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UK coach Mark Stoops says Josh Paschal’s leadership giving Wildcats a big lift on defense

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky coach Mark Stoops hasn’t been surprised by Josh Paschal’s leadership this season. “He is an amazing individual,” Stoops said Monday. “… Josh has been through some tough situations and to see him come out on the other side is also inspirational.” Nearly two years removed from a cancer scare, Paschal had an interception and just missed scoring a touchdown...

Marshall remains unbeaten with 38-14 victory at Western Kentucky in C-USA showdown

Marshall built a 28-0 halftime lead Saturday night and coasted to a 38-14 win over Western Kentucky in a Conference USA showdown in Bowling Green. Brenden Knox scored three touchdowns in the first half for the unbeaten Thundering Herd (3-0, 1-0 C-USA) and finished with 107 yards rushing on 15 carries. Knox opened the scoring with a 45-yard touchdown run just 38 seconds into the game. He added two more...

Billy Reed: The ‘fellowship of the miserable’ is watching to see what’s next for Stoops

After the Kentucky Wildcats posted another of their signature come-from-ahead losses a week ago yesterday, this time a 42-41 overtime defeat to an Ole Miss team they led by 14 in the third quarter, the fan base spent the week moaning, groaning, finger-pointing, whining, and lamenting their historic bad luck. But I liked the Wildcat fan who found a silver lining in the debacle. He said he didn’t mind...

UK defense shuts down Mississippi State Air Raid attack in 24-2 victory on Saturday night

KyForward staff The University of Kentucky defense literally intercepted a victory Saturday night against Mississippi State’s vaunted Air Raid offense. UK picked off six passes — including an 8-yard interception return for a touchdown from Jordan Wright in the fourth quarter — during a 24-2 victory over Mississippi State at Kroger Field. The Wildcat defense intercepted Bulldog starting quarterback...

Western Kentucky plays host to unbeaten Marshall in Conference USA showdown on Saturday night

Western Kentucky University plays host to unbeaten Marshall at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Bowling Green. The Thundering Herd enter that contest with a 2-0 record, while WKU is 1-2. Marshall freshman quarterback Grant Wells, who has generated considerable buzz with his play through two games, is 27 for 48 for 470 yards and four touchdowns against one interception. He also has 12 carries and 73 yards with...

Louisville offense on hot seat as Cards seek complete performance on road against Georgia Tech

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Going into the season, if there was one area on the University of Louisville football team that appeared to be sound and poised for another big year it was the explosive offense, which returned 10 starters from a unit that finished in the top 30 nationally in total offense, scoring and rushing. It was the defense that was considered suspect, and those doubts looked legitimate...

Frederick Douglass to meet Lexington Christian in mythical city championship showdown on Friday

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter An improbable meeting between Frederick Douglass and Lexington Christian is set to take place on Friday for what many are hailing as the mythical city championship in Lexington. A tweet by William Warfield on the PrepSpin Twitter account on Oct. 1 saying he would love to see the “dream match” was a precursor to the game finally being scheduled — thanks...

Despite 0-2 start, Stoops working to build on positives as UK prepares for Mississippi State

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky While an 0-2 start is not what Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops and his team were hoping for, it’s also not as bad as it might seem to those who have only seen the team’s scores without watching the games. Stoops and his staff are not searching for a lot of answers. They feel like the Cats are close and that once they get some things cleaned up, the...

Louisville coaches encouraged by defensive improvement; Cardinals prepare for Georgia Tech

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Louisville’s struggling football team will try to snap a two-game losing skid when it meets Georgia Tech on Friday in Atlanta, but coming off back-to-back defeats to Miami (Fla.) and Pittsburgh, at least the Cardinals have one aspect of their situation to feel upbeat about. 
Courtesy of the only bright spot in last week’s 23-20 loss to the Panthers, Louisville...

WKU pulls out 20-17 win at Middle Tennessee State; Houston Baptist holds on for 33-30 win at EKU

KyForward staff Western Kentucky University began Conference USA play on Saturday by pulling out a 20-17 road victory at Middle Tennessee State. WKU quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome threw two touchdowns passes, including an 11-yard scoring toss to Joshua Simon for a 20-10 lead with six minutes left in the game. Middle Tennessee (0-4) responded by scoring a touchdown with 2:07 remaining, but WKU recovered...

