By LARRY VAUGHT
Mississippi State felt it was within just a few plays of beating Kansas State in a game last week that it felt it should have won.
That’s a feeling Kentucky understands well after blowing a 21-10 fourth-quarter lead and falling 29-21 to Florida last week.
That sets up a game this Saturday in Starkville between two teams eager not only to get a SEC win but also wipe out the memories of last week.
“I wouldn’t necessarily categorize it as desperation but it’s two teams coming off of tough losses against quality components. (Kentucky) had it down to the wire with the opportunity to kick the field goal and unfortunately for – no pun intended – the poor kid [Kentucky placekicker Chance Poore] the ball went wide right and it could’ve been the difference of the game,” Moorhead said.
“I’m sure coach Stoops is a little bit disappointed but a lot a bit anger about the loss just like I am. I’m not saying that any of us are pleased that we had a close game against a Power 5 opponent that’s undefeated. We’re not happy about it.
“In terms of motivation, I don’t think you’ll see desperation. I think you’ll see two teams who played close games that are a little upset and a little angry about the outcome that are going to come loaded for bear and get this thing back on track.”
Kentucky lost a similar heartbreaker to Florida in Lexington two years ago and then almost lost to Eastern Michigan the next week. It took a late end zone interception to save UK’s win.
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops doesn’t want that kind of hangover to linger this week.
“It’s a big, big focus this week. I talk about each situation every week. With this, moving on to Mississippi State, we don’t have much time to dwell on it. It’s next man up, next battle, next punch, next time to get another opportunity against a quality team on the road,” Stoops said.
“There’s other things. With some young guys going on the road, going down there, they’ll be rocking their cowbells, it will be a raucous crowd. Been guys that haven’t been exposed to that yet. We’ll try to get ready for that this week.”