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15 is the number for… Marcus McWilson, Stephen Johnson, Dusty Bonner, Joey Worley, Tom Rodgers, Talbott Todd...

It was on the 15th of September, 1973, that UK opened Commonwealth Stadium with a 31-26 win over Virginia Tech.  And it was on Sept. 15, 2007, that the Wildcats rallied to stun Louisville thanks to a TD catch by Stevie Johnson in the game’s closing minutes…  LB Josh Forrest made 15 tackles in the season-opening win over Louisiana-Lafayette in 2015… Garrett Johnson averaged 15 yards per catch (46 total) last year… TE C.J. Conrad finished the 2015 season with 15 grabs…  Dicky Lyons, Sr., averaged around 15 yards per punt return (15.4) from 1966-68, still a school career record…  All-American receiver/returner Derek Abney set a school record by averaging nearly 15 yards per play (14.83) from 2000-03.  Wesley Woodyard rang up 15 tackles in UK’s win over Florida State in the 2007 Music City Bowl… Moe Williams broke or tied 15 different school records (including TDs scored and single-season rushing) in 1995…  UK has made a total of 15 bowl game appearances….  Matt Roark finished with 15 passing yards in the 2011 upset of Tennessee. He completed his first pass, for 15 yards and was 3-for-5 after that, but those three resulted in a net total of zero yards…

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16 is the number for… Wesley Woodyard, Pookie Jones, George Blanda, Juan Portela.

It took the Wildcats only 16 seconds to score their first TD of the season last year, a 75-yard run by Boom Williams against Louisiana-Lafayette… Craig Yeast made 16 catches in a win over Vanderbilt in 1998 (for 269 yds), still a Commonwealth Stadium record…  Sixteen was the number in hundreds registered by Moe Williams when he the SEC in rushing in 1995 with exactly 1,600 – still a UK single-season record….   Safety Jeff Zurcher (vs. Georgia, 1998) and linebacker Larry Smith (vs. Tulane, 1994) share the school single-game record for solo tackles, with 16 each… Dusty Bonnercompleted 16 consecutive passes for the Wildcats in a win over Connecticut in 1999… UK has produced 16 Academic All-Americans (honored 19 times; OT Greg Lahr, OT Hayden Lane and P Tim Masthay each was recognized twice).  Kentucky has produced 16 players selected in the first round of the NFL Draft

 

17 is the number for… Alex MontgomeryJeff Snedegar, Tommy Cook, Van Hiles, Larry Jackson.

Quarterback Drew Barker’s longest run last year was 17 yards at Vanderbilt… Moe Williams still holds the single-season record for touchdowns in one year with 17, set in 1995. He also led the SEC in scoring that season with 102 points…   It was on the UK 17-yard line that Braxton Kelley made perhaps the most famous tackle in Commonwealth Stadium history, stopping Charles Scott on fourth down and preserving the Wildcats’ 43-37 (3 OT) upset victory.  UK also happened to be ranked #17 at the time… Kentucky shut out Georgetown 17 times in 23 wins from 1891 to 1924… Javess Bluecaught a pass at the UK 17 and raced 83 yards for a touchdown against Louisiana-Monroe in 2014…

18 is the number for… Stanley “Boom” WilliamsFreddie Maggard, Andy Molls, Jacob Tamme, Otis Grigsby, Randall Cobb, Jimmy Carter.

Two-time All-America tailback Sonny Collins had 18 career 100-yd. rushing games from 1973-75, still a school record…  Doug Pelfry holds the school record for most points score in one game by a kicker – 18, vs. Mississippi State in 1992…  By averaging nearly 18 yards per catch (17.7) in 1958, UK halfback Calvin Bird led the Southeastern Conference in that category…  The UK defense last year had 18 quarterback hurries… Mikel Horton and Dorian Baker each scored 18 points in 2015 (three touchdowns apiece)…

19 is the number for…  Keenan Burton, Kevin Coleman, Ryan Hockman, Howard Schnellenberger, Chris Jacobs.

Defensive tackle CJ Johnson made 19 stops in the win over EKU last season, including 2.5 tackles-for-loss… Against U of L in 2015, LB Josh Forrest picked off a pass at the UK 19 and ran 81 yards for a touchdown in his final game as a Wildcat… Transfer LB Courtney Love had 19 sacks in his senior season at Cardinal Mooney high school… Kentucky forced 19 fumbles last year, recovering nine… UK went for it on fourth down 19 times in 2015, converting 13… Wideout Blake Boneaveraged 19 yards per catch (on 20 receptions) in 2015…  PK Joey Worley kicked a school-record 19 field goals in 28 attempts in 1985…  Fullback Rod Stewart carried 19 times (104 yds.) in the 1976 Peach Bowl.  He was named the offensive Most Valuable Player…

20 is the number for… Kengera DanielDerrick Locke, Rick Massie, Chris Tolbert, Joe Bryant, Shipwreck Kelly

Safety Mike Edwards picked off a pass at the Charlotte 20-yard line and ran it in for a TD last season… Blake Bone made 20 catches in 2015… In 2014, South Carolina was on its own 20-yard line with 2:36 left to play and the score tied, 38-38, when UK’s Alvin “Bud” Dupree snatched a deflected pass out of the air and ran it in for the game-clinching TD in UK’s 45-38 upset win over the Gamecocks and Steve Spurrier…  Wide receiver Larry Seiple averaged nearly 20 yards per catch (19.7) from 1964-66. He would go on to an 11-year career in the NFL as a punter for the Miami Dolphins; he was part of the undefeated Super Bowl championship team of 1972…    All-America tight end James Whalen was averaging nearly 20 yards per catch (four for 79 yards) against Syracuse in the 1999 Music City Bowl when he was sidelined by a dislocated elbow… In the first matchup with Louisville in modern-day history, the Cats scored 20 points, beating U of L 20-14 in Commonwealth Stadium in 1994, winning the first game in the Governor’s Cup series. It would be their only win of the season…

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