Cats out of bowl contention, hope to break SEC skid

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's seniors aren't ending their careers the way they had imagined.

Instead of bowing out with a bowl game, the Wildcats (1-7, 0-5 Southeastern Conference) will be postseason spectators after last week's loss to Georgia officially eliminated them from contention. Their immediate goal now is ending a six-game losing streak in Saturday's conference game at Missouri (3-4, 0-4).

That hasn't been easy for injury-riddled Kentucky, which has been forced to play a significant number of freshmen and sophomores as a result. Despite these challenges, defensive end Taylor Wyndham, center Matt Smith and 13 other seniors have vowed to keep their younger teammates focused through turmoil including speculation over coach Joker Phillips' future.

If it translates into victories, they believe that might define their legacy in a way that postseason won't.

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