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Unbeaten after five games for the first time since 1990, EKU set to host Eastern Illinois

Fresh off a 31-0 shutout over Ohio Valley Conference foe Austin Peay Saturday, the Eastern Kentucky University football team moved up in the national polls to No. 16 in the FCS Coaches Poll and No. 17 in the Sports Network Media Poll.   Eastern (5-0, 2-0 OVC) is one of just seven remaining undefeated teams at the FCS level. The other undefeated teams are Charleston Southern (5-0), Coastal Carolina...

Would a proposed play-clock rule change
force Kentucky’s Air Raid offense to slow?

Would Kentucky offensive coordinator Neal Brown’s offense be threatened by a proposed rule change to stifle fast offenses? (Photo by James Pennington)   The NCAA Football Rules Committee proposed two new rules at its meeting in Indianapolis that concluded Wednesday. One made sense—to eliminate a 15-yard penalty for targeting if the mandatory video review of the play overturns a player’s...

Would a proposed play-clock rule change force Kentucky's Air Raid offense to slow?

Would Kentucky offensive coordinator Neal Brown’s offense be threatened by a proposed rule change to stifle fast offenses? (Photo by James Pennington)   The NCAA Football Rules Committee proposed two new rules at its meeting in Indianapolis that concluded Wednesday. One made sense—to eliminate a 15-yard penalty for targeting if the mandatory video review of the play overturns a player’s...

Kentucky falls 27-14 to Volunteers in finale, capping Stoops’ first season with 2-10 record

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops finished his first season as the Wildcats’ coach with a 2-10 record, which the Wildcats’ 27-14 loss to Tennessee finalized Saturday. (Photo by James Pennington)   When Mark Stoops accepted the Kentucky head coaching job last November, he acknowledged times would be trying while he and his staff rebuilt the program. The first season, presumably his toughest...

Kentucky falls 27-14 to Volunteers in finale, capping Stoops' first season with 2-10 record

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops finished his first season as the Wildcats’ coach with a 2-10 record, which the Wildcats’ 27-14 loss to Tennessee finalized Saturday. (Photo by James Pennington)   When Mark Stoops accepted the Kentucky head coaching job last November, he acknowledged times would be trying while he and his staff rebuilt the program. The first season, presumably his toughest...

Kentucky Wildcats fall to 0-7 in SEC play
with 59-17 loss Saturday to Georgia

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops (Photo by James Pennington)   Jalen Whitlow suffered a stinger, Jojo Kemp was carried off the field, and Kentucky’s performance reflected the attrition on the field. The Georgia Bulldogs topped Kentucky 59-17 in Athens, Ga., on Saturday night.   The Wildcats (2-9, 0-7) lost all four of their SEC road games in their first season under head coach Mark Stoops...

Kentucky's defense not enough in 22-6 loss to Vanderbilt as Stoops' first season nears end

Kentucky wide receiver Javess Blue is tackled during the Wildcats’ 22-6 loss to Vanderbilt on Saturday. (Photo by James Pennington)   NASHVILLE — As time runs out on Kentucky’s season, Mark Stoops’ first as coach and the last for some of the players who have carried the performance on the field, so mounts the frustration of two years’ worth of SEC losses; so gets heavier the emotion...

Kentucky’s defense not enough in 22-6 loss
to Vanderbilt as Stoops’ first season nears end

Kentucky wide receiver Javess Blue is tackled during the Wildcats’ 22-6 loss to Vanderbilt on Saturday. (Photo by James Pennington)   NASHVILLE — As time runs out on Kentucky’s season, Mark Stoops’ first as coach and the last for some of the players who have carried the performance on the field, so mounts the frustration of two years’ worth of SEC losses; so gets heavier the emotion...

Wildcats can't sustain fast first quarter, fall 48-17 to Green-Beckham and No. 8 Missouri

Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow was hit in the second quarter of the Wildcats’ 48-17 loss to Missouri on Saturday. (Photo by James Pennington)   Kentucky got on the board first Saturday against No. 8 Missouri, kicking a field goal and recovering a fumble on the ensuing kickoff. The Tigers answered by scoring the next 28 points, and that was that. Missouri won 48-17. [widgets_on_pages...

Wildcats can’t sustain fast first quarter, fall 48-17 to Green-Beckham and No. 8 Missouri

Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow was hit in the second quarter of the Wildcats’ 48-17 loss to Missouri on Saturday. (Photo by James Pennington)   Kentucky got on the board first Saturday against No. 8 Missouri, kicking a field goal and recovering a fumble on the ensuing kickoff. The Tigers answered by scoring the next 28 points, and that was that. Missouri won 48-17. [widgets_on_pages...

