BATON ROUGE, La. — Kentucky freshman running back Stanley "Boom" Williams suffered a head injury in the second half against Louisiana State on Saturday night.
After the 41-3 loss at Tiger Stadium, Kentucky Coach Mark Stoops said that Williams, who appeared to be the victim of a helmet-to-helmet hit on a kickoff return, would return to Lexington with the team and be evaluated.
"They just said it was a head injury," Stoops told the media after the game. Williams finished with seven carries for 19 yards and three catches.
No word on if the Cats' all-purpose yardage leader will be available when top-ranked Mississippi State comes to town on Saturday.
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"We have the protocol, went through it, they evaluated him on the field and he's with the doctors," Stoops said. "I've just been told it's a head injury, among other things we've got to check on."
Special teams gaffes
Six different special teams plays in the first half alone proved costly for the Cats in the loss at LSU, including the opening kickoff return that put the Tigers at the Kentucky 29-yard line to open the game.
"We just got outplayed," Stoops said of the meltdown. "We've been solid all year to this point and we did not play good enough in this game. ... They physically played better."
While the Cats missed J.D. Harmon, who sat out the first half in a Stoops-imposed penalty, special teams coach Craig Naivar said Kentucky is not a "one-man team."
Stoops said Harmon is a good player, but said he didn't "know if he's going to make that difference or not."
Naivar chalked it up to difficulties all around.
"We got outcoached," Naivar said. "We got outplayed. We've got to get some things corrected."
Both Mark Stoops and UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown called the fourth-and-2 that Kentucky failed to convert in the second quarter on a Wildcat-formation run by Jojo Kemp a game-changer.
"I thought it was fourth-and-1, it was a lot closer to fourth-and-1," Brown said. "That was a big turning point in the game. I felt like if we could've converted there, we would've stayed right in the game. I don't know if we were good enough to win it the way we were playing, but we would've made it a lot more competitive for sure."
Team on the run
Louisiana State rushed for 303 yards, the most given up by the defense in the Stoops era at Kentucky. The previous high had been 299 versus Alabama a season ago.
LSU "is a physical football team," Stoops said. "It's what we'd like to look like one day."
In postgame comments, Stoops referred to the Cats as getting "manhandled" and said he thought UK was past these types of lopsided losses.