By LARRY VAUGHT
Failing to score touchdowns in the red zone the last two games against Georgia and Tennessee probably cost Kentucky one win (Georgia) and wiped out any chance of a second win.
Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran knows that has to change, especially in two weeks when UK ends the regular season at Louisville after hosing winless Austin Peay Saturday.
Gran indicated he’s going to “take more shots” inside the 20-yard lin.
“We’ve been able to punch it in. We’ve been able to finish and we haven’t done that. So we’ve got to be able to when we maybe throw the ball a little bit more down there and take a shot instead of waiting for third down,” Gran said.
“And that can definitely help the situation, but when you do that, you have to execute it. We haven’t had to do that. We’ve been very fortunate. We’re looking at a lot of things down there because seven points, we’ve got to get seven. We can’t keep living on three.”
Gran seems to have been hesitant to let quarterback Stephen Johnson have a chance to make plays, especially inside the 10-yard line, after his fumble near the end zone against Mississippi State that was returned for a touchdown.
“At that point in the game, that was a very poor decision by me. I put him in that position the first play of the Tennessee game. We put him in that position the second play of the Tennessee game. He had an opportunity to pull that ball, too,” Gran said.
“It was a situation during Mississippi State. We had a chance to put it away, don’t. We’ve got plays where we don’t have to have him read. And that’s what should’ve been done at that point.”