Monday, January 05, 2009

Comeback Cats! Cats claw back from 20 point deficit to beat Arkansas

Fayetteville, Arkansas – In retrospect Coach Kelly Fife should have seen this contest to be a potential trap game. Of course the big match up being Kentucky vs. Tennessee the following week. Arkansas came hobbling into this showdown with only one win on their belt. Arkansas proved to be the best one win team in the nation by taking the University of Kentucky into overtime before falling 33-27.
“That has to be the best 1-9 team I’ve ever played against,” said a very relieved Coach Fife. “They made us very aware that we are still vulnerable.” When asked for a response to the ‘best 1-9 team’ comments made by Fife, Coach Petrino seemed distant and unconcerned while watching the last coverage of the New York Jets coaching search. “I’m not too concerned with that Coach Fife said, but did you hear that the Jets have the head coaching position open? Anybody know who they’re planning to interview? I can be made available. Seriously, I love Arkansas but I’ve always dreamed of coaching the Jets! I do great interviews. I’ve had lots of practice!”

The game started out horrendous for Kentucky. Arkansas punched in 3 straight touchdowns on the Cats. The one positive play was a missed extra point by the Razorbacks kicker which kept the lead at 20-0. Two scores were contributed by Arkansas offense lead by ex-Michgan quarterback Ryan Mallet. The other score was given to Arkansas by UK’s own Mike Hartline.

“It was a simple miscommunication with the receiver. He went to a post route when I thought he was running a slant,” said Hartline. The simple miscommunication sent the Arkansas faithful into a frenzy. UK ended the first half down 3-20.

“I made sure every player in that locker room knew that the game was not over. It was, I’ll admit, a little bit of damage control,” said Fife. “The boys play hard until the final whistle. I’m really proud them.” That final whistle didn’t sound until overtime where Kentucky came roaring back behind Mike Hartline, Alfonso Smith, Lones Seiber, and Demareo Ford.
Ford caught the potential game tying touchdown with eight seconds left to play in regulation. Seiber capped it off with the game tying extra point. “They tried to ice me which was the first of my career,” said Seiber. “Had Seiber missed, he’d still be walking back to Lexington,” said Fife. “You’re joking right,” said an uneasy Seiber. “Coach never told me that…”

With the game in overtime Arkansas missed their field goal on their first possession. “We iced him. It’s the first time it’s worked,” said Fife. On Kentucky’s possession, they drove down to the one yard line and Hartline scored on a keeper to seal the victory. When asked how he felt Hartline responded “Pure relief!”

Notes

Kentucky had their first punt of the year against Mississippi State which resulted in a punt return touchdown for the dogs but Kentucky still won the game.



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