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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.

Kentucky Wildcats Head Coach Mark Stoops celebrates after beating the Gators at Steve Spurrier Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, FL on Saturday, September 10, 2022. [Cyndi Chambers/Gainesville Sun]

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. .

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