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Ten Doors Mark Stoops Knocked Down in 2016

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A season filled with surprises has a surprise ending.  Kentucky is heading to the Gator TaxSlayer Bowl.

“We were the only school in the SEC that has not participated in this bowl,” Mark Stoops said at Monday’s press conference.  “It will be fun for us.  Just trying to knock down another door.

Stoops isn’t a demolition man, he’s just a fan of using that metaphor to say, “we’re doing things that haven’t been done here in a long time.”   Here’s a list of some of the doors Stoops’ troops have busted through in 2016.

1.  Kentucky is bowl eligible for the first time since 2010.

2.  The Cats won the Governor’s Cup for the first time since 2010.  It was UK’s first win over a ranked opponent on the road since 2002.

3. UK has two 1,000 rushers for the first time in program history, the only Power 5 school to accomplish that feat in 2016.

4. UK set a record for yards per carry at 5.5, breaking the record of 4.94 per carry in 1974.

5. UK’s 2,895 rushing yards are the third-most in program history, only 65 behind the 1976 Peach Bowl Champs.  If UK rushes for 230 yards against Georgia Tech (11 yards short of their average), it will be the new UK record for most rushing yards in a season.

6. Kentucky finished .500 in the SEC for the first time since 2006.

7. This happened, if only for a moment:

8.  The Cats won on a field goals in the last minute, not once, but twice.  Only one other player has hit two game-winning field goals in the final minute: Doug Pelphrey.

9.  The Kentucky offense racked up more than 581 yards of offense four times this season, a new record.

10. The Cats finished the regular season with seven wins for the first time since 2009, also the last time UK finished with a winning record.

There are probably more.  Pardon me for missing one or two, but there’s too many to keep track of; it was that kind of a year for the Kentucky football team.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

2 Comments for Ten Doors Mark Stoops Knocked Down in 2016



  1. Ridge Runner
    12:57 pm December 10, 2016 Permalink

    Good list Nick and I have to add… winning back many doubters like me.



  2. cats42301
    3:03 am December 12, 2016 Permalink

    His name is spelled PELFREY, as in Doug Pelfrey not Pelhprey like John Pelphrey. Seriously do any of you all other than Tyler proofread or make sure you have names spelled correctly? Apparently not. It may just be a little thing to you but it is aggravating for readers to try to read a column where you haven’t even taken the time to make sure you have names spelled right.