In 24 days, UK will kick off its 2018 season.  There are other things UK football fans should know about the number 24…

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

The Wildcats return 24 players to their defensive unit in 2018… A total of 24 UK players come from Ohio… RB Sihiem King made a career-high 24-yard catch vs. Florida last season… The Cats scored 24 points in their season opener vs. Southern Miss last year… Kentucky had the ball for only 24 minutes, vs. 36 for Northwestern in the ’17 Music City Bowl, and still came within a missed 2-point conversion of winning… TE C.J. Conrad scored 24 points on four touchdown catches in 2017… Conrad in 2015 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…

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

RB Benny Snell ranked 25th national in rushing yards (1.333) in ’17… Snell’s 25-yard TD run gave UK a 17-16 lead over EKU. The Cats never trailed again in a 27-16 comeback win… DT Adrian Middleton made 25 tackles in 2017. Middleton has started in 25 consecutive games… P Max Duffy, an import from the Australian Football League, is 25 years old… DB J.D. Harmon picked off a pass and returned it 25 yards vs. Louisville in 2015… QB Derrick Ramsey and RB 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 had been 25 years since Kentucky made a bowl appearance when the Cats played in the 1976 Peach Bowl (1952-76).  RB Boom Williams raced 25 yards for a TD in the 1st overtime at Florida in 2014…  PK Joe Mansour ran 25 yards on a fake field goal for a TD vs. Florida in 2013… Rich Brooks coached the Wildcats to 25 wins at Kroger Field, then known as Commonwealth Stadium, good for third all-time at UK… New receivers coach Michael Smith is a 25-year coaching veteran… As a freshman last year, WR Josh Ali caught three passes good for 25 yards…

26 is the number for…

Paul Calhoun, CoShik Williams, Ron Robinson, Freddie Williams, Emery Clark. 

Mark Stoops has 26 victories as UK’s head coach so far, tied for 7th all-time with Bill Curry… As a sophomore in 2015, WR Dorian Baker had a team-high 26 catches that went for first downs… LB Kash Daniel so far has made 26 tackles in his UK career… RB Benny Snell, who wears #26, last year averaged 102.5 yards per game – ranked 26th nationally… In just 26 career games, Snell has rushed for 2,424 yards, good for eighth all-time at UK… Last season, Sihiem King averaged 26.8 yards on four KO returns… DT Adrian Middleton has started 26 games for the Wildcats… As a freshman last season, DE Josh Paschal had four TFLs good for 26 yards… Kentucky punted 26 times in ’17… The Cats scored that number of points in their 26-22 upset win over South Carolina in 2015… RBs Sonny Collins and Moe Williams now share second place in the UK record books with 26 rushing touchdowns each. Their shared record was snapped by Snell last season; he has 32, scored in two seasons. Both Williams and Collins played three… DT Oliver Barnett still holds the UK career record for sacks with 26, from 1986-89…  RB 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… QB Rick Norton, a first-team All-American in 1965, threw 26 TD passes during his UK career… Former Wildcat George Blanda went on to play 26 seasons in the AFL/NFL; he was the first player in pro football to score 2000 points (2002) in a career…

27  is the number for… Mike Edwards, Clyde Rudolph, Wallace “Wah Wah” Jones

WR Dorian Baker surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in receptions in 2016, becoming the 27th Wildcat to reach that goal… RB Benny Snell carried 27 times for 180 yards and three touchdowns in last year’s win over Tennessee… OL Landon Young had 27 knockdown blocks as a freshman in 2016…  WR Tavin Richardson had a total of 27 catches in 2017 (371 yards, 1 TD)… The UK offense scored 27 rushing TDs in ’17… Jojo Kemp and Boom Williams each had 27 carries in the win over Charlotte in 2015, combining for 305 rushing yards. UK was on its own 27-yard-line in 2015 when Boom exploded for a 66-yard run, setting up a Wildcat touchdown… DT Corey Johnson led UK’s defensive tackles in 2015 with 27 solo stops…  KOR Derrick Locke had a career kickoff-return average of 27 yards from 2007-10; Calvin Bird had a similar average from 1958-60…  Hall-of-Famer George Blanda kicked a 27-yard field goal in the 1947 Great Lakes Bowl, the first points ever scored by UK in a bowl game….  QB Bill Ransdell connected with RB Marc Logan on a 27-yard scoring play in the 1984 Hall of Fame Bowl in Birmingham, which pulled the Cats to within 19-17 of Wisconsin.  PK Joey Worley’s field goal with nine minutes left eventually won it for the Cats… Kentucky scored 27 points in its 27-21 upset win over top-ranked Ole Miss in Jackson in 1964. .. The first time he ever carried the ball in a game for the Wildcats, RB Braylon Heard took the ball at the UK 27 and raced 73 yards for a TD against UT-Martin in the season-opening win in 2014. He would later add a TD score of 43 yards. A Nebraska transfer, Heard played just the one season at Kentucky before declaring for the NFL draft, where he went unselected.

