BATON ROUGE, La. — Kentucky coach Mark Stoops talks to the media after his team’s 41-3 loss to LSU.
BATON ROUGE, La. — Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles says “you can get humbled super-quick in this league” after his team’s 38-point loss at LSU.
BATON ROUGE, La. — Les Miles’ comments after LSU’s 41-3 win over Kentucky.
“First of all, I would like to commend Kentucky. I felt like they came in, and Coach Stoops had them prepared. I think they are a very quality football team. I thought they played hard. We ran into an opportunity to make a play on special teams. We got the short field on the first drive and we got seven. We are running the football and throwing the football more efficiently. The defense is playing the style of defense that LSU is used to playing.
“Special teams took a stride. We had Tre’Davious White return a punt for a touchdown, and his punt returns were instrumental in the positioning of the field. We are improving. We are in a position to play better, and I think this football team is looking forward to that. I think this was the best overall game we have had this year so far from start to finish. How wonderful was it to be in Tiger Stadium? That was a great venue tonight. Beautiful weather and bunch of Tigers fans.”
On performance of special teams
“I think Tre’Daviuos White is just coming of age as a returner. He is continuing to push the envelope there. He is incrementally improving and getting better. I think he is a very dangerous return man, and he showed that tonight.”
On the performance of Jamal Adams, son of former UK star George Adams
“Jamal Adams is playing so much on defense and special teams and is really an instrumental player and a contributor for us. It was nice to see number 33 playinig tonight.”
On the experience of the football team
“I think what is happening is this football team is coming together. I think there is a want for all three phases to complement one another and play like we played tonight against some of our best opponents. I think the timing is right for that.”
BATON ROUGE, La. — Kentucky offensive coordinator Neal Brown says his unit did little right in the 41-3 loss to LSU, which held the Cats without a touchdown and to a season-low 217 yards.
BATON ROUGE, La. — Running some numbers on Kentucky’s 41-3 loss at LSU.
* Kentucky allowed 303 rushing yards, most since Florida rushed for 405 in 2011.
* LSU’s 51 rushing attempts most by a UK opponent since Western Kentucky rushed 51 times in an overtime win over the Cats in 2012. In a regulation game, it was the most since Vanderbilt rushed 56 times (203 yards) in 2011.
* Kentucky rushed for a season-low 71 yards. Previous low was 81 at Florida.
* UK averaged 2.63 yards rushing Saturday compared to 2.45 against Florida.
* Kentucky gained just 217 total yards, fewest since 2011 in blowout 59-17 loss at Georgia last year.
* Kentucky passed for a season-low 146 yards. Previous low was 170 against Ohio University.
* UK did not score an offensive touchdown for the first time since the Florida game Sept. 28 of last season.
* LSU gained 163 yards on five kick returns — 114 on four punt returns and 49 on one kickoff return. LSU’s Tre’Davious White scored on a 67-yard punt return in the first quarter.
* LSU threw just 15 passes, fewest against UK since Miami of Ohio threw 14 last season. It was the fewest by an SEC opponent since Georgia threw 12 in 2010.
* Patrick Towles was 19-of-36 for 146 yards without a touchdown or an interception. That figures to a passer rating of 86.84, lowest of the season. His previous low was 111.55 against Ohio University.
* Kentucky did not commit a turnover, yet lost by 38 points.
* LSU running back Terrence McGee rushed for 127 yards on just nine carries. UK’s leading rusher was Mikel Horton.
* LSU has won its last 12 games in which it has a 100-yard rusher.
* Kentucky still hasn’t won three consecutive SEC games since 2006.
College football games on television today and tonight:
Saturday, October 18
- 12:00 – Baylor at West Virginia (Fox Sports 1)
- 12:00 – Furman at South Carolina (SEC)
- 12:00 – Iowa at Maryland (ESPN2)
- 12:00 – Kansas State at Oklahoma (ESPN)
- 12:00 – Purdue at Minnesota (Big 10)
- 12:00 – South Florida at Tulsa (ESPN News)
- 12:00 – Tulane at UCF (ESPNU)
- 12:30 – Virginia at Duke (ACC/WKYT)
- 3:30 – Cincinnati at SMU (CBS Sports)
- 3:30 – Clemson at Boston College (ESPNU)
- 3:30 – Michigan State at Indiana (ESPN)
- 3:30 – Rutgers at Ohio State (ABC/ESPN2)
- 3:30 – Texas A&M at Alabama (CBS)
- 3:30 – UCLA at California (ABC/ESPN2)
- 4:00 – Georgia at Arkansas (SEC)
- 4:00 – Oklahoma State at TCU (Fox Sports 1)
- 6:00 – Colorado at USC (Pac-12)
- 7:00 – Georgia Tech at North Carolina (ESPNU)
- 7:00 – Missouri at Florida (ESPN2)
- 7:00 – Tennessee at Ole Miss (ESPN)
- 7:00 – Utah State at Colorado State (CBS Sports)
- 7:30 – Kentucky at LSU (SEC)
- 7:30 – Nebraska at Northwestern (Big 10)
- 8:00 – Notre Dame at Florida State (ABC)
- 8:00 – Washington at Oregon (Fox Sports 1)
- 10:15 – Nevada at BYU (ESPN2)
- 10:30 – Hawaii at San Diego State (CBS)
- 10:30 – Stanford at Arizona State (ESPN)
Big Blue Links for Saturday:
- Once a sure win for LSU, Kentucky is not so much anymore, writes Scott Rabalais of The Advocate.
