LEXINGTON, KY. (WKYT) - The Kentucky Wildcats, riding a seven-game losing streak, are looking for motivation as Vanderbilt comes into Commonwealth Stadium Saturday. Two Wildcat defenders say they have some, recalling Zac Stacy's touchdown run in Nashville last November.
In the fourth quarter of the game Vanderbilt went on to win 38-8, Stacy took a handoff and made his way to about the 10 yard line when he was first hit by a Kentucky defender. He then seemed to carry the entire UK dfense over the goal line to score the Commodores final touchdown.
After practice Tuesday, defensive end Collins Ukwu said the memory of the play is a motivator. "I jumped on top of the pile. Ya know, I did it to try to strip the ball from up top. I gave him momentum a little bit, but Zac Stacy, he's a great runner, you can't take that away from him."
Defensive tackle Tristian Johnson was not on the field at the time but he called it a chip on the shoulder. "It's just a chip, because it's something that happened. I know in the off season I was getting ready to start football and it was a 25 top play of college football going into this year. So that's something that I was represented. Even though I didn't play in that game, but when I go back home and I'm seen around town, I'm a Kentucky football player."
UK defensive coordinator Rick Minter didn't agree with his players. "Motivation I think comes with preparation, and ya know, confidence comes with practicing hard and preparing hard. Minter went on, "If all you're doing is looking backward rather than forward, then you're not really preparing for this year's game plan."