Nine players scored for the Cats against a feisty MTSU squad that started off the game strong but withered away down the stretch as UK used a combination of pressure defense and for what seemed like the first time in weeks, an effective offense.
If UK escapes this two-week stretch unscathed, then given the strength of the SEC, the possibility of UK ending the season undefeated remains a realistic scenario.
If you had to encapsulate UK’s season in one sentence, the age-old adage “home is where the heart is” fits perfectly as a summation of how the year played out for the Cats.
The biggest collapse of the 2014 season came from UK’s special teams, especially during the second half of the season. The special teams’ play was so disheartening that whenever it came time to kick off or punt the ball, The Big Blue Nation collectively held its breath until either the ball was out of bounds or the returner was safely on the ground.
During his time at Arizona from 2004-2009, Stoops turned a defensive unit that was 109th in the nation in total defense to a highly-ranked squad by the end of his term.