- LSU wants a complete game and a full stadium, writes Glenn Guilbeau of Shreveport Times.
- After tonight, Les Miles will have faced all the Stoops brothers, writes Randy Rosetta of NOLA.com.
- Ron Higgins of NOLA.com has five things LSU fans probably didn’t know about Kentucky.
- Mark Story of Herald-Leader looks at how UK and LSU match up.
- Story also has three key questions about Kentucky-LSU.
- UK quarterback Patrick Towles may have to be more than a game manager, writes Jennifer Smith of Herald-Leader.
- Four-star tight end C.J. Conrad signs financial papers with UK, reports Ben Roberts of Next Cats. Conrad will participate in spring practice.
- The Wildcat is proving a boost to the UK offense, writes Sam Kahn of espn.
- David Ching of espn.com has four key storylines for Cats-Tigers.
- Kentucky ready to roar in Death Valley, reports Kyle Tucker of C-J.
- Curtain lifts on season of high Big Blue hopes, writes Jerry Tipton of Herald-Leader. Big Blue Madness.
- Herald-Leader photo gallery from Big Blue Madness.
- Kentucky volleyball wins its 11th straight, reports UK Athletics.
SEC links for Saturday:
- Texas A&M’s offense is the new normal, now Alabama just has to stop it, writes Andrew Gribble of the Birmingham News.
- Aggies have changed up practice to battle the grind of eight straight weeks, writes Brent Zwereneman of the Houston Chronicle.
- Todd Gurley-less Georgia aims to overcome again, this time at Arkansas, reports Seth Emerson of Macon Telegraph.
- Another game minus Gurley, another win for Georgia? asks Mark Bradley of AJC.
- Arkansas feels close to a breakthrough, writes Robbie Neiswanger of Arkansas News. The Razorbacks lost 14-13 to Alabama last week.
- Florida has a history of success using two quarterbacks, writes Robbie Andreu of Gainesville Sun.
- Florida-Missouri a must-win for Will Muschamp, writes Jesse Simonton of Miami Herald.
- Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk wants to get back on track, writes David Morrison of Columbia Daily-Tribune.
- Tennessee hopes it’s on same trajectory as Ole Miss, writes Patrick Brown of Chattanooga Times Free Press.
- Ole Miss sophomores delivering on promise sooner than expected, reports Hugh Kellenberger of Clarion-Ledger.
- Golson’s road well worth it for Ole Miss, writes Edward Aschoff of espn.com.
Big Blue Links:
- Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein is marked by a sense of style, writes Jerry Tipton of Herald-Leader.
- John Calipari says platoon system is a luxury, not a requirement, reports Tipton.
- New and returning Cats only have eyes for national title, reports Tipton.
- Study shows that too much talent can be a problem, writes Glenn Logan of A Sea of Blue.
- A scout talks about UK’s impressive list of Big Blue Madness visitors, reports Ben Roberts of Next Cats.
- LSU’s Kwon Alexander burnishes his reputation as a ball hawk, reports Ross Dellenger of The Advocate.
- Kentucky’s Mark Stoops has deftly blended Joker Phillips’ holdovers with his own recruits, reports Jennifer Smith of Herald-Leader.
- LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings got the job done, writes Randy Rosetta of NOLA.com.
- Big Blue Madness is UK basketball practice every day, writes Kyle Tucker of Courier-Journal.
- Tyler Ulis dares you to call him small, writes Mark Story of Herald-Leader.
- Daniel Orton has agreed to deal in China, reports RealGM.
- These are the Came-Back Cats, writes Brett Dawson of Cats Illustrated.
- Calipari on a mission to make two-platoon system work, writes Guy Ramsey of Cats Illustrated.
- Calipari doubles down in search of history, writes Eric Crawford of WDRB.
- Patrick Towles relishes challenge of LSU’s hostile environment, writes Ashley Scoby of KyForward.
- Calipari says those that deserve it will get more minutes, reports Jon Hale of Cats Pause.