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Mark Stoops: “We are going to stick together”

Mark Stoops (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky’s 20-14 overtime loss at Texas A&M Saturday stopped UK’s winning streak and also has left  many second guessing the UK offense that has struggled the last six quarters with just one touchdown and not many first downs.

Maybe Kentucky coach Mark Stoops sensed it might be easy for the 5-0 start to be forgotten and some turmoil hit his team. That’s why I thought he issued the right message to his team after the loss.

“I told them to handle themselves the right way. We are going to stick together. Everybody needs to be personally responsible for how they handle themselves,” Stoops said.

He said the team needed Monday to “decompress” before resuming practice today.

“We are going to hit the rest button and look at all things we did to get to 5-1 and things we need to work on,” Stoops said. “We all need to be very critical of ourselves and things we can do better.

“I told them I was very proud of them. They need to hold their heads high. They fought until the end. We just gotta get back to work and execute and do some things better.”

Kentucky plays again Oct. 20 when it hosts Vanderbilt. The game is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff on the SEC Network.

 

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