TrueBlueFan.com http://www.truebluefan.com/ TrueBlueFan.com Sports - True Blue Site Sports - True Blue Site en-us Copyright 2014, TrueBlueFan.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:09:39 GMT Synapse CMS 10 TrueBlueFan.com http://www.truebluefan.com/ 144 25 What If For Boom Williams http://www.truebluefan.com/news/what-if-for-boom-williams/ http://www.truebluefan.com/news/what-if-for-boom-williams/ Sports - True Blue Site Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:43:16 AM What If For Boom Williams

One of the big talking points after UK football practice on Tuesday was the run by Stanley "Boom" Williams against Florida.

In the first overtime, the freshman running back took a screen pass from Patrick Towles to the right side. When he started to turn up field, he noticed there was no where to run. So, he started to run back to the left. After dodging a few Gators would-be tacklers, Williams got to the corner and turned on his speed. He got one block from Ronnie Shields and then dove for the endzone and the touchdown.

That brought up a very interesting question. What would have happened to Williams if he had, instead, been thrown for a loss? "It was a lot of trouble. I would probably still be getting chewed out today about it," said Williams.

Even his fellow Wildcats teammates couldn't believe he would make that kind of move in such a critical situation. "Honestly, I was like, what is he doing? It was going through my head, no, like he can't do that," said UK Wide Receiver, Ryan Timmons. "I told him that was really risky for him. I told him I would never do that in overtime. Especially in a close game like that to reverse field." Running Back, Braylon Heard added, "when you seen him reverse field, oh shoot, oh shoot. And, then you seen him coming around the corner, it's like, yeah!"

Boom earned the knickname for sure with that play. Even SEC Network play-by-play man, Brent Musberger, called out "Boom Goes The Dynamite" after Williams scored on that play.

 


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UK Taking Right Approach Into Bye Week http://www.truebluefan.com/news/uk-taking-right-approach-into-bye-week/ http://www.truebluefan.com/news/uk-taking-right-approach-into-bye-week/ Sports - True Blue Site Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:00:26 PM UK Taking Right Approach Into Bye Week

Mark Stoops made it clear after Saturday's loss at Florida that he wasn't satisfied.

He was proud of his team's effort in the triple-overtime defeat, sure, but he knew there was work ahead.

Three days later, the Wildcats are taking the same approach.

"Attitude's good," Stoops said. "I thought the players really took it to heart, really looked at the film, were very critical of themselves and looked at all areas where we all can improve."

During practice on Tuesday -- the second of this bye week -- the Cats spent time on fundamentals, correcting mistakes from the Florida game and getting a head start on preparation for Vanderbilt. Though the Cats have been appropriately hard on themselves, they're also carrying confidence built on Saturday.

"I think each step, each time you get closer and closer, they believe more and more," Stoops said. "And I think most of them listen to you on Monday and I talked about that going into the game: Let's not come in here and say, 'Boy, that was close. Good effort.' Because we're not satisfied with that. I think each time you get closer and closer you put yourself in positions like that and we keep on working and fundamentally getting better, the next time we get that opportunity we'll win."

Because of the bye week, that next opportunity won't come for another seven days. Stoops would rather not wait for Sept. 27.

"If it was up to me, I think I'd love to go play," Stoops said. "Guys are in good spirits. We have a lot left in our tank. We got a lot more we can do, a lot better things and we're excited to go to work. I wish we were playing, but we'll deal with it the way it is."

On a positive note, the Cats will have an opportunity to recover from nagging injuries. Braylon Heard and Javess Blue, for example, played at less than full speed at Florida with ankle injuries, but they should be back for Vandy and Stoops said UK will be "close to a hundred percent" as a team.

The bye week also affords an opportunity for players the coaching staff is planning to redshirt to see more time in practice.

"Got some of our younger guys a lot of work that are potential redshirts," offensive coordinator Neal Brown said. "Drew (Barker) got a bunch of work today. Thaddeus Snodgrass got a bunch of work. T.V. (Williams), who didn't play as much in the last game, got him a lot of work."

All that's important, but the priority is to get ready for the next test.

"You get guys healthy and stuff, but it's essential we treat this week as a week to definitely improve fundamentally," quarterback Patrick Towles said. "Vanderbilt's a good team. They went down to Florida last year and beat the crap out of them, so they're tough. Same front seven last year who gave us a hard time last year are back. We can't afford to take anybody lightly, so we're excited about getting prepared for Vandy like we did today and we'll be ready to next Saturday."

 


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Laird's Golden Goal Stretches Win Streak To Three http://www.truebluefan.com/news/laird-s-golden-goal-stretches-win-streak-to-three/ http://www.truebluefan.com/news/laird-s-golden-goal-stretches-win-streak-to-three/ Sports - True Blue Site Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:49:59 PM Laird's Golden Goal Stretches Win Streak To Three

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Senior Justin Laird's golden goal in the 95th minute lifted the Kentucky men's soccer team to its third consecutive win, toppling Xavier with a 1-0 result, on a pleasant Tuesday night at the Wendell & Vickie Bell Complex.

Kentucky (4-2) battled Xavier in a scoreless tilt until Laird struck for his second goal of the year and his first game-winning tally since a golden goal in the 2013 Conference USA Tournament Semifinals.

UK gained possession at midfield, where Napo Matsoso controlled the ball around the circle, finding Bryan Celis deeper on the attacking end. Celis flipped it to Laird, who dribbled for about 10 yards, before cutting back left and curling a left-footed strike from inside the box.

UK keeper Callum Irving posted his fourth shutout of the year and the 11th clean sheet of his three-year career, saving three shots. The reigning C-USA Defensive Player of the Week and a first-team All-Conference USA selection, Irving now ranks sixth in UK career history in shutouts.

"Bryan Celis, the man, played me a (great) ball right in the midfield," Laird said. "I took a look across and I just saw that I had one defender to go and I was like ‘let's do this, let's do right now.'

"It felt amazing. You can watch on the replay the celebration. It is an indescribable moment. When you just have everyone screaming and the whole team jumping on your back, dogpiling you, it's one of the best moments that I will ever have in my life."

Irving and the Wildcats have now not allowed a goal in the last 304 minutes over the last four games. UK has allowed only two goals on the year, a 1-0 loss to No. 17 Indiana - the 2012 NCAA Champions - and a goal at Wright State in the season lidlifter.

The Wildcats have now won three consecutive games, starting with a 1-0 win over No. 1 Notre Dame on Sept. 8. UK then posted a 2-0 win over East Tennessee State, before the golden-goal win over Xavier on Tuesday night.

"Last season we didn't have any more than two wins in-a-row at any point so to be able to get over that hump against the three teams we just played and to win three-straight I think is huge for us. With a team as young as we have we talk a lot about belief, mentality and feeling like you belong on the field. To win these games going back to Notre Dame, ETSU and now Xavier is huge.

