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‘Great challenge’ awaits Stoops, Wildcats in Southeastern Conference opener at Florida

A.J. Rose rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns in Kentucky’s 35-20 win over Central Michigan last Saturday at Kroger Field. The Wildcats take on Florida at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Gainesville. (Kentucky Today/Bill Thiry) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s decades-long losing streak to Florida nearly ended last season. It took a last-second touchdown aided by a defensive error in the...

Florida’s Dan Mullen impressed with Cats, sees no panic in Stoops’ squad

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Dan Mullen was impressed with Kentucky’s comeback win over Central Michigan and likes the way the Wildcats fought through adversity in the Wildcats’ season-opener last week. “You look at Kentucky and what Mark (Stoops) has done there, and you look, even at game one, you see what kind of team they are,” he said. “They fall behind in game one, in the...

Stoops looks ahead as Cats seek an end to 31-year losing skid to Gators

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and the Wildcats have lost 31 straight games to Southeastern Conference East rival Florida. Stoops is 0-5 against the Gators. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky hasn’t beaten Florida in more than three decades. It’s a losing streak that has featured several close calls in the past 31 years including a 28-27 setback last year at Kroger Field. Despite...

Kentucky must make a giant leap to topple Gators in Southeastern Conference opener

Kentucky linebacker Jamar “Boogie” Watson tackles Jonathan Ward during a 35-20 win over the Chippewas Saturday at Kroger Field. (Kentucky Today/Bill Thiry) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today In order for Kentucky to end a long winless streak against Florida, the Wildcats must make a giant leap from the first week to the second one. Not that the opener was full of doom and gloom, but Central...

Keith Taylor: Stoops hopeful UK can avoid second-half meltdown and reach postseason

The last six games of the season haven’t been kind to Mark Stoops during the past two years. The Kentucky coach hopes the string of bad luck comes to an end starting Saturday. Of the team’s 14 losses during the past two years, 11 of those occurred during the second half of the season, costing the Wildcats a shot at bowl eligibility each of the two seasons. Kentucky receiver Jeff Badet keeps his...

Keith Taylor: Stoops confident Cats can duplicate road success at Mississippi State

Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott escapes Kentucky’s A.J. Stamps during the Bulldogs’ 45-31 win over the Wildcats last year at Commonwealth Stadium. The two teams meet in a 7:30 p.m. kickoff Saturday in Starkville (Glenn Morris Photo)   Kentucky has yet to lose a road game this season. They will try to keep that streak going while attempting to end another one Saturday at Mississippi...

Jamie Vaught: Despite loss to No. 1 Bulldogs, Towles is becoming a star on national scene

In 1997 we had Heisman Trophy candidate Peyton Manning of No. 5 Tennessee and Tim Couch of unranked Kentucky in a passing shootout, tossing for nearly 1,000 yards at Commonwealth Stadium.   In 2014 we had Heisman Trophy candidate Dak Prescott of top-ranked Mississippi State and Patrick Towles of unranked Kentucky in a combined passing/running attack, gunning for nearly 800 yards at Commonwealth...