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Author: Dick Gabriel

Wildcats failed to deliver knockout punch against Ole Miss when they had the chance

Mississippi stood in the crucible that was the Rebels’ football game with Kentucky, punch-drunk and looking for a place to fall down. Two hours later, they danced away from Lexington with a last-second, 37-34 victory that will take its place among a too-long list of Big Blue bitter memories. In what has become the disturbing pattern of the 2017 football season, the Wildcats have played well enough to have won nine of 10 games, but they’ve won only six while losing three. That second number could be much larger. In four of the six wins, the opposing team had...

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Ugly? Pretty? UK win over Vols was one for eye of the beholder

  It was an ugly game. No, it was a beautiful game. It was a game Kentucky fans have seen so many times through the years, they could predict their own misery. And then, incredible happened. With the Wildcats trailing this Festival of Fumbles, 26-21 to a team that had needed Google Maps to find the end zone for the past month, Kentucky put together a game-winning drive that will stand as only one glorious chapter in a bizarre story of victory. The Cats needed it because they fumbled so often they acted as though they thought there was...

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Mississippi State forced memories of ‘Old Kentucky’

(STARKVILLE, MISS.) – Mississippi State was a bully. Mississippi State was the big kid playing football with the little kids; nobody could much lay a hand on him, much less bring him down. Forget about waiting for the other big kids to get out of school and help put an end to this madness; it lasted the full 60. The Bulldogs shut the gates at Davis-Wade Stadium Saturday afternoon and laid a butt-kicking on Kentucky unlike any they’ve had in a long, long time. Rich Brooks used to call such debacles a “complete systems breakdown.” Watching from the safety...

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