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FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2020 file photo, North Carolina State running back Ricky Person Jr. (8) and teammates head to the field to warm up before an NCAA college football game against Liberty in Raleigh, N.C.  North Carolina State (8-3) is a 2 ½-point underdog against Kentucky (4-6) in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl, a number the Wolfpack consider a slight heading into Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021 game in Jacksonville.   (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP, Pool)

Kentucky runs for 281, beats NC State 23-21 in chippy Gator

Jan. 2, 2021 5:21 PM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Kentucky's postgame locker room provided a scene players and coaches might never forget. They celebrated a third consecutive bowl victory while dedicating it to two guys who couldn't be there. This one was for late offensive line coach John Schlarman and rehabbing linebacker Chris...

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2020 file photo, Coastal Carolina's Silas Kelly waits for the snap during the first half of an NCAA college football game against South Alabama  in Conway, S.C.  Kelly is one of three winners of the Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year Award, along with Colorado running back Jarek Broussard and Kentucky offensive lineman Kenneth Horsey. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro, File)

Kentucky's Horsey among 3 Comeback Player of Year winners

Jan. 2, 2021 11:28 AM EST

Kentucky offensive lineman Kenneth Horsey is one of three winners announced Saturday of the Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year Award, along with Colorado running back Jarek Broussard and Coastal Carolina linebacker Silas Kelly. Horsey overcame a heart condition that required surgery and threatened his career...

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2020 file photo, North Carolina State running back Ricky Person Jr. (8) and teammates head to the field to warm up before an NCAA college football game against Liberty in Raleigh, N.C.  North Carolina State (8-3) is a 2 ½-point underdog against Kentucky (4-6) in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl, a number the Wolfpack consider a slight heading into Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021 game in Jacksonville.   (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP, Pool)

NC State seething in underdog role vs Kentucky in Gator Bowl

Jan. 1, 2021 10:49 AM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — It’s one of the oddest betting lines of the bowl season. No. 24 North Carolina State (8-3) is a 2 ½-point underdog against Kentucky (4-6) in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl, a number the Wolfpack consider a slight heading into Saturday's game in Jacksonville. NC State has won...

Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson (3) scrambles during the second half of the team's NCAA college football game against South Carolina, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

No. 24 N.C. State faces Kentucky in Gator Bowl

Dec. 20, 2020 8:18 PM EST

Kentucky (4-6, SEC) vs. No. 24 N.C. State (8-3, ACC), Jan. 2, noon EST. LOCATION: Jacksonville, Florida TOP PLAYERS Kentucky: P Max Duffy, preseason All-American, averaging 46 yards per attempt N.C. State: LB Payton Wilson, 3 1/2 sacks, leads team in tackles NOTABLE Kentucky: Mark Stoops is set to become the...

Kentucky taps NFL Rams assistant Coen to guide its offense

Dec. 15, 2020 3:46 PM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has hired Los Angeles Rams assistant Liam Coen as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach to revive the Southeastern Conference's worst passing game. Coen, 35, was named the Rams’ assistant quarterbacks coach before this season after two as the...

Kentucky running back Chris Rodriguez Jr. (24) runs for a touchdown during the second half of the team's NCAA college football game against South Carolina, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Rodriguez scores 3 TDs, Kentucky routs South Carolina 41-18

Dec. 6, 2020 2:12 AM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Chris Rodriguez Jr. rushed for three touchdowns, Terry Wilson and A.J. Rose each rushed for one, and Kentucky rolled South Carolina 41-18 Saturday night in the regular season finale for both schools. Kentucky’s sixth win over South Carolina in seven meetings also capped an...

Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson (3) looks for a receiver against Florida during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

South Carolina, Kentucky meet looking to end losing streaks

Dec. 3, 2020 9:22 AM EST

South Carolina and Kentucky each aim to end disappointing regular seasons with a rare victory. The winner might even have a chance to continue playing football in December. While the possibility of postseason play initially appears farfetched given both teams’ losing records, the Southeastern...

A prerecorded message from Alabama coach Nick Saban is shown on the big screen at Bryant-Denny Stadium before the Iron Bowl NCAA college football game between Alabama and Auburn on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)

SEC nearing finish line in fragile, virus-disrupted season

Dec. 2, 2020 2:44 PM EST

South Carolina interim coach Mike Bobo wasn’t sure what would happen when the Southeastern Conference kicked off its 10-game, all-league football season amid the coronavirus pandemic But he couldn't have envisioned all that has unfolded, including but the end is in sight. South Carolina and Kentucky look...

Iowa State head coach Steve Prohm directs his players against Arkansas-Pine Bluff during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Matthew Putney)

The Latest: WVA not allowing basketball fans in December

Dec. 1, 2020 4:11 PM EST

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ West Virginia said Tuesday that no fans will be allowed at its men’s and women’s basketball games in December, except for essential personnel and the families of players and staff, due to recent spikes of COVID-19...

Florida tight end Kyle Pitts (84) scores a touchdown during an NCAA college football game against Kentucky in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. (Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun via AP)

Pitts scores 3 TDs in return, No. 6 Florida tops Kentucky

Nov. 28, 2020 4:56 PM EST

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Kyle Pitts was feeling a little jittery before his first game in three weeks. His chest “got hot" and his heart started beating fast. Once he stepped on the field and saw one-on-one coverage, his eyes had to widen as well. Pitts scored three touchdowns in his return from a...