Success Involves Pain


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – There are big wins, and then there are huge wins.

No matter how you slice it, every win at this point for Mark Stoops will be the most significant of his tenure in Lexington.

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For the first time since 2006, UK has four victories over SEC foes.

Kentucky rushed for 377 yards in the 35-21 win over Missouri Saturday…good for the most rushing yards against an SEC opponent since going for 409 against Vanderbilt…in 1953.

So, it’s safe to say there’s a lot riding on the 7:30 kick this Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium against Georgia.

With the dumpster fire in progress at Tennessee following the Vols’ loss to South Carolina and departure of running back Jalen Hurd, the SEC East is very much ripe for the Cats to pluck.

But it hasn’t just happened for UK.  It’s been a process.

Hear from Stoops in the video.

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Alex Risen joined the ABC 36 News team in October of 2011 as ABC 36’s Weekend Sports Anchor/ Sports Reporter. Alex can also be seen Friday nights co-anchoring the Highschool Highlight Reel. Alex started out in the broadcast business while still in college at the University of Kentucky, heading up the school’s daily student news network as the Sports Director. He made his commercial televsion debut in May of 2011 while at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky as co-host of a weekly, half-hour high school sports program previewing area schools’ games on Friday nights and as a morning sports anchor. Alex has also spent time as an intern at ESPN in the Statistics and Analysis department, as a production assistant for NBC Sports horse racing and Sunday Night Football productions, and as an intern for WLKY in his hometown of Louisville, KY. Alex graduated from Saint Xavier High School in 2007 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2010 where he graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program. He’s excited to be covering his passion in his home state and make Central Kentucky his home for years to come. Alex can be reached at