If you’re looking for reason number one Kentucky lost to Georgia, Mark Stoops has it: missed tackles. Stoops lamented about the number of errors by his defense multiple times throughout the postgame press conference.
“This one hurts,” Stoops said. “Really have to give credit to Georgia; they beat us in all phases. We’ll learn a lot from this. We did not execute at times, at times we got outmanned. We missed more tackles than I can remember.”
Georgia had 331 rushing yards to Kentucky’s 84, the key stat of the night. The Cats are normally great against the run, but had no answer for D’Andre Swift (156 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns) and Elijah Holyfield (115 rushing yards, 1 touchdown). What is it about Georgia running backs?
“If they rush for 300-plus yards, you’re not going to win very many games,” Stoops said. “There’s a lot of things we can do better and again, a lot of that has to do with them. That’s why they do that to a lot of people. What they do is complicated and it’s difficult to defend with athletes that they have in space. We’ll get better. Our team will get back on track.”
Many people are asking if the moment was too big for Kentucky today; Stoops said he liked his team’s preparation but not their execution.
“I don’t know. I think our team, all week had great preparation. We stayed in our routine. Against a very, very good team like that, have to execute and be extremely precise along with being athletic and physical and all the things they do and they have. They have explosive guys on both sides of the line of scrimmage. You have to play better.”