LANE | Stoops Remains Confident in his Cats
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Two teams looking to change their recent fortunes will get together in Athens Saturday when Kentucky visits Georgia.
The Wildcats have dropped three straight to fall to 4-4 (2-4 SEC) on the season, including consecutive one-sided losses at Mississippi State and at home last Saturday to Tennessee. The Bulldogs have lost three of four to drop to 5-3 (3-3 SEC).
"We are looking forward to Georgia," said UK Head Coach Mark Stoops. "That is the beautiful thing is we have another great challenge going in and playing at Georgia, on the road, and a team that is probably upset just like us. The only way you can erase this feeling in your program is to get a victory. I am sure they feel the same way."
Stoops headed off any questions about his team's effort as things got away from his Cats in the 52-21 defeat to the Vols.
"We are anxious to get back to work," said Stoops. "I don't see one bit of anything within our program or in our players after watching that film - there is not one bit of me that thinks our hearts were not in it. Not at all. Our speeds were good, they were flying around and playing football. We have to do a better job in critical situations and a lot of that comes down to third downs on both sides of the ball."
Kentucky has four games remaining. Following Georgia, the Cats visit Vanderbilt then host Charlotte and Louisville to close out the season. Stoops was asked if his players still think about six wins and making a bowl game.
"I am sure they probably do," said the third year head coach. "I hope they use any motivation they can. You know I don’t talk about that because I don’t want to talk about a number. With four games left, I don’t want to say, ‘let’s get two,’. What am I just going to give up on two? We are going to go try to get this one. I hope they feel like, like you said it is the last four games. That was the message after the game, don’t hang you head. Don’t question things. Get back to work. It is not fun. It is not okay. We are not happy. Now what are we doing to do about it? Get some sleep, take care of your body on Sunday and get back to work on Monday...I do feel good about it, I feel like this team will be ready to do that."
The Wildcats are bidding for a fifth win at Georgia all-time and a first since 2009. Kickoff is Noon in Athens.