It's not always easy to find silver linings among the dark clouds hanging overhead during a three-game losing streak.
But Kentucky's coaches have tried to build on the positives they've seen while trying to solve the glaring problems.
So on the bright side: UK's coaches have been pleased with the Cats' ability to block the run in recent games, with Kentucky gaining 160-plus yards on the ground last week after not managing that in any of its four previous games.
"We targeted and blocked them in the run game as good as anyone did all year," offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson said of UK against Tennessee last weekend.
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"I went back and watched their defense against other people just to see what we could do different and I thought our o-line in the run game targeted them and opened up bigger holes than had been opened all year."
But the clouds took on a much darker hue when it came to Kentucky's ability to protect the pass.
Against the Volunteers, UK managed just 184 yards through the air, nearly 70 yards fewer than the Cats' average going into the game. Kentucky's efforts were thwarted further by nine penalties for 93 yards in the drubbing.
"Obviously our pass protection has to get a lot better," offensive line coach John Schlarman said. "We had a couple pressures, had a couple sacks and we had some holds."
It's become a significant point of emphasis this week as Kentucky (4-4, 2-4 Southeastern Conference) travels to Georgia on Saturday.
The Bulldogs (5-3, 3-3) have had their share of struggles statistically on offense, but they still are among the nation's best pass defenses (No. 22) and they are second in the league, holding opponents to 183 yards a game.
Opposing quarterbacks are completing just 53.7 percent of their passes against Georgia.
Kentucky hasn't helped itself by falling behind so early in the past two games, creating a need to throw the ball and get big yardage in short spans of time.
But even when everyone in the stadium knows you're going to throw, Schlarman expects UK to be able to protect better than it has, allowing 22 sacks this season, which is tied for most in the league.
"It's going to be a challenge every week," Schlarman said. "We're never going to back away from it. We're going to hit it right in the mouth and get better at it."
The offensive line isn't as consistent as head coach Mark Stoops wants it to be, but the blame doesn't fall entirely on the guys up front.
"It's not what we're built to do right now, just to try to get into drop-back pass situations," Stoops said. "We probably put them in some tough blocking assignments and we didn't hold up as well as we'd like to.
"We're at our best when we have balance and when we're in closer games and not getting behind obviously, because we're not built, again, to just drop-back pass."
Kentucky's offensive coordinator said he didn't do his part to help the offensive line Saturday against Tennessee, including creating too many third-and-longs.
"We had a hard time blocking them when it was predictable pass," Stoops said.
That's something Dawson vowed to fix.
"I've got to reevaluate my approach in certain things and I got to do better," he said. "It has nothing to do really with them or their effort and their want-to. Those guys have been battling.
"But I have to do a better job of putting them in situations, of getting in manageable situations where there's a little more evenness to the calls, where you can run or pass."
Mark Stoops ended any speculation about whether his star running back will be able to play against the school he once briefly committed to, saying that Boom Williams will miss the game with an elbow injury.
"Yeah. He won't play. He won't play," Stoops said of the sophomore, who had 10 carries for 100 yards and two touchdowns last season against the Bulldogs.
Stoops also said that safety Darius West and wide receiver Joey Herrick will not be able to play.
Linebacker Jason Hatcher, who has been limited at practice and saw limited action last week against Tennessee, probably will be able to play against the Bulldogs.
"He's much better now," Stoops said of Hatcher, who didn't play at Mississippi State two weeks ago. "He's much, much better. He played Saturday, as you know. It was close last week, but didn't get the week of practice. Got much more practice this week."