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Jamie Vaught: Just like Coca-Cola’s 1970s marketing campaign, UK football is now the ‘Real Thing’

Like the old Coca-Cola’s marketing campaign back in the 1970s, UK football is now the “Real Thing.” Yes, coach Mark Stoops’ Wildcats are becoming a regular threat in Southeastern Conference battles. They are now winning against the mid-tier conference schools along with a chance to beat SEC (and national) powerhouses like Florida and Georgia. And Kentucky has won against the bowl veterans...

Keith Taylor: Promising season becomes memorable one as Bowden’s heroics made UK football special

What began as a promising season turned out to be a memorable one for Kentucky. 
The Wildcats opened with two consecutive victories before veteran quarterback Terry Wilson went down with a season-ending injury. The Wildcats then turned to Troy transfer Sawyer Smith, who was solid – and heartbreaking – 29-21 setback to Florida. 
A banged-up Smith started two games and a 24-7 loss at South...

Lexington Catholic quarterback Beau Allen highlights first day of early signing for football Wildcats

Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops addressed the crowd in Rupp Arena to thunderous applause at Rupp Arena last weekend. (Kentucky Today/Chris Reynolds) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops was all smiles following the first day of the early signing period on Wednesday. The Wildcats landed 19 prospects, including in-state prospects Lexington Catholic standout quarterback Beau Allen and Louisville...

Bowden carries UK past Louisville, 45-13, puts exclamation point on turnaround with four TDs

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Lynn Bowden Jr. may not be a serious contender for the prestigious Heisman Trophy Award, but there’s no doubt he is Kentucky’s most valuable player. The Kentucky receiver-turned-quarterback rushed for 284 yards and four touchdowns, including a 60-yard dash to the end zone to open the second half, to lead the Wildcats to a 45-13 win over rival Louisville in the Governor’s...

Wildcats are bowl bound after delivering the goods on the ground against Tennessee-Martin

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Air Raid sirens have been silenced and Kentucky is delivering the goods on the ground. For what is considered the first time in school history, the Wildcats rushed for more than 400 yards for the second straight game in a 50-7 rout of Tennessee-Martin that lifted Kentucky into the postseason for the fourth straight time under coach Mark Stoops. In the past two games,...

Mark Stoops, Wildcats have no plans to change their routine going into final two weeks of the season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky won’t change its routine going into the final two weeks of the regular season. 
”It’s much the same,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said Monday. “Get back to us, get back to having a great week of preparation, continue to work and improve and just to see how good we can be and how much we can improve.” 
The Wildcats (5-5,...

Wildcats use grinding ground game to slam door on the Vanderbilt Commodores, 38-14, in Nashville

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky moved within one game be becoming bowl eligible for the fourth straight season with a 38-14 win over Vanderbilt in its Southeastern Conference finale Saturday in Nashville. Coming off a disappointing 17-13 loss to Tennessee last week, the Wildcats fell behind 14-3 after the Commodores scooped up an A.J. Rose fumble and returned it 67 yards for a touchdown at...

Mark Stoops’ Wildcats expecting another close encounter as they visit struggling Vanderbilt

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops has been pleased with his team’s response coming off a disappointing 17-13 loss to Tennessee and saw no signs of a letdown going into Saturday’s contest at Vanderbilt. “I really feel that coming off a tough loss they had their focus early in the week,” Stoops said earlier this week. “Any time you come off a tough loss like that you have to bounce...

Cats’ margin for error in final three weeks ‘extremely small’ after Saturday’s disappointing loss to Vols

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops was still scratching his head Monday as he tried to analyze his team’s disappointing 17-13 loss to Tennessee last weekend. The Wildcats dominated the line of scrimmage but lost the battle of 50-50 balls and came up short on the goal line in the closing minutes against the Volunteers. “It was an extremely difficult outcome,” Stoops said Monday. “…...

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...

Lynn Bowden’s rain dance leads Kentucky to 29-7 victory of Missouri in wet one at Kroger Field

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Not even a driving rainstorm could stop Lynn Bowden Jr.

 The Kentucky junior quarterback rushed for 204 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Wildcats to a 29-7 victory over Saturday night. Bowden’s performance was impressive considering a steady rain that soaked  Kroger Field. 
 “What can you say about Lynn?” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said. “Amazing....

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...

Kentucky drops 10th consecutive setback to Georgia Bulldogs in rainy Athens, 21-0

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky just can’t seem to get over the proverbial hump against Georgia.   The Wildcats (3-4, 1-4 Southeastern Conference) dropped their 10th consecutive setback to the Bulldogs with a 21-0 loss Saturday night in Athens. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops fell to 0-7 against Georgia, despite several close calls in the past few years. The shutout loss was the first for a Kentucky...

Stoops’ Wildcats finished celebrating end of three-game slide, turn attention to test against Georgia

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops is finished celebrating the end of a three-game losing streak and the Kentucky coach has shifted his attention to 10th-ranked Georgia. “It’s (the win) very short-lived with the great challenge that we have this week, going on the road and playing Georgia,” he said. Stoops attributed his team’s 24-20 triumph over Arkansas that ended a three-game slide...

Stoops, Wildcats eager to get back on the field, end three-game slide as they face Razorbacks Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today A bye week did Kentucky some good last week. Coming off three consecutive losses, including a 24-7 loss at South Carolina nearly two weeks ago, the Wildcats took advantage of an open date to get healthy for the remainder of the season, a stretch of games that includes five home contests, including a regular-season finale against instate rival Louisville. “We needed...

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops gets team’s attention, says Cats are locked in on South Carolina

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops got the attention of his football team this week. Mired in a two-game losing streak and coming off a disappointing 28-13 loss to Mississippi State last week, Stoops liked the way his team responded in practice this week ahead of Saturday’s contest at South Carolina. “We had their attention,” Stoops said Thursday. “They were very attentive and trying...

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...

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...