Stoops says Cats must start faster

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Following Kentucky's loss to Mississippi State, coach Mark Stoops said his team must get off to a faster start. The Cats fell behind 21-7 early in Thursday's game, then fought back in the second half before falling 28-22.

"We started too slow again." said Stoops. "We tried to combat that all week, we talked about it, we needed to come out strong and execute in the first half on both sides of the ball... didn't do that, they did."

The Kentucky offense totaled 325 yards for the night, the most against an SEC team this season. Senior running back Raymond Sanders carried 14 times for 86 yards and said no one will give up. "It was easy to give up, it's easy to give up now as the season goes on. I believe guys are going to keep fighting and it's going to come around."

UK returns to action November 2 in Commonwealth Stadium against Alabama State. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m., the game televised by CSS.

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