With Jalen Whitlow relatively healthy, UK's passing game faces new challenges Saturday

Kentucky offensive coordinator Neal Brown has a handful of factors working against him in preparing for Saturday’s game against No. 8 Missouri. (Photo by Jon Hale)   As expected given all of the circumstances around this season, Kentucky’s newfangled Air Raid offense hasn’t quite been as explosive as the first edition under Hal Mumme with Tim Couch throwing passes. Kentucky coach Mark...

With Jalen Whitlow relatively healthy, UK’s passing game faces new challenges Saturday

Kentucky offensive coordinator Neal Brown has a handful of factors working against him in preparing for Saturday’s game against No. 8 Missouri. (Photo by Jon Hale)   As expected given all of the circumstances around this season, Kentucky’s newfangled Air Raid offense hasn’t quite been as explosive as the first edition under Hal Mumme with Tim Couch throwing passes. Kentucky coach Mark...

Whitlow's big game sparks Wildcats win, Mark Stoops wins second game of tenure

Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow broke away from the Alabama State defense on the second play of the game, scoring an 88-yard touchdown. Kentucky won 48-14. (Photo by James Pennington)   Not that anyone was counting, but:   “It’s been, like, 56 days since the last win,” Jalen Whitlow said Saturday. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   Whitlow was a big reason...

Whitlow’s big game sparks Wildcats win,
Mark Stoops wins second game of tenure

Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow broke away from the Alabama State defense on the second play of the game, scoring an 88-yard touchdown. Kentucky won 48-14. (Photo by James Pennington)   Not that anyone was counting, but:   “It’s been, like, 56 days since the last win,” Jalen Whitlow said Saturday. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   Whitlow was a big reason...

Who is Kentucky freshman Reese Phillips? Next-in-line quarterback is largely unknown

Kentucky quarterback Reese Phillips, seen here in the spring game in April, is the emergency backup if Jalen Whitlow and Maxwell Smith are hurt. (Photo by Jon Hale)   Who is Reese Phillips? There are a few ways to answer that question. He’s a University of Kentucky student, a freshman. He likes to dance, he was in beta club in high school, and his grandfather and great uncle played football...

Jalen Whitlow 'better be ready' for Saturday's game, Stoops said in fiery news conference

Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow is fighting ankle and shoulder injuries, but Mark Stoops said he should be ready to go Saturday vs. Alabama State. (Photo by James Pennington)     Kentucky coach Mark Stoops returned from a 28-22 loss to Mississippi State on Thursday, brewed for a few days and calmed down just in time to blow off all that pent-up steam at his weekly news conference Monday. [widgets_on_pages...

Jalen Whitlow ‘better be ready’ for Saturday’s game, Stoops said in fiery news conference

Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow is fighting ankle and shoulder injuries, but Mark Stoops said he should be ready to go Saturday vs. Alabama State. (Photo by James Pennington)   Kentucky coach Mark Stoops returned from a 28-22 loss to Mississippi State on Thursday, brewed for a few days and calmed down just in time to blow off all that pent-up steam at his weekly news conference Monday. [widgets_on_pages...

Kentucky's comeback against Bulldogs falls short, Mississippi State hangs on, 28-22

Kentucky quarterback Maxwell Smith, starting for the injured Jalen Whitlow, nearly led Kentucky on a second-half comeback against Mississippi State, but the Bulldogs won 28-22. (Photo by James Pennington)     Another attempted comeback on the road fell just short for Kentucky on Thursday, driving down to near the Mississippi State 30-yard line before falling just short, and the Bulldogs won...

Kentucky’s comeback against Bulldogs falls short, Mississippi State hangs on, 28-22

Kentucky quarterback Maxwell Smith, starting for the injured Jalen Whitlow, nearly led Kentucky on a second-half comeback against Mississippi State, but the Bulldogs won 28-22. (Photo by James Pennington)   Another attempted comeback on the road fell just short for Kentucky on Thursday, driving down to near the Mississippi State 30-yard line before falling just short, and the Bulldogs won 28-22.   Maxwell...

Jalen Whitlow will travel to Mississippi State, but Mark Stoops vague on QB's role in game

Kentucky quarterback Maxwell Smith will start Thursday against Mississippi State, but Mark Stoops was vague about how involved Jalen Whitlow could or would be with his injury. (Photo by James Pennington)   Kentucky coach Mark Stoops, in his brief time as a head coach, has already mastered the art of one of the football coach’s most underrated weapons: the vague quote. Stoops gives out sound...