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Brooks only thinking of Tennessee

Kentucky coach Rich Brooks doesn't want
another relapse following a second historic win that has the
Wildcats bidding for a high finish in the Southeastern Conference.
Brooks said Sunday that he hopes to make Kentucky's 34-27 win at
Georgia this past Saturday as much of an afterthought as possible
as the Wildcats prepare for their regular-season finale against
Tennessee.
"The only thing I'm talking about to my team is beating
Tennessee, that's it," Brooks said.
Kentucky won for the first time at Georgia in 32 years.
Earlier in the season, Kentucky won its first game over Auburn
since 1966, only to lose to Mississippi State two weeks later
because of what Brooks called a victory "hangover."
"A lot of people lost faith," Brooks said. "But we have a
second chance. You don't get a lot of second chances in life, but
we got one."
A win over Tennessee (6-5, 3-4 SEC) would place the Wildcats
second in the SEC East behind top-ranked Florida.
"This would be a significant step for us, as we climb the SEC
ladder," Brooks said. "The top thing is finishing as high as we
can."
Kentucky (7-4, 3-4) has not beaten Tennessee in 24 straight
seasons.
Brooks described the Volunteers as a talented football team on
offense and defense.
Brooks praised his own team for capitalizing on opportunities
against Georgia. The Kentucky defense caused four Georgia second
half turnovers - a key for the Wildcats in overcoming a 20-6
halftime deficit.
"The players have worked hard to get back in this position,"
Brooks said. "Now we have one more major step to take."


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