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, 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...

UK QB Stephen Johnson banged up but expected to play against Ole Miss Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Stephen Johnson is banged up but Mark Stoops expects his starting quarterback to be back in the pocket when the Wildcats take on Ole Miss Saturday. “He definitely is very sore,” Stoops said. “I saw him Sunday. He was beat up. He was beat up pretty good. Johnson injured his shoulder in the third quarter but later returned and scored the decisive touchdown on on...

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...

UK’s Stoops not worried about Tennessee’s state of mind, focused on own team

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops isn’t too concerned about Tennessee’s state of mind going into Saturday’s showdown against the Volunteers at Kroger Field. The Volunteers (3-4, 0-4 Southeastern Conference) have yet to win a game in the league and haven’t scored an offensive touchdown in the last 14 quarters. The Volunteers’ defense scored the lone touchdown in a 45-7 loss at Alabama...

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...

Stoops, Wildcats hit reset button during bye week, get ready for second half of the season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops has been hitting the reset button during Kentucky’s lone bye week of the season this week. “This is the only time during the season that you really can sit back and look at the whole season. And so we did go back and we do self evaluation and see all the things we’re doing good and self-scout ourselves,” he said. “See what we’re doing good, what...

UK wide receiver, kick returner Bowden earns Freshman of the Week recognition from SEC

Kentucky freshman wide receiver/kick returner Lynn Bowden Jr., was named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week it was announced by the league on Monday. Bowden, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, led UK with 128 all-purpose yards in the Wildcats’ 40-34 win over Missouri on Saturday. He caught three passes for 49 yards, with all three catches going for first downs on UK scoring drives. Lynn Bowden...

Keith Taylor: Make no mistake, Kentucky players elated to reach halfway mark at 5-1

Kentucky’s players aren’t paying much attention to some of the negativity going into open week. They’re happy to be within one game of bowl eligibility with six games left. The Wildcats have won five games in their first six encounters and in third place in the current Southeastern Conference standings. The five wins were by a combined margin of 38 points, including a 40-34 triumph over Missouri...

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...

Kentucky football pregame concert series continues Saturday featuring Magnolia Vale

Magnolia Vale will take the stage as part of the Kentucky Football Pregame Concert Series on Saturday, playing before UK hosts Missouri in a night game at Kroger Field. The concert will take place on the stage in the plaza outside Gate 12 of Kroger Field. Magnolia Vale will play immediately following the Cat Walk presented by Chevy, which is set to begin at 5:15 p.m. Bradford BBQ and Mad Mike’s...

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...