UK FOOTBALL | Wildcats prepare for a hostile environment at South Carolina
09/11/2015 04:21 PM
COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Kentucky football team travels to South Carolina tomorrow for its first SEC game of the 2015 season, but if the Wildcats want to return home with their perfect record still in tact, they’ll have to do something they haven’t done this decade:
Win a conference game on the road.
Kentucky’s last road victory against an SEC opponent came all the way back on November 21, 2009, at Georgia.
UK is 0-20 away from Commonwealth Stadium since then, 0-22 when including non-conference opponents, too.
It’s a statistic that isn’t missed by the Kentucky coaches and players, and head coach Mark Stoops says the Wildcats have been preparing all week to end the streak at will certainly be a hostile environment at Williams-Brice Stadium.
- “We’re excited about the opportunity to go play a very good team in a hostile environment,” Stoops said after practice on Thursday night. “The guys are up for the challenge. They’ve had good preparation, and we’ll see how it goes between now and the time we take the field.”
Kentucky defeated South Carolina, 45-38, last season at the friendly confines of Commonwealth Stadium. It was only the Wildcat’s second victory over the Gamecocks this millennium, with their last win coming in 2010 and the one before that in 1999.
But UK’s working to change its road woe history this season by embracing the challenge and focusing on execution.
- “Embrace the environment,” said Stoops. “The place is going to be rocking, but run to the roar and have fun with it. As long as we focus on our job and the task at hand, it will be a fun environment and a great experience.”
Kentucky and South Carolina will kick off on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.