November 2019 archive

What’s the big deal with L’s down after a UK win

Kentucky kept the Governor’s Cup Saturday but giving the L’s down sign upset some. (Vicky Graff Photo)


Would seem there was no way to have a controversy after Kentucky pounded Louisville 45-13 Saturday, it’s second straight lopsided win over the Cardinals, but apparently I was wrong.

Kentucky ran at will as Louisville had no answers for Lynn Bowden or Kentucky’s explosive running plays. Yet after the game it appeared Louisville coach Scott Satterfield was complaining to Kentucky coach Mark Stoops about some Cats giving the “L’s down” signal during the game and right before it ended.

“Alpha dog” Lynn Bowden proves Eddie Gran’s belief in him was more than justified

Louisville could not find a way to stop Lynn Bowden. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By KEITH TAYLOR, Kentucky Today

LEXINGTON— Lynn Bowden Jr. may not be a serious contender for the prestigious Heisman Trophy Award, but there’s no doubt he is Kentucky’s Most Valuable Player.

The Kentucky receiver-turned-quarterback rushed for 284 yards and four touchdowns, including a 60-yard dash to the end zone to open the second half to lead the Wildcats to a 45-13 win over rival Louisville in the Governor’s Cup Saturday.

Lynn Bowden, Wildcats run over Louisville

Lynn Bowden says thanks to fans after his record-setting performance against Louisville. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By CHANDLER WILCOX, Contributing Writer

Kentucky absolutely ran over Louisville today in the Battle of the Bluegrass, winning 45-13 and officially finishing the season 7-5.

Once again, Kentucky was masterful in the run game, as they rushed for yet another school record 517 rushing yards.

“I think it’s a testimony to our kids and the coaches,” offensive coordinator Eddie Gran said about the way the team is able to run the ball. “They’ve done a good job of mixing formations and personnel.”

Kentucky volleyball senior day photo gallery (Larry Vaught Photos)

Saturday was Senior Day for UK volleyball against Ole Miss as it went for a win to clinch its third straight SEC championship for coach Craig Skinner.

Kentucky-UAB photo gallery by Vicky Graff

Kentucky’s length disrupted UAB

Nick Richards (Vicky Graff Photo)


Coming into Friday night’s game in Rupp Arena, UAB coach Robert Eshan had one of the nation’s best offensive rebounding teams.

That changed against Kentucky.

“We only got eight offensive rebounds. When we did, I thought their length extremely bothered us. Maybe more mentally than anything,” Eshan said. “They didn’t block a whole lot of shots, but we missed and were hurried because of their length and athleticism.

Support from former players is appreciated by Mark Stoops

Jacob Tamme had his family with him at midfield last week when he was honorary game captain when UK played UT-Martin. (Vicky Graff Photo)


Having former players coming to support the current Cats is something that coach Mark Stoops really likes.

Former UK All-American linebacker Josh Allen came back to Lexington for a game on his NFL bye week. When Kentucky played Vanderbilt in Nashville, current Tennessee Titan and former all-SEC linebacker Wesley Woodyard gave the Cats a “pep talk” after their Friday practice.

Is Ashton Hagans best point guard in country? John Calipari says yes or show him who is better

Ashton Hagans (Vicky Graff Photo)


Ashton Hagans believes he’s the best point guard in college basketball, an attitude that coach John Calipari always wants his point guard to have.

However, the Kentucky coach just happens to agree with Hagans and made that clear after watching Hagans dish out a career-high 12 assists (he has also 12 against Tennessee in the SEC Tournament loss last season) to go with nine points and two steals. It was his fourth straight game with five or more assists — equaling the longest streak of his career — and his second straight game with eight or more assists.

Nick Richards, EJ Montgomery combine to lead Cats over UAB

EJ Montgomery (Vicky Graff Photo)

By TESS McLAMB, Kentucky Today

LEXINGTON — Although Thanksgiving Day has ended, Kentucky refused to end the holiday weekend without giving Big Blue Nation one more reason to be thankful.

The ninth-ranked Wildcats continued their string of double-digit victories with a 69-58 win over the University of Alabama Birmingham on Friday night in Rupp Arena.

Since a 67-64 loss to Evansville earlier this month, Kentucky has won four straight, all in the BBN Showcase, which came to a close with the win over the Blazers.

Louisville’s explosive plays worry Mark Stoops

Kentucky players hope to be smiling again Saturday after the game like they were last year when they beat Louisville. (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By KEITH TAYLOR, Kentucky Today

LEXINGTON — Like most football coaches in the country, Mark Stoops has been impressed with Louisville’s progress under first-year Cardinals coach Scott Satterfield.

Similar to his predecessor, Bobby Petrino, the Kentucky coach said Satterfield and his staff “do a nice job of setting things up and getting the ball down the field.”