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Stoops is more concerned about defeating UT than ending 34-year drought in Knoxville

Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops addresses the media during his weekly press conference Monday. the Wildcats close out the SEC portion of the schedule at Tennessee Saturday. (Kentucky Today/Mark Stoops) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky hasn’t won a football game in Knoxville since 1984, but Mark Stoops won’t be making that a point to his team leading up to Saturday’s Southeastern Conference...

Georgia proves it’s the best in the SEC East, Wildcats look to regroup

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Georgia is good and is the best team in the Eastern division of the Southeastern Conference. The Bulldogs proved it yet again Saturday night. The Bulldogs clinched the SEC East with a 34-17 victory over No. 11 Kentucky, sending Georgia into the SEC championship game for the second straight season. Sixth-ranked Georgia (8-1, 6-1) defeated Auburn 28-7 in last year’s conference...

Dogfight: Kentucky, Georgia meet to determine the best team in the SEC East

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky hasn’t beaten Georgia in nine years and owns just three victories in the last 27 tries against the Bulldogs. Although wins over Georgia in 1996, 2006 and 2009 were monumental, none would compare if the Wildcats break an eight-game losing streak to Bulldogs Saturday at Kroger Field. A win would give the 11th-ranked Wildcats (7-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference)...

Western Hills football standout Wandale Robinson commits to Cats

Western Hills star Wandale Robinson chose Kentucky over Ohio State, Nebraska and other schools Thursday at the school. Robinson is a front-runner for Kentucky Mr Football. (Mike Marsee Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Wandale Robinson has made his college choice and is staying close to home. The Western Hills High School senior running back verbally committed to Kentucky Thursday afternoon. Robinson,...

Smart, Bulldogs not surprised Cats are playing for SEC East division title

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky made its debit in the College Football Playoff Rankings earlier this week at No. 9, while Southeastern Conference foe Alabama was listed at No. 1. The Wildcats (7-1, 5-1) are one of three SEC teams ranked in the Top 10, while three others are among the Top 25. LSU is third and Georgia is sixth, followed by Kentucky at No. 9. Florida is ranked 11th, while Mississippi...

Cats not shying away from hype going into Georgia showdown

Kentucky receiver C.J. Conrad celebrates after the Wildcats rallied for a 15-14 win over Missouri Saturday. Kentucky plays Georgia Saturday, with the winner advancing to the SEC Championship game. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops knows the stakes will be high when Kentucky hosts Georgia Saturday. His players aren’t shying away from the hype, either. “You can’t shy...

Keith Taylor: Stoops has changed culture, expectation of Kentucky football

For the first time in school history, 12th-ranked Kentucky will have a chance to play in the Southeastern Conference Championship game if the Wildcats can beat No. 7 Georgia on Saturday at Kroger Field in the defacto SEC East championship game. It doesn’t get much bigger. The 7-1 and 12th-ranked Wildcats completed a successful five-minute drill in the fourth quarter to erase a 14-3 deficit and...

Show me! No. 12 Kentucky scores on last play of the game to stun Missouri

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today No. 12 Kentucky pulled off an improbable victory with a 15-14 triumph at Missouri Saturday to set up a showdown with No. 7 Georgia for the SEC East championship. The Wildcats (7-1, 5-1) host Georgia Saturday with the winner going to Atlanta for the SEC championship against the SEC West winner, either top-ranked Alabama or fifth-ranked LSU who also played Saturday. The...

Missouri’s ‘explosive’ offense to test Kentucky’s stingy defensive unit

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Missouri is winless in the Southeastern Conference but the Tigers have Kentucky’s undivided attention. “I definitely think there’s some pride there and that’s why this week is so important,” defensive coordinator Matt House said earlier this week. “This is the most explosive offense we’ve faced and we’re going to find out a...

UK’s Stoops staying in the moment, puts starting QB Wilson on notice

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The next three weeks will make or break Kentucky’s chances of reaching the Southeastern Conference Championship game for the first time in school history. The 12th-ranked Wildcats (6-1, 4-1 SEC) have three conference games remaining, starting with Saturday’s encounter at Missouri, followed by a home contest against Georgia and a road encounter at Tennessee. Although...

Snell’s late touchdown sends No. 14 Kentucky to a 14-7 win over Vandy

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Not even the wind could stop Benny Snell. Neither could Vanderbilt. The Kentucky junior running back rushed for 169 yards and scored a touchdown to lead No. 14 Kentucky to a 14-7 win over the struggling Commodores Saturday night. Snell’s go-ahead touchdown with eight minutes remaining broke a 7-7 deadlock and gave the Wildcats their third straight victory over Vanderbilt....

Stoops, Cats set to kick off second half of season against hungry Vandy

Kentucky running back Benny Snell rushed for 169 yards and scored a touchdown to lead the Wildcats to a 14-7 win over Vanderbilt Saturday night. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops hasn’t forgotten how Kentucky opened the second half of the season last year. The Wildcats (5-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) returned from a bye week and dropped a disappointing 45-7 setback...

UK Notebook: Calipari glad to see Big Blue Nation develop passion for football team

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari understands why Kentucky’s fan base was not happy following Kentucky’s 20-14 overtime loss to Texas A&M two weeks ago. “Do you remember where two years ago we’d be sad and disappointed? Wasn’t no sad now,” the Kentucky men’s basketball coach said. “Everybody, their staff was mad, their players were mad, our fans were mad, the...

Wildcats used bye week to rest, get healthy, get a jump on Vandy

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops took a break from football last weekend but kept tabs on other college football teams during Kentucky’s only bye week of the season. “It was a wild weekend that’s for sure,” Stoops said, referring to Georgia’s 36-16 loss to LSU and Tennessee’s 30-24 triumph over Auburn. “It was good to sit there and be stress-free for a day. I enjoyed that. You...

Stoops, Cats using bye week to prepare for second half of the season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It took Mark Stoops a little longer to get over Kentucky’s loss at Texas A&M and the Kentucky coach doesn’t think his team will lose focus during the lone bye week of the season. “They’ve been really good to this point about staying on task, staying on the message,” Stoops said. “They reiterate the message sometimes before I get to it, which is a good...

Texas A&M hands No. 13 UK first setback of the season, 20-14 in OT

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will have two weeks to get over its first loss of the season. The 13th-ranked Wildcats had a hard time finding the end zone in a 20-14 overtime loss at Texas A&M Saturday night at College Station. Trayveon Williams scored on a 10-yard run on the Aggies’ first possession of overtime for the game-winner. Prior to the score by Williams, Miles Butler missed...

No. 13 Kentucky set to face Texas A&M in first meeting since 1953

Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson and the Wildcats will take on Texas A&M Saturday at College Station. The Wildcats are looking for their sixth victory of the season. (Kentucky Today/Bill Thiry) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The last time Kentucky played on the road, the Wildcats ended a 31-game losing streak to Florida in Gainesville, jumpstarting the Wildcats’ best start in the Southeastern...

Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher not surprised by Wildcats’ rise under coach Mark Stoops

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Jimbo Fisher isn’t surprised Kentucky is one of the top teams in the nation this season. Fisher’s former defensive coordinator at Florida State — Kentucky coach Mark Stoops — has guided the No 13 Wildcats to a 5-0 start this season, including three consecutive victories in the Southeastern Conference. The fast start against league foes marks the first time Kentucky...

Stoops, Cats prep for first meeting against Texas A&M in 65 years

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky hasn’t played Texas A&M in more than six decades. That will change Saturday when the two teams meet for the first time in 65 years. The last time the Wildcats played the Aggies came in 1953 when Texas A&M yanked out a 7-6 victory over a Kentucky squad coached by Paul “Bear” Bryant, who later went on to coach the Aggies before creating a legacy...

Keith Taylor: Unbeaten Wildcats happy to be 5-0 but still striving for perfection

Kentucky defensive players Derrick Baity (8), Lonnie Johnson (6) and Josh Allen (41) celebrate a big play during the Wildcats’ win over South Carolina Saturday night. (Kentucky Today, Bill Thiry)