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Stoops blames his coaching

WYMT -- He's a defense-first guy, but Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops watched his team give up 35 points in a season-opening loss to Western Kentucky.

The other coach by his side – offensive coordinator Neal Brown – is known for his Air Raid offense, but the Wildcats did more running than throwing (53% run, 47% pass).

Stoops isn't happy about his debut and the loss.

“What disappointed me was things that we were in position to stop and had worked on,” the first-year head coach said. “We seen it -- the same look -- and did not play it right and did not play it well. That was very discouraging.”

The Wildcats had 10 penalties compared to the Hiltoppers five.

Not only did stoops point the finger at himself but also his team.

“There's some things with new guys and just inexperience that, you know, your first time in a game you're going to see different wrinkles,” he said. “You could take some of that but I was discouraged at the base, fundamental things that we were in good position, good calls to stop and didn't stop them.”


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