Jeff Badet would've been smiling if he could've caught his breath.
The Kentucky wide receiver had just laid out to catch a 36-yard touchdown in the end zone to tie the game against Eastern Kentucky.
But he happened to land on the exact same rib he'd bruised three games before that at South Carolina.
When he started to make the dive for the ball, he didn't even ponder the pain that was sure to come.
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"I just want to be able to catch the ball and then I'll worry about what happens after the fact," said Badet, who didn't go back in the game at the time because of the bruised rib, which has since healed.
For the first time all season, those big catches didn't come for Badet and UK's wide receivers in the loss to Mississippi State.
In fact, for the first game this season, Kentucky's offense didn't throw multiple passes for more than 25-plus yards. It didn't even have one. The Cats' longest passing play of the night was for 22 yards to tight end C.J. Conrad.
The Bulldogs were respecting the big-play potential and playing two safeties back, which forced UK to go underneath for shorter passes and runs most of the game.
But that could change against Tennessee on Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium. The Volunteers have been the most vulnerable team in the league to the big play.
Tennessee has allowed 34 plays of 20 yards or more, most in the Southeastern Conference, 17 plays for 30 yards or more and 11 plays for 40 yards or more. They've given up five plays for 50 yards. All are league highs.
So guys like Badet — one of seven different Kentucky players to catch a pass for 25 yards or more this season — could get their chance at a big play again.
Those huge yardage plays, which include long runs for players like Boom Williams and Jojo Kemp, have been key for UK this season.
"Those big chunk plays really, really help," quarterback Patrick Towles said. "They take the air out of the defense and they give us confidence for sure."
Kentucky's 40 different plays of 20 yards or more this season are tied for second in the league and 33rd in the nation. Twenty seven of those 40 have been against SEC opponents.
Tennessee's coaches have noticed that the Cats' potential fire power.
And they're wary of it.
"Very, very, very explosive on offense," Coach Butch Jones said on Monday of the UK offense, which is averaging 385.8 yards a game against SEC opponents.
"They can score anytime they get the ball. They can score anywhere on the field. They do a great job distributing the football, running the football."
Jones, who recruited Towles when he was head coach at Cincinnati, knows what the quarterback is capable of, especially those big pass plays.
"He throws the deep ball very, very well," Jones said. "He has good velocity behind his ball and he makes the throw with awkward body positions even when the play breaks down. ... It's going to be a great challenge for us."
Badet, UK's wide out, said he knew that Kentucky's big-play potential had caught opposing defense's eyes when he heard a Mississippi State coach yell at his corner to back up when he saw him positioned on Badet in single coverage.
"He said, 'That's No. 13,'" Badet recalled. "Back up!"
And if Badet can't make the big play, he hopes it will free things up for players like Williams.
"It really helps our running game having those guys respect that we've got speed and we can beat man coverage, so it's backing them up and hopefully opening holes," Badet said.