KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Many might have expected Mark Stoops to say Kentucky should have won at Tennessee Saturday afternoon, having put up 635 total yards offense.
The Wildcats’ head coach, however, didn’t leave much room for interpretation of his sentiments.
“We didn’t play good enough to win,” Stoops said following his team’s 49-36 loss to the Vols in Neyland Stadium. “You have to give credit to Tennessee, they made plays. They were physical. They put us in a lot of space with their run game.
“The dual-threat quarterback put a lot of pressure on us, put a lot to the perimeter and make big plays, explosive runs.”
Josh Dobbs was the aforementioned “dual-threat quarterback,” finishing with 223 yards and three touchdowns passing on 11-of-17 passing along with his 138 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 13 carries.
“The difference is in the red zone,” Stoops continued. “They capped it with touchdowns, (and) we capped it off with some field goals.
“The bottom line is they played better than us. We did not play clean enough to win.”
Stoops was impressed with the Vols.
“They are a big, physical team, and Dobbs is a real talent,” he said. “He has been around for a long time and really made some quality runs. … He’s deceptive, has great speed and very good balance and toughness. I’m glad we don’t have to see him anymore.”
Stoops said he went out of his way to find Dobbs after the game and congratulate him.