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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)

Stoops, perfect Cats seek to keep streak going against Gamecocks

Kentucky running back Benny Snell rushed for 102 yards and a pair of touchdowns in last year’s win at South Carolina. The two teams will meet Saturday at Kroger Field. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. (Kentucky Today/Bill Thiry) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will attempt to knock down another proverbial door in front of an expected sellout crowd Saturday at Kroger Field. The 17th-ranked Wildcats,...

South Carolina Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp impressed with Kentucky’s ‘active’ defense

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Prior to becoming a head coach, Will Muschamp had a reputation as one of the top defensive coordinators in college football. Muschamp once coached defensive backs at Eastern Kentucky University before going on to LSU, Miami Dolphins, Auburn and Texas to serve as the top defensive boss at all four stops. Following a four-year stint as head coach at Florida, he returned...

UK coach Stoops not worried about team’s mentality following perfect start

Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops isn’t worried about his team’s mental approach following a 28-7 win over Mississippi State last week that gave the No. 17 Wildcats their first ranking in more than a decade. (Kentucky Today/Bill Thiry) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops isn’t worried about where his team is ranked. The Kentucky coach is more concerned about the Wildcats staying...

Newly-ranked Wildcats staying grounded, hungry despite ranking, perfect start

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is ranked for the first time in more than a decade, but that won’t change the Wildcats’ demeanor going into Saturday’s game against South Carolina. “We have to stay grounded and we absolutely will,” Kentucky senior right end C.J. Conrad said. “We wanted this, we wanted to change this program, but we are far from done and we’re going to keep this...

Heisman Trophy talk? Snell letting his actions on the field speak louder than words

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today If there’s a better running back in college football than Benny Snell, be more informative and get the word out. If not, there’s no need to provide proof. The University of Kentucky running back continues to show time and time again he’s one of the top rushers in the Southeastern Conference, if not in the nation. He’s the backbone of a Kentucky team that has won...

Kentucky keeps proving naysayers wrong, stays undefeated with upset win against Mississippi State

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky keeps knocking down proverbial doors and the Wildcats busted through another opening with a 28-7 victory over Mississippi State Saturday night. Two weeks after ending a 31-game losing streak to Florida and defeating the Gators for the first time in Gainesville since 1979, Kentucky dominated the Bulldogs from top to bottom to win its first two Southeastern Conference...

Bulldogs will test progression of Kentucky’s improved defense

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and Josh Allen walk off the field following last week’s win over Murray State last week. Allen and the team’s defense faces a tougher challenge this week against Mississippi State. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Saturday night at Kroger Field. (Kentucky Today/Bill Thiry) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops can’t wait to see how much his defense has progressed going...

Keith Taylor: Stoops, undefeated Wildcats deserve to see more fans in the stands

It’s been more than a decade since Kentucky has beaten a highly-ranked team at Kroger Field. The last time the Wildcats notched a win over an opponent ranked in the Top 15 in front of the home crowd came in 2007 when Kentucky stunned LSU — ranked No. 1 at the time — 43-37 in triple overtime. One of the members from that squad – Jacob Tamme — will be on hand Saturday when the Wildcats play...

UK Notebook: Cats ranked No. 1 in Blue Ribbon Yearbook preseason rankings

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The college basketball preseason rankings are starting to come out and Kentucky is ranked No. 1 in the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. The Wildcats have been ranked in the Top 10 by the magazine’s writers and editors for the past seven years. Kansas is ranked second behind Kentucky in the poll, followed by Gonzaga, Duke, Tennessee, Nevada, Virginia, Auburn,...

Stoops says Cats will have to ‘kick it up a notch’ against Mississippi State

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky took care of business against Murray State last week and to keep the pace going, Mark Stoops knows his team faces a tougher challenge Saturday against Mississippi State. “We’ve got to kick it up a notch,” Stoops said Monday. “(It’s a) big game with Mississippi State, so we’re excited and guys are ready to get to work on that.” The Bulldogs have...

No letdown for Stoops, Wildcats in dominating victory over Murray State

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky was coming off the biggest win of the Mark Stoops era and could have easily overlooked Murray State on Saturday. It didn’t happen. The Wildcats took the Racers seriously and showed no signs of a letdown following last week’s 27-16 win over Southeastern Conference foe Florida, the team’s first victory over the Gators in more than three decades. Kentucky...

Stoops sees no sign of a letdown going into Murray State encounter

Kentucky receiver Lynn Bowden races toward the end zone during Kentucky’s win over Florida last week. Kentucky hosts Murray State Saturday at noon. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops doesn’t see any signs of a letdown from his team going into Saturday’s non-conference encounter against Murray State. Coming off a highly-emotional 27-16 victory...

Bouvier’s emergence not a surprise to UK teammates, coaching staff

Kentucky senior wide receiver David Bouvier, a former walk-on, leads the Wildcats with two touchdown receptions in the first two games. The Wildcats host Murray State Saturday at Kroger Field. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today David Bouvier’s emergence as one of Kentucky’s top receivers this season hasn’t been a surprise to offensive coordinator Eddie Gran. “It kind of started...