Tennessee’s big plays hurt the Kentucky defense, says coordinator D.J. Eliot:
Tennessee coach Butch Jones after win over Kentucky:
Overall thoughts on tonight’s win:
“I thought it was a very complete game. We challenged our football team all week long. This has to be a game of complementary football. We had to play complementary football and really complement each other in all three phases: offense, defense and special teams. We were able to do it. I thought our team showed some maturity on the road.”
On resiliency of his team:
“Our players have been through a lot this year, and it’s kind of galvanized us as a football team and a football program. I’m really proud of them for that. We have a one-game approach. It doesn’t matter who our opponent is. Whether it’s Kentucky, it doesn’t matter. I have a lot of respect for Mark (Stoops) and what he’s building here as well.”
— Mitch Barnhart (@UKMitchBarnhart) November 1, 2015
Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles talks to media after Tennessee loss:
Kentucky offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson after the Cats dropped to 4-4:
Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops after 52-21 loss to Tennessee:
Transcript of Kentucky coach Mark Stoops’ news conference after the 52-21 loss to Tennessee:
MARK STOOPS: It’s not acceptable. It’s not OK. And not very pleased. There are a lot of things that we need to do better that we will. It starts with me.
I’ve got to do a better job of getting the team prepared, our coaches prepared, and not a very good effort.
Give them credit: They beat our butts in all phases. They were much more physical than us. And we’ve got to play with a lot stronger attitude and mentality than that.
So we’ll get back to work. Again, very frustrated, very ticked off the way we played. We have got to play better than that, and we will play better than that, and we will go back to work. We’re 4-4? 4-4.
The only way you make this feeling go away is to go get a victory and go prepare the right way and go in with a tough mentality and go get a win. Go get No. 5 and that’s the only thing we have got to concentrate on.
I have no doubt that this team will do that. We will coach better, they will play better, and we will go put it on the line to get No. 5 this week.
I am at the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland on Saturday so there will be no liveblog for the Kentucky-Tennessee football game, 7:30 p.m. on the SEC Network.
Jennifer Smith and Mark Story are covering the game and you can follow them for updates. Before the game, you can listen to the podcast I did with Jennifer and Mike Strange of the Knoxville News-Sentinel previewing Saturday night’s game.
Also, you can find live UK-UT updates here.