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Wildcats go to Lynn Bowden in come-from-behind win over Razorbacks to end three-game slide

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops put the ball in Lynn Bowden’s hands and the Wildcats ran with it, ending a three-game losing streak with a 24-20 win over Arkansas Saturday night. Stoops and his staff made the decision to make a switch at quarterback to give Sawyer Smith more time to heal in preparation for the remainder of the season. Bowden, who also fielded a punt return, rushed for...

Veteran forward Nick Richards excited for upcoming season, ready to step into leadership role for Cats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Nick Richards is more than excited about the upcoming season than his first two seasons with the Wildcats and his goals haven’t changed, either. “One of the goals when I came in was to win a national championship, and that’s one of my goals this season,” he said. “I don’t feel any pressure at all. I know I have a good team that’s behind me. I know I can...

Kentucky freshman guard Tyrese Maxey going after his piece of the bone against veteran Ashton Hagans

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Tyrese Maxey is always smiling but don’t let that grin fool you. Although an upbeat and personable player, the freshman guard hasn’t backed down from anyone on the team, especially veteran sidekick Ashton Hagans. “It’s like two dogs and one bone,” he said. “Two pit bulls going at it … that’s how I describe it. We’re both very competitive and we don’t...

Rupp Arena unveils new upper arena chair-back seating ahead of Friday night’s Big Blue Madness

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today A sea of blue is now deeper at Rupp Arena. On Tuesday, the upper arena chair-back seats were unveiled ahead of Friday night’s Big Blue Madness.  Chair-back seats have replaced bleachers in sections 211 through 217 and sections 228 through 234.  Bleachers will remain in sections 218 – 227 and 235 – 244. Rupp Arena’s new capacity is now 20,545 for basketball,...

Stoops, Wildcats eager to get back on the field, end three-game slide as they face Razorbacks Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today A bye week did Kentucky some good last week. Coming off three consecutive losses, including a 24-7 loss at South Carolina nearly two weeks ago, the Wildcats took advantage of an open date to get healthy for the remainder of the season, a stretch of games that includes five home contests, including a regular-season finale against instate rival Louisville. “We needed...

John Calipari reflects on first decade at Kentucky, sets sights on second tour of duty with Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari’s first tour of duty at Kentucky is over. The Kentucky coach is set for his second decade as coach of the Wildcats and the Hall of Fame coach reflected on his first 10 years on Tuesday. “It’s been a pretty good run,” he said. “Tthis is the second tour, let’s see what happens now. That, what happened for those 10 years are done.” That...

Struggling Wildcats fail to get back on track in Saturday’s 24-7 loss to South Carolina in Columbia

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today A rocky ride got a little bumpier for Kentucky following a 24-7 loss to South Carolina Saturday night. Still trying to find themselves after losing veteran quarterback Terry Wilson for the season in a 38-17 win over Eastern Michigan on Sept. 7, the Wildcats are still struggling to score and the issues continue to mount. Kentucky scored 97 points in its first three games...

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops gets team’s attention, says Cats are locked in on South Carolina

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops got the attention of his football team this week. Mired in a two-game losing streak and coming off a disappointing 28-13 loss to Mississippi State last week, Stoops liked the way his team responded in practice this week ahead of Saturday’s contest at South Carolina. “We had their attention,” Stoops said Thursday. “They were very attentive and trying...

As Wildcats and Gamecocks both look for first SEC win, the two teams share some similarities

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky and South Carolina haven’t won a Southeastern Conference game this season, but that will change when the two teams meet Saturday in Columbia. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops termed the Gamecocks as the best 1-3 team in the nation earlier this week and much like the Wildcats, South Carolina is trying to find its way after losing their starting quarterback. Ryan Hilinski...

Stoops says Wildcats aren’t ‘falling into a losing mentality’ after loss in conference opener

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and the Wildcats aren’t in a state of panic after opening Southeastern Conference play with two straight losses. The Kentucky coach assured the team’s fan base — mostly critics — of better days ahead following losses to Florida and Mississippi State, respectively. He said the thought of naysayers giving up on the team four weeks into...

