Mark Stoops was named head coach of the week by 247 Sports after the Cats won in Knoxville for the first time since 1984.
Stoops’ tenure at Kentucky has been characterized by his ability to find ways to win. The game against Tennessee was a microcosm of that. In the first half, it was about converting turnovers into points; all 17 first-half points came off of three interceptions.
Stoops has now helped Kentucky end painfully-long losing streaks to Tennessee and Florida. Saturday’s win in Knoxville was also the program’s largest road victory ever against a ranked team.
On Saturday, @UKFootball ...— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 17, 2020
- Def. Tennessee on the road for the 1st time since 1984
- Posted its largest road victory margin against a ranked opponent
- Returned 2 Int for TDs in a game for the 1st time since 2014
- Forced 4 1st-half turnovers for the 1st time since 2008 pic.twitter.com/aXhurPOPEl
On the field, Landon Young was named SEC offensive lineman of the week for his performance against the Vols on Saturday. Young graded at 90% last Saturday, totaling 10 knockdown blocks.
Kentucky rushed for 187 yards against Tennessee, including 159 in the second half. Kentucky currently leads the SEC in rushing at 206 yards per game after finishing first in that category last season as well.
Young should go down as one of the best and most accomplished left tackles to ever play in Lexington. Hopefully, he also has a long career in the NFL.