentucky football: Ghost of Wildcat miscues awakens in heartbreaking loss

Kentucky Wildcats quarterback Will Levis (Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports)
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Kentucky football shows fight until the very end on both sides of the ball

Moral victories don’t show up on the wins and losses and stat sheets, but this Kentucky football team proved they play with a lot of heart even if it’s hard to stand up on wounded ankles.

In past years Kentucky football would find a way to fold up the tent, raise the white flag and admit defeat. That is no longer the case under Mark Stoops.

His boys were battered and bruised and the athletic trainers had to be very busy at halftime and on the sideline, but despite the miscues, they never hung their heads limped on and off the field, and played every snap.

They didn’t allow the big chunk plays or the back-breaking plays and the offense did all it could to protect Levis and slow the game frustrating Lane Kiffen watching his offense stand on the sideline.

The offense played their hearts out too. Barion Brown is electric and burned the Rebels over and over and over. He just might be the best return man in the country racking up 164 yards on kickoffs and nearly breaking two for scores. He also had two catches for 81 yards including a 51-yard dash he almost took to the house.

He nearly took another back for a score from the goalline this time weaving his way 85 yards before being pulled down by Trey Washington who just got fingers on his jersey at the Ole Miss 15-yard line.

He also nearly took another one home racing 54 yards across midfield before getting his feet tangled up. Guys is a complete game changer.