The Wildcats climbed to 14th in the Associated Press ratings and 15th in the coaches' poll on Sunday after their win at Arkansas on Saturday night improved UK's record to 4-0. This is the highest UK has been ranked since the 1977 team was rated No. 6 in the postseason poll. It's also the first time UK has opened Southeastern Conference play with a road win since 1984.
"I guess we expect to move up when teams ahead of us lose and we win against a good opponent on the road that was the defending champion in the (SEC) West," Brooks said on Sunday. "It is nice and it is significant. But we are in a marathon, not a sprint. I would rather be ranked up high at the end of the year rather than early in the year."
Still, Kentucky continues to add to the legacy of this senior class. The Wildcats have now scored 40 or more points in four straight games for the first time in school history. They also have come from behind in the fourth quarter five times in the last nine games to win.
"It is pretty special. The bad news is we have been putting ourselves in situations where we have to do that. The good news is under Andre's leadership and the playmakers we have, we have been able to do that. The good thing is our defense has responded better in the fourth quarter than the previous three in most all of those games. It has been a total team effort and a belief they could do it."
Brooks says the ability quarterback Andre Woodson has shown to lead those comebacks is no surprise to him.
"I have been saying since the start of this season that he is as good as any player in the country at his position. I have not changed my position. He is great player. We would not be sitting here 4-0 without his abilities and the things he has done so well like protecting the football and making plays for us."
Brooks had praise for the defense, which allowed only one touchdown and didn't give up a point on Arkansas' last eight possessions after being gashed most of the first half.
"As bad as we played in the first half, if they don't stop Arkansas after the fumble on the kickoff return (by thingyy Lyons), then the game could have gotten away from us. If they do not stop and hold Arkansas to a field goal after Trevard Lindley chases a guy down after missing him back up the field and gets him on the 5, it could have gotten away. We had a lot of scenarios where the defense did make some big plays.
"I don't think we are where we need to be defensively yet. We are better, but not as much better as I hoped at this point in time. We are still giving up too many big chunks of yards in the running game."
Brooks will continue to emphasize the historical things his team can do as it prepares to host Florida Atlantic with a 5-0 start within reach before it faces difficult SEC games against South Carolina, Florida and LSU.
"They are achieving things that have not been achieved around here in a long time. Those things are very significant and we hope there are a lot more to come," Brooks said.