Stoops was ready to drive at the end of the first half
Many fans were upset with the call at the end of the first half to run out the clock and head to the locker room. With over a minute on the clock and timeouts on hand, fans wanted a quick drive to add some points to the score before halftime. Stoops said that he and Dawson were ready to do just that but after the second down didn’t go as planned, they backed off.
Grinding out first downs is what wins you games
The final plays of the fourth quarter are what won the game for Kentucky. Kemp’s ability to grind out four or five yards on the run to give Kentucky the first down was the difference maker on Saturday. Instead of having to punt the ball to give Missouri the chance to make a drive, Kentucky was able to run out the clock to end the game. Stoops noted the importance of those plays moving forward and specifically what moved Kemp ahead of Williams in the depth chart.
Patrick Towles bounced back despite criticism
The quarterback position is the hardest to play because it’s the easier person for everyone to put the blame on. After a loss, the center of criticism is put on the quarterback. Towles responded to the criticism in the best way possible by having himself quite a game. His performance on Saturday was so good that Stoops gave Towles the game ball, which he does not do very often. “Everyone is going to face adversity, but it’s how you respond to it. That’s what I’m most proud to see him do,” Stoops said.
Drew Barker will play Saturday
Stoops has wanted to give Barker a couple of series earlier on this season, but finding the right situation to play him in has been hard. However, Stoops said that Barker will play at one point during the game against Eastern Kentucky on Saturday.
Stoops will not tolerate anything against EKU
The off-the-field issues with Eastern Kentucky will be addressed and taken care of early this week with the team. There will be zero tolerance for anything off the field or any talk leading up to the game on Saturday. Stoops said he will have little to no tolerance for any chippy plays once the tackling begins. “If I see any of that stuff then they’re not gonna play. Because I’m not going to deal with that. That looks classless and it looks sloppy and we will not play that way,” Stoops said.