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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...

Lack of execution at ‘critical moments’ proves costly for Kentucky during 42-41 overtime loss to Ole Miss

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky ran every which way but loose, but it wasn’t enough to carry the Wildcats to victory Saturday in the home opener against Mississippi. An extra point in overtime was the difference as Ole Miss escaped with a 42-41 win over Kentucky, giving Lane Kiffin his first victory as head coach of the Rebels. The Wildcats fell to 0-2 on the season and will seek their first...

UK faces big challenge of stopping high-powered Ole Miss offense on Saturday in home opener

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky A week after encountering the fast-paced Auburn offense, Kentucky faces another challenge this Saturday as the Wildcats meet Ole Miss and its high-powered attack in the home opener at 4 p.m. Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin and his offenses have always been able to put up big numbers, and that doesn’t look to change as he takes over in Oxford. In Saturday’s...

Stoops: UK mistakes in loss at Auburn ‘very noticeable,’ but correctable as Ole Miss is next

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky doesn’t have much time to dwell on what went wrong in the season opener last weekend at Auburn. After reviewing film from a 29-13 loss to Auburn, UK head coach Mark Stoops said the team’s two turnovers — an interception and a fumble — were “very noticeable” and added “we have to get that corrected” going into Saturday’s home opener against Mississippi. Stoops...

No. 8 Auburn capitalizes on late UK miscues, pulls out 29-13 victory over Wildcats in season opener

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today AUBURN, Ala. — It was an opener unlike any other. Facemasks, social distancing and a half-empty stadium. Kentucky officially kicked off its 130th football season on Saturday against a Southeastern Conference opponent for the first time since 1960, when former league member Georgia Tech defeated the Wildcats 23-13. Because of the ongoing pandemic, the season was postponed...

Stoops says experienced UK ready for challenge at No. 8 Auburn on Saturday in season opener

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky It’s finally game week for the University of Kentucky football team, and head coach Mark Stoops and his squad have certainly put in their time in the preseason. And it’s been a fall camp unlike any other. “For us, it’s been a long preseason,” Stoops said. “A couple of weeks longer than usual, so it seems like it’s been...

Latest results reveal 14 UK athletes test positive for COVID-19; seven staff members also test positive

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The latest COVID-19 results have revealed that 14 of the University of Kentucky’s 402 athletes tested positive during a round of testing conducted Aug. 20-Sept. 2. In addition to the 14 who tested positive for the virus, seven of 306 staff members also tested positive. A total of 34 athletes who returned to campus received antibody testing and one was a positive result...

UK thin at certain positions, but depth chart ‘manageable’ following final scrimmage of camp

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops had to change his plans during his team’s third and final scrimmage of fall workouts Saturday. “We’re thin at certain positions and we did have to look at that and alter some of the scrimmage today,” he said. “We’re getting thin at a few spots and positions with injuries and COVID-19. Everything is still manageable at this point...

Jamie Vaught: Let’s try this fearless forecast again — with a revised SEC schedule looming for UK football

More than two months ago, I predicted the University of Kentucky would have a nice football team. I wrote that head coach Mark Stoops’ UK team, with several preseason All-Americans, would be respectable, finishing with a 7-5 mark in a 12-game schedule — and the Wildcats would be making their fifth straight bowl trip. Not bad, but could be better. Well, as you know, COVID-19 pandemic has forced...

UK building depth chart on football field, developing worse-case scenario contingency plans

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Determining the depth chart has always been a top priority for the University of Kentucky coaching staff during pre-season workouts, but this year, the coaching staff is looking at different ways to utilize the roster. “You have to have contingency plans,” Kentucky defensive coordinator Brad White said. “We’re playing guys at some different spots here and there.” White...

UK coach Mark Stoops, Wildcats begin unprecedented fall practice in ‘relentless pursuit’

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky coach Mark Stoops wants to do whatever it takes to make sure his team is prepared when the season begins late next month. “We’re guaranteed 10 opportunities at this point and we’re gonna work around the clock (to make that happen),” Stoops said Tuesday. “(We’re going to have) a relentless pursuit to have our team prepared each and every week.” Kentucky...

Alabama, Ole Miss fill out UK’s 10-game football schedule; SEC sends Wildcats to Tuscaloosa

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Southeastern Conference has announced the remainder of its football schedule, and Kentucky will visit Alabama and also play host to Ole Miss as part of a 10-game slate this season. The season will begin on Sept. 26 and teams will play 10 games in a 11-week period through Dec. 5. “The two SEC announcements today – the medical protocols and the addition of two...