LEXINGTON, Ky.—All wins and losses are not created equal. Some wins, to use the current SEC slogan, Just Mean More. Some losses are so debilitating that they can negatively impact a team for an entire season.
Exhibit A: Kentucky’s game with Florida on Sept. 23, 2017 in Lexington. The Wildcats entered the game 3-0 and were looking to snap a historic 30-game losing streak to the Gators. A win would also be another big milestone in the building process of Coach Mark Stoops. Kroger Field was packed and for three quarters Kentucky dominated, taking a 27-14 lead into the final period.
What happened next just defies description. Not once, but twice, Kentucky’s defense inexplicably left a Florida receiver completely uncovered. Both resulted in pitch-and-catch touchdowns. The second came with 43 seconds left giving the Gators a 28-27 victory in a game in which they were completely outplayed.