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Good ride: UK quarterback Terry Wilson decides to enter NCAA transfer portal, finish career elsewhere

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson has decided to finish his collegiate career elsewhere after announcing plans to enter the NCAA transfer portal Monday night. Wilson, who played for three seasons with the Wildcats, guided Kentucky to a pair of bowl victories, including a 23-21 win over North Carolina State in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl last Saturday in Jacksonville. He...

Keith Taylor: After 4-6 season, next UK offensive coordinator could be make or break hire for Stoops

What will Kentucky’s offense look like next year? For those who are wishing for the Hal Mumme era to return, it won’t happen under Mark Stoops. The Kentucky head coach isn’t necessarily looking to return an Air Raid scheme to the playbook but is rather seeking an offensive coordinator who believes in balance and how to achieve that goal. Under former coordinator Eddie Gran, the Wildcats primarily...

Seniors carry the load, power Kentucky to 41-18 win over South Carolina in home finale Saturday night

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today A strange season came to an end for Kentucky on Saturday night at Kroger Field. The Wildcats honored their 18 seniors and ended a two-game losing streak with a 41-18 win over struggling South Carolina. Both teams were shorthanded because of COVID-19 contact tracing and injuries but Kentucky was far more superior in the finale, especially in the first half. UK running...

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,”...

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,...

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...

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...

UK defense shuts down Mississippi State Air Raid attack in 24-2 victory on Saturday night

KyForward staff The University of Kentucky defense literally intercepted a victory Saturday night against Mississippi State’s vaunted Air Raid offense. UK picked off six passes — including an 8-yard interception return for a touchdown from Jordan Wright in the fourth quarter — during a 24-2 victory over Mississippi State at Kroger Field. The Wildcat defense intercepted Bulldog starting quarterback...

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’s Gran says short tenure under Kiffin at Tennessee ‘one of the scariest times’ of his life

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran doesn’t remember much about his one-year tenure at Tennessee. Following 14 years on Tommy Tuberville’s staff at Auburn, Gran spent one season at Tennessee, a brief stint, that turned out to be “one of the scariest times” of his life. “I didn’t know anybody real well on that staff.” said Gran, who...

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...

Now healthy, UK quarterback Wilson ‘locked in’ going into season opener at No. 8 Auburn on Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson has been in a zone this fall and hasn’t spent much time looking back. “I’ve just been really locked in, knowing my assignment and controlling what I can control and focusing on what I can focus on,” he said. “I’ve just been locked in and not thinking too much about Saturday, just taking it one day at a time and...

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...