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Stoops comments on ‘fortunate win’

The Cats somehow found a way to fight their way out of a 14-point deficit with less than eight minutes to go and come out with the victory over EKU in overtime. Nobody saw last night’s game ending how it did, and BBN was left stunned temporarily before they scored 21 unanswered to end the game. Coach Stoops weighed in on last night’s victory saying he was proud of the Cats resiliency and fight after going down late. Here’s what he had to say.

Just feel very fortunate, that’s the word that jumps out at me right now. Give them credit, you know I feel like they coached better than we did, they played with much greater energy and enthusiasm and executed better than we did, and fortunately we had some guys step up and make some plays late. I am very proud of our team and our determination to stay with it and to finish the game, and to somehow find a way to get the victory. But overall, not very pleased with our effort. We’ll get back to work, we have a bye week this week to get some guys healed up, and get back to work and fundamentally get better as a football team.

The Cats move to 4-1 and avoid catastrophy against an FCS team. I don’t know how we pulled it out and I don’t really care, let’s just not do that again. Here’s to moving forward and getting some players healthy during the bye week before the big Thursday night showdown.


Article written by Kaan Solagan

Senior at the University of Kentucky. Atherton High School Alumnus. "Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth." - The Greatest

31 Comments for Stoops comments on ‘fortunate win’

    10:36 am October 4, 2015 Permalink

    I’ll take 4-1…don’t care if the 4 wins are all forefeits

  2. The Rest of the story
    10:46 am October 4, 2015 Permalink

    Isn’t it up to you coach Stoops to prepare the team for Every game. Out coached by an FCS coach? Time to evaluate yourself and your whole staff if you ask me.

    • FCS Coach?
      10:55 am October 4, 2015 Permalink

      That was the most ignorant comment. That FCS coach was the D coordinator at WAke Forest when they went to the Orange Bowl. The rest of the staff has coached in the NFL and other FBS schools. Hell the recruiting coordinator (Keith Kidd) was with the Broncis when they went to the super bowl two years ago. Get your facts together before you try to disrespect a coaching staff. A good staff can win with average talent EKU should have last night

    • UKinIN
      11:08 am October 4, 2015 Permalink

      Yes it’s Stoops’ job to prepare the team but he and his staff did not get “out coached”. Just like they didn’t get out played or you could say that UK didn’t deserve to win. When you win, no matter how ugly the win, it’s impossible to say you were out coached, out played or didn’t deserve it. The only team to out coach and out play UK this season is Florida and that close loss looks more like an accomplishment every week.

    • The Rest of the story
      11:21 am October 4, 2015 Permalink

      Yes drink the Kool Aid it is good for you….LOL

    • CATandMONKEY
      11:23 am October 4, 2015 Permalink

      You couldn’t carry Paul Harvey ‘s jock with a bucket.

    • DerbyDemon
      12:49 pm October 4, 2015 Permalink

      I absolutely LOVE the way you homers always find excuses. Stoops is QUOTED as saying “we got out-coached,” yet you idiots say he wasn’t. And the other idiotic comment about “he was the D coordinator at Wake Forest,” BFD. UK was outplayed and out-coached whether you want to admit it or not. The entire staff and the players owe everyone in this Commonwealth an apology for its high school display of football.

    • Uhm, Derby Demon
      12:54 pm October 4, 2015 Permalink

      It is a BFD that he coached at Wake Forest. The point the poster above was trying to make was that these were good coaches on EKU’s sideline. He’s making same point you are.

  3. Drew Barker's Father
    11:06 am October 4, 2015 Permalink

    Should’ve lost last night but have no fear Towles will give wins to all the real SEC schools coming up. How everyone still believes in this kid is beyond me, you’ve all drank the blueberry ice koolaide.


    • CPKIII
      11:20 am October 4, 2015 Permalink

      Heard many of the same comments about Woodson his JR year.

      If what you say is true, we do not beat SC and Missouri and how inconsistent must Barker be to not win the starting job?

      The team as a whole stunk last night, but the UK of 5 years ago lays down and loses by 2 touchdowns. Instead we are 4-1.

    • KES
      11:22 am October 4, 2015 Permalink

      Let me reiterate, Drew Barker will NEVER play significant minutes here and is being recruited over as we speak! I watche dhim play sinc pee wee football in the boone county pee wee football league. I do know some players and some players parents. If you are looking or Drew to change this program, you are in for a rude awakening

    • CATandMONKEY
      11:25 am October 4, 2015 Permalink

      Yep, Towles is responsible for the 55 yards rushing that we amassed over four quarters.

  4. cat scat
    11:23 am October 4, 2015 Permalink

    Most unprepared team I’ve watched. This falls on Stoops
    Yes the players didn’t show up, and yes Towles was his normal inconsistent self, but this team wasn’t prepared period.

