Big Blue Insider countdown to kickoff

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21 is the number for… Chris Westry, Rodger Bird, Doug Pelfrey, Joe Dipre, Winston Guy.

It was on the 21-yard-line that CJ Johnson sacked Arien Beasley in overtime, ending the Wildcats’ comeback win over EKU last year… The Wildcats attempted 21 field goals in 2015, connecting on 17… Miles Butler, subbing for Austin MacGinnis, kicked three field goals vs. Charlotte, starting with a 21-yarder in the first quarter…  Tim Couch had a total of 21 games in which he passed for 300 yards or more… UK beat North Carolina, 21-0 in the 1976 Peach Bowl… UK was on the Arkansas 21-yard line late in the game when Mike Hartline connected with Randall Cobb for the game-winning TD against the Hogs in 2008…  The Wildcats beat Tennessee, 21-10 in Commonwealth Stadium in the last game Fran Curci ever coached for UK. By coincidence, it happened on Nov. 21, 1981…

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22 is the number for…  Sihiem KingMark Higgs,  Rafael Little, J Lo, Kerry Baird, Don “Dopey” Phelps.

UK scored a total of 22 touchdowns last season… Boom Williams’ longest catch last year went for 22 yards in the win over Charlotte…  Walk-on Charles Walker returned three punts for 22 yards last season… LB/DE Denzil Ware made 22 solo tackles in 2015…  Art Still (1974-77) still holds the UK single-season record for tackles-for-loss with 22…  Kentucky’s first touchdown in its 13-7 upset of Oklahoma in the ’51 Sugar Bowl came on a 22-yard pass from Babe Parilli to Shorty Jamerson, who also scored the Cats’ other TD on one-yd run… Kentucky beat Penn State 22-6 in Commonwealth Stadium in 1976…

 

23  is the number for… Nat Northington, Donnie Redd, Alfred Rawls.

Corey “CJ” Johnson scooped up a fumble on the UK 23 last year and ran 77 yards for a touchdown against Tennessee… Sihiem King led the Wildcats with 23 kickoff returns last season… In 2015, UK scored 23 red zone TDs in 42 possessions (55%)… Because of the injury to Austin Macginnis, backup kicker Miles Butler scored a total of 23 points last year. MacGinnis attempted 23 PATs last season, hitting 22…  Freshman defensive back Chris Westry made 23 solo tackles last season; nose guard Matt Elam made 23 total stops… Missouri was ranked #23 when Kentucky pulled off the upset victory over the Tigers… Babe Parilli threw 23 TD passes in 1950, his junior season, which ended with a victory in the Sugar Bowl.  As head coach at UK, Bear Bryant lost only 23 games, winning 60, with five ties…

 

24  is the number for… Blake McClainDicky Lyons, Sr., David “DJ” Johnson, Gordon Jackson, Anthony Wajda

Freshman tight end C.J. Conrad last season made his first career TD catch from 24 yards out against Missouri, giving the Cats a lead they would never relinquish in a 21-13 win over the Tigers…  UK was on the Clemson 24 when Dicky Lyons, Jr., caught a TD pass from Andre’ Woodson in the 2006 Music City Bowl, giving the Cats a 21-6 lead in the 3rd quarter…  UK has had 24 players named All-America a total of 28 times (Babe Parilli, Bob Gain, Steve Meilinger and Lou Michaels each was named twice)…  In the 10-7 streak-snapping win over Tennessee in 2011, receiver-turned-quarterback Matt Roark carried 24 times for 124 yards…   In 2006, Kentucky upset Matthew Stafford and Georgia, 24-20, on its way to its first bowl bid under Rich Brooks…  The Cats beat Joe Paterno and Penn State by the same score, 24-20, in 1977 in Lexington…

 

25 is the number for… Darius WestMelvin Johnson, Mark Logan, Steve Phillips, Pete Venable.

Drew Barker completed 25 passes last season… Defensive back J.D. Harmon picked off a pass and returned it 25 yards vs. Louisville in 2015… Quarterback Derrick Ramsey and tailback George Adams each rushed for 25 TDs during their respective careers. Ramsey (1974-77) still holds the school record for rushing TDs by a QB… Calvin Bird holds the school single-game scoring record with 25 points, set vs. Hawaii in 1958 (4 TDs, 1 PAT)…  It was 25 years between bowl appearances for the Cats when they played in the 1976 Peach Bowl (1952-76).  Boom Williams raced 25 yards for a TD in the 1st overtime at Florida in 2014…  Kicker Joe Mansour ran 25 yards on a fake field goal for a TD vs. Florida in 2013…

26 is the number for… Paul Calhoun, CoShik Williams, Ron Robinson, Freddie Williams, Emery Clark.

The Cats scored that number of points in their 26-22 upset win over South Carolina in 2015… Sonny Collins and Moe Williams still share the UK record for rushing touchdowns, with 26…  Defensive tackle Oliver Barnett still holds the UK career record for sacks with 26, from 1986-89…  Running back Tony Mayes hit quarterback Randy Jenkins with a 26-yard throwback pass in the 1983 Hall of Fame Bowl, good for a UK touchdown….  Kentucky snapped a 26-year losing skid by beating Tennessee, 10-7, in 2011…

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