"It's just another measuring stick of our progress that we were able to beat a team like Xavier today. It was a great, physical college game with lots of flying tackles, fouls and headers, but in the end you have to be able to match whatever the referee allows and I thought we did a good job of that."

The win for UK improves its record against Xavier all-time to 8-5 and marked its first win over XU in Lexington since 1994.

Xavier (3-3) keeper Vince Shaw finished with one save in 95 minutes. XU owned a 9-6 advantage in shots and a 7-5 mark in corner kicks.

The Wildcats will return to action on Friday, hosting Furman at The Bell, with kickoff slated for 7 p.m. ET. The match will be broadcast on SEC Network+ with Neil Price on the call.

 


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Garrett Johnson Named SEC Freshman Of The Week http://www.truebluefan.com/news/garrett-johnson-named-sec-freshman-of-the-week/ http://www.truebluefan.com/news/garrett-johnson-named-sec-freshman-of-the-week/ Sports - True Blue Site Mon, 15 Sep 2014 8:39:32 PM Garrett Johnson Named SEC Freshman Of The Week

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- After setting a Kentucky freshman record with 154 receiving yards on Saturday at Florida, wide receiver Garrett Johnson has been tabbed the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week, it was announced on Monday night during SEC Now on the SEC Network.

A native of Winter Garden, Fla., Johnson set a new UK freshman record with his 154 yard receiving game at Florida on Saturday. Johnson finished with six catches, with his 60-yard TD strike and his 33-yard TD catch giving UK the lead in the second half.

A 5-foot-11, 176-pounder, Johnson is the first UK freshman with two touchdown grabs in a game since Randall Cobb vs. Arkansas in 2008. Johnson's 154 yards are the most for a UK player since Cobb had 171 yards vs. Mississippi State in 2010.

On the year, Johnson has played in all three games for the Wildcats, owning nine catches for 179 yards, a 19.9 per catch average, with 59.7 yards receiving per game.

Johnson's explosive game for the Wildcats on Saturday helped UK throw for 369 yards, the most passing yards allowed by the Florida defense since the 2007 season. UK's 300-yard passing game was just the second allowed by the Gators since 2008.

Johnson was also honored by 247Sports as the third-best performance by a true freshman in college football during the week. He was also named as an honorable mention for Wide Receiver Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards.

The SEC weekly accolade is the second of the year for the Wildcats through three weeks, as sophomore center Jon Toth was named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week after leading UK to a 59-14 win over UT Martin.

 


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UK Mens Soccer To Host Xavier In First Mid-Week Fixture Of 2014 http://www.truebluefan.com/news/uk-mens-soccer-to-host-xavier-in-first-mid-week-fixture-of-2014/ http://www.truebluefan.com/news/uk-mens-soccer-to-host-xavier-in-first-mid-week-fixture-of-2014/ Sports - True Blue Site Mon, 15 Sep 2014 8:35:48 PM UK Mens Soccer To Host Xavier In First Mid-Week Fixture Of 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Kentucky men's soccer team will look to continue the momentum of its two-game winning streak when it hosts Xavier on Tuesday at the Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex.

The match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on SEC Network+ just like all of UK's 2014 home games. Neil Price will have the call.

In addition to its two-game win streak, UK is 2-0 at home this year. The Wildcats got over .500 for the first time in 2014 with a 2-0 win over ETSU on Saturday. UK is now 3-2 this season.

The Wildcats have produced back-to-back shutouts, and three in the last four outings, including an impressive 1-0 win at No. 1 Notre Dame on Monday, Sept. 8. In the win against the Irish, freshman Stefan Stojkovic scored his first career goal with 26 seconds remaining.

UK's current first-choice back-4 of Charlie Reymann, Jordan Wilson, Kaeilon Fox and Matt Quick has allowed just one goal while playing together in front of Callum Irving in goal this season.

Irving has allowed just two goals all year, and has a 0.41 goals-against average this season.

For his efforts shepherding UK's back line to a pair of consecutive clean sheets, Irving earned multiple honors on Monday.

The UK captain was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week and also earned a spot on the College Soccer News National Team of the Week.

Tuesday's match will mark the 13th time UK and Xavier have played. The Wildcats hold a 7-5 advantage all-time, but XU has won five of the past six including a 2-1 win in Lexington last year.

In the win over ETSU on Saturday, Kaelon Fox and Justin Laird each found the back of the net.

The Wildcats have scored a total of five goals in as many games this year, with five separate Wildcats each having scored once.

Tuesday's match will be the second leg of a four-game home stand for the Wildcats. UK will host Furman on Friday and the Louisville on Tuesday, Sept. 23 before beginning Conference USA play with a trip to Florida Atlantic the following weekend.

 

 


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Derek Anderson Hopes His Movie Is Out Next August http://www.truebluefan.com/news/derek-anderson-hopes-his-movie-is-out-next-august/ http://www.truebluefan.com/news/derek-anderson-hopes-his-movie-is-out-next-august/ Sports - True Blue Site Mon, 15 Sep 2014 5:20:09 PM Alan Cutler Derek Anderson Hopes His Movie Is Out Next August

Derek Anderson is as good as it gets when it comes to trying to help others.

Abandoned by his parents, he often slept on a park bench as a kid. The former UK star hopes that "Stamina", the book he wrote about his life, will be a movie that kids will be able to see next August.

"To showing these kids whatever your decisions are, they are going to be a life-long way of how you act," says Derek Anderson. "I felt if I showed in a movie of what I went through and how I am as a person, my character will outlast anything I did in sports. And that's what we need to focus on. My school teachers helped me how to read and write. Those are the people who need to make millions of dollars instead of athletes."

Anderson made millions playing ball.

Coaches talk about this all the time. You have to push, push and push yourself to be special.

"'Stamina', if you don't run out of breath, you will be every single time. You got to want to win, but not giving up and not giving in to the temptations."

Forget that Anderson played on one of the greatest college basketball teams of all time, the 1996 NCAA champs, or that he played 11 years in the NBA even though he battled way too many injuries.

"It's easy to lose, it's hard to win. And that's life. It's easy just to quit or say I give up, or I'm not good enough. Or he's better than me. I've never believed in that. Everyday when I wake up I say I have to be better than yesterday."

 

 

 


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UK Georgetown Basketball Game Changed http://www.truebluefan.com/news/uk-georgetown-basketball-game-changed/ http://www.truebluefan.com/news/uk-georgetown-basketball-game-changed/ Sports - True Blue Site Mon, 15 Sep 2014 4:43:02 PM UK Georgetown Basketball Game Changed

The Kentucky-Georgetown College men's basketball exhibition game, initially slated for Nov. 7, will now be played Sunday, Nov. 9 in Rupp Arena. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised live on the SEC Network.

In addition to the new date for the UK-Georgetown contest, Kentucky's Nov. 2 exhibition opener against the University of Pikeville has been scheduled for 7 p.m. That contest will also air on the SEC Network.

Kentucky and Georgetown last met in an exhibition game to begin the 2005-06 season. The Wildcats prevailed by an 85-63 score. Kentucky and Pikeville have met twice before in exhibition play, with the Wildcats claiming victories in both appearances. UK is 51-4 all-time in exhibition contests and has won 37 of the last 38 played.

UK's annual Blue-White Scrimmage on Oct. 27 will tip-off at 7 p.m. and will be carried online through the SEC Network+ digital platform and WatchESPN.

 


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UK Men's Tennis Starts Fall Season http://www.truebluefan.com/news/uk-men-s-tennis-starts-fall-season/ http://www.truebluefan.com/news/uk-men-s-tennis-starts-fall-season/ Sports - True Blue Site Sun, 14 Sep 2014 10:27:39 PM UK Men's Tennis Starts Fall Season

The University of Kentucky men's tennis team, under the direction of third-year head coach Cedric Kauffmann capped of its opening weekend of fall action on Sunday afternoon, headlined by junior Beck Pennington winning his flight at the 2014 Fab Four Invite in Durham, N.C.

 

"Overall, we did as I expected," Kauffmann said. "We had some ups and downs, which is normal for a young team who has not played a lot of matches. We had a nice start to the season by Beck (Pennington) and Gus (Benson) this weekend. We have a long and hard road ahead but I feel that this team is ready to put in the work that will be needed to get us to where we will need to be in May."

 

Pennington won the White singles draw at the Fab Four in Durham, N.C., winning all three of his matches to take the title. In the final on Sunday, Pennington won over the Blue Devils' Bruno Semenzato, 6-3, 6-2. Pennington only dropped one set the entire weekend, defeating Nicholas Osterling of Wake Forest on Friday, 6-3, 7-5, and both of his matches on Saturday, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 over Charlotte's Jordi Massalle Ferrer before then advancing to the finals by beating Michal Voscek of VCU 6-3, 7-5.

 

"I have to congratulate Beck for winning his match and his flight," Kauffmann said. "He fought off some really tough matches early in the draw and finally hit his stride in the final."

 

Jake Stefanik, one of five newcomers for the Wildcats in 2014-15, won third place in the consolation singles of the blue draw, winning today over Toni Battle of VCU, 6-4, 6-3.

 

Gus Benson, another newcomer for UK, also had a strong showing at the Southern Intercollegiate this weekend at the Dan Magill Tennis Center in Athens, Ga.

 

Benson advanced to Sunday's semifinals by winning two three-set matches along the way. Benson won over Anderson Scarpa of Mercer, 6-4, 6-0 on Friday before a 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 win over Ignacio Hernandez from Armstrong College on Saturday morning. In the round of 16, Benson advanced into the quarterfinals with a 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 win over Lipscomb's Daniel Hernandez.

 

Kentucky's fall season continues next weekend, with UK splitting into two squads again. Half of the team will travel to Champaign, Ill., for the Illinois Tournament, with the other set of players making the venture to Lafayette, La., for the Louisiana Invite.

 


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SEC Releases Statement on UK-Florida Game http://www.truebluefan.com/news/sec-releases-statement-on-uk-florida-game/ http://www.truebluefan.com/news/sec-releases-statement-on-uk-florida-game/ Sports - True Blue Site Sun, 14 Sep 2014 6:49:31 PM SEC Releases Statement on UK-Florida Game

The Florida Gators beat UK, 36-30 in triple overtime on Saturday night.

With that said, a "no-call" in the first overtime period will always leave True Blue fans wondering, "what if?"

That "no-call" came on 4th and 7 when it appeared the time clock had expired before the snap was made. Delay of game was called and the Gators ended up scoring and forcing a second overtime.

Today, the Southeastern conference issued the following statement.

"At the request of the University of Kentucky, consistent with SEC protocol, the conference office reviewed the fourth down play in the first overtime of the Kentucky-Florida game and has determined the officials applied the proper mechanics and guidelines that are in place to determine when a flag should be thrown for delay of game. The back judge is responsible for delay of game calls. The procedure for the back judge is for his eyes to stay on the clock when it nears zero. When the clock hits zero, he immediately looks from the clock to the ball. If the ball is moving, there is no delay of game. If the ball is stationary, a delay of game penalty is called."

 


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Team USA Wins Gold http://www.truebluefan.com/news/team-usa-wins-gold/ http://www.truebluefan.com/news/team-usa-wins-gold/ Sports - True Blue Site Sun, 14 Sep 2014 5:45:57 PM Team USA Wins Gold

The United States Men's basketball team won their fourth gold medal since 2008 on Sunday.

The Americans beat Serbia, 129-92 in the FIBA World Cup Gold Medal game.

Kyrie Irving led Team USA with a game-high 26 points. He was named to the All-Tournament team along with Kenneth Faried. The former Morehead State star scored 12 points and added 7 rebounds.

As for the former Kentucky Wildcats, Anthony Davis got into foul trouble early and didn't make his first field goal until the second half. Davis finished with 7 points, 4 rebounds and a block.

Davis' foul trouble allowed DeMarcus Cousins to play more. And he was as impactful as anyone in the first quarter. Boogie finished the game with 11 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocked shots.

Picture courtesy: @USABasketball (Twitter)

 

 


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Gillilands 90th-Minute Equalizer Not Enough as UK Falls in OT http://www.truebluefan.com/news/gillilands-90th-minute-equalizer-not-enough-as-uk-falls-in-ot/ http://www.truebluefan.com/news/gillilands-90th-minute-equalizer-not-enough-as-uk-falls-in-ot/ Sports - True Blue Site Sun, 14 Sep 2014 3:28:15 PM Gillilands 90th-Minute Equalizer Not Enough as UK Falls in OT

Arin Gilliland scored with 28 seconds left on the clock in regulation to tie the match at two apeiece with No. 12 Pepperdine and force overtime, but the Waves scored two minutes into the extra frame and grabbed the win over the No. 24 University of Kentucky women's soccer team on Sunday at the Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex.

 

Gilliland went 1v1 with the Pepperdine outside back for a long battle and then was able to cut back inside and put in a beautiful finish to the keeper's right and far post to tie the match with 28 seconds left in regulation. The goal for Gilliland was her fourth of the season, as she now leads the Wildcats with 18 points on the season.

 

Pepperdine's MAC Hermann Award Finalist, Lynn Williams scored the game-winning goal on the counterattack in the 92nd minute as Meagan Harbison tabbed the assist, and the Wildcats fell 3-2 in overtime.

 

Williams scored the go-ahead goal in the 84th minute as she countered again and beat Taylor Braun to her right and finished with pace into the side netting.