    • CATandMONKEY
      11:27 am October 4, 2015 Permalink

      I might nominate the Saints or Raiders for thar distinction.

    • The Rest of the story
      11:28 am October 4, 2015 Permalink

      Gee good to see someone else sees it the way I do.

    • cats fan
      12:53 pm October 4, 2015 Permalink

      Stop being a Homer ionnieb this team was NOT prepared and Ole sunshine Towles is just not very good.

  5. NStewart
    11:32 am October 4, 2015 Permalink

    A win is a win is a win is a win.

    I will take a win over s loss any day.

    Who knows maybe coach Stoops felt a little sorry for EKIU & told the guys to take it easy on them. I can hear coach now let’s let them have the1st three quarters, & then let’s stomp their ass in the 4th.

    • John
      12:00 pm October 4, 2015 Permalink

      I hope your joking, otherwise it’s evident you’ve never played sports.

    • NStewart
      12:22 pm October 4, 2015 Permalink

      Yes John my comment was a Joke. Except the part a win is a win.

  6. aja
    11:33 am October 4, 2015 Permalink

    EKU’s offensive coordinator used to be at Kentucky Christian University in Grayson, an NAIA school with about 550 students.

    • I hope your point isn't to
      12:00 pm October 4, 2015 Permalink

      downplay the abilities of that coaching staff. Damron started his coaching career at EKU under Roy Kidd in the mid-90’s. Before that he led Georgetown to a ’91 NAIA National Championship as their quarterback. One of the defensive coaches was the defensive player of the game for a Georgetown National NAIA championship in 2000 and then was a grad assistant for the 2001 Georgetown championship team and was an assistant for them until he left for EKU . He played and coached under a head coach, Bill Cronin, who is currently 4th in all time wins for active NAIA coaches and 23d in wins all time.

      Some of those guys coached and played under Roy Kidd.

      That is a well coached program that many here aren’t giving the respect that it deserves.

    • Damn
      12:08 pm October 4, 2015 Permalink

      That’s crazy. But all coaches start out somewhere Coach Stoops didn’t always coach at the FBS level. It’s all about the X and Os. Preparation and a solid game plan.

    • I'll add
      12:37 pm October 4, 2015 Permalink

      Damron, while the quarterback at Georgetown College, played for the current NAIA leader in all-time wins, Kevin Donley. Donley now coaches at St. Francis in Indiana. These aren’t idiots on EKU’s sideline.

  7. BtownUKFan
    11:45 am October 4, 2015 Permalink

    All you boo-birds out there whining about Coach Stoops will you please name me one other coach who took over an SEC team as his FIRST head coaching job and had the kind of three year developmental growth that Coach Stoop’s has had. He is still learning how to prep his team for games and what in-game decisions the head coach has to make.
    This is why I will continue to support Coach Stoops:
    1) Smart guy with good football pedigree
    2) Accountable
    3) Excited to be at Kentucky
    4) Able to sell Kentucky’s football program to recruits when their history is lacking in exceptional selling points.
    Go ahead and jump off the wagon, we won’t miss you.

  8. Rick Majerus
    11:54 am October 4, 2015 Permalink

    I did a triple take……… I was sure that was my picture posted by mistake.

    Mark eating the stress away.

  9. roundball fool
    12:44 pm October 4, 2015 Permalink

    Great to hear Coach taking the blame.

    We looked flat and unprepared.

    Still, we won. I think that’s an improvement over the past.

  10. Aja
    1:26 pm October 4, 2015 Permalink

    The point is to show that paying out mega-millions for supposed coaching excellence does not necessarily mean that you will not be outworked by hard-working blue collar guys who might have 1/10th of the resources but have an instinctive feel for the game. Why do Kentucky coaches have to keep saying after their games they were out coached. UK was one 4th down play away from a profound embarrassment.

  11. Harry
    3:46 pm October 4, 2015 Permalink

    Just goes to show you we are good enough to beat good teams but not good enough to overlook mediocre teams. Go Cats

    • Ha!
      7:48 pm October 4, 2015 Permalink

      If we aren’t careful we’re gonna be looking pretty silly when the bowl games come around. I feel like a bitch already for believing in this coach and his staff considering last night and how we didn’t show up to play.

  12. Hahaha
    6:51 pm October 4, 2015 Permalink

    Ahh UK fans….. Congratulations on the win cats. bLam off to the cry baby fans who think their opinions count for anything. Stoops doesn’t care, Mitch doesn’t care, no one cares so shut up

  13. Joker Phillips
    2:36 am October 5, 2015 Permalink

    Miss me yet?