The Kentucky football team seems to have amped up its sense of urgency in practice since Mississippi State drubbed the Wildcats 42-16 on Saturday. Perhaps quarterback Patrick Towles put it best on Tuesday.
QB Patrick Towles: We have to do more stuff, do extra work. Losing two means we need to make some changes.
— Jen Smith (@jenheraldleader) October 27, 2015
Towles: "If we keep doing what we’re doing we’re going to keep losing.” https://t.co/4MgfFdPRXl
— Jon Hale (@JonHale_CJ) October 27, 2015
The Wildcats are heading into two difficult matchups with Tennessee and UGA in the coming weeks, and are aware of what types of challenges those two teams bring.
But it’s not just the players that are making adjustments. A day after coach Mark Stoops declared he needed to be “more forceful in his communication,” offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson indicated he needs to tweak some things on his end, too.
Dawson also gave his perspective on what went wrong for the Wildcats toward the end of the second quarter Saturday in Starkville. The Wildcats were hoping to push for a score and burn some minutes off the clock in the final minutes of the half. But Austin MacGinnis attempted an unsuccessful field goal instead, and Mississippi State then scored on the next drive.
“There’s things I would do differently every game. It’s no different than the first five or six weeks,” Dawson said. “Ultimately we learn from situations. We had a situation that we had a run play called and we didn’t get the clock started because we threw a screen. Well, that’s kind of built into our offense. Really, the outside linebacker made a great play and knocked the ball down which doesn’t happen a whole lot. It did.”
“If we get the ball in play right there, we can run some time off the clock and we can keep the defense off the field and not give them another possession at the end of the half. Ultimately, we’ve just got to learn from the situation and move on.”