There's a quiet moment amid the roar of 61,000 blue-clad fans.
It's a moment shared between a grandfather and his grandson.
That grandfather happens to be a former U.S. senator and Hall of Fame pitcher, and that grandson happens to be the Kentucky quarterback.
But it's still mostly just a moment between a grandfather and grandson.
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"He sits right behind us, right there in the front row, so I usually go talk to him for about 15 seconds before each game," UK's Patrick Towles said of his maternal grandfather, Jim Bunning.
When the talks take place far away from the roar of Commonwealth Stadium, they are much longer and more detailed, and Towles can compare notes with his grandfather about what it's like to have every move scrutinized, every decision dissected.
"He's been through everything possibly that could be in Congress and the Senate, and the House, and Major League Baseball," Towles said of his grandfather.
And what have those talks yielded?
"There's always going to be people who want to see you fail, and the higher up you get, the more people care about it," the UK quarterback concluded.
Watching and learning from Bunning probably has helped Towles navigate the choppy waters of being a Kentucky kid and starting quarterback for the state's flagship university.
But as Towles has learned, not much can prepare a person for that.
"You want to convince yourself that you know what it's going to be like, but you can't," he said Tuesday, a few days after he helped UK bounce back from a 14-point deficit with seven minutes to go and top Eastern Kentucky 34-27 in overtime.
The game was kind of a microcosm of Towles' inconsistencies since winning the quarterback position last fall. In the first half, the junior completed 52.6 percent of his passes, with two interceptions, as the offense sputtered.
In the second half, Towles led the Cats on three straight scoring drives. He completed 82.6 percent of his passes, connecting on 19 of 23.
Those throws, those huge throws, including the game-tying pass to Dorian Baker on a fade route on fourth-and-3, are the reason Kentucky's coaches offered a high vote of confidence for the junior quarterback from Fort Thomas as the Cats prepare to face Auburn on Thursday at Commonwealth Stadium,
"The kid has made some big boy plays this year. Huge," offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson said of Towles, who is second in the Southeastern Conference in passing plays of 20 or more yards, with 22. He has nine plays for 30-plus yards.
Dawson and head coach Mark Stoops have fielded questions from fans and media alike about replacing Towles.
And both made it clear Tuesday that this bye week would not be spent reassessing the quarterback position.
"I think it's pretty clear where I'm at on it, or we would've made some changes during the game," Stoops said of calls for backup Drew Barker to get in the game. "I'm very glad I didn't, because I like the result, I like the outcome of that game."
Does Towles need to get more consistent?
"Absolutely," Stoops said. "Just like every other position on our team."
Part of the reason for Towles' inconsistencies rests on his fellow inconsistent teammates in a young offense that didn't play a single senior on Saturday.
"There's a lot of things that go into it," Stoops said. "Nobody likes to talk about those things anymore. It's always on the quarterback. That's what I told the team: Fortunately we won the game or there would've been a big bull's-eye on a lot of people, and starting with me."
Dawson said he's never waffled in his support of Towles, who is sixth in the league in passing yards per game with 230.6 and seventh in completion percentage at 61.5.
The offensive coordinator described as impressive the throw Towles made while running to his right and throwing the ball across his body to find Blake Bone nearly 40 yards away.
"I haven't been around too many people who can make that throw," Dawson said.
He wondered aloud when people would stop picking apart the quarterback: "I don't understand where all the question marks come from; they're definitely not from me."
Towles was happy to hear he had his coaches' seal of approval, noting that they're the only voices he listens to about football.
"If I'm not getting it done, then I expect as with any other position that there should be a change," Towles said. "I'm a Kentucky fan, and if I'm not the person that's going to make this team the best it is, then I don't need to play."
And in the meantime, he'll look into the crowd for a fellow Kentucky fan who understands the scrutiny even better than the quarterback does.