1. Texas A&M 20, Kentucky 14 OT
For a brief moment, it looked like Kentucky was about to make the break it needed to keep this whole thing going.
Up 14-7 with just over four minutes to go, Texas A&M was trying to close the game out when quarterback Kellen Mond fumbled, Kentucky’s Darius West picked it up, took for a touchdown, and the perfect season was still on.
In overtime, Kentucky had the ball ready to go on a key third down – with star RB Benny Snell about to take the direct snap, and then … time out.
Texas A&M sacked Terry Wilson forcing fourth down, the 43-yard field goal attempt by Miles Butler hit the crossbar, and that was it for the breaks. A&M got a Trayveon Williams ten-yard touchdown run, and UK had its first loss.
But Kentucky was in the game the entire way, battling on the road with a team that pushed Clemson and hung around for while with Alabama.
It’s not just that UK was able to beat Florida and Mississippi State – who, as it turns out, are both solid – it’s that it’s good enough to think it can beat just about anyone.
The old Kentucky loses this and loses it big. This one didn’t get a great game out of Snell – he ran for just 60 yards – and Wilson didn’t makeup for it through the air, finishing with 108 yard and a score. It didn’t matter – the Cats still got into overtime.
This week, it didn’t get the right breaks.
Texas A&M got a 138-yard day out of Williams, and 226-yard passing day out of Mond, and a massive performance out of the defensive front that lived in the UK backfield.
It got its first big win under Jimbo Fisher, and it showed it could pull something like this off and not buckle.
In the end, even with LSU and Florida battling, and with Auburn taking on Mississippi State, Kentucky and Texas A&M played one of the day’s most relevant SEC games.