LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky would’ve secured its first bowl bid since 2010 with a win over Vanderbilt last season, and coach Mark Stoops is still bothered by the game.
The Wildcats went to Nashville with four wins with Charlotte and Louisville left on the schedule. Charlotte was going to be an automatic win, meaning Kentucky needed to get past 3-6 Vanderbilt to avoid its bowl chances resting on a win over Louisville that it wouldn’t end up getting.
Kentucky was stuffed on the goal line twice in the first half and couldn’t score in the fourth quarter, losing 21-17.
Kentucky hosts Vanderbilt at 4 p.m. Saturday and Stoops was asked Monday if last year’s loss still hurts.
“Absolutely,” Stoops said. “It bothers me. It’ll probably bother me for the rest of my life, yes. But this is a totally new year.”
Any chance of a bowl game this season starts with Kentucky avenging last year’s loss to Vanderbilt. Both teams enter 2-3.
The Commodores have bested the Wildcats four out of the last five years. The all-time series is knotted at 42 wins a piece with four ties.