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12 is the number for… Gunnar Hoak, Derrick Ramsey, Dicky Lyons, Jr., Randy Jenkins, Bill Allen, Morgan Newton.

Twelve was the cost in millions for the construction of Commonwealth Stadium, which opened in 1973. The renovation completed in 2015 took $12 million – plus another $100 million…  All-SEC defensive end Dennis Johnson had 12 QB sacks in 2001, still a single-season record…  Randall Cobb averaged a school single-season record 12 yards per play in 2010… Danny Trevathan averaged nearly 12 tackles per game (11.9) in 2011, leading the Southeastern Conference…   2012 was the last year a UK player was named a freshman All-American (P Landon Foster, named by Rivals and collegefootballnews.com)… It was 2013 when QB Jalen Whitlow, starting from the UK 12, ran 88 yards for a TD vs.  Alabama State, the longest scoring run in CWS history…   Kentucky was on the Miami (O.) 12 when Javess Blue caught a pass and turned it into an 88-yard scoring play in 2013…

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13 is the number for… Jeff BadetMike Fanuzzi, Aaron Boone,  J Lo w Giants, Stevie Johnson.

UK converted on fourth down 13 times in 2015 (19 attempts)… Austin MacGinnis connected on 13 field goals last season (17 attempts)…  DBs Cody Quinn and J.D. Harmon each made 13 solo tackles last year… The first TD scored in the history of Commonwealth Stadium came on a 13-yard strike from Ernie Lewis to Ray Barga against Virginia Tech in 1973…  Cornerback Eric Kelly holds the school single-season record for pass break-ups with 13, set in 1999 (records kept since 1981)….  Tim Couch completed 13 consecutive passes three times in his UK career…   QB Bill Ransdell connected with WR Joker Phillips from 13 yards out for a TD in the 1983 Hall of Fame Bowl. The two were roommates as freshmen…  Senior WR Matt Roark made a career-high 13 catches against Mississippi State in 2011; one month later he quarterbacked the Wildcats to the win over Tennessee that snapped a 26-game losing skid…

 

14 is the number for… Chuck Broughton, Anthony Mosley.

The UK defense surrendered only 14 passing touchdowns last season… Mikel Horton carried 14 times for 109 yards in the loss to Tennessee in 2015… EKU and UK both scored 14 points in the fourth quarter, sending the game into overtime last year, where the Wildcats won it, 34-27. Jojo Kemp led the Cats in rushing with 14 carries (49 yds.) in the victory… Kentucky’s first score in its win over Missouri was a 14-yard run by Patrick Towles… In 1914, Kentucky opened its season with a 83-0 win over Wilmington…  In 1998, Craig Yeast caught 14 TD passes, a UK single-season record…  UK safety Daryl Bishop ended his career with a total of 14 interceptions, still a school record…  In 2008, the Wildcats eked out a 14-13 victory over Mississippi State in Starkville, making the team bowl-eligible for the third consecutive season…

15 is the number for… Marcus McWilson, Stephen JohnsonDusty 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…

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…

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