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops sees silver lining, shares blame following Cats’ loss in Starkville

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops found a silver lining in his team’s 28-13 loss at Mississippi State on Saturday but took the blame for his poor start against the Bulldogs. “(I) didn’t feel like we played very good football in any phase,” Stoops said. “I didn’t see signs of that during the week, but obviously I didn’t have them ready to play and come into an environment like...

Kentucky senior Kash Daniel expected to play Saturday despite controversial play against Florida

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kash Daniel is expected to play Saturday when Kentucky takes on Mississippi State in Starkville. Earlier this week, a video posted on Twitter by WYMT in Hazard, showed the senior Kentucky linebacker allegedly gripping Florida quarterback Kyle Trask’s ankle following a two-point version attempt in the fourth quarter. Kash Daniel reacts after intercepting a pass against...

Kentucky’s running game faring well through first three games despite the loss of Benny Snell Jr.

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today How is Kentucky faring without Benny Snell? Through the first three games, the Wildcats rank No. 6 in the Southeastern Conference in rushing offense, averaging 185 yards per game. Most of that success can be attributed to an experienced offensive line. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops was pleased with the team’s running attack in a 29-21 loss to Florida. Kavosiey Smoke collected...

Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead says Wildcats, Bulldogs not desperate, but both need a win

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead thinks Kentucky isn’t the same team without Terry Wilson but he was impressed with backup quarterback Sawyer Smith’s performance against Florida last week. “He is a little bit different from the Terry Wilson kid,” Moorhead said earlier this week. I think (Smith) is a little more passer than a runner but is a guy who can beat...

Kentucky moves past disappointing loss to Gators, set sights on Saturday’s matchup with Bulldogs

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has already moved past Florida. The next step is getting his players focused on the first road game of the season. “That’s a big focus this week,” Stoops said Monday. “I talk about each situation every week and moving on to Mississippi State, we don’t have much time to dwell on (the loss). Next man up, the next battle, the next punch...

Kentucky falters down the stretch, can’t hold lead in tough loss to ninth-ranked Florida Gators

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky ended a 31-game losing skid to Florida last season, but starting a streak of their own proved to be a difficult task for the Wildcats in a 29-21 setback to the ninth-ranked Gators Saturday night. Florida (3-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) scored 19 unanswered — all in the fourth quarter — after its starting quarterback Feleipe Franks went down with an injury...

UK’s Sawyer Smith ‘good to go’ ahead of Saturday’s debut as starting quarterback against Florida

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Sawyer Smith is set for his debut as Kentucky’s starting quarterback. “I”m getting comfortable out there with the game plan,” Smith said Wednesday. “I’m throwing it to everybody and I’m good to go.” Previously a backup, the Troy transfer was thrust into the starting role after veteran Terry Wilson suffered a season-ending knee injury in the Wildcats’...

Noted pass rusher Xavier Peters cleared to play, giving Kentucky a boost on defensive side of the ball

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It took a while, but Xavier Peters got the answer he was looking for on Tuesday. The Kentucky outside linebacker and Florida State transfer was cleared to play this season and will have four years remaining. Peters appeared in two games with the Seminoles last year and preserved a season of eligibility. Xavier Peters was cleared to play for the Wildcats Tuesday and will...

SEC releases television schedule; All UK basketball games to be televised as part of ESPN package

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Southeastern Conference unveiled its television conference schedule on Tuesday and every game will be on national television. All of the team’s games are part of a package offered by ESPN, including the SEC Network. Kentucky will open the conference schedule against Missouri at 2 p.m. on Jan. 4, followed by a road encounter at Georgia set for 9 p.m. on Jan. 7 on...

Stoops confident backup quarterback Sawyer Smith can pick up where injured Terry Wilson left off

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops isn’t concerned about his football team after starting quarterback Terry Wilson went down with a season-ending knee injury in a 38-17 win over Eastern Michigan last weekend. Stoops is confident in backup Sawyer Smith’s ability to lead the Wildcats and the former Troy signal-caller will get his first start with the Wildcats against ninth-ranked Florida...