This was Kentucky coach Mark Stoops’ opening statement after Florida demolished his team Saturday:
“We got our butts kicked. On offense and defense. On special teams, I guess we did some decent things, but we got handled,” Stoops said. “Got behind the chains offensively. Can’t do that against a quality team.
“They covered us. They disrupted us, got us behind the chains in a lot of negative-yardage plays. We can’t play that way. Defensively, same thing. We’re on the field too much. Can’t get off on third downs, milking us in the run game. Certainly early on taking the shot and hitting us over the head – or over the top and hitting us over the head – was not good. Can’t do that. Not very smart on our part.
“We knew they were patient the drive before and were really outworking us and it was time to take a shot out of their big sets. We talked about it out of the break. We didn’t play very good, we didn’t play very smart. We didn’t play very good in any way, so we’ve got a lot of work to do.”