By LARRY VAUGHT
He might have been called for a holding penalty that likely cost UK a makeable game-winning field goal attempt by Austin MacGinnis Saturday, but teammates are not blaming offensive guard Nick Haynes for the 28-27 loss to Florida.
It was Florida’s 31st straight win over UK and 37 in the last 38 games.
““It was tough. It wasn’t good. We obviously weren’t going to give up but we knew. That’s one thing that probably couldn’t have happened during that play, but it did and it was unfortunate,” tight end C.J. Conrad said.
“But I got Nick’s (Haynes) back and he put his heart out tonight and it wasn’t his fault at all. He played unbelievably well and no one looked at him any sort of way or like it was his fault at all because he played his heart out tonight and it was just an unfortunate call.”
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said he did not see the play where Haynes’ hold wiped out a run by Benny Snell to the 25-yard line.
Stoops didn’t know Snell was about 10 yards down the field and way ahead of Haynes when the flag was thrown on Haynes behind the line of scrimmage.
“Is that right? I didn’t know. I had no idea. We ran the ball there because we were in field-goal range and they were playing split safeties with two high and we felt like we can get a good five, six yards and be in comfortable range for Austin (MacGinnis) and we broke it for whatever, 10 or 15, and it’s a heartbreaking call,” Stoops said.