Billy Reed: Remembering Lexington native and former Los Angeles Dodger Lou Johnson

Although I hadn’t seen Lou Johnson for years, I still considered him a friend, mostly because we shared a special time in our lives. This would have been the mid-1960s, when Lou was playing baseball for the Los Angeles Dodgers and I was an aspiring sportswriter in his hometown of Lexington. I made sure he got properly recognized by the afternoon Lexington Leader. Apparently his family never forgot...

Lack of execution at ‘critical moments’ proves costly for Kentucky during 42-41 overtime loss to Ole Miss

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky ran every which way but loose, but it wasn’t enough to carry the Wildcats to victory Saturday in the home opener against Mississippi. An extra point in overtime was the difference as Ole Miss escaped with a 42-41 win over Kentucky, giving Lane Kiffin his first victory as head coach of the Rebels. The Wildcats fell to 0-2 on the season and will seek their first...

UK’s Gran says short tenure under Kiffin at Tennessee ‘one of the scariest times’ of his life

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran doesn’t remember much about his one-year tenure at Tennessee. Following 14 years on Tommy Tuberville’s staff at Auburn, Gran spent one season at Tennessee, a brief stint, that turned out to be “one of the scariest times” of his life. “I didn’t know anybody real well on that staff.” said Gran, who...

Fields set for three Grade 1 races on Saturday in Keeneland’s prestigious Fall Stars Weekend

Agave Racing Stable, ERJ Racing, Madaket Stables and Rockin Robin Racing Stable’s Bowies Hero will attempt to become the third horse to win the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) in consecutive years when he faces 10 rivals Saturday in the 35th running of the $750,000 race at Keeneland. The Shadwell Turf Mile is one of five graded stakes on Saturday’s 11-race program that begins at 1:05 p.m. ET. The Shadwell...

Jamie Vaught: Former UK Dance Team members now cheerleaders for Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts

Two former members of the University of Kentucky Dance Team – Savannah Guzman and Brooklynn Mitchell – are still cheering like crazy. After four years of cheering the Wildcats, the UK graduates recently have been selected as an NFL cheerleader. Guzman is now with the Atlanta Falcons, while Mitchell is with the Indianapolis Colts. Guzman – who is from London, Ky., where she was a cheerleader at...

Calipari says date set for UK-Louisville game; UK coach has other options if Mack, UofL opt out

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The date and time is set for Kentucky’s annual rivalry game with Louisville this season. “We have the date and the time and unless that changes, if they choose not to play, then we’ll plug in another team,” Kentucky head coach John Calipari said. “We already had that team set. So, where we are, you guys know I like to be ahead of this. You’re not going...

UK faces big challenge of stopping high-powered Ole Miss offense on Saturday in home opener

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky A week after encountering the fast-paced Auburn offense, Kentucky faces another challenge this Saturday as the Wildcats meet Ole Miss and its high-powered attack in the home opener at 4 p.m. Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin and his offenses have always been able to put up big numbers, and that doesn’t look to change as he takes over in Oxford. In Saturday’s...

Stoops: UK mistakes in loss at Auburn ‘very noticeable,’ but correctable as Ole Miss is next

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky doesn’t have much time to dwell on what went wrong in the season opener last weekend at Auburn. After reviewing film from a 29-13 loss to Auburn, UK head coach Mark Stoops said the team’s two turnovers — an interception and a fumble — were “very noticeable” and added “we have to get that corrected” going into Saturday’s home opener against Mississippi. Stoops...

EKU plays host to high-scoring Houston Baptist in home opener Saturday at Roy Kidd Stadium

Eastern Kentucky University plays its first home game of the season on Saturday when Houston Baptist visits Roy Kidd Stadium. Kickoff for the Breast Cancer Awareness Game is scheduled for 3 p.m. This is the first meeting between the two football programs. EKU is 1-2 going into Saturday, while Houston Baptist is 0-3. Parker McKinney threw for 274 yards and four touchdown passes on Saturday to lead...

North Laurel dedicates game to fallen teammate, posts 47-14 win over crosstown rival South Laurel

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter Less than a week after a tragic accident took the life of a teammate and sidelined another, North Laurel easily defeated crosstown rival South Laurel, 47-14, in the First Priority Bowl game in London. North Laurel fell behind South Laurel early as the Cardinals scored three minutes into the game. But it was all Jaguars from there as North Laurel (2-1) scored...