Stoops: Cats Bouncing Back

Coming off his team’s worst performance of the season, Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops hinted that Monday’s film review of the Wildcats’ 20-10 loss at Missouri might test the layers of paint in the Nutter Center conference room.

On Tuesday, sophomore wide receiver Ryan Timmons confirmed that to be the case.

“Everybody was really quiet and upset and embarrassed about the lack of effort that we had,” Timmons said.

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Until Stoops put the Cats on blast, as the kids like to say.

“He doesn’t get loud much, but this past Monday was probably the worst I’ve seen him since I’ve been here,” Timmons said.

On Wednesday during the SEC coaches weekly teleconference, Stoops said he likes how his team has responded in preparation for this week’s game against Georgia.

“We’re all held accountable, starting with me to the assistant coaches down to the players,” he said. “We all share in the responsibility of what we’re doing, so we had a good meeting and we put (the Missouri loss) behind us. I like the way the team has responded. They went out Monday and had a good practice, and Tuesday as well, so we’re off to a good start to the week.”

Kentucky (5-4, 2-4 SEC) remains one game short of bowl eligibility after suffering three consecutive lossses. The schedule doesn't get any easier with Georgia, Tennessee and Louisville still remaining and the final two games coming on the road.

Like the Cats, Georgia (6-2, 4-2 SEC) will come into Saturday's game fuming from a poor performance. The Bulldogs were beaten in stunning fashion, 38-20, in their annual rivalry game against Florida.

"Very physical," Stoops said of UGA. "Extremely talented backs. And, again, one of those teams that have great balance, so you can't just load up. They can hurt you through the air as well, so it will be a real challenge."

The Bulldogs enter the game No. 1 in the SEC in scoring offense at 40.5 points per game, powered by a rushing attack that averages 250.2 yards per game. Freshman tailback Nick Chubb, filling in for suspended All-American candidate Todd Gurley, has averaged 6.0 yards per carry.

Those are daunting figures for a UK defense that will enter the matchup 13th in the SEC against the run at 188.6 yards per game.

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