By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky fans didn’t need CBS-TV announcers to tell them how poorly the Wildcats played in Saturday’ loss at Florida and called it “embarrassing” for the Wildcats.
Yet coach Mark Stoops did not fault his team’s effort that much despite the fiasco.
“I didn’t notice anybody rolling over, but the guys – we certainly didn’t have a lot of energy, that’s for sure,” Stoops said.
But did the Cats quit after they got behind?
Based on what Joe Mussatto of SECcountry.com reported that sophomore linebacker Jordan Jones said after the game, the answer might be yes. Kentucky gave up 564 yards and 28 first downs and 45 unanswered points. Combine that with the 29-0 run Southern Miss had in the opener, and that was 77 straight points allowed by the defense in two games.
“Sometimes when we’re down, a lot of people on our team just tend to quit and think it’s over, and I don’t think it’s over until it’s actually over,” Jones told Mussato. “I think as a whole team we all need to work on fighting back and not giving up and realizing the game’s not over until it’s actually over.
“I think we need to put in more input, watch more film and have a little more swag to us and not give up. Because a lot of times when the offenses score a lot of points and they’re up by a lot of points and our offense isn’t doing very well, people on the defense, and the offense, too, just tend to feel sorry for themselves.
“So as long as we realize we got this and keep fighting back like we’re supposed to — it’s football — then I think we’ll be good.”