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UK Basketball – Big Blue Madness: Let the Games Begin by Michael Willis

Big Blue Madness – Photo by Mike Cyrus – BSN

Lexington, KY – 10-12-18

There is chill in the air as Kentucky Wildcat fans gather at Rupp Arena to kick off the 2018-19 basketball season. Big Blue Madness started again with its 3rd annual Blue Carpet Walk. Former Kentucky players Rex Chapman, Kenny “Sky” Walker, Jeff Shephard, and more walked in a Kentucky basketball version of a red-carpet movie premier. Followed shortly after by the current Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams. Wildcat fans who attended got a close look at the current players and some of their childhood heroes. Continue reading UK Basketball – Big Blue Madness: Let the Games Begin by Michael Willis

College Football – Kentucky Falls Short to Texas A&M 14-20

(Updated – UK fell to Number 18 in AP Rankings and is now 2-1 versus top 25 teams)

It was a long trip from Lexington to College Station and for Kentucky players and their fans it will feel like an even longer trip home. The Wildcats lost their first game of the season in overtime against Texas A&M. The first half was a game of “who can punt the furthest” as both defenses held their ground and forced punts. Kentucky’s only offensive score of the game, however, came in the first quarter. Continue reading College Football – Kentucky Falls Short to Texas A&M 14-20

College Football – A Tale of Two Halves: Cats Win 24-10

UK ran wild over South Carolina in the first half. (Photo by Brendon Miller)

After a dominating first half, the second half performance had the crowd of 63,081 feeling uneasy until the final whistle. The Cats played an almost flawless first half on both sides of the ball. Defensively Kentucky held South Carolina to only 9 yards passing in the first half and forced two turnovers. Offensively, Benny Snell and Terry Wilson had great first half performances. Terry finished the half with 84 yards passing yards completing 8 of 11 and rushed for 52 yards. Benny Snell rushed for his 40th touchdown and exceeded the 3,000 career yards and finished the half with 78 yards. Continue reading College Football – A Tale of Two Halves: Cats Win 24-10

College Football – Week 5 Preview: Kentucky vs. South Carolina

Winning their first two SEC games of the season, the Kentucky Wildcats (4-0) are hosting the South Carolina Gamecocks (2-1) Saturday at Kroger Field in another great SEC match-up. This will be USC’s 4th game of the season after the cancelation of the Marshall University game during the recent hurricane threat in the state. Even after beating Florida and Mississippi State in great fashion, the Cats are still a 2-point underdog on their own field. You can be sure that Coach Mark Stoops is telling his players that they are being disrespected and need to prove everyone wrong once again. Continue reading College Football – Week 5 Preview: Kentucky vs. South Carolina

High School Football – Where is your team playing this weekend, Where do they rank? 9-19-18

Bobcats look to continue their run at Home – Photo by Brendon Miller – BSN

Ron Hamblin – Bluegrass Sports Nation Editor – Jackson, KY

1A Hazard (2-1) plays at home and tries to get back on track after a tough loss to Somerset. The Bulldogs host 2A Prestonsburg (0-4). Prestonsburg has not had the start new Head Coach Brandon Brewer wanted and this matchup with Hazard will not help things.
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College Football – Kentucky Topples Murray St. 48-10

Michael Willis – Lexington, KY – 9-15-18 – Bluegrass Sports Nation

There was never a question who would win the game after the first drive of the game. It was evident that Murray St. couldn’t contain Kentucky’s rushing game when Terry Wilson scored the first touchdown of the game on a 42-yard quarterback keeper. At halftime the score was closer than the final score would indicate with the Wildcats only leading 17 to 3. However, after halftime Kentucky scored 31 points straight without allowing a Murray St. score. The Racers scored a late  4th quarter touchdown on a 21-yard rush by Preston Rice putting the Racers into double digits. Continue reading College Football – Kentucky Topples Murray St. 48-10

College Football – Week 3 Preview: Kentucky vs. Murray State

UK goes for 3-0 – Photo by Brendon Miller – BSN

It’s going to be an in-state battle this week as the Murray State Racers travel the 265 miles to Lexington to face the Wildcats. Last week, Kentucky ended their streak of 31 straight loses to Florida in a 27-16 victory over the Gators. The Cats also won their SEC opener two years in a row for the first time since the 2006 and 2007 seasons. Murray State has lost their first two games this season, one of which was against #17 Central Arkansas. Continue reading College Football – Week 3 Preview: Kentucky vs. Murray State

College Football – Week 2 Preview: Kentucky vs Florida

UK tries to break a 31 year losing streak to the Gators – Photo by Brendon Miller – BSN

Article by Michael Willis – Bluegrass Sports Nation

After a mediocre performance in their opening game against CMU, Kentucky is headed to the swamp to face the Florida Gators this Saturday (7:30 on SEC Network) in the first SEC game for both teams. Florida has beaten the Wildcats 31 consecutive times–it is the longest in-conference streak in SEC history and is the longest active streak in Division I football. The streak casts a shadow over this game every year; however, 3 of the last 4 meetings have been decided by six points or less. Let’s look at how these teams performed in their first-week matchups: Continue reading College Football – Week 2 Preview: Kentucky vs Florida

UK Football – Week One Preview: Kentucky vs. Central Michigan

UK Kicks off season – Photo by Brendon Miller

(By MIchael Willis – BSN Contributor)
The beginning of the University of Kentucky’s football season is finally here! The Wildcats will face the Central Michigan Chippewas from Mt. Pleasant, Michigan in their Kroger Field opener. Kentucky hasn’t lost a game to Central Michigan in the 6 past meetings and they hope to turn that into 7 games this Saturday at 3:30 (ESPNU). Cat fans are excited to get to see their team play after they feel the Bowl game against Northwestern was stolen from them to end the season back in December. Continue reading UK Football – Week One Preview: Kentucky vs. Central Michigan