Kentucky Coach Mark Stoops Discusses 4-0 Start

Kentucky was fined $100,000 after fans rushed the field following a win against Mississippi State

Taz and the Moose
October 29, 2018 - 10:10 am

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The University of Kentucky is used to being 4-0 and nationally ranked, but that usually happens on the hardwood, not the gridiron.

Well, it’s happening on the gridiron.

The No. 17 Wildcats are 4-0 for the first time since 2008 and 2-0 in the SEC for the first time since 1977.

“It’s been a great start,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said on Taz & The Moose. “I’m very pleased with our team. I said it throughout the summer that I had a lot of confidence about this team. Just the way they went about their work, they had a great summer and have been working extremely hard. They're a close-knit group, and we’ve been playing very good. But there’s always that next opportunity, so we’re right in middle of the week grinding away here, getting ready for the South Carolina game. But it’s been a great start, and we look to keep that rolling.”

Kentucky beat then-No.25 Florida, 27-16, on the road Sept. 8, and beat then-No. 14 Mississippi State, 28-7, this past Saturday. Quarterback Terry Wilson has thrown for 463 yards and rushed for 241 to go with four touchdowns (two pass, two rush) and four interceptions, while running back Benny Snell Jr. has 87 carries for 540 yards and seven TDs.

Stoops knew after beating Florida that his team could be special.

“I loved this team (over the summer), but you don’t really know what you have until you get into the games and get going,” Stoops said. “I’d say probably through the Florida game because it was early on the season, on the road, tough environment, and I saw the way our team responded and how physical we were and the way we could take a punch and then keep on coming back and throwing some of our own. I think that’s when I had a good feeling about this team and the identity of this team.”

After Kentucky beat Mississippi State, fans stormed the field in celebration. The SEC fined the school $100,000 as a result.

“We feel like we didn’t get our money’s worth because only a few fans leaked out there,” Stoops said. “We won by 21 points, so it wasn’t that dramatic. But those are good problems to have, I guess.”

Kentucky hosts South Carolina (2-1) this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET.