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Stoops: Kentucky’s loss to Tennessee ‘a tough pill to swallow’

A somber Mark Stoops addressed reporters following Kentucky’s 17-13 loss to Tennessee, still coming to terms with the Cats squandering first and goal on their final possession.

“Comes down to a goal line stand and our players fought extremely hard. You come up a yard short and it’s very, very difficult. A tough pill to swallow.”

Kentucky’s chances died on a Lynn Bowden rush for no gain at the two-yard line. When asked, Stoops said he wanted to save his timeouts in case the Vols got the ball back and faltered.

“I thought Lynn played a really good play. I’ll never argue with Lynn taking it right there and he stretched it to the perimeter. We’ll probably look at it and feel like if he would have pitched it would have been a foot race to the pylon and probably had a chance. But I’m not going to argue with that kid and the way he has a chance to pull the ball down and try to drive it in there and get the one yard. Credit them for a nice stop.”

Once again, Bowden took plenty of hits and appeared to be limping at the end of the game, but Stoops was confident he’ll be able to play vs. Vanderbilt on Saturday. If so, will he line up at quarterback or wide receiver? Stoops said Sawyer Smith was available tonight, but the staff chose to go with Bowden.

“Yeah. He was. He was available. We always think about it or discuss it but we were riding with Lynn. We got the ball down there with a heck of a drive there at the end and really wasn’t intentional, it’s just who we are, being very methodical right now and having to get tough yards, and with that, you take that, whatever that was, five, six-minute drive and make them use timeouts and punch that in right there and you feel pretty good about your chances in predictable paths.”

There’s no sugar coating it; tonight’s loss sucks. Stoops said as much, admitting that it’s tough to help his players up off the floor after the second painful loss in a row to the Volunteers.

“I can’t. I can’t. That’s what I talked to the team about. I appreciate their effort and preparation and there’s going to be frustration and we’ve got to control that because it’s hard. These guys invest a lot. And when you invest what we invest, it’s going to hurt. So, we’ve got to handle that as best you can and try to keep the frustration to yourself and regroup and then go look at the film and look at the areas where we can do things better. And that’s the only way you can handle it.”

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17 Comments for Stoops: Kentucky’s loss to Tennessee ‘a tough pill to swallow’



  1. The Professor
    11:50 pm November 9, 2019 Permalink

    Stoops failed his FSU audition miserably. Eddie Gran is Stoop’s Achilles heel.



    • [email protected]
      8:48 am November 10, 2019 Permalink

      Agree, If FSU would take him after this showing they’re desperate. What are we saying to any QB recruit that sees three Quarterbacks on the bench and WR playing QB. Stoops has never gotten SEC quality QBs at UK. We make do with what we can recruit but all in all it’s not good enough. Terry may be our best be he’s not the caliber you need in the SEC. We play Smith in the SC game throw the ball bunches of times with him injured, we put Lynn in when game is over and we score. Smith now healthy Lynn absolutely can’t throw the ball that’s obvious unless the target is standing still. he can’t see over the line of scrimmage unless out of the pocket. Now Smith’s not good enough. We score on our first two possessions and that’s it. Running for 302 yards doesn’t mean much if you can’t score. Lynn’s a great athlete but not a good QB. AS fans we can complain but nothing going’s to change. We can blame Eddie or any other assistant but the buck stops at Stoops. He has recruited players good enough you will win some games. He does not seem to be a very good game coach. I doubt it will get better seeing he’s been here 7 years and we keep seeing the same thing regardless of the OC. Some of the worst play calling I’ve ever seen. Let’s face it this year we’re average at best and that lays on Stoops. Thanks for coming to the game Joey Galloway.



  2. angscot1
    11:51 pm November 9, 2019 Permalink

    Look at the film and see what you can do better? THROW THE [email protected]#$>&” BALL!! THAT’S WHAT YOU CAN DO!



  3. makeitstop
    11:53 pm November 9, 2019 Permalink

    He’s a terrible coach. He can swallow any pills he wants it won’t fix that.



    • catsarerunnin
      6:24 am November 10, 2019 Permalink

      You’ll live



    • Jester
      11:31 am November 10, 2019 Permalink

      looks like we’ve found the guy who’s satisfied with mediocrity. Thanks for showing up, “catsarerunnin.”



  4. Dakywildcats
    11:56 pm November 9, 2019 Permalink

    U can’t fix stupid



    • dcforuk
      12:56 am November 10, 2019 Permalink

      I see stupid all the time manifested in inaccurate grammar, incomplete punctuation and using letters for words like it is a license plate for a cause or something!



  5. pgsays
    11:59 pm November 9, 2019 Permalink

    Think how the people who are paying to go to these games feel!!



  6. Collie
    12:05 am November 10, 2019 Permalink

    Don’t waste time watching film. Look at the stats. You ran the ball 64 times, dominated the clock, and passed the ball 7 times. That doesn’t work. Watch the LSU film. That is how you run routes and pass the ball. Time of possetion means nothing if you don’t score. Fire Eddie Gran!



    • dcforuk
      1:00 am November 10, 2019 Permalink

      Wow! Who put UK in a position to dominate time of possession playing with a W/R as QB? Who recruited the players who played and put them in a position to dominate time of possession?



    • kjd
      9:11 am November 10, 2019 Permalink

      Time of possession means nothing when you lose in the end!



    • Collie
      3:46 am November 10, 2019 Permalink

      Pretty sure most of those players were not recruited by Eddie Gran. But Eddie Gran called the plays that ran the clock and came up short on the score board.



    • kjd
      9:13 am November 10, 2019 Permalink

      Gran is controlled by Stoops. Gran is directed to eat clock and play with only the run portion of the playbook. Tough to win with those restraints.



  7. Swizzle
    12:16 am November 10, 2019 Permalink

    It’s bball season. Can no longer deal with these coaching decisions. Leave a hurt sawyer in too long vs sc. This cluster tonight, and against Florida. If he wants to go to fsu let him. Get a coach that actually plays to win and has a set.



  8. Hatchet
    7:52 am November 10, 2019 Permalink

    Problem is you had 2 chances at 4 and 1, and you punted. Then asked about why you didn’t go for it and you said. We didn’t have enough time to score. REALLY, keep the ball and keep driving. Don’t give the ball over.



  9. BluKudzu
    5:34 pm November 10, 2019 Permalink

    Stoops has to take the blame for the mess this year. He is paid well to get results. It starts at the top. What is on the field is a result of who is in charge of the program.

    Can 5 million get us better. You bet it would.