 

Pepperdine opened the scoring in the 21st minute with Rylee Baisden's first goal of the season giving the Waves the 1-0 lead. The match would go to halftime at 1-0, but UK leading in almost every statistical category, which would tell the tale of most of the match.

 

Kentucky finished with a 19-9 edge in shots, 10-5 lead in shots on goal, and 5-3 edge in corner kicks. The Wildcats also forced Waves goalkeeper Hannah Seabert to make a season-high eight saves in Sunday's match.

 

The Wildcats squared the match at 1-1 when junior Kelli Hubly scored her first goal of the season in the 61st minute after countless UK scoring chances. Hubly stuck out her boot on a cross from Gilliland and the cross had beat the keeper, allowing Hubly to poke it into an open net for the goal. The entry ball came in from Michaela Dooley to Gilliland for the double-assist.

 

Kentucky returns to action on Friday night as it opens Southeastern Conference play at Razorback Field in Fayetteville, Ark., as UK faces off against the Arkansas Razorbacks, who have been in the top 25 for most of the 2014 season.

 

 


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EKU's Mobley Earns OVC Honors http://www.truebluefan.com/news/eku-s-mobley-earns-ovc-honors/ http://www.truebluefan.com/news/eku-s-mobley-earns-ovc-honors/ Sports - True Blue Site Sun, 14 Sep 2014 3:10:56 PM Kyle Scott EKU's Mobley Earns OVC Honors

Eastern Kentucky's Dy'Shawn Mobley has been named Ohio Valley Conference Offensive and Newcomer Player of the Week.

The junior running back, who transferred from UK to EKU after last season, rushed for 123 yards on just six carries (20.5 yards/carry) in Eastern Kentucky's 55-13 victory over Morehead State in its home opener.

Mobley scored from 61 yards out on the very first play from scrimmage last night. He also set up the Colonels second touchdown with a 54-yard run later in the first quarter.

Mobley ranks 19th nationally in rushing yards/carry (6.64) and 24th in rushing yards/game (97.3).

 


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Mark Stoops' Post-Game Comments vs Florida http://www.truebluefan.com/news/mark-stoops-post-game-comments-vs-florida-388654/ http://www.truebluefan.com/news/mark-stoops-post-game-comments-vs-florida-388654/ Sports - True Blue Site Sun, 14 Sep 2014 3:03:01 PM Mark Stoops' Post-Game Comments vs Florida

The Florida Gators extended the nation's longest win streak to 28 after beating Kentucky, 36-30 in triple overtime on Saturday.
Here's what UK head coach, Mark Stoops had to say after the game:

Opening statement: "Very difficult loss, as you could imagine. Very proud of our players' effort. If I could steal a quote from the coach at De La Salle (High School) - we went and watched that movie last night ("When the Game Stands Tall"), great movie - like I said to our team: 'We weren't perfect, but it was a perfect effort tonight.' So I really appreciate our players, their commitment to the preparation. They left it all on the field. There's things we could all do better, that we will do better. Again, we're not in the business of any kind of moral victory or anything like that, but I felt like our players really grew up tonight and really came here to win the game and really believed we were going to win the game - the whole way through. You have to give credit to Florida. They made the plays when the game was on the line to win the game. But, again, I was just very proud of our team's effort, the way they came into a hostile environment, really played with a lot of poise, and did a lot of good things. We just didn't make enough plays to win. So we'll get back to work. I feel very good about this team and the direction that we're going, and we'll get back to work."

On if it's his proudest moment so far as UK's coach: "Um ... I guess that's fair to say, yes. I am very proud of them, yes. Very much, because it's not easy. That's a good football team. I was just very proud of the way we kept responding and facing adversity and coming back and making plays and having a great opportunity to win the game."

On if he thought Florida should've had a delay of game penalty on the fourth-down play in the first OT: "I did, but it doesn't matter."

On all the new players making big plays: "Very proud of the young guys and some guys that grew up tonight, young and old. It was very good to see Garrett (Johnson) make some very difficult catches on some very good defenders. He had the one wide open but a lot of the other ones were contested and he did a nice job. And Boom's play in the first overtime, that was a terrific individual effort by him to get in the end zone."

On how Patrick Towles played and his three INTs: "I can't put all the interceptions on him. The one late, down the sideline on third down, that was as good as punt. Threw it up and gave our guy an opportunity to make a play. We had to resort to that a little bit, where we wanted our big wideouts to try to go up and make a play. And, again, they're very good defenders. We hit a few and they made some good plays, so give them credit."

On kicker missing the FG in the third OT but making some clutch ones earlier: "Oh, yeah, absolutely. The one he made to put it in overtime, we wouldn't even be in those overtimes if he didn't make it. I take my hat off to him. He was clutch. He made some very difficult kicks. I'm proud of him. He'll be fine."

On if the off week is a good thing after this loss: "It doesn't matter. It is what it is. Our players, they'll respond well. It was an emotional, hard-fought loss, and we'll go back to work. That's how we felt coming into this game, that Florida was next. We're gonna give it our best preparation, we're gonna give it our best effort and we came here to get on that plane to come get a victory. Didn't happen. Again, I give a lot of credit to Florida and what they do, but our players, they'll get back to work and prepare the right way."

On if he learned anything about his team tonight that he didn't know before: "Yeah, I think you do. I think you learn a little bit of good and bad. There's a lot of things that we still need to do better. And, you know, we left a lot of plays out there. We had some real good opportunities to win that game."

On having four redshirt freshmen on the offensive line at one point: "Yes. We were beat. We were beat up, yeah. We were down two tackles. So I don't even know by the end of it, to be honest with you, who went back in or whatnot. We were busy making adjustments defensively and all that. Next man up. Didn't matter. If they could play they were in. If not, they were on to the next guy. But for a long time, we were playing with some guys that (have) very limited experience and again, they fought their tails off."

On how much of the late scoring was defenses getting tired: "That's part of it. Just tired. Offenses figuring out what you're doing. They were grinding on us. They got physical, and we need to play better. We were trying a lot of things, and we were all scratching and clawing for the best opportunity to stop each other. The first half it was defense and then all of the sudden there, third and fourth quarter, offenses start moving the ball."

On Garrett Johnson: "Well, we felt very good about Garrett and then he got injured in practice before camp. It set him back a week or two, but we thought of all the young wideouts, he was the guy early that we knew was very smooth, very precise, knew the offense, very mature, and we thought we had high expectations for him. He got dinged up a little bit, and that's hard for a freshman. Set him back a little bit. But we were very high on him all along. He's gonna be a very good football player."

On what he told the team when he went in the locker room: "I told them the same thing that I said in here, that we weren't perfect, but I did think it was a perfect effort. We left it on the field tonight. We're never, ever gonna be happy with moral victories. But if we lay it on the line like that and prepare like that and go to play like that, then we'll grow up and we'll have more opportunities to win. And when we get in those opportunities, you got to learn from this and you got to make plays. There was plays on both sides of the ball that we didn't make that had a chance to win. We had a chance to win in regulation. We had a chance to win on the fourth down. There's things that - it is what it is. You got to live with them, you got to learn from them. We all got to do better and move on."

On last year feeling like Florida controlled the game and what that says about their progress in the past year: "Yeah. I agree with you. A year ago, the score was close, but they were in control. This year, I felt like we had a lot of opportunities to win. I'll be honest with you, I didn't think for a moment we were gonna lose that game."

 


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Post-Game Notes:UK vs Florida http://www.truebluefan.com/news/post-game-notes-uk-vs-florida/ http://www.truebluefan.com/news/post-game-notes-uk-vs-florida/ Sports - True Blue Site Sun, 14 Sep 2014 1:05:53 AM Post-Game Notes:UK vs Florida

KENTUCKY POSTGAME NOTES
Kentucky at Florida
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium -- Gainesville, Fla.
Sept. 13, 2014

FINAL SCORE: Florida 36, Kentucky 30 (3OT)

Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky is 2-1, 0-1 in the Southeastern Conference. Florida is 2-0, 1-0 in SEC play.
Florida leads the all-time series, 48-17, including a 27-4 record in games played in Gainesville.
Florida has won 28 consecutive meetings in the series, the longest streak in the nation.
UK held Florida under 20 points in the first half in Gainesville for just the fifth time in school history (1987, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2014).
The last time UK and Florida were tied or the Wildcats held a halftime lead was in 2003.
UK has held Florida under 20 points in the first half in Gainesville five times since 1987 (1987, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2014).
With the game scoreless after the first quarter, it marked the third time since 1987 in series history the game was tied at the end of the first quarter (1998, 2004, 2014).
The Wildcats played their first overtime game vs. Florida in series history.
UK scored 30 points vs. the Gators, its highest scoring output vs. UF since scoring 37 vs. UF in 2007.
UK held Florida to 20 points at the end of regulation, its best defensive output vs. UF since holding the Gators to 20 points in 2004.
Along with the 2004 game, it marked the fewest points allowed to UF by the Wildcats since 1986.
UK is 2-3-1 all-time when playing on Sept. 13.
UK is 21-58-2 all-time in SEC openers.
UK has a 28-52-1 all-time record against teams from the state of Florida.
Kentucky played its eighth all-time overtime game and its first since 2012 vs. Western Kentucky.
UK is now 2-6 in overtime action and 0-2 in overtime games on the road.
UK's three overtime tilt was its longest game since playing four overtimes vs. Tennessee in 2007.
Kentucky returns to action on Sept. 27, playing host to Vanderbilt at Commonwealth Stadium.

Team Notes
Kentucky finished with 369 total yards passing, marking the most yards passing allowed by Florida since Michigan passed for 373 yards in a 2007 season bowl game.
Florida has allowed just two 300+ yard passing outings since the 2008 season, allowing Georgia to throw for 313 yards in 2010.
Florida's interception in the third quarter was UK's first turnover of the season after 10 straight quarters without a giveaway.
Kentucky went the first 181 plays of the 2014 season before turning the ball over, with an interception in the third quarter snapping UK's streak.
UK has outscored its opponents 55-3 in the first half in 2014.
Kentucky has not allowed a first-half touchdown through the first three games.
This marks first time since 1988 that UK has held three consecutive opponents without a touchdown in the first half.
For the third consecutive game to open 2014, UK forced its opponent into a punt on its opening possession.
UK's streak of pitching a shutout in the first half was snapped after a second-quarter Florida field goal.
UK went the first 82:47 of first-half play through three games without allowing its opponent to score.
Kentucky had 11 explosive plays in the game and now have 38 explosive plays on the year.
With Zach West not playing because of injury and Darrian Miller leaving the game in the second quarter, UK played with three redshirt freshmen in the offensive line -- Nick Haynes at left tackle, Cole Mosier at left guard and Ramsey Meyers at right guard.

Individual Notes
Sophomore QB Patrick Towles started his third career game and his first career SEC contest.
Towles finished completing 24-of-45 passes for 369 yards, three TDs and three interceptions.
Set new career highs in passing attempts.
Marked his second career 300+ yard passing game.
Is the third UK quarterback to pass for 300 yards against Florida in Gainesville.
Had a career-best streak of 80 consecutive pass attempts without an interception snapped in the third quarter.
Towles is the first UK quarterback to pass for 300+ yards in an SEC game since Mike Hartline in 2010 vs. Georgia and the first to throw for 300+ yards in an SEC game since Hartline at Ole Miss in 2010.
Towles is the first UK quarterback with three or more TD passes since Maxwell Smith in 2013 vs. Miami (Ohio).
Towles had a 24-yard rush in the first half, his eighth explosive rush of the year.
Freshman kicker Austin MacGinnis made field goals from 35, 51 and 26 to open the game, before missing a 41-yard field goal in the third overtime.
MacGinnis is now 7-for-10 on the year in field goal attempts.
MacGinnis is 2-for-3 from 30-39 yards, 2-for-2 from 50+ yards and 2-for-3 from 20-29 yards in 2014.
The first three field goals of the night from MacGinnis came to tie the game, including his second from 51 yards with 3:52 left in the game, forcing overtime.
MacGinnis drilled a 26-yard field goal with the game on the line in the second overtime to tie the game and force a third overtime period.
Freshman WR Garrett Johnson notched his first career touchdown catch in the third quarter.
Johnson finished with six catches for 154 yards and two touchdowns, with a career-long of 60.
Johnson's 154 receiving yards are the most since Randall Cobb had 171 yards vs. Mississippi State in 2010.
Johnson is the first 100+ yard receiver for UK since senior WR Javess Blue vs. Miami (Ohio) in 2013.
Johnson is the first UK freshman with two TD catches in a game since Cobb vs. Arkansas in 2008.
Johnson had four of UK's 11 explosive plays in the game.
Senior DE Alvin "Bud" Dupree made his club-high 29th career start.
Dupree totaled five tackles and two quarterback hurries and now has six QB hurries in his career.
Senior DE Za'Darius Smith and junior OL Jordan Swindle made their team-leading 15th consecutive starts.
Smith finished with a career-high 11 tackles, one pass break-up and half a tackle for loss.
Smith now has seven career tackles for a loss and two career pass break-ups.
Sophomore DE Jason Hatcher made his first career start, notching a pivotal fourth-quarter sack.
Hatcher finished with four tackles, one sack and two tackles for loss.
Hatcher now has two consecutive games with a sack, 3.5 sacks in his career and 7.5 tackles for loss in his career.
Senior CB Nate Willis recorded his first career interception.
Willis returned it 27 yards for UK's second explosive defensive play of the year.
Junior punter Landon Foster punted it six times for 39.8 yards, with five of his six punts coming inside the 20-yard line.
Foster now has 36 punts downed inside the 20-yard line in his three-year career.
Junior CB Fred Tiller charted a career-high and game-best 11 tackles.
Tiller notched his fourth pass break-up of the year and the 11th of his career.
Senior FB D.J. Warren played in his team-best 39th career game.
Freshman WR Dorian Baker finished with four catches for 37 yards in his SEC debut.
Freshman WR Blake Bone hauled in two passes for 35 yards.
Freshman RB Stanley "Boom" Williams charted the first two catches of his career, including a 25-yard catch and run for a TD to open overtime.
Junior LB Josh Forrest totaled a career-high 10 tackles, including his fourth career tackle for loss.
Junior DT Melvin Lewis finished with three tackles and was credited with his first career sack.
Sophomore WR Ryan Timmons totaled four catches for 42 yards.
Junior RB Braylon Heard carried it a career-high 12 times and caught his first career pass.
Senior WR Demarco Robinson had five catches for 63 yards.
Robinson returned two punts for 19 yards.
Sophomore NB Blake McClain finished with five tackles and his first three career quarterback hurries.
Junior CB Cody Quinn broke up his first pass of the year and the ninth of his career.
Sophomore CB J.D. Harmon notched two quarterback hurries and now has three in 2014.


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UK Men's Soccer Beats ETSU, 2-0 http://www.truebluefan.com/news/uk-men-s-soccer-beats-etsu-2-0/ http://www.truebluefan.com/news/uk-men-s-soccer-beats-etsu-2-0/ Sports - True Blue Site Sun, 14 Sep 2014 1:00:52 AM UK Men's Soccer Beats ETSU, 2-0


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Two goals within three minutes early in the second half gave the UK men's soccer team its second straight victory, 2-0 over ETSU, on a cool night at the Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex Saturday.

After neither team produced any chances of consequence in the first half, the Wildcats came out firing after the break.

Kaelon Fox broke the deadlock on 50 minutes after a Justin Laird try from distance was deflected off the cross bar and over for a corner.

Napo Matsoso's corner was glanced on by Andrew McKelvey to Fox who tracked back two paces from his place on the 6-yard box, turned on the ball and fired into the right side of the goal.

Three minutes later Laird sealed the result.

Left back Charlie Reymann dribbled 15 yards down the left flank and whipped a ball into the box to Laird who sidefoot volleyed into the net.

"It was really important to get a result after (defeating top-ranked Notre Dame) on Monday," head coach Johan Cedergren said. "If we didn't, then (the win) Monday wouldn't have mattered. We tried to be hard on the guys in training making sure we broke down tape, had all the units in. I was pretty hard on all of them just saying ‘we beat the reigning National Champions playing so-so, so let's see if we can get more out of you guys.'

"That was our whole purpose this week leading up to the game, and I thought we did well ... In the end I think we did more than enough to win the game."

Laird's goal was his first of the season, and his first since scoring the golden goal against Old Dominion in the 2013 Conference USA Tournament Quarterfinal.

Kentucky won two-straight matches for the first time this season, and improved to 3-2-0 on the season.

The Wildcats have scored a total of five goals in as many games this year, with five seperate Wildcats each having scored once.

Preseason All-Conference USA goalkeeper Callum Irving kept a clean sheet for the second match in a row, after he also blanked top-ranked Notre Dame in a 1-0 win on Monday. Irving's shutout was the 10th of his career moving him into sixth place alone in the UK all-time record book.

The Wildcats have blanked their opponents in three of their last four outings, and allowed a total of two goals in five matches this year.

UK's current first-choice back-4 of Raymann, Jordan Wilson, Fox and Matt Quick has allowed just one goal while playing together in front of Irving this season.

"It starts with Cally and goes all the way to the striker in terms of defensive communication," Fox said of the UK defense's impressive form. "Covering for one another and believing the worst we can do if we keep a shutout is tie. Keeping three shutouts in four games is what we want. It's what we play for every game."

UK's next match will be its first midweek outing of the season at home against Xavier on Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on SEC Network+.

 


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No. 21 Cardinals Lose at Virginia http://www.truebluefan.com/news/no-21-cardinals-lose-at-virginia/ http://www.truebluefan.com/news/no-21-cardinals-lose-at-virginia/ Sports - True Blue Site Sat, 13 Sep 2014 5:45:52 PM No. 21 Cardinals Lose at Virginia

Greyson Lambert threw for one touchdown and ran for another and Ian Frye kicked a 42-yard field goal with 3:41 remaining, giving Virginia a 23-21 victory against No. 17 Louisville on Saturday.

The winning points came after Louisville's James Quick fumbled a punt and Kelvin Rainey recovered for Virginia (2-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) at the Cardinals' 25. Four plays later, Frye's third field goal of the game allowed the Cavaliers to end an 11-game slide against FBS-level competition.

Louisville (2-1, 1-1) had tied the game midway through the quarter, but the Cardinals' fourth turnover was too much for them to overcome. On the fumbled punt, Quick was bumped into by a teammate.

The victory was the first for Virginia against a ranked team since a 14-13 triumph at Florida State on Nov. 19, 2011, and was their first in their last 11 games against ACC teams.


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Craig Skinner Becomes All-Time Winningest Coach http://www.truebluefan.com/news/craig-skinner-becomes-all-time-winningest-coach-388564/ http://www.truebluefan.com/news/craig-skinner-becomes-all-time-winningest-coach-388564/ Sports - True Blue Site Sat, 13 Sep 2014 9:26:40 PM Craig Skinner Becomes All-Time Winningest Coach

Four players topped 10 or more kills as the 16th-ranked Kentucky volleyball team earned a 3-1 (22-25, 25-19, 25-25, 25-18) win over Georgia Southern to help Craig Skinner become the program's all-time winningest coach on Saturday at the Carolina Classic. With the win, Skinner now has 210 in his career passing UK Hall of Fame coach Kathy DeBoer.

 

UK improves to 8-2 overall on the season, while Georgia Southern falls to 0-9 on theyear. Kentucky will return to action with a pair of home dates this week. Up first, UK will take on Lipscomb on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. ET. The Wildcats will play host to Xavier on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. ET in Memorial Coliseum.

 

"Georgia Southern is another team with a tough style of play to adjust to and it took us longer this evening to get used to what they were doing," Skinner said. "Our defense gradually got better as the match went along, and Morgan (Bergren) did a nice job of finding the right person at the right time in the last couple of sets."

 

Skinner has tallied a 210-93 all-time record as Kentucky's coach passing DeBoer who finished her career with a 209-92 record from 1984-92.

 

Four players reached double-figures in the kills column for UK as Bergren dished out 42 assists and added 13 digs for a double-double effort. Junior Shelby Workman charted 13 and senior Lauren O'Conner added 12. Sophomore Anni Thomasson was the lone Cat to reach double-figures in all three matches at the Carolina Classic had 11, while junior Sara Schwarzwalder had a season-high 10 hammers on .533 hitting.

