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Winning is what Johnson consistently has done

Stephen Johnson (15) has done a lot of celebrating during UK's 4-1 run. (Bill Thirry Photo)

Stephen Johnson (15) has done a lot of celebrating during UK’s 4-1 run. (Bill Thirry Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

His passing and ball security might be inconsistent, but one thing has been consistent about quarterback Stephen Johnson — he wins.

Kentucky is 4-1 in games where Johnson has been the primary quarterback and the only loss came at No. 1 Alabama.

“I think it’s certainly a great quality for a quarterback to have. He really does have good poise and resiliency. You have to at that position,” said UK coach Mark Stoops. “You hear us talking about it at all positions, but certainly at quarterback you have to put it behind you and move on to the next play.

“And we’ve seen that throughout games, throughout between series and plays. I like the way he is doing things. I said leading into the game (against Mississippi State) that I had confidence that he would play better, throw the ball better, make better decisions because he has throughout the year, and he did that Saturday and he’ll continue to do that.”

Johnson led a game-winning drive in the final 1 minute, 9 seconds against State, something that should give him added confidence against Missouri today.

“That says a lot because when he came off the field (after his fumble that was returned for a touchdown by State), obviously, he had a bunch of people in his ear starting with me. And that’s just it, too, that we never stop coaching. It’s just always gotta coach and get in their ear and understand those situations because they’re always different,” Stoops said.

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