Stoops upset with missed opportunities in Florida game


Lexington, Ky. (WYMT) -- The Kentucky Wildcats (1-3) didn't have to go to the swamp in Gainesville, Fla. to play No. 20 Florida, but even at home Kentucky created its own mud pit by getting down two touchdowns before halftime.

The Wildcats had 173 yards of total offense compared to the Gators 402.

Head coach Mark Stoops also played both quarterbacks – Jalen Whitlow and Max Smith – again, so the rebuilding process continues in Lexington.

"Right from the opening drive, they kind of set the tone of what the night was going to be like,” Stoops, the first-year head coach, said. “It's a very good football team, a very physical football team. We had a few opportunities to make it a game and didn't make them.”

“We knew it was going to be hard. We knew that going into it, felt like we had a few opportunities here and there and just didn't capitalize on the plays. We are leaving a lot of plays on the field but that has a lot to do with what Florida and the way they play so give them credit. They beat us and they physically beat us so we need to get back to work."

The one time Kentucky scored was on a fake field goal where kicker Joe Mansour ran 25 yards into the end zone. Stoops’ reasoning for this play was that he knew the chances to put up points would be limited.

"Out of respect for their defense and knowing that we were going to have a hard time moving the ball consistently and so we had to take some shots,” he said. “So the fake field goal, I thought, was there and I wanted to call it when we had an opportunity. I wasn't sure if they would play it any differently because it was such a long field goal try – that was the only thing I was worried about at that point."


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