 

Freshman Emily Franklin posted seven kills and had a career-high eight blocks to lead the defensive charge. Senior Jackie Napper matched Bergren with 13 digs and has now logged 10 or more in a match in every appearance this season. Thomasson scooped up 10 digs for her seventh double-double of the year.

 

An ace from O'Conner lifted UK to an early 2-1 lead to begin the second set. The teams exchanged points until Workman gave UK a two-point lead at 14-12. A Schwarzwalder kill off an overpass enabled the Wildcats to surge ahead 17-14 and force the Eagles into a timeout. UK would roll the rest of the way as it evened the match 1-1 into the locker room behind a 25-19 second set win.

 

The Wildcats logged 15 kills on .367 hitting in the second stanza. Workman led the way with five kills and Schwarzwalder chipped in with four. Georgia Southern notched 13 kills on .367 hitting in the frame.

 

A pair of blocks helped ignite a UK rally to begin the third set as the Blue and White quickly took a 4-0 lead and eventually stretched the advantage to 6-1. An incredible display of defense sparked a lengthy rally which was won by the Cats when Workman converted down the line for a 15-10 Kentucky lead. Kentucky closed the third set on a 9-2 run to claim a 25-15 victory to go up 2-1 in the match.

 

Kentucky posted 12 kills on .296 hitting and benefited from five blocks in the set. Georgia Southern was limited to nine kills on a .000 attacking percentage and was flustered into nine hitting errors.

 

O'Conner's serving helped give the Wildcats a 2-0 advantage to open the fourth frame. A kill from Workman stretched the lead to 5-2. An O'Conner kill down the line enabled the Wildcats to take its largest lead of the set at 8-3. Following a kill laced by Franklin into the middle of the floor, UK earned a 12-4 lead and Georgia Southern opted to burn its second and final timeout.

 

Following the timeout, Franklin and Bergren teamed up for a block and Kentucky continued to press taking a lead as large as 10 at 14-4. The Eagles pulled back to within five, but UK closed out the set for a 25-18 win and the 3-1 match victory.

 

UK turned in 15 kills in the frame led by six from O'Conner. Georgia Southern was limited to nine on .053 hitting.

 

The teams swapped points back-and-forth to begin the first set until the Eagles scored three-straight to earn an 8-6 advantage. It would be all the more breathing room Georgia Southern would need en route to a 25-22 opening set victory. The Eagles totaled 18 kills on a .400 hitting clip to open the match. Kentucky managed 15 kills on .303 hitting with Thomasson notching six kills in the set.

 


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Kentucky 30 Florida 36 3OT http://www.truebluefan.com/news/kentucky-30-florida-36-3ot/ http://www.truebluefan.com/news/kentucky-30-florida-36-3ot/ Sports - True Blue Site Sat, 13 Sep 2014 8:24:53 PM Alan Cutler Kentucky  30 Florida 36  3OT

Kentucky is hanging tough with Florida in the first quarter.

Big interception by Nate Willis picking off Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel.  Willis returns it 27 yards to the UK 48.

Florida had 131 yards of total offense in the first quarter.  UK had only 42.

UK had two tackles for loss.  Florida had one.  UK had one sack.

No score after one quarter.

Florida gets on the board first.  Francisco Velez with a 35 yard field goal.  It caps off an 11 play 68 yard drive that takes 4:38.  Florida leads 3-0 with 7:49 to go in the half.

Freshman Austin MacGinnis matched Velez with a 35 yard field goal at the end of the half to tie the game at 3.  It was a 9 play 72 yard drive that takes 2:16.

Florida has outgained Florida 232 to 161.

To the quarterback battle.  UK's Patrick Towles was 9 of 16, 119 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT. Jeff Driskel was 7 of 20, 116 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT.

This tough defense by UK is most unusual when it comes to the series with Florida. UK has held them under 20 points in first half just five times in school history 1987, 2002, 2004, 2006 and tonight.

Patrick Towles gets picked in the third quarter by Brian Poole.  He makes the pick at the 31 and returns it 30 yard.  Terrific defense by UK kept Florida from getting in the end zone.  Za'Darius Smith knocked down a Jeff Driskel pass that would have turned into an easy touchdown.  Francisco Velez hits a 22 yard field goal.  Florida goes up 6-3 with 7:32 to go in the quarter.

Towles tells the offense that the pick was his fault, and that UK was going to march down the field.  Towles comes through hitting Freshman Garrett Johnson on a slick 60 yard touchdown.  It was an outstanding pass by Towles and a terrific move by Johnson to beat Florida's defense.

UK hurt themselves in two ways.  An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after Johnson's touchdown helped to give Florida good field position.  Then Fred Tiller had what looked like was an easy interception.  The ball goes off his chest and Demarcus Robinson after slipping gets the pass and goes 33 yards to the 10.

Driskel then hits Tevin Westbrook for the 10 yard score.  Florida goes back up 13-10 with 4:27 to go in the third quarter.

UK needs only 66 seconds to regain the lead.  Garrett Johnson with two catches.  The first one was a terrific twisting catch as he held onto the ball while getting hit.  That went for 30 yards to the 33.  Then he is wide open from the 33 and easily scores.  UK grabs the 17-13 leads with 3:21 to go in the quarter.

Florida's Demarcus Robinson can't be stopped.  He is wide open on a 9 yard TD, and this defensive struggle is turning into a shootout.  Florida needs less than 3 minutes to take the lead 20-17.

Kentucky can't spell quit.  It's wonderful to watch.  Austin MacGinnis hits a 46 yard field goal but there is a delay of game penalty.  MacGinnis then hits a 51 yarder to tie the game with 3:52 to go. It's 20-20.

Austin Hardin had a chance to win the game.  He misses a 52 yarder and it's on to overtime.

UK scores on the first play.  Stanley "Boom" Williams does something that UK hasn't seen in a long time.  Great speed!  He takes a short pass, changes directions and goes 25 yards for the score.  UK leads 27-20.

Kentucky gets a bad break.  4th down for Florida.  It looks like the play clock ran out.  They didn't call it. Driskel hits Demarcus Robinson for a 9 yard TD.  Game tied at 27.

Florida can't get in the end zone in the second overtime so Francisco Velez hits a 20 yard field goal.  Florida goes up 30-27.

Austin MacGinnis had to match Francisco Velez.  He hits a 26 yard field goal so it's 30-30 after two overtimes.

In the third overtime, MacGinnis misses a 41 yard field goal.

Florida gets the ball and they pound it in.  Matt Jones scores from the one and Florida beats UK for the 28th time in a row 36-30.

Matt Jones finishes with 156 yards.

Patrick Towles was 24 of 45 for 369 yards, 3 TD passes and 3 Interceptions.

Garrett Johnson played a great game.  He had 6 receptions for 154 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Demarcus Robinson had 15 catches for 216 yards and 2 TD's.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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EKU XC Takes First and Second at Bluegrass Invitational http://www.truebluefan.com/news/eku-xc-takes-first-and-second-at-bluegrass-invitational-388554/ http://www.truebluefan.com/news/eku-xc-takes-first-and-second-at-bluegrass-invitational-388554/ Sports - True Blue Site Sat, 13 Sep 2014 6:00:24 PM EKU XC Takes First and Second at Bluegrass Invitational

The No. 21 Eastern Kentucky University men's cross country team won the Bluegrass Invitational at Masterson Station Park on Saturday morning, edging No. 4 Oklahoma State by a mere three points. The EKU women's team finished second only to Ohio State at the meet.

 

The EKU men were led by the performance of junior Amos Kosgey, who cruised to victory in the 8K with a time of 23:49.52, defeating his nearest competitor by more than 12 seconds. Kosgey, who sat out last season due to injuries, defeated a field of 124 runners in his first cross country race since 2012.

 

Sophomore Ambrose Maritim placed fourth with a time of 24:09.18, while sophomore Luka Ndungu (eighth / 24:24.20), freshman Ronald Korir (11th / 24:32.22) and senior Sean Vandermosten (21st / 24:54.02) rounded out EKU's scoring five.

 

EKU finished with 45 points, just enough to beat three-time national champion Oklahoma State (48). Ohio State (92) was third, followed by Southern Indiana (107), host Kentucky (127), Akron (179), Tennessee (192) and Morehead State (193).

 

The EKU women were led by senior Ann Eason, who placed fourth out of 96 competitors with a 5K time of 16:58.30.

 

Fellow senior Una Britton was second on the team and 15th overall with a time of 17:20.20, while sophomore Ann Tum (19th / 17:24.40) and juniors Ashley Svec (22nd / 17:29.30) and Anna Reddin (25th / 17:33.70) comprised the rest of Eastern's top five.

 

The EKU women - ranked No. 8 in the NCAA Southeast Region - finished with 75 points, losing only to Ohio State (50 points / No. 6 in the Great Lakes Region) and edging Oklahoma State ( 76 points / No. 19 in the country) by a single point. Host Kentucky (80), Southern Indiana (148), Tennessee (162), Morehead State (200), Akron (218), Northern Kentucky (253) and Bellarmine (320) rounded out the women's standings.

 

The EKU cross country teams will return to action the weekend of October 3-4. The men's team will compete at the Notre Dame Invitational that Friday, while the women will compete at the Greater Louisville Classic on Saturday.

 


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No. 16 UK Volleyball Sweeps VCU http://www.truebluefan.com/news/no-16-uk-volleyball-sweeps-vcu/ http://www.truebluefan.com/news/no-16-uk-volleyball-sweeps-vcu/ Sports - True Blue Site Sat, 13 Sep 2014 3:06:46 PM No. 16 UK Volleyball Sweeps VCU

No. 16 Kentucky's middle blockers were the difference makers in a 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-19) sweep of Virginia Commonwealth on Saturday morning in the Carolina Classic. Freshman Emily Franklin had career-bests in kills (9) and hitting percentage (.500), while junior Sara Schwarzwalder chipped in with six kills and a team-best three blocks in UK's fourth sweep of the season.

 

UK improves to 7-2 on the season, while VCU drops to 2-6 on the year. Kentucky will conclude the Carolina Classic tonight at 5 p.m. ET when the Wildcats take on Georgia Southern.

 

"I thought we did a nice job of adjusting to VCU's lightning-fast offense as the match went on," UK coach Craig Skinner said. "We were able to get our middle attackers involved consistently and that's a big key for us moving forward."

 

Sophomore Anni Thomasson was the lone Wildcat to reach double-figures with 10 kills and she added six digs in the win. Junior Shelby Workman posted seven hammers and freshman Darian Mack added five in two sets of action. Senior Lauren O'Conner had four kills to aid the Wildcat cause. Junior setter Morgan Bergren dished out 36 assists and added five kills and three blocks.

 

Senior Jackie Napper logged a match-high 15 digs while Bergren posted seven, and Workman six in the victory. Freshman Ashley Dusek chipped in with three scoops and an ace.

 

UK opened the scoring to begin the match with a kill from Schwarzwalder. The teams would exchange points before the Rams were able to shake loose for an early 6-3 lead. A 4-0 spurt by the Cats capped by an O'Conner ace reclaimed the lead for the Wildcats at 7-6. From there the teams would swap points back-and-forth until UK broke free for a 3-0 run with kills from Franklin and Workman highlighting the spurt to force VCU into a timeout with the Wildcats out in front by a 15-12 score.

 

Following the timeout, UK forced VCU into an errant attack give the Wildcats their largest lead of the stanza. A Schwarzwalder kill off an overpass lifted Kentucky to a 20-15 advantage. The junior from North Royalton, Ohio, capped the set with her third kill of the stanza for a 25-19 opening set win for the Blue and White.

 

UK erupted for 17 kills on a blistering .484 hitting percentage with six players registering multiple kills. Bergren dished out 12 assists to lead the offense. VCU managed 11 kills on .222 hitting.

 

After VCU scored the set's first two points, O'Conner found a spot cross court for UK's first tally of the second stanza. The lead for the Rams reached five at 6-1. A 5-0 run by the Wildcats propelled the designated home team to tie the score at 6 apiece and the Rams opted for a timeout.

 

Following the break, UK continued the run to take its first lead of the set at 7-6 before VCU finally ended the stretch. Kentucky scored four of the next five to open up an 11-7 lead. Kentucky ended the set on a 9-3 run for a 25-18 victory and a 2-0 lead in the match.

 

The Wildcats logged 17 kills on a .359 hitting percentage in the second set, while VCU charted 13 hammers on a .225 clip. Thomasson had five kills in the frame and Franklin posted four. Napper led the defensive effort with seven digs.

 

Mack's cross-court shot enabled the Cats to strike first in the third set. Mack's kill ignited a quick rally for the Blue and White who earned a 3-0 lead. Kentucky extended its advantage to four at 8-4. Bergren teamed up with Schwarzwalder for back-to-back blocks, and then UK's setter lofted a ball over her shoulder for the dump and a Kentucky 12-6 lead. VCU continued to fight and pulled to within two at 14-12, forcing Kentucky into a timeout to attempt to quell the threat.

 

Out of the break, the Rams served into the net and Mack put down her fifth kill of the set to dispel the momentum for the designated visitors. It was all the more breathing room the Cats would need en route to a 25-19 third set win to secure their fourth 3-0 victory of the year.

 

UK notched 13 kills on .242 hitting, while the Rams managed just nine hammers on a .057 hitting percentage in the final frame.

 


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