28 is the number for…  Kei Beckham, Tony Dixon, Choo Choo Lee, Ray Gover, Shorty Jamerson.   

The ball was on the 28 yard line when QB Stephen Johnson connected with TE C.J. Conrad for what became a 72-yard TD catch/run against New Mexico State in 2016, Johnson’s first scoring strike as a Wildcat, Conrad’s second TD catch in a Kentucky uniform. The pair teamed up for three TD passes that day… The UK defense surrendered only 28.2 points/game in 2017… RB Benny Snell last year carried 28 times for 176 yards and three TDs vs. Ole Miss… DB Jordan Griffin has made a total of 28 tackles in two seasons as a Wildcat… In the 2016 upset at Louisville, Snell had one catch, good for 28 yards… DL Adrian Middleton has made 8.5 TFLs in his UK career, good for 28 yards… Stephen Johnson averaged 28.8 yards per game rushing in ’17… RB Sihiem King averaged 28 yards per game rushing as well…WR Tavin Richardson averaged 28 receiving yards per game in ’17… LB Kash Daniel, an up-back on the kick return team, had two returns good for 28 yards in 2017… LB Jordan Jones assisted on 28 tackles last season (with 36 solos)… PK Austin MacGinnis attempted 28 field goals last season (made 22)… Last year, freshman WR Isaiah Epps made a career-long 28-yard catch vs. Ole Miss… LS Blake Best was perfect on all snaps for each of UK’s 28 field goal attempts in 2017. H Tristan Yeomans was perfect as well on all 28 holds… UK gave up 28 red-zone touchdowns in 54 possession in 2015, denying its opponents 46 percent of the time… RB Tony Dixon had 28 carries in the 2008 Liberty Bowl, a career high for him…  The UK career record for TD catches is 28, a mark still owned by WR Craig Yeast…  RB Rafael Little had 28 carries vs. Florida State in Kentucky’s win over Florida State in the 2007 Music City Bowl, gaining 152 yards…  Little also carried 28 times at Vandy in a 48-42 victory in 2005, gaining 198 yards…   In the Wildcats’ season opener at Louisville in 2008, LB Ashton Cobb had a 28-yard scoop-and-score in the win over the Cardinals. In that same game, defensive tackle Myron Pryor scooped up a fumble at the UK 28 yard-line in the fourth quarter and rumbled 72 yards for another defensive touchdown…

29 is the number for… Derrick Baity, Alfonso Smith, John Bow, Darren Bilberry, David “Buzz” Meers 

The Cats scored 29 points in their epic, come-from-behind win over Tennessee last season… The ball was on the 29 yard line at Missouri when RB Benny Snell broke loose for a 71-yard TD run in the 2016 win over Tigers… Snell carried 29 times (for 211 yards) vs. Louisville in 2017… DB Darius West had 29 assisted tackles (and 57 solo stops) in 2017… UK receivers last year tallied 37 “explosive plays” (catches good for 20+ yards) for an average of 29 yards/play… DE T.J. Carter has made 29 career tackles at UK…  Tavin Richardson had two catches for 29 yards in the win at South Carolina last year… In 2014, linebacker Josh Forrest intercepted a pass at the UL-Monroe 29 and returned it for a touchdown… Randy Holleran made 29 tackles vs LSU in 1990, still the UK single-game record…  Kentucky was on its own 29-yard-line in 2008 when Mike Hartline hit Alfonso Smith with a short pass; he turned the corner and raced 71 yards for a TD in a win over the Razorbacks… Fran Curci’s UK teams won 29 games at Kroger Field, then known as Commonwealth Stadium…

30 is the number for…   Marlon McCree, Moncell Allen, Daryl Conn 

The UK defense last season registered 30 sacks… QB Stephen Johnson scored five TDs in 2017, good for 30 points… KOR Lynn Bowden had six KO returns of at least 30 yards (long – 93 yds)… In 2016, the Wildcats tied a school record by scoring 30 rushing TDs… Kentucky was on its own 30-yard-line late in the second quarter of the 2006 Music City Bowl when quarterback QB Andre’ Woodson spotted WR Demoreo Ford behind the Clemson defense. Woodson hit him in stride and Ford outran the Tiger defense for a 70-yard scoring play…  QB Dusty Bonner completed 30 passes against Syracuse in the 1999 Music City Bowl; Tim Couch completed the same number in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day, 1999…  It had been 30 years for UK between wins over Top 10 teams when beat the Wildcats beat Louisville (ranked #9 at the time) in 2007…The 1962 football Wildcats were known as “The Thin Thirty” after over-zealous head coach Charlie Bradshaw ran off a majority of the players. Tackle Herschel Turner, who logged the most minutes that season, was named an All-America both on offense and defense in 1963…  HB Calvin Bird set a single-season UK record for kickoff return average (30.4) in 1959… HB Bob Davis (1933-37) scored 30 TDs in his career… And 1930 was the year Kentucky beat Maryville 57-0, behind 280 rushing yards by Shipwreck Kelly, still a school record…

31 is the number for…  Damon Hood, Claude Sagaille, Bill Ansparger,  Greg Motley   

UK scored 31 points in the Wildcats’ first game at Kroger Field, then Commonwealth Stadium. They beat Virginia Tech, 31-26… DB Mike Edwards has started 31 consecutive games…WR Isaiah Epps had two catches for 31 yards vs. Ole Miss last year, the best game for the freshman… QB Mike Hartline threw 31 passes in the 2008 Liberty Bowl, completing 19 for 204 yards. Playing with intestinal flu, Hartline was named the offensive MVP for the game…  Oklahoma had won 31 straight games before facing Bear Bryant’s UK team in the 1951 Sugar Bowl. The Wildcats upset the Sooners, 13-7…   After going winless in 1982, Kentucky scored 31 points in its season-opening win over Central Michigan in 1983, en route to a 6-5 regular season. At the time, it was the greatest season-to-season turnaround in Division I football history…

32 is the number for…  Anthony White, Larry Seiple, Ivy Joe Hunter, Trevard Lindley, James Tucker

Jerry Claiborne’s UK teams won 32 games in then-Commonwealth Stadium, , still the record for a UK coach… RB Benny Snell’s season-high in carries last year was 32, at South Carolina… Snell has scored a school-record 32 career TDs for UK… He also returned a kick 32 yards vs. USC in 2016, a career-high… WR Lynn Bowden completed a 32-yard pass to QB Stephen Johnson vs. Ole Miss… RB Rodger Bird threw a 32-yard halfback pass to QB Rick Kestner for a score against Ole Miss, giving UK a 13-7 lead in the Wildcats’ 27-21 upset of the top-ranked Rebels in 1964 in Jackson…  QB Patrick Towles’s first collegiate TD pass came in 2012 against Mississippi State, when he connected from 32 yards out with WR LaRod King…  DB J.D. Harmon returned four kicks in 2015 for an average of 32 yards (longest – 60 vs Louisiana-Lafayette in the season-opener)… QB Andre Woodson completed 32 passes in 50 attempts, both UK bowl game records, in the 2007 win over Florida State in the Music City Bowl… Harry Gamage won 32 games as UK head coach from 1927-33… WR Tom Hutchinson, formerly the all-time leading receiver at UK, caught 32 passes both in 1961 and 62 (he caught 30 as a sophomore in 1960, even though he never started in any of the 10 UK games…)

33 is the number for…  George Adams, Chris Gayton, Calvin Harrison, Bill Leskovar, Chris Jones, Willie Cannon 

There were 33 seconds left in the game when QB Stephen Johnson ran for the winning touchdown vs. Tennessee last year. RB Benny Snell rushed for 33 yards in that game-winning drive… In 2017, Snell rushed for 1,333 yards… As a freshman in 2014, WR Dorian Baker’s long catch was a 33-yarder against Ohio… DB Cris Westry has started 33 games as a Wildcat… UK kickers made 33 PATs in 2015 (on 35 attempts)…  1933 was the year Harry Gamage retired as UK head coach after his teams finished 32-25-5 in seven seasons…  It was at the UK 33-yard line where freshman RB Derrick Locke took a handoff, exploded through a hole and raced 67 yards for a touchdown in a 56-20 win over Kent State in 2007…

34 is the number for… Jordan Jones, Henry Parks, Lee Wesley, Norman Klein 

Kentucky fell behind 7-0 last season at Vandy, then scored 34 straight points in the 44-21 victory over the ‘Dores… LB Courtney Love had 34 solo stops last season… LB Jordan Jones had 34 assisted stops in ’17… QB Stephen Johnson had a 34-yard scramble vs. Tennessee, suffering an injury at the end of the play. He returned to lead UK to victory… CB Chris Westry made 34 tackles last season… TE Justin Rigg made two catches for 34 yards in the Music City Bowl… RB Benny Snell had a pair of 34-yard runs in 2016 (Mississippi St., Austin Peay)… Marcus McWilson assisted on 34 tackles in 2015, tops for a UK DB… WR Kendrick Shanklin returned a school-record 34 kicks in 2000…   PK Nicky Nickels kicked a 34-yard field goal in the 1993 Peach Bowl. He also connected from 26 yards as well… DB Trevard Lindley scooped up an Arkansas fumble at the Wildcat 34 and raced 66 yards for a score just before halftime in Fayetteville in 2007. It reversed the momentum in what would become a 42-29 UK win…

35 is the number for… Derek Smith, Roger Williams, Harold Dennis…  

WR Dorian Baker’s first scoring catch in 2016 was a 35-yarder in the upset at Louisville, a career-best… WR Lynn Bowden made a season-best 35-yard catch in the win at Vanderbilt last year… RB Zach Johnson had a pair of kick returns last season for a total of 35 yards… LB Jordan Jones had four sacks in 2016, good for 35 yards… DL Adrian Middleton’s best season so far was 2016, when he made 35 tackles… DBs Derrick Baity and Lonnie Johnson both made 35 solo tackles last season… In 2015, the Cats scored on 35 of 42 red zone opportunities (23 for TDs), a success rate of 83%… Kentucky scored 35 points vs. Newcastle Athletic Club in 1898 as a team called “The Immortals” wrapped up 7-0 season, all shutouts…  In 2014 in Gainesville, PK Austin MacGinnis kicked a 35-yard field goal as time expired in the first half, pulling UK into a 3-3 tie with Florida. He later kicked a 51-yarder at the end of regulation, forcing overtime, where the Gators pulled out a controversial victory… In Mark Stoops’ three seasons as an assistant at Miami, the Hurricanes won 35 games (losing only three)…

36 is the number for…  Antoine Huffman, Lones Seiber, Matt Riazi, Jeff Piecoro.  LB Josh Allen ranked 36thnationally last season in sacks-per-game (0.58)…  WR Tavin Richardson made a 36-yard catch on UK’s game-winning drive vs. Tennessee. Richardson has 36 catches in his college career… CB Chris Westry made 36 tackles during his freshman season of 2015…  QB Stephen Johnson tied a season-high by throwing 36 passes in the Music City Bowl, completing 19… The ball was on the UK 36 last year at South Carolina in the fourth quarter when Johnson took off running. His 54-yard gain helped set up a game-clinching field goal… The ball was on the UK 36 at Missouri when Johnson connected with WR Garrett Johnson for a 64-yard TD pass in 2016… PK Austin MacGinnis was 36-for-36 in PATs in 2017… Jordan Jones made 36 solo tackles in 2017… RBs Boom Williams and Jojo Kemp each scored 36 points in 2015 on six touchdowns apiece…  As a freshman, CB Chris Westry made a total of 36 tackles in 2015… WR Ryan Timmons’ longest catch in 2015 went for 36 yards, his only grab in the season-opening win over ULL…  QB Tim Couch threw 36 touchdown passes in 1998 , his final season at Kentucky…  Couch hit WR Lance Mickelsen from 36 yards out for a TD in the first quarter of the 1999 Outback Bowl in Tampa…   36 was the number of punts returned by All-American Derrick Abney in 2002; he led the SEC (scoring four TDs as well) and set a new UK record…  DB Marcus McWilson picked off a pass and returned it 36 yards for a TD vs. Louisiana-Monroe in 2014…

37 is the number for…  Greg Long, Shane Ball, Albert Burks… 

QB Stephen Johnson’s nine-yard TD run in the Music City Bowl pulled the Wildcats to within a point with 37 seconds left to play… The Wildcats scored 37 touchdowns in 2017… UK receivers made 37 catches of 20+ yards last season… All-American Randall Cobb scored 37 touchdowns in his three-year career at UK…   Tim Couch threw 37 touchdowns in 1997…  In 2017, Dorian Baker had four catches for 37 yards vs. Florida … Lynn Bowden returned 37 kickoffs in 2017, seventh-best in the SEC… DE Kengera Daniel made a crucial 4th-and-1 tackle of Vandy’s Ralph Webb at the 37-yard-line in the win over the Commodores… As a redshirt freshman in 2016, OL Logan Stenberg had 37 knockdown blocks. He missed only one assignment all season… Following LB Josh Allen’s interception, UK scored first in the opening period at Georgia in ’17 on a 37-yard field goal… Sihiem King has returned 37 kicks during his UK career… Of his five catches in the Music City Bowl, Tavin Richardson had one for 37 yards, a career best…  Kayaune Ross’s season-long reception in ’17 was 37 yards… WR Jeff Badet made a 37-yard touchdown catch in UK’s win over Louisiana-Lafayette in 2015… The Wildcats set a single-game school record for first downs with 37  in the four-overtime loss to Tennessee in 2007, matching the mark set against Louisville in 1998…  1937 was the year Bert Johnson was chosen in the fifth round by the Brooklyn Dodgers, thus becoming the first UK player ever drafted into the NFL…  There were an estimated 37,000 UK fans at the 1976 Peach Bowl in Atlanta…

38 is the number for…  John Conner, Anwar Stewart, Steve Mazza

It’s hard to believe now, but RB Benny Snell as a high school senior was ranked only the 38th-best prospect in Ohio… WR Dorian Baker caught two passes for 38 yards in the Tax Slayer Bowl vs. Georgia Tech… He also had four catches for 38 yards vs. Florida in 2016…Backup K Miles Butler stepped in when regular P Matt Panton was suspended and punted three times for 38.7 yards vs. Vandy, all three downed inside the 20 yard-line… LB Jamin Davis has been measured with a 38-inch vertical leap… Snell carried a career-high 38 times vs. Missouri in 2016… Last year, Southern Miss rushed 38 times against UK – for only 55 yards… RB Sihiem King, on a play that began on the Charlotte 38-yard line, took a handoff and raced 62 yards for a touchdown in UK’s 58-10 victory… QB Andre’ Woodson hit WR Stevie Johnson from 38 yards out for a touchdown in the second quarter of the 2007 Music City Bowl win over Florida State…  The Wildcats were on the 38-yard line at Neyland Stadium in 1976 when quarterback Derrick Ramsey hit Greg Woods, who turned it into a 62-yard scoring play in UK’s 7-0 win over Tennessee. Immediately after the game, the Wildcats accepted a bid to the Peach Bowl…

39 is the number for…  Jeff Brady, Don Yarano , Mike Martin, Rob Manchester

In the ’17 Music City Bowl, the UK defense stopped Northwestern on its own 39-yard line, giving Kentucky a chance to score one last TD… In his final game as a Wildcat, WR “Juice” Johnson made two catches for 39 yards in the bowl game… QBs Stephen Johnson and Drew Barker combined for a season-high 39 pass attempts in the bowl game… S Mike Edwards made 39 tackles as a redshirt freshman in 2015… As a freshman in 2016, RB Benny Snell made two catches, good for 39 yards… The UK offense was successful 39.3 percent of the time on third down last season… PK Austin MacGinnis opened the scoring vs. EKU with a 39-yard field goal; UK didn’t lead again until inside the three-minute mark of the third quarter. MacGinnis also capped the scoring vs. the Colonels with a 39-yard FG with 3:50 left in the game… The final scoring play in the win at Vandy was likewise a 39-yard field goal… DB Lynn Bowden averaged 39 yards on seven KO returns last season Garrett Johnson’s long catch in 2015 was for 39 yards. He did it twice – once against Auburn and once for a touchdown vs. Tennessee… Lou Michaels averaged 39.8 yards/punt for the Wildcats in a career that saw him star as a DT, punter and kicker. He was a two-time All-American and inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1992… QB Derrick Ramsey was responsible for 39 TDs during his UK career (25 rushing, 14 passing)… The height of the video boards in Commonwealth Stadium in each end zone is 39 feet (79 feet long)… In 2000, QB Jared Lorenzen completed 39 passes in 58 attempts vs. Georgia for 528 yards, a UK single-game record…  QB Andre’ Woodson completed 39 passes in UK’s four-overtime loss to Tennessee in 2007…

40 is the number for… Sonny Collins, Jon Collins, Avery Williamson, Larry Smith, Randy Holleran, Maurice Grinter.

Kentucky has won seven games in back-to-back seasons and finished at .500 in the SEC for the first time in 40 years… TE Justin Rigg had three catches for 40 yards, two in the Music City Bowl, in ’17…  PK Austin MacGinnis kicked a 40-yard field goal at the buzzer, giving UK a 20-7 halftime lead at Vandy last year… In 2016, P Grant McKinnis had a season-high seven punts vs. Georgia, averaging 40 yards per kick… UK scored 40 points in its season-opening win over Louisiana-Lafayette… P Landon Foster averaged 40.5 yards per kick in 2015… WR Blake Bone’s longest reception of the season went for 40 yards (EKU)…  QB Andre’ Woodson threw a total of 40 TD passes, a UK career record…  The total of 40 passes completed in one game is a number met or topped by Tim Couch five times during his UK career…  Kentucky scored a total of 40 points in its comeback win over Louisville in 2007…  UK was on its own 40-yard-line when QB Patrick Towles hit WR Garrett Johnson for a 60-yard touchdown vs Florida in 2014…

41 is the number for… Josh Allen, Wilbur Hackett,  Danny Trevathan, Steve Campassi

DB Lonnie Johnson made 41 tackles in 2017… WR Tavin Richardson made a 41-yard catch vs. Southern Miss as a freshman in 2016… WR Garrett “Juice” Johnson made four catches for 41 yards in the win at South Carolina last year… RB Benny Snell had a 41-yard run vs. Louisville in 2017, finishing with 211 yards… “Juice” Johnson led UK receivers with 41.5 receiving yards per game in 2017… RB Derrick Logan holds the single-game record for rushing attempts, twice carrying 41 times in one game – against Mississippi State in 1996 (186 yards) and Georgia that same year (140 yards)… It was at the UK 41-yard line that cornerback Trevard Lindley intercepted Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford, locking up the Cats’ 2006 upset win over the Bulldogs, helping to propel Kentucky to the Music City Bowl… UK gave up 41 touchdowns in 2015… Jerry Claiborne’s UK teams won 41 games, the same number as Blanton Collier’s Wildcat teams…  UK has beaten a ranked opponent 41 times; the last coming in 2016 vs. #11 U of L…  In 1965, P Larry Seiple, on 4th-and-41, faked the punt and took off, running for a 70-yard TD…

42 is the number for…  Derek Homer, Dean Wells, Scott Shroeder, Muhammed Abdullah, Nick Melillo.  

P Matt Panton averaged 42.3 yards per kick in 2017… CB Derrick Baity had 42 tackles in 2016, his sophomore year… WR Dorian Baker made three catches for 42 yards vs. Georgia in 2016… Panton punted nine times for 42 yards in the season-opening win at Southern Miss last year… The Wildcats had 42 red zone opportunities in 2015, scoring on 35 of them (83%)… WR Rick Kestner in 1964 set a school record with 42 catches, including nine for 185 yards in the upset win over Ole Miss in Jackson. The yardage mark stood until 1998… 1942 was the last year Kentucky played in Washington, D.C., beating George Washington 27-6.  It was also the last year the Cats played Washington & Lee, winning 53-0 in Lexington…  UK scored 28 straight points in a 42-29 comeback win at Arkansas in 2007.  In 2014, from the 42 yard line, Boom Williams raced 58 yards for a touchdown in a 48-14 win over Louisiana-Monroe….

43 is the number for…  Harry Ulinski, Jim Poynter, Mikhail Mabry 

WR Tavin Richardson caught three passes for 43 yards against Georgia last year… CB Chris Westry made a career-high 43 tackles in 2016… UK scored 43 points off turnovers in 2017… WR Jeff Badet caught a 43-yard pass from QB Patrick Towles just before halftime at South Carolina in 2015, helping to set up Kentucky’s third TD of the half in what became a 26-22 UK victory…  In 1973, DB Darryl Bishop picked off a pass and returned it 43 yards for the game-winning score against Vanderbilt in Nashville on the last play of the game in a UK 14-7 win… PR Mike Siganos returned 43 punts in 1977, setting a UK single-season record…  CB Trevard Lindley registered 43 career pass break-ups from 2006-09…  P Paul Calhoun averaged 43.2 yards per kick in 1983, becoming the first UK player to lead the SEC in punting average…  Kentucky scored 43 points in an upset win over then-top ranked LSU in 2007… UK was on its own 43 yard line when QB Andre’ Woodson connected with WR Stevie Johnson for the game-winning TD against Louisville in 2007…   

44 is the number for…  Mike Siganos, Tim Masthay, David Ginn, Chris Derry, Terry Samuels, John “Shipwreck” Kelly

Kentucky’s team-high point total in 2017 was 44 in a win over Vandy… Kayuone Ross caught three passes for 44 yards vs. Louisville last season… Punter Grant McKinnis averaged 44.7 yards per kick at Alabama in 2016… In the 2016 win over Vanderbilt, on the last drive of the game freshman RB Benny Snell ran the ball eight times for 44 yards… Last season, in the victory at Vandy, Derrick Baity picked off a pass and returned it 44 yards, setting up a UK touchdown… DB Mike Edwards in 2017 assisted on 44 tackles, second-highest on the team (Courtney Love, 58)… WR Howard Schnellenberger had 44 career catches during his career. He was a first-team All-America in 1955… Quarterback Andre’ Woodson attempted 44 passes, completing 30, vs. Louisville on Sept. 15, 2007.  Four of those strikes went for touchdowns, including one on his last pass of the night – the game-winner to wideout Stevie Johnson in a 40-34 UK victory…  Down 10-0 at Arkansas in 2007, Johnson threw a 44-yard pass to Johnson, setting up the Wildcats’ first touchdown in eventual 42-39 upset victory in Fayetteville…  Jeff Bedet caught a 44-yard touchdown pass from Max Smith in the season-opening win over Miami (O.) in 2013… In the history of UK football, there have been 44 ties… UK owns 44 wins over Vandy (and 42 losses)…

45 is the number for…  Marty Moore, Chris Chenault, Lamont Smith, Randy Brooks, Jay Rhodemyre, Mike Kamphake.

Last season, Derrick Baity returned an interception for 45 yards against Vanderbilt… In 2016, Josh Allen had seven sacks for 45 yards in losses… In 2016, long snapper Blake Best was perfect on all 45 extra-point attempts… WR Blake Bone made a spectacular 45-yard catch at Georgia last season… Punter Matt Panton averaged 45.8 yards per kick on four punts in the 2017 Music City Bowl… All-American Glenn Pakulak averaged 45.6 yards per punt in 2002… Receiver Jeff Badet’s longest catch went for 45 yards in 2015, against Florida… Austin MacGinnis kicked a 45-yard field goal against the Gators last year with 10:57 left to play; alas, they were the last points scored by the Wildcats in a 14-9 setback… Mark