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No. 6 Florida flexes muscles in second half, cruises to 34-10 victory over Kentucky on Saturday afternoon

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Once Florida got started, the Gators were hard to stop. The sixth-ranked Gators used a punt return to close out the first half that led to 27 unanswered points in a 34-10 win over Kentucky in Gainesville on Saturday. Coming off an embarrassing 63-3 loss to top-ranked Alabama last week, the Wildcats (3-6) held Florida in check for most of the first half and led 10-7 late...

Shorthanded Kentucky (3-5) faces tough task Saturday against No. 6 Florida (6-1) in Gainesville

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky owns just one win over Florida in the past three decades. The task could be even more difficult for the Wildcats (3-5) after Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops announced earlier this week that 18 players and 10 staff members will likely miss Saturday’s contest in Gainesville because of injuries and COVID-19 contact tracing. “We can’t afford (to lose) anymore,”...

Stoops, UK hit reset button following blowout loss to No. 1 Alabama; Wildcats play at Florida on Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops has been in reboot mode since a 63-3 loss to top-ranked Alabama last week. “We definitely need to hit the reset button,” he said. “There were things about of our control last week, again, absolutely no excuses. As far as our players’ mentalities, we have to reset and get back to playing the way we are capable of. And yes, we’re...

No. 1 Alabama as good as advertised, rolls to 63-3 victory over depleted Kentucky on Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops knew the odds were stacked against his team going into Saturday’s contest at top-ranked Alabama. The final outcome isn’t what Stoops expected, even with a depleted roster. The Wildcats (3-5) were without 10 players because of injuries and COVID-19 tracing, including offensive playmakers Chris Rodriguez (running back) and Justin Rigg...

Inconsistent play leaves Stoops searching for answers as UK prepares for top-ranked Alabama

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops is still looking for answers. Going into the final three weeks of the regular season, the University of Kentucky head coach admitted it’s been difficult to get a grip on the team’s inconsistencies on both sides of the ball this year. The Wildcats led by 17 points in the second half before giving up 14 unanswered late in a 38-35 win over the Commodores...

UK football team faces emotional week, ending with No. 1 Alabama on Saturday in SEC battle

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky On Monday, the University of Kentucky football team attended the funeral and a memorial service for offensive line coach John Schlarman, who died last week. The emotions that go with that have been well-documented. If that wasn’t enough to deal with, Kentucky also has a football game to play on Saturday. And the Wildcats happen to be visiting the No. 1 team...

UK honors Schlarman on first series, then takes care of business during 38-35 victory over Vanderbilt

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky honored John Schlarman and then took care of business with a 38-35 win over Vanderbilt at Kroger Field on Saturday afternoon. Schlarman, a former player and the Wildcats’ offensive line coach, died at the age of 45 Thursday following a two-year battle with cancer. The Wildcats paid tribute to Schlarman before kickoff, on the first series and at the buzzer,...

Stoops wants UK at its best in honor of John Schlarman; Cats look to snap two-game losing streak

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will have extra motivation when it returns to the field against Vanderbilt on Saturday following a bye week. Mark Stoops wants the Wildcats (2-4) to emulate the example and legacy late offensive line coach John Schlarman left behind this week. Schlarman died at age 45 Thursday following a three-year battle with cancer. John Schlarman was an original member of...

Former Highlands football star, UK assistant John Schlarman dead at age 45 after battle with cancer

By Susan Lax University of Kentucky John Schlarman, a native of Fort Thomas and an assistant coach for the University of Kentucky football team, died Thursday following a two-year battle with cancer. He was 45. “I’m heartbroken to learn about the passing of my friend, John Schlarman,” said UK head coach Mark Stoops. “My prayers go out to LeeAnne and the kids, Joseph, Benjamin,...

