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October 25th, 2014

Stoops: “Our team is strong. They’re strong in the heart”

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Mark Stoops sounded disappointed but ultimately pleased with how his team battled back in their loss to #1 Mississippi State. “It is what it is,” Stoops told reporters. “We got beat by a better football team.” Stoops said he liked how hard the team played down the stretch and the effort they showed, but at the end of the day, to beat a team like Mississippi State, you have to play perfectly.

You have to admire the Cats’ heart, though. “Our team is strong,” Stoops vowed. “They’re strong in the heart. They’re strong in the mind.”

Weird to say after a loss, but I feel much better about our bowl chances than a week ago.

HEY! Postgame show time


The Cats gave it a good shot, but it just wasn’t enough. Let’s talk it out on the KSR Postgame Show. It’s about to begin on 630 WLAP and 840 WHAS.  You can also tune in via the iHeartRadio app right here.

Patrick Towles accounted for 466 yards of offense

Patrick Towles

Mark Zerof | US Presswire

Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles had himself a game today. The sophomore threw for 390 yards and two touchdowns with zero interceptions, while adding another 76 yards and two scores on the ground. The 466 total yardage exceeded that of Dak Prescott, who accounted for 304 of Mississippi State’s yards. Heisman who?

After the game, Towles, though disappointed in the loss, told radio listeners he never doubted his team’s ability to compete with the nation’s best. “We know we can hang,” he said. “We know what we can do, but it’s nice for the country to see what we can do.”

Neal Brown said he was really excited by Towles’ level of play and he encouraged is by the entire offense. “We’re close,” said Brown.

This hit by Blake McClain, though…

It was another rough day for Naivar

UK’s special teams coach needs to turn that hat around next week, if there is a next week. It’s not a good look when you’re getting chewed out on the sideline.

Sometimes you gotta flop

Some nice acting from Patrick Towles earned Mississippi State an unnecessary roughness penalty following the Cats’ last touchdown and it put UK in great position for its onside kick attempt. We won’t get into how said onside kick went, but nice job by Towles to draw the flag.

Patrick Effing Towles, y’all

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Patrick Towles did it all against Mississippi State. He passed for 390 yards, and two touchdowns, rushed for 76 yards and two touchdowns, and even caught a ball for 11 yards. Towles put up all but 27 of UK’s yardage today, a heroic feat that ultimately fell short. Here are some of his highlights…

He ran in touchdowns:



He got in his teammates’ faces when they dropped passes:


He put the Cats on his back and danced a little:

Even though the comeback fell short, kudos to Patrick Towles for one hell of a game.

Mississippi State 45, Kentucky 31 (Official Box Score)


Good job, good effort by the Cats, but it’s not enough


The Cats gave it a good shot, but Mississippi State was just too much, overpowering the Cats at the end by a score of 45-31.

Patrick Towles turned in an unbelievable performance, with 477 total yards and four touchdowns. Towles did it all tonight, passing for 390 yards, rushing for 76, and even catching a pass for 11 yards. He accounted for all but 27 of UK’s yards against the Bulldogs. Wow.

More coverage throughout the evening…

UK vs. Mississippi State LIVE BLOG

Live Blog UK vs. Mississippi State LIVE BLOG

A Passing Record Held by Jared Lorenzen is Snapped

The Hefty Lefty is one of the most prolific passers in SEC History, but today he has to take the backseat to Arkansas offensive lineman Sebastian Tretola.  The 350-pounder threw a beautiful touchdown pass to the long snapper on a trick play, making Tretola the largest man to throw a touchdown in the SEC.  I hope Arkansas doesn’t start running the Wildcat with THIS guy.


Take notes Jojo.

A Surprise Visitor for Today’s Game?



As many of you already know, Coach Rich Brooks and Andre Woodson are back in town for a matchup against #1.  One of the most adored duos in Kentucky football history might not be the biggest names on the BBN’s radar.  Sources tell KSR that Toby Keith is also in Lexington for today’s game.  

Toby’s a Sooner at heart, but he shoulda been a Wildcat.

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Here Comes the Catwalk

The skies were dark and gray until the Cats came to save the day.  With the sun shining bright, Ryan Lemond did an exceptional job of looking like a fool while interviewing PAtrick Towles.  Setting the goofiness aside, once again the BBN did not disappoint in giving the Cats the warmest of welcomes.


Remember that time somebody pooped in the tuba?

Remember that time somebody pooped in the tuba?

I doubt CJ Johnson's Mother calls him by the 'poop' nickname.

I doubt CJ Johnson’s Mother calls him by the ‘poop’ nickname.

Rayn was poised with West, but couldn't keep Towles in front of him.

Rayn was poised with West, but couldn’t keep Towles in front of him.


The Chrome Helmets Are Back

The chrome helmets worked out pretty well against South Carolina earlier this year so why not bring them back against the Bulldogs? The uniforms are going to be looking slick under the Lexington sun.

A Major Day For The Future At Commonwealth Stadium

When you have an opportunity to knock off the number one team in the country then you want all of your top recruits there to witness the moment.  The parents of this coaching staff certainly didn’t raise any fools and that is exactly what they are doing with just two home games left on the schedule. Just who are some of the visitors? Let’s take a look:

Class of 2015

Damien Harris will once again be visiting for his fifth game of the season. Harris has become a stalwart in the stands this season and the Cats are undefeated when has attended games in 2014. That’s the sort of mojo we need on campus. Commit CJ Conrad will also be visiting the Cats today for his official visit. Conrad has already submitted his financial aid papers and expects to enroll for next semester.

Ahmad Wagner ballin’

We told you yesterday about the visit of Pitt commit Davon Hamilton visiting today but there are two more committed men making the trip as well. Tyree Kinnel, a four-star safety currently pledged to Michigan, and 6-foot-7 receiver Ahmad Wagner who is committed to play basketball at Iowa. I wouldn’t wish four years of school in Iowa on my worst enemy. Wagner has become a football target as well this fall with his play on the field. Both guys attended high school with Dorian Hendrix and Vince Marrow is working hard to open the pipeline and flip these two to Kentucky.

Local Juniors

Kentucky has begun locking up the state’s highly touted junior class with commitments from McCracken County’s Zy’Aire Hughes, Henry Clay’s Davonte Robinson and Lafayette’s Landon Young. Today they’ll be looking to sway a couple more guys when they host Woodford County offensive lineman Drake Jackson and Ashland running back Quinton Baker.

Mark Stoops was in Woodford County last night to watch Jackson work and the talented center is back on campus for his third unofficial visit of the season. Drake previously attended the Ohio and South Carolina games.

Quinton Baker, the son of 80s Kentucky running back Al Baker, will be visiting for the third time this season as well. Baker is currently a four star recruit and the third ranked in-state player for 2014. He holds an offer from the Cats already and it’d be great to see the kid follow in his father’s footsteps.

Traveling Juniors

Messiah deWeaver is a four-star quarterback out of Ohio and one who committed to Michigan back in June. With Brady Hoke all but finished as coach of the Wolverines you have to wonder just how firm the commitment is. The coaching staff has taken over our neighbor to the North and deWeaver could be another top get from the Buckeye State. Time will tell.

Another all-name team candidate joining Messiah is three-star wide receiver Randrecous Davis from Georgia. So far it’s been Louisville and Kentucky duking it out for the kid’s services but Auburn, Clemson, and Florida have also shown interest. This is his first unofficial visit to the Bluegrass state.


Its a big day not just for the game being played but for the future as well. How well the Cats are able to hang with the Bulldogs could help sway a lot of guys to suit up in the blue and white for years to come.