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Path to fourth straight postseason more difficult for Kentucky after crushing 17-13 loss to Volunteers

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s path to the postseason took a hit with a 17-13 loss to Tennessee Saturday night. The Wildcats (4-5, 2-5 Southeastern Conference) have to win two of their last three games to reach the postseason for a fourth straight season. The Volunteers (5-5. 3-3) continued their recent surge by winning their fourth game in the last five games after starting the season...

Just two games away from bowl eligibility, Stoops, Cats taking rest of the season one game at a time

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is two wins away from becoming bowl eligible with four games remaining. Instead of looking at the big picture, Mark Stoops is taking it one week at a time. “We look at it as the last stretch here with the four games and we’re worried about going 1-0, that is the big message for us,” the Kentucky coach said. “Let’s put everything...

Kentucky expecting another close encounter with Missouri as Tigers make return to Kroger Field

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Anytime Kentucky and Missouri meet on the gridiron it’s sure to be a close contest. It’s happened the last two times the two Southeastern Conference rivals have met, including last season when Terry Wilson’s last-minute touchdown pass to C.J. Conrad gave the Wildcats a 15-14 victory over the Tigers in Columbia. In a previous meeting two years ago in Lexington, Kentucky...

Kentucky heads back to the drawing board at quarterback as Cats continue to struggle

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops isn’t sugarcoating his team’s quarterback situation. The Kentucky coach offered no hints Monday as to who will be the starter when the Wildcats take on Missouri Saturday at Kroger Field. Lynn Bowden made his second consecutive start at quarterback and managed 99 yards in a 21-0 loss to Georgia last weekend in Athens. Bowden has rushed for 295 yards in...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Mark Maynard: Make room for yet another chapter in Kentucky football’s book of heartbreak

Kentucky wrote another chapter in its Book of Heartbreak on Saturday night. The Wildcats can make Stephen King novels look like children’s books. This one stung, just like all the others. Starring in a recurring role of protagonist was the Florida Gators, who woke up behind a backup quarterback to pull the rug out from under the Wildcats one more time. What once looked like certain rush-the-field...

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’...

Jamie Vaught: Cats should still fare well, despite loss of Wilson; Bob Stoops opens up about storied career

While it was heartbreaking to see quarterback Terry Wilson’s season-ending injury during Kentucky’s win over Eastern Michigan last weekend, I still think the Wildcats will be okay this season with backup QB Sawyer Smith, a graduate transfer from Troy who started the last seven games of the 2018 campaign, helping his team to a Dollar General Bowl victory, and earning bowl’s MVP honors. Before...

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...

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...

Wildcats top Eastern Michigan 38-17; quarterback Terry Wilson a concern after third quarter knee injury

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops got the start he wanted against Eastern Michigan on Saturday night, but it took a while for the Wildcats to put the Eagles away in a 38-17 victory. Just two years ago Eastern Michigan fought Kentucky from start to finish, with the Wildcats escaping with a 24-20 triumph. This time it wasn’t even close, in fact, the lopsided margin could have been more if...

Ky. coach Mark Stoops hoping Cats can avoid past mistakes in Saturday’s matchup against E. Michigan

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The last time Eastern Michigan visited Kroger Field, the Eagles took Kentucky down to the wire before the Wildcats escaped with a 24-20 triumph. Mark Stoops wants to avoid a repeat performance Saturday night. “They gave us one heck of a game a couple of years ago, so we know they’re another good football team from the (Mid-American Conference) — very well-coached,...

Keith Taylor: Kentucky’s improved recruiting and talent showing as Wildcats open 2019 season

Kentucky’s football team hasn’t reached the same level as Southeastern Conference power and national title contender Alabama, but the Wildcats are enjoying similar success when it comes to winning football games. During the past 14 encounters, the Wildcats have recorded 11 victories and have lost just three times. Among Southeastern Conference foes, only the Crimson Tide has a better record than...

Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson taking major leap forward two games into his junior campaign

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Terry Wilson’s leadership showed in Kentucky’s opener last week, a sign the veteran quarterback has taken a leap forward in his overall game. The junior quarterback threw for 246 yards, including a 40-yard strike to Ahamd Wagner and two touchdowns against Toledo, but more importantly showed poise and composure, especially in times of adversity. “I’m encouraged...