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Stoops will “Throw the records out the window” ahead of Governor’s Cup

The seventeenth-ranked Kentucky Wildcats will make the short drive to Louisville this Saturday to take on the 2-9 Cardinals.  To say it’s been a bad season for UofL would be an understatement, but Mark Stoops doesn’t care.

In a rivalry game you can throw the records out the window.  We’re worried about ourselves and playing the best football we can,” Stoops said at Monday’s press conference.  “It’s about us and the way we play.  We know what they’re capable of and how Louisville can play.  They’ve shown signs of that this year.”

I don’t know how many signs of good football UofL could have possibly shown this season, but Stoops is wise to take this approach.  Crazy things have happened in the Governor’s Cup.  Each side has had its fair share of upsets and scuffles.  Last year’s game at Kroger Field got particularly ugly.

“That wasn’t a very good moment for any of us but we’ve all learned from it,” he said. “We always have to play with that edge and that mentality and play physical, but we have to play disciplined football.”

Stoops relishes the emotional moments in the rivalry.  It helped carry the Cats to an incredible upset two years ago at Cardinal Stadium.  However, he must make sure his experienced team strikes the right balance leading into Saturday’s game.

Emotion only goes so far,” said Stoops. “You’ve got to have the edge and the attitude all week.  It’s the end of the year, and our players are beat up and put a lot into it and all that, but they have to find that balance of the proper preparation.  I think it helps with experienced teams.  Sometimes younger guys get too emotional and that’s only going to carry you so far.”

Last Saturday was emotional on each side.  Sixteen seniors said goodbye to Kroger Field while the Wildcats welcomed Josh Paschal back onto the field.  In Louisville, the Cards played their first game without Bobby Petrino.  They rallied for a half, until N.C. State pulled away with an easy 52-10 win.  Stoops did not see any significant differences in scheme from the Cardinals.

“They did what they did this past week.  Obviously the play-caller is different, but they still stuck with their offense.” He added, “They’re not going to re-invent the wheel in the last week, they’re going to play the system that they’ve played.”

You can throw away the records, but Louisville’s system created one terrible record.  If the Cats balance their emotions and prepare to play disciplined football, it should be a fun season finale for Kentucky fans at Cardinal Stadium.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

14 Comments for Stoops will “Throw the records out the window” ahead of Governor’s Cup

  1. Catlogic15
    4:15 pm November 19, 2018 Permalink

    Now that Stoops has told them we’ll prepare for what they’ve been doing, they’ll change it up

    • ClutchCargo
      4:19 pm November 19, 2018 Permalink

      They’re really bad at doing what they have been doing. I doubt that a few days of practicing something different is going to get them over the hump. We just have to not help them with dumb penalties and other mental mistakes.

    • Catlogic15
      4:49 pm November 19, 2018 Permalink

      I’d say a diet of screen passes is in their future.

  2. Le Docteur
    4:26 pm November 19, 2018 Permalink

    Lamar Jackson isn’t walking through that door..

    • mashburnfan1
      4:52 pm November 19, 2018 Permalink

      No but we have Gran and they don’t. That will really help their defensive problems. Have given up

    • mashburnfan1
      4:56 pm November 19, 2018 Permalink

      It cut off the rest….U6 has given up these points the last 6 games…52-54-77-56-38-66. That means Gran may be able to call plays and score 14 or so on them. Gran is the equalizer, without him this would be an easy blowout win.

  3. shelby
    4:34 pm November 19, 2018 Permalink

    Cats by 10

    4:40 pm November 19, 2018 Permalink

    Throw offenses out the window as well!

  5. J. Did
    4:56 pm November 19, 2018 Permalink

    GO CATS!

    POUND lil vuhl.

  6. runningunnin.454
    5:06 pm November 19, 2018 Permalink

    Throw our playbook out the window.

  7. jaws2
    5:29 pm November 19, 2018 Permalink

    I know if they scouted last week, their game plan should be a duplicate of MTSU. The screens were KILLERS!!!

  8. HashtagNoseWhistle
    8:31 pm November 19, 2018 Permalink

    And Stoops will also, “Get back to work.”

  9. wildcatlove4life
    12:48 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

    Lose this game & somebody’s getting fired…Gran knows his job depends on this win, CATs by 24