December 2016 archive

UK-Georgia Tech postgame notes, numbers

Benny Snell (Vicky Graff Photo)

TaxSlayer Bowl, Kentucky vs. Georgia Tech
EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Fla.
Dec. 31, 2016

FINAL SCORE: Georgia Tech 33, Kentucky 18
Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky ends the season 7-6 overall. Georgia Tech is 9-4.
Georgia Tech leads the series 12-7-1, hailing back to the days that Tech was a member of the Southeastern Conference. Prior to today, the teams had not played since 1960.
Making its 16th bowl appearance, Kentucky has an 8-8 record in postseason play.
This was Kentucky’s first appearance in the TaxSlayer Bowl. This was the 62nd edition of the event which began as the Gator Bowl in 1946.

Kentucky vs. Georgia Tech Photo Gallery

Photos by Vicky Graff

Don’t forget all the good things Kentucky football did this season because of bowl loss


Kentucky players, coaches and have to be disappointed with Saturday’s 33-18 loss to Georgia Tech in the TaxSlayer Bowl in Jacksonville. But don’t be disappointed in this 7-6 season that included four Southeastern Conference wins, a win over Louisville and the team’s first bowl bid in six years.

Just look at what my long-time friend and colleague Darrell Bird posted on Twitter before the game. “Win, lose or draw today what Stoops, his staff and these kids have done this season is remarkable and to be celebrated,” Bird posted on Twitter.

He’s right, too.

Boom Williams declaring for draft

Boom Williams (Vicky Graff Photo)


Maybe Mark Stoops wasn’t sure what junior running back Boom Williams was going to do about the NFL draft, but Williams knew.

He announced after Kentucky’s loss to Georgia Tech in the Taxslayer Bowl that he was going to declare for the draft and bypass his final year at UK.

He said he made the decision Friday night so he would not have any distractions on Saturday. He also did not tell anyone else to avoid distractions for them.

Kentucky Begins SEC Play in Knoxville vs. Streaking Tennessee

Maci Morris (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – After navigating through the nation’s third-most difficult schedule thus far with nine non-conference wins, the No. 17 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team is set to begin Southeastern Conference play on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET inside Thompson-Boling Arena against the Tennessee Lady Vols, who have won four straight games.

The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2 with Pam Ward on play-by-play and Gail Goestenkors as the analyst. The game can also be seen through WatchESPN on computers, smartphones and tablets. Now in his 12th season, Neil Price will have the call on the UK Sports Network. Fans in Lexington can hear Price’s call of the game on 630 AM WLAP.

Georgia Tech coach praises Kentucky offensive line

Cole Mosier (74) and Nick Haynes are two of UK’s offensive linemen. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Here is what Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson and three of his players said Friday going into today’s TaxSlayer Bowl against Kentucky.

THE MODERATOR: We are excited to have Georgia Tech here. It’s been a great week. We’ll open this up with Coach Johnson giving an opening comment, then we’ll take questions.

COACH JOHNSON: Thank you, good morning. Let me just start out by thanking all the TaxSlayer Bowl people. The week has gone by so quickly, everything is well-planned, well thought out. Everybody from Georgia Tech that’s been involved has had a great time.

Cats know winning TaxSlayer Bowl important for Stoops, Kentucky program

Quarterback Stephen Johnson knows what a win Saturday would mean to the UK program. (Wade Upchurch Photo)

Here is what Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and four of his players had to say today’s TaxSlayer Bowl press conference going into Saturday morning’s game.

THE MODERATOR: Welcome, Coach Stoops and your players. We’re excited about having you playing in the 72nd game. Coach will say a few words as we get started.

Briscoe credits teammates for triple-double

Isaiah Briscoe (Wade Upchurch Photo)

Here is what Isaiah Briscoe had to say Thursday night after becoming only the third player in UK basketball history to record a triple double.

On his triple-double …
“Honestly I was just out there playing as hard as I can. I had a lot of talks with KP (Kenny Payne) and things like that. He was just saying, ‘Clear start. New season.’ Everything like that. So I was just out there playing as hard as I can. I see that I got a triple-double, but I give credit to my teammates for putting me in the position that they were.”

Stoops: Cats have had “easy” time making transition for bowl preparation

Mark Stoops (Vicky Graff Photo)


Casual and loose are not words Kentucky coach Mark Stoops usually uses to describe his football team. Yet he did exactly that in Jacksonville Thursday as UK gets set to face Georgia Tech Saturday at 11 a.m. in the TaxSlayer Bowl.

“I think our preparation’s been good. Hopefully we’ll go out and play that way,” Stoops said. “I’ve been to many bowls before, never as a head coach, but to be honest with you, the people here have made it so seamless, it’s been very easy. Our operations people, our administration, the folks here have made it very easy for us. There’s been no issues.”

UK-Ole Miss postgame notes, numbers

UK fan Ashley Judd showed up at Ole Miss Thursday as did actor Morgan Freeman. (Keith Taylor Photo)

Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
Kentucky at Ole Miss, The Pavilion, Oxford, Miss.
Dec. 29, 2016
Attendance: 9,086
Final Score: No. 8/8 Kentucky 99, Ole Miss 76
Team Records and Series Notes
• Kentucky is 11-2 (1-0 Southeastern Conference). Ole Miss is 9-4 (0-1 SEC)
◦ Kentucky leads the all-time series 105-13
▪ The Wildcats have won eight in a row
▪ The two teams played each other in their Southeastern Conference opener for the third season in a row
◦ Kentucky is 28-10 at Ole Miss
▪ John Calipari is 13-4 against Ole Miss
• This was Kentucky’s fourth consecutive game away from Rupp Arena, and second-straight true road game. The Wildcats are 5-1 away from Rupp Arena, and 1-1 in true road games
• Kentucky will play its SEC home opener on Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN