SEC full of rebounds, so why not Kentucky?


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It began with the first game on the first night, in Columbia, S.C. on Thursday, Aug. 28, when Kenny “Trill” Hill and his Texas A&M Aggies unexpectedly slammed the Steve Spurriers, 52-28.

Two weeks later, South Carolina rolled up its sleeves and atoned for its sins with a huge win over East rival Georgia.

We saw it again two weeks ago, when LSU was buried at Auburn, 41-7, dug itself out of its deep hole the next week and kicked a 50-yard field goal at the buzzer to snap the Gators’ spirit in The Swamp.

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Video: Mark Stoops after blowout loss at LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. — Kentucky coach Mark Stoops talks to the media after his team’s 41-3 loss to LSU.

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Video: Patrick Towles on being humbled at 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.

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Les Miles: “This was best overall game we have had”

BATON ROUGE, La. — Les Miles’ comments after LSU’s 41-3 win over Kentucky.

Opening statement

“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.”

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Video: Neal Brown says “we got beat one-on-one”

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.

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Running some numbers on the Bayou blowout


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.

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Liveblog: Kentucky-LSU football

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College football on television: October 17

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)
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BBL: Kentucky not a “sure-win” for LSU anymore


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SEC: Nick Saban meets another up-tempo offense

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