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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...

Calipari, Wildcats look to end 2-game skid in road contest at Texas A&M

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is in dire need of a victory following two straight losses. The Wildcats (17-7, 6-5 Southeastern Conference) hope to avoid a third straight loss for the first time in the John Calipari era when the Wildcats take on Texas A&M Saturday at College Station, the first of two straight road encounters. Jarred Vanderbilt throws down a dunk in the loss to Tennessee...

Calipari staying in the moment following loss to Vols, expects more fight against Aggies

Kevin Knox goes up for a shot in a win over Louisville last month. The Wildcats host Texas A&M Tuesday night at Rupp Arena. (Elliott Hess/UK Athletics) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari isn’t worried about the future and is staying in the moment following his team’s loss to Tennessee last weekend in Knoxville. “It’s my job to just continue day-to-day, stay in the moment,”...

Another rally: Cats recover from slow start to hold off Aggies for eighth straight victory, SEC title

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer Kentucky overcame another slow start and found a way to win without its leading scorer providing the heroics. For the third straight contest, the ninth-ranked Wildcats fell behind by double digits only to rally to keep their eight-game winning streak intact going into the postseason. This time Kentucky erased an early 15-point deficit and escaped with...

Cats want to get off to a better start against Texas A&M in regular-season finale

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer Kentucky is developing a knack for comebacks. Despite the success rate, the Wildcats don’t want to make close calls a common occurrence this late in the season. The Wildcats (25-5, 15-2 Southeastern Conference) had to rally from 19 points down to fend off Vanderbilt 83-77 earlier this week and overcome a 10-point deficit to defeat Florida 76-66...

Texas A&M uses second-half surge to hand Kentucky women first home loss of season

Texas A&M used a second-half surge to power past No. 24 Kentucky on Sunday, handing UK its first home loss at Memorial Coliseum this season with a 77-68 victory. “(It’s a) tough one to lose there because Texas A&M played a lot harder than we did,” Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell said. “That is not what you want to do. You do not want to lose a game because of effort. Hats off to them....

Coming off first league win, Mitchell hopes Wildcats can continue SEC momentum against Texas A&M

After earning its first Southeastern Conference win of the season Thursday against Missouri by hitting nine 3-pointers, the No. 24 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team looks for more of the same Sunday when it plays host to Texas A&M at 2 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum.     “I was really proud of the team last night. We did so many things well and everything that we really worked on...

Keith Taylor: UK puts together its best overall effort of year in surprisingly easy win over Texas A&M

Surprisingly, Texas A&M was no match for Kentucky. The sixth-ranked Wildcats rolled to a 100-58 victory over the Aggies Tuesday, a final margin that was somewhat of a surprise considering the two Southeastern Conference foes split a pair of games last season, both of which went down to the wire and were decided in overtime. De’Aaron Fox slams home the ball in UK’s 100-58 rout of Texas...

Texas tough: Calipari expecting another wire-to-wire battle to the end against gritty Aggies

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer Kentucky’s top nemesis in the Southeastern Conference has changed during the past five years. Although traditional rivals Florida, Vanderbilt and even Arkansas have given the Wildcats their share of headaches, add Texas A&M to the list of teams the Wildcats have struggled against since the Aggies joined the league more than five years ago. Kentucky...

SEC Media Days: East rivals Kentucky, Tennessee ahead of other league foes in QB arms race

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer BIRMINGHAM — Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has never had the luxury of having a starting quarterback in place before the start of fall workouts in first three seasons as coach of the Wildcats. Not a problem this year. It all changed last spring when the fourth-year coach named Drew Barker the starter following spring workouts. The sophomore signal caller...

SEC Tournament: Kentucky gets awaited rematch with Texas A&M in championship game

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Forward senior sports writer NASHVILLE — It all comes down to the top two teams in the Southeastern Conference in the tournament championship. Kentucky and Texas A&M shared the regular-season title and will battle for the conference title and the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament in a game set for 1 p.m. Sunday at Bridgestone Arena. Jamal Murray slams...

Riding a five-game winning streak, UK women conclude regular-season at Texas A&M

After earning its fifth win over a ranked opponent after defeating No. 24 Missouri on Thursday, the No. 15 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team looks to extend its five-game conference winning streak when it concludes regular-season play at No. 11 Texas A&M on Sunday at 4 p.m. Kentucky (20-6, 9-6 Southeastern Conference) has turned a three-game losing streak into a five-game winning...

Tough luck in Texas: Late technical dooms Kentucky in 79-77 overtime loss to Aggies

By Keith Taylor KyForward sports writer Kentucky’s luck at Texas A&M ran out Saturday night at Reed Arena. In their third trip to College Station, the Wildcats failed to emulate the outcome of their first two appearances with a 79-77 overtime loss to the Aggies. Kentucky’s Isaac Humphries battles for a rebound in UK’s loss at Texas A&M Saturday night (UK Athletics Photo)...

Lucky streak: Calipari hopes Wildcats will continue recent trend of success at Texas A&M

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer Kentucky has been lucky in its first two visits to Texas A&M. A year ago, the Wildcats needed double overtime to fend off the Aggies, 70-64 and escaped with a 72-68 triumph in overtime during their first visit to College Station three years ago. Kentucky forward Isaac Humphries makes a post move in a win over Tennessee earlier this week (Bill Thiry...

Cards soar: Jackson hits right notes, puts on dazzling show in Music City Bowl

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent NASHVILLE — Lamar Jackson hit all the right notes Louisville’s 27-21 victory over Texas A&M in the Music City Bowl Wednesday night, earned MVP honors and got all the headlines — and rightfully so because the freshman quarterback put on a dazzling display in Nissan Stadium. More, much more, about Jackson later. But let’s pause for a minute and...

Kentucky still fighting through slow starts nearly two-thirds through the regular season

Texas A&M is the only SEC team with a win over John Calipari in Rupp Arena, and the Aggies visit Lexington on Tuesday. (File photo by Jon Hale)   Somehow stammering in the first five minutes of games lately hasn’t cost Kentucky a game—not directly, anyway—and even though the No. 14 Wildcats long since identified that slow starts are one of their biggest problems, they haven’t quite...