Kentucky coach Mark Stoops still wary of Louisville despite Cardinals’ struggles this season

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and the Wildcats will conclude the regular-season against instate rival Louisville Saturday at Kroger Field. Kickoff is set for noon. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today If you ask Mark Stoops, Louisville remains one of the top teams in the country. Although the Cardinals bring a 7-4 mark into Saturday’s Governor’s Cup showdown against the Wildcats, Stoops...

Wildcats can’t contain Georgia backfield in 42-13 loss to seventh-ranked Bulldogs

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and the Wildcats take on Louisville Saturday in Lexington (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Nick Chubb and Sony Michel rushed for 238 yards and five touchdowns to lead No. 7 Georgia to a 42-13 win over Kentucky Saturday in Athens. The Bulldogs (10-1, 7-1) clinched the Southeastern Conference Eastern division title and will take on the winner of next week’s...

Smart, No. 7 Georgia expecting a tough, physical encounter against Wildcats

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and the Wildcats are looking to snap a seven-game losing streak to Georgia Saturday when the two SEC East rivals meet in Athens. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kirby Smart has taken note of how the atmosphere has changed at Kentucky. Although Georgia yanked out 27-24 victory over the Wildcats on a last-second field goal at Kroger Field last year, Smart...

Stoops pleased with Kentucky’s progress in bounce-back games this season

Kentucky’s Denzil Ware was named SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Week, following his performance in a 44-21 win at Vandy last weekend. (Chet White|UK Athletics) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops has never had an issue with his team’s performance coming off a loss this season. The Wildcats improved to 3-0 in bounce-back games with a 44-21 win over Vanderbilt last weekend. “When asked...

Cats bounce back, roll past Vandy for seventh victory of the season

Kentucky running back Benny Snell rushed for 116 yards and three touchdowns in the Wildcats’ 44-21 rout of Vanderbilt Saturday in Nashville. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today For the first time in eight years, Kentucky defeated Vanderbilt in Nashville. The Wildcats not only got a rare victory in Music City, but beat the Commodores soundly Saturday. Kentucky (7-3, 4-3 Southeastern...

Stoops expecting another close encounter against Commodores Saturday in Nashville

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops is 2-2 against Vanderbilt and has yet to defeat the Commodores in Nashville, where the Wildcats haven’t won in eight years. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Vanderbilt is winless in the Southeastern Conference. Although the Commodores are 0-5 in the league, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops expects a close encounter Saturday in Nashville. “Like always,...

Stoops sees silver lining ahead for Wildcats amid disappointing loss to Ole Miss

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops answers questions during his weekly press conference Monday. The Wildcats take on Vanderbilt at 4 p.m. Saturday in Nashville. (Keith Taylor/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops admitted last Saturday’s 37-34 loss to Mississippi wasn’t easy to swallow, but after reviewing the loss on film, Stoops feels better about his team’s chances going into...

Heartbreak: Kentucky’s late rally comes up short in 37-34 loss to Ole Miss

Kentucky’s C.J. Conrad makes a gain following a catch in a 37-34 loss to Ole Miss Saturday night at Kroger Field. The loss dropped the Wildcats to 6-3 on the season. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It took a comeback for Kentucky to defeat Tennessee last week. The Wildcats couldn’t duplicate the feat again Saturday night. Mississippi quarterback Jordan Ta’amu’s 7-yard...

Stoops, Wildcats expecting a close encounter against struggling Mississippi Saturday

Benny Snell and the Wildcats take on Ole Miss at Kroger Field Saturday to open the November portion of the schedule. Kentucky is seeking its seventh win of the season. (Photo by UK Athletics) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops isn’t expecting an easy encounter against struggling Mississippi on Saturday. “We expect a great game from Ole Miss,” he said. “They have very talented players...

Kentucky rallies for rare 29-26 victory over rival Tennessee to reach bowl eligibility

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Benny Snell fumbled the ball away in his first carry against Tennessee Saturday night. He more than made up for the miscue, rushing for season-high 180 yards and three touchdowns in an 29-26 triumph over Tennessee. The victory gave the Wildcats their second over the Volunteers in the past six years. Kentucky ended a 26-game losing streak to Tennessee with a 10-7 win here...

Stoops confident Cats can bounce back from blowout loss against Volunteers

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops isn’t worried about how his team will respond after a dismal 45-7 blowout loss at Mississippi State last weekend and has every reason to believe Kentucky will fare better against Tennessee Saturday. “I think we have good leaders,” Stoops said during his weekly press conference Monday. “I have no reason to believe we won’t respond and bounce back.” Kentucky...

UK can’t contain Fitzgerald in lopsided loss at Mississippi State

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky had no answers for Nick Fitzgerald. The Mississippi State quarterback rushed for 115 yards and threw for 155 more to lead the Bulldogs to a 45-7 win over the Wildcats Saturday in Starkville. Fitzgerald rushed for a pair of touchdowns and zig-zagged his way through Kentucky’s defense, which surrendered 441 yards, including 282 yards rushing against the Bulldogs,...

Rested Wildcats eager to open second half of the season with SEC match at Mississippi State

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops can’t wait to get back on the field. “It seems like it’s been a while,” the Kentucky coach said Thursday. “Obviously it has been. We’re anxious to get going, get on that plane (Friday) and head to Mississippi.” Kentucky running back Benny Snell and the Wildcats play at Mississippi State Saturday, the team’s third road game of the season....

Doctor’s Orders: Stoops says his Wildcats are rested and healthy heading into second half

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is finally healthy and rested up for the next six weeks. “It’s been a good off week,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said Monday during his weekly press conference. “Our players needed it. We added some rest. (We) got healthy, we were able to do some self-scout (and) get ahead on Mississippi State.” Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops said his team got...

Cats show toughness late, use fake punt, two late field goals to overcome gritty Missouri

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky drained the fuel tank and will spend the next two weeks refueling following a tougher-than-expected 40-34 win over Missouri Saturday night at Kroger Field. The Wildcats (5-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) defeated the Tigers (1-4, 0-3) for the third straight time and pulled to within one game of bowl eligibility with six games remaining in the regular season....

Full speed ahead: Cats will be running on a full tank against struggling SEC foe Missouri Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The tank is full and Kentucky is prepared to empty it against Missouri Saturday before refueling for the second half of the season during next week’s open date. The Wildcats (4-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) begin a stretch of six straight league games against the struggling Tigers, who are coming off a much-needed bye week following three consecutive setbacks. UK...

Stoops: Lack of protection and aggressiveness on offensive line a big concern

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops knows his team has some “work to do” when the Wildcats return to Southeastern Conference play against Missouri Saturday, the last of three straight road games. The main point of emphasis for Kentucky (4-1, 1-1 ) following a closer-than-expected 24-20 victory over Eastern Michigan last week will be shoring up an offensive line that surrendered five sacks...

Keith Taylor: Close games or blowouts, Wildcats will gladly take wins any way they can

Josh Allen doesn’t mind close games. “We love them.” the Kentucky linebacker said following Kentucky’s 24-20 win over Eastern Michigan Saturday at Kroger Field. “A win is a win, I don’t care how we get them as long was we come out with a win.” Kentucky’s players are building their confidence by winning close games so far this season (UK Athletics Photo) Allen was noncommittal when...

Stoops, Wildcats are eager to continue winning ways following Florida letdown

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops doesn’t want his team to change much going into Saturday aftenoon’s contest against Eastern Michigan. Coming off a disappointing 28-27 loss to Florida last week, Stoops wants the Wildcats to take the same approach that led to three straight victories and a near-upset of the Gators. Stoops is confident the Wildcats will rebound from last week’s setback...

UK’s Northington overcame injury, loss of friend to break color barrier in the SEC

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Nate Northington didn’t make an immediate impact at the University of Kentucky. Instead, he made a historic contribution that changed the landscape of college football, especially in the Southeastern Conference, forever. It will be 50 years ago Saturday when Northington broke the color barrier in the league when the Wildcats played Ole Miss at Stoll Field in Lexington....