UK FOOTBALL | Towles not totally to blame for offensive woes
09/21/2015 05:31 PM
LEXINGTON — For the third consecutive week, the Kentucky Wildcats stalled on offense in the second half.
But to make matters worse, the Wildcats didn’t show up in the first half this time, either.
In its 14-9 loss to the Florida Gators on Saturday, UK managed its lowest point (9), rushing (115), passing (126), and total yardage (241) totals of the 2015 season.
Adding to the disappointment, quarterback Patrick Towles was sacked a season-high six times while completing just 33% (8-24) of his passing attempts — by far his lowest percentage as a starter at Kentucky.
But all the blame certainly doesn’t fall on Towles as his offensive line was eaten up by Florida defenders and his wide receivers dropped open pass after open pass.
“Patrick’s done some very good things,” Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops said after the game, “and I’m not going to sit here and throw him under the bus. We need to play better all around him. There were some drops out there, there were some protection issues that we talked about. There’s enough blame to go around. It’s not all on Patrick by any means just like the wins aren’t, and he’s doing some good things.”
Click below to watch KSTV’s discussion on why the offense struggled and what needs to improve before Kentucky plays Missouri on Saturday: