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Freshman tailback Benny Snell ran for a career-high 192 yards against the Tigers. Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

Freshman tailback Benny Snell ran for a career-high 192 yards against the Tigers.
Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

Kentucky at Missouri 

Faurot Field, Columbia, Mo. 

Oct. 29, 2016

FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 35, Missouri 21

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is 5-3 overall, 4-2 in the Southeastern Conference. Missouri is 2-6 overall, 0-4 in league play.
  • Kentucky is 4-2 in SEC play for the first time since 1993.
    • This marks the first time UK has had four wins in league play since 2006 and just the second time since 1999.
    • This is the first time that UK has three wins over SEC Eastern Division opponents since the league split into divisional play in 1992.
  • Kentucky now leads the series 4-3.  This marks UK’s second-straight win over Missouri and first win in Columbia since 1965.
  • Kentucky has now won three straight SEC games, the longest conference winning streak since also winning three in2006.
  • Today’s win snaps a five-game SEC losing streak on the road, giving UK its first SEC road win since defeating South Carolina last season.
  • The 35 points are the most points scored in an SEC road game since Oct. 2, 2010 at Ole Miss (also 35) and the most scored in an SEC road win since Sep. 22, 2007 at Arkansas (42).
  • UK scored at least 35 points in back-to-back SEC games for the first time since 2007.
  • The 14-point margin of victory is the largest in an SEC road game since Nov. 2, 2002 at Mississippi State (21 points).
  • UK will return to action Sat. Nov. 5 when the Wildcats play host to Georgia at 7:30 p.m. on the SEC Network.

Kentucky Team Notes

  • UK’s game captains were senior center Jon Toth, junior wide receiver Jeff Badet, junior linebacker Courtney Loveand senior defensive lineman Courtney Miggins.
    • This was the sixth time this season that Kentucky has used those four players for captains. UK is 5-1 with Toth, Badet, Love and Miggins as captains.
  • UK is now 13-0 under Mark Stoops when entering the fourth quarter with a lead.
  • Kentucky has now won 31 straight games when leading at the end of the third quarter.
  • Kentucky is now 7-for-8 on fourth down conversions in SEC play this season.
  • UK charted an SEC-high 582 offensive yards.
    • It was the most Kentucky has gained against an SEC opponent since 597 yards vs. Vanderbilt in 2006.
    • It was the second-best output of the year for UK. The Cats had 692 vs. New Mexico State.
    • UK had 554 offensive yards in its last game vs. Mississippi State, marking the first time UK has had back-to-back 500-yard games vs. SEC teams since 2001 vs. Vanderbilt and Tennessee.
  • Kentucky had 377 rushing yards, the most against an SEC opponent since rushing for 409 vs. Vanderbilt on Nov. 7, 1953.
  • Kentucky had its most rushing attempts against an SEC opponent (59) since the Wildcats ran it 67 times in 1995 vs. LSU.
  • This is the first time Kentucky has rushed for at least 250 yards against three consecutive SEC opponents since Oct. 23, Nov. 6, Nov. 13, and Nov. 20, 1977 (4 games).
  • With Boom Williams’ 182 rushing yards and Benny Snell’s 192 rushing yards, it’s the first time in school history that UK had two players rush over 175 yards in an SEC game in school history.
  • Despite losing the turnover statistic 2-0, UK is 5-2 this season when committing more turnovers than the opponent.

Kentucky Player Notes

  • Junior quarterback Stephen Johnson completed 14 of 23 passes for 208 yards and one TD.
    • With starting lineups available since 1993, he is UK’s first quarterback to win four of his first five SEC starts during that time frame.
  • Junior running back Stanley “Boom” Williams rushed 19 times for 182 yards.
    • Williams now has 2,162 career rushing yards.
    • He became the eighth player in UK history to reach 2,000 rushing yards and only the third (Sonny Collins, Moe Williams) to do so before his senior season.
    • He reached 2,000 yards on the 288th carry of his career, least number of carries needed to reach 2,000 by a Wildcat.
    • It is his third 100-yard game of the season and 10th of his career.  He is tied with George Adams for fifth place in career 100-yard games.
    • His 60-yard TD run extended his school record of seven career rushing touchdowns of at least 50 yards.  It is UK’s longest rushing TD in an SEC road game since 2013.
    • He averaged 9.6 yards per carry, highest for a Wildcat (min. 19 attempts) since Alfred Rawls averaged 10.1 vs. LSU in 1989.
  • True freshman running back Benny Snell had 38 carries for a career-high 192 yards and two touchdowns.
    • With eight rushing touchdowns this season, he broke Randall Cobb (2008)’s record for most rushing TDs by a UK freshman.
    • His 192 yards rushing sets a school record for most rushing yards by a freshman in a single game. The previous high was Derick Logan’s 186 yards against Mississippi State on Nov. 9, 1996.
    • The 192 rushing yards tie for the ninth most in a single game in school history and the most since Rafael Little rushed for 198 yards vs. Vanderbilt on Nov. 12, 2005.
    • This marks his third 100-yard game of the season.  He is the first UK freshman with three 100-yard games since Derick Logan in 1996.
    • His 38 carries are the most since Derick Logan had 41 attempts vs. Mississippi State in 1996.
    • Snell has rushed for 320 yards in the last two games, most for a Wildcat in a two-game span since Rafael Little had 322 vs. Auburn and Vanderbilt in 2005.
  • Junior wide receiver Jeff Badet caught three passes for 104 yards and one touchdown.
    • He has back-to-back 100-yard games after getting 139 yards last week vs. Mississippi State.  He is the first Wildcat with consecutive 100-yard receiving games since Matt Roark vs. Mississippi State and Ole Miss in 2011.
    • He is the first Wildcat with a 100-yard game with three or fewer receptions since La’Rod King had 3 for 102 vs. Ole Miss in 2011.
    • The 65-yard touchdown play is UK’s longest in an SEC road game since an 80-yarder from Dusty Bonner to Quentin McCord at Vanderbilt in 1999.
    • Now has 1,211 career receiving yards to rank 21st in Kentucky history.
  • Senior wide receiver Ryan Timmons had two pass receptions.  He became the 14th player in Kentucky history to have 100 catches in his career.
  • Junior wide receiver Dorian Baker made his first receptions of the season. He finished with four catches for 48 yards.
  • Senior center Jon Toth made his team-high 43rd consecutive start.
  • Senior Blake McClain led the Wildcats with eight tackles, all solo.

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