Kentucky football returns to Kroger Field for Week 3 of the 2022 season looking to remain undefeated against Coach Mark Stoops’ hometown team, Youngstown State.
The ninth-ranked Wildcats (2-0) and Penguins (2-0) are scheduled to kick off at noon on the SEC Network.
United Kingdom is coming off a 26-16 win against then-No. 12 Florida at The Swap that made Stoops the winningest head coach in the show’s history and catapulted his team into the Associated Press top 10. After a scare against Chattanooga in Week 3 last season, quarterback Will Levis said he and the Wildcats will be “bringing the energy” against their opponent FCS.
A member of the Missouri Valley Conference, Youngstown State began its season with wins against Duquesne and Dayton at home. The Penguins’ trip to Lexington will be something of a homecoming for wide receiver Bryce Oliver, a transfer from the United Kingdom who leads the team with 10 receptions and two touchdown receptions.
Saturday’s game will double as a family reunion for the Stoops. One of his older brothers, Oklahoma football coaching legend Bob Stoops, told the Courier Journal that he will be in the crowd watching the Wildcats battle the Penguins with loved ones who are also making the trip to Kroger Field. .
“It shows you how important he is,” the older Stoops told The Courier Journal on Wednesday. “I’m missing OU-Nebraska to go see Mark.”
This is how you can watch and/or listen to Kentucky vs. Youngstown State, and follow live updates from Lexington below. Once the game starts, check back for video highlights of all the best plays.
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Kentucky Takes Early Lead on Will Levis Touchdown – 13:34, Q2
Will Levis hit a 1-yard touchdown run to end the drive.
Kentucky 7, Youngstown State 0
End of first quarter – Kentucky 0, Youngstown State 0
Kentucky finished the first quarter driving at Youngstown State. Will Levis completed a 15-yard pass to Tayvion Robinson, which took the Cats to the Youngstown 1-yard line.
Youngstown State intercepts Kentucky QB Will Levis – 4:49, Q1
Kentucky was driving at Youngstown State, but UK quarterback Will Levis threw an interception at the Youngstown 2-yard line. Troy Jakubec eliminated Levis, who was targeting Barion Brown.
Kentucky linebacker JJ Weaver doubtful to return
According to the SEC Network broadcast, JJ Weaver is in the locker room and it’s doubtful he’ll return with an upper extremity injury.
Kentucky’s JJ Weaver taken to locker room with injury – 12:23, Q1
Kentucky’s offense was three-and-out to start the game. A few plays later, outside linebacker JJ Weaver was being treated on the field by the training staff. He was subsequently taken to the locker room.
How to watch Kentucky vs Youngstown State football on TV, live stream
Game time: noon on saturday september 17
Location: Kroger Field (Lexington)
TV: SEC Network
Live streaming online: ESPN.com/watch
Terrestrial radio emission: 840-AM in Louisville; 630-AM, 98.1-FM in Lexington
Online radio streaming:United KingdomAthletics.com
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Kentucky football vs Youngstown State spread, bets and odds
As of Thursday, September 15, Kentucky was favored by 25.5 points, according to the VegasInsider consensus line.
Mark Stoops is from Youngstown, Ohio.
There was some talent left over, but it hadn’t been enough to keep the team from going 2-10 the year before. The installations did not compare to those of the competition, and they were falling further and further behind.
And the block was packed with thugs, SEC powerhouses where football, frankly, just meant more.
Those were the circumstances of Mark Stoops’ arrival to coach Kentucky’s football program a decade ago. The Wildcats had fallen behind and Stoops had a fight ahead of him.
But he could handle a fight.
Youngstown taught him that.
Stoops will take the field Saturday for his 115th game at Kentucky, and will be his first as the school’s career coaching wins leader, a distinction he earned with last Saturday’s 26-16 win at Florida.
Read more about the Stoops connection to Youngstown.
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