December 2019 archive

Lynn Bowden: “They put it (the game) in my hands”

Lynn Bowden with UK fans after Saturday’s Belk Bowl win. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By GUY RAMSEY, UK Athletics

Since Lynn Bowden Jr. moved to quarterback, Kentucky has reforged its identity and reached bowl eligibility for the fourth straight year, with records falling along the way.

The Wildcats have done all of it, nearly without exception, by running the football. At least until the very end.

On the final play of his college career, Bowden delivered the game-winning touchdown pass.

“They put it in my hands,” Bowden said. “Glory to God. My o-line, they held up. Like I said, y’all said I couldn’t throw, so over the top it goes.”

Mark Stoops had “all the faith in the world” that Lynn Bowden would complete winning touchdown pass

Kentucky players celebrate Tuesday’s win. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By CHANDLER WILCOX, Contributing Writer

CHARLOTTE — The 2019 Kentucky football season ended in exciting fashion, as the Cats’ defeated Virginia Tech 37-30 in a wild Belk Bowl to finish 8-5 for this football year.

Kentucky was playing behind a score or tied almost the whole game, but was given the chance down 30-24 with the ball with roughly 8:30 left in the game to claim the lead and victory.

They took advantage.

Nick Richards’ practice work now transferring to the court — just ask Leah Edmond

Nick Richards, left, was part of Leah Edmond’s Senior Day ceremony. (Larry Vaught Photo)


It was during her sophomore season when Kentucky volleyball star met basketball player Nick Richards at a party. Edmond said she just kind of “hung out” with the freshman before he finally asked, “Do you want to date?”

Now they have been dating for two years.

“He is definitely the shy one and I am definitely the outgoing one in the relationship,” Edmond said.

Yet when it came time for her volleyball senior day, there was Richards walking out with her and her parents and being introduced as Edmond’s boyfriend.

Did Chris Mack take jab at John Calipari’s coaching, offense?

Ashton Hagans (John Crisologo Photo)


When I heard the comment, I really didn’t think anything about it after Kentucky’s 78-70 overtime win over Louisville Saturday.

But in the last two days I had a lot of friends/UK fans tell me they thought Louisville coach Chris Mack took a shot at Kentucky coach John Calipari when asked about how well UK executed offensively late in the game.

“I want to say this in a respectful way, they don’t run a whole lot. They just put what they perceived to be our weaker defenders in runner action and have the two big guys setting pin downs and just try to run of those screens, gain an angle or gain an advantage,” Mack said.

Calvin Taylor on teammate Josh Paschal: “He’s living proof that God is real. It’s an amazing story.”

Josh Paschal, left, and Calvin Taylor. (Keith Taylor Photos)

By KEITH TAYLOR, Kentucky Today

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Calvin Taylor Jr. still marvels at Josh Paschal’s miraculous comeback from a cancer scare.

“He doesn’t even know this, but he’s real influential with my faith and just believing in God,” Taylor said. “He’s living proof that God is real. It’s an amazing story.”

The University of Kentucky teammates became closer after Paschal was diagnosed with a malignant melanoma on the bottom of his foot prior to the start of the 2018 season. More than a year and numerous cancer treatments later, the two players will be on the field together when Kentucky takes on Virginia Tech in the Belk Bowl set for noon Tuesday.

Believe it or not, Virginia Tech players taunt, insult Lynn Bowden and other Cats

Lynn Bowden (Vicky Graff Photo)


When there was a chance that Kentucky might be matched against Indiana in the Taxslayer Gator Bowl several sources told me that both UK and Indiana officials indicated players would not participate in pre-bowl activities involving the other team to avoid potential issues.

Seldom does any bowl game create a lot of animosity or hostility before the game, but sometimes it does happen.

And it has this week in Charlotte where Kentucky plays Virginia Tech Tuesday at noon in the Belk Bowl.

Zan Payne watching, learning, waiting to play

Zan Payne (Jeff Houchin Photo)


Not being physically able to play the last two seasons has been hard for Kentucky redshirt freshman Zan Payne.

However, having his father, Kenny Payne, as an assistant on the UK coaching staff might even make things harder on him at times than recovering from the knee injury suffered in high school.

“He’s harder on me, so whenever I mess up, he’s always giving me a look or just starie me down,” Zan Payne said. “So, after practice, he’ll teach me what I did wrong.”

Winning will make Belk Bowl lot more fun for Cats

Mark Stoops
Belk Bowl Practice 1
Photo by Britney Howard | Staff

By KEITH TAYLOR, Kentucky Today

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The fun is over and Kentucky is ready to get down to business.

“At this point, you start getting a little anxious (and) you’re ready to go play the game,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said here Monday.

Kentucky has circled the Charlotte Motor Speedway, toured the NASCAR Hall of Fame and visited the Harvest Food Bank since arriving in Charlotte last week. The players and coaches are ready to put the finishing touches on a roller-coaster season that culminates with a first-ever Belk Bowl appearance against Virginia Tech in a New Year’s Eve kickoff set for noon.

Tyrese Maxey, Nick Richards honored for play in win over Louisville

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – After playing leading roles in another signature victory over archrival Louisville on Saturday, Kentucky men’s basketball players Nick Richards and Tyrese Maxey were awarded national and conference honors on Monday.

Maxey was named the National Player of the Week by NCAA March Madness and the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week. Richards shared SEC Player of the Week honors with Arkansas guard Isaiah Joe.

Maxey scored a game- and career-high 27 points with career-high-tying numbers for 3-pointers (four) and rebounds (seven), and Richards notched a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, including scoring seven straight points in overtime with the game on the line.

Vince Marrow says Lynn Bowden one of smartest, nicest, most competitive players he’s ever been around

Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran has had time to add new wrinkles for Lynn Bowden for Tuesday’s Belk Bowl.
(Photo by Britney Howard/UK Athletics)


Not only is Lynn Bowden perhaps the most versatile football player ever at Kentucky, but recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow says there is one other intangible he has that is normally overlooked.

“He is the smartest player we have ever had at UK,” Marrow said. “He was definitely a team guy, too. Both Benny Snell and Josh Allen got a lot of credit last year but Lynn wants to win for this state and this university. He put us on his back. That’s why he’s playing in the Belk Bowl. But he’s also smart enough to figure out how to make it all work.”