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Stoops has seen enough to be impressed by Georgia Tech

Center Jon Toth is glad UK is in a bowl game. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Center Jon Toth is glad UK is in a bowl game. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

He really has not had time to start breaking down what Georgia Tech does best, but Kentucky coach Mark Stoops knows his team’s Taxslayer Bowl opponent scored 38 points against Vanderbilt — a team that stymied UK’s offense.

“Anybody that rushes and scores against Vandy like that, obviously, they have a good offense. So what was it, 38-7? That’s an impressive win, because we all know Vanderbilt can play some defense,” Stoops said.

Stoops watched Georgia Tech earlier this season when he was preparing his team to play Vanderbilt.

“I had a chance to watch then some, but I didn’t know we were going to play them at the time,” Stoops said Monday. “But, no, I have not had a minute to watch any film on Georgia Tech, other than looking at their schedule and looking at who they beat.  I know they had an impressive win against Vandy, and obviously winning (against) Georgia is an impressive win as well and they finished strong, beating Virginia Tech, beating Virginia. So obviously they’re playing very good football at the end of the year.”

Stoops joked it would be “silly” for him to even offer any scouting take on Georgia Tech.

“Obviously, they’re a good football team that’s very well coached. Coach (Paul) Johnson’s been around a long time. Again, from my background of playing him, I knew it was a real challenge. That was a stressful week for me, and so we’ll have our hands full, but I don’t know much else,” Stoops said.

 

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