It wasn't until somebody asked Jeremy Moses if his arm was sore that he looked at the stat sheet and noticed that he'd thrown the ball 85 times.
In one game.
"I didn't feel like we'd thrown it that many times until somebody told me, then I was like, 'Holy crap!'" said Moses, the former Stephen F. Austin quarterback, who completed 57 of those passes in a double-overtime loss that saw the Lumberjacks run 116 plays.
And it was just Moses' first season under new offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson, who eventually left to take the same job at West Virginia with friend and mentor Dana Holgorsen before finally accepting the offensive coordinator opening at Kentucky in late December.
In Dawson's pass happy scheme, Moses went on to set conference career records for completions (1,184), passing yards (13,401), total offense (13,201) and touchdown passes (121).
But Kentucky's quarterbacks don't necessarily need to worry about their arms going numb from overuse.
The Dawson offense, much like the Air Raid offense from which it's rooted, has evolved since 2008.
Much of Dawson's balance has come from Holgorsen, who learned the Air Raid system under former Kentucky coach Hal Mumme.
"Different people through this tree take it and tweak it in different ways and use their little change– ups," UK Coach Mark Stoops said of his new offensive coordinator.
"What I love about Shannon and what I think him and Dana have done at West Virginia is they've really run the ball very well and have some physicality about them," Stoops continued, "but still are throwing the heck out of the ball and still very creative with the way they're doing things."
Of West Virginia's 1,020 plays in the regular season, 52 percent of them were on the ground. It's quite a flip flop from Dawson's days running the offense at Stephen F. Austin when the Lumberjacks ran the ball just 33.8 percent of the time.
Nearly 80 percent of SFA's offensive production was through the air.
Part of the change has been through being with Holgorsen, Dawson told West Virginia Illustrated, a web site devoted to covering the Mountaineers.
"He's had a good influence on me," Dawson said of his head coach.
As much fun as running 116 plays a game and throwing the ball 85 times can be to watch, it also gets predictable, he said.
"What I didn't do is I didn't make defenses play honest, I didn't make them play fair," said Dawson, whose offense was averaging 502.1 yards a game and was ninth nationally in passing offense at 314.6 yards this season before the bowl game.
"We're going to make you stop the run. That doesn't necessarily mean that we can't throw for a ton of yards, because ironically enough, you end up throwing for more. It's an evolution of the offense that occurred."
It's an evolution that excites Stoops, a defensive-minded coach, who knows how difficult it can be to stop an offense that does so many things effectively.
"When they're really rolling and doing things right, the offense is very difficult to defend," Stoops said. "The bottom line is I believe to compete in this conference you have to be physical. You have to have some balance."
'He knows what he wants'
Since joining West Virginia's staff, Dawson has been mostly responsible for coaching quarterbacks. It's still Holgorsen's offense. They plan games together, but ultimately the play calling is still done primarily by the head coach.
Stoops did his homework on Dawson, though, talking extensively to Mountaineers quarterback Clint Trickett, whose father Rick coached with Stoops at Florida State.
The younger Trickett, sidelined with an injury, is on the headset with the offensive coaches during games and offered a unique perspective on his coordinator.
"Clint is like a coach; he's going to be a coach, and he's a guy that grew up in the business," Stoops said. "He's also in the meetings when Shannon is coming in and addressing the team and things like that. I have complete confidence in the way he'll lead the team and the way he'll call plays."
For Moses, the quarterback who should've had the sore arm after playing for Dawson at Stephen F. Austin, he has no doubt that his former coordinator will be a great play caller at Kentucky.
He's already been one, Moses said.
"He's very decisive," said Moses, now the running backs coach at SFA. "He's able to get a play out there quickly and a good play at that. He's decisive about what he wants to call and he gets it to you quick. As a quarterback his decisiveness and the speed in which he gets a play to you, becomes a weapon."
There's no indecision, no hesitation, Moses said.
"He knows what he wants," the quarterback said. "When he calls a play, he already knows what he wants on the next play, for the most part."
For his part, Mumme noted that so much of the work in the Air Raid is done in the preparation, not necessarily in the play calling.
The former Cats coach noted the parallel of Mike Leach being the offensive coordinator but not the primary play caller under him at Kentucky, then going on to have a highly successful career as a play caller.
"I don't think it matters as much in our offense," the former UK coach said when asked if Dawson's lack of experience calling plays the past few seasons worried him.
"When we're rocking and rolling, the quarterback's calling the plays mostly. I'll send in a play and they'll usually check out of it anyway. The second year at Kentucky, (Tim) Couch called most of the plays. It was more of a suggestion than it was a play call."
Dawson's new boss at Kentucky said he has "no worries about him putting it together and calling plays."
A chance to get out and call plays on his own again was no doubt one of the things that lured the offensive coordinator away from his long-time friend and mentor at West Virginia to UK.
Stoops walked into a similar situation when he joined Jimbo Fisher, an offensive guru, at Florida State.
"Sink or swim: That's what it was like when I went to Florida State, and I wanted it that way," Stoops said. "It was either get it done or get fired, and that's what my situation was going to be.
"That's important for guys that are on the rise, guys that want to make a name for themselves and become a head coach someday."