Struggles continue for Kentucky offense during 14-3 loss to No. 5 Georgia on Saturday afternoon

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It didn’t take much offense for Georgia to defeat Kentucky on Saturday. The fifth-ranked Bulldogs (4-1) opened with a touchdown and began the second half with a TD, giving coach Kirby Smart’s squad all they needed in a 14-3 victory. Georgia notched its 11th consecutive victory over the Wildcats in the series between the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division foes. Kentucky...

Stoops anticipates Gatewood ‘playing well’ in first start as UK quarterback against No. 5 Georgia

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops is expecting good things from Joey Gatewood when he makes his first start at quarterback against No. 5 Georgia on Saturday. The Auburn transfer saw action in Kentucky’s 20-10 disappointing loss to Missouri last week and has been called on to start in absence of starter Terry Wilson, who injured his wrist against the Tigers. “Joey’s...

Stoops considering quarterback options to jumpstart UK offense against No. 5 Georgia on Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The University of Kentucky could be making a change at quarterback when the Wildcats play host to No. 5 Georgia on Saturday afternoon. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops is considering his options following the Wildcats’ 20-10 loss at Missouri, a letdown that came on the heels of a 34-7 win at Tennessee the previous week. Backup quarterback and Auburn transfer Joey Gatewood...

Missouri ends Kentucky series dominance, cruises to 20-10 victory over Wildcats on Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops was nearly speechless after watching his team’s disappointing 20-10 loss at Missouri on Saturday. “It’s really difficult to put into words because it’s been a long time since we’ve had a game like that,” Stoops said after his team dropped to 2-3 this season. “We were beaten in every area and no ifs and or buts. They kicked...

Stoops says UK’s current winning streak in series against against Missouri ‘means nothing’ on Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has dominated its yearly series against Missouri on the football field. The Wildcats (2-2) have won five straight against the Tigers, but Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops said the recent success “truthfully means nothing” when the two teams meet Saturday in Columbia. “We have to go win this week,” Stoops said. “I don’t even know what the streak is....

UK, Stoops hit reset button after historic victory at Tennessee, set sights on talented Missouri

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops didn’t waste any time forgetting about Kentucky’s first road win over Tennessee since 1984. Less than 24 hours following the rare and exhilarating 34-7 victory over the Volunteers in Knoxville, the UK head coach was already looking ahead to Saturday’s contest at Missouri. “We enjoy a victory for less than 24 hours, depending on what time you play,...

UK looks to carry offensive momentum from win at Tennessee into Missouri contest this Saturday

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky It was the University of Kentucky defense that garnered much of the attention during and after Saturday’s win at Tennessee, and rightfully so. It was the UK defense that accounted for the Wildcats’ first two touchdowns in the 34-7 victory, with Kelvin Joseph and Jamin Davis each returning interceptions for touchdowns. And it was the defense that...

UK defense dominant, Wildcats crush Tennessee in 34-7 blowout; first triumph in Knoxville since 1984

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today KNOXVILLE — The University of Kentucky football team accomplished a rare feat by defeating Tennessee on Saturday afternoon, and and it wasn’t even close. For the first time since 1984, UK left Knoxville with a 34-7 victory, bringing an end to a 17-game losing streak at Neyland Stadium and handing the 18th-ranked Volunteers their second straight setback. Tennessee...

Stoops hopeful Kentucky can ‘put it all together’ against Tennessee in pivotal SEC battle

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops is hopeful Kentucky can strike a balance when the Wildcats square off against Tennessee on Saturday in Knoxville. The Wildcats (1-2) used a stellar defensive performance to hold off Mississippi State 24-2 last weekend, picking up the slack from the offense, which managed just 157 yards against the Bulldogs. In a 42-41 overtime loss to Ole Miss the previous...

UK hopes ‘change up’ will bring different result in Knoxville against Volunteers on Saturday

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky Kentucky has played Tennessee in football more times than any other opponent, with the border rivals having met on 115 occasions. In fact, only two Southeastern Conference rivalries have been played more often: Auburn has played Georgia 124 times, and Ole Miss has squared off against Mississippi State on 116 occasions. Tennessee leads the series with UK by a 81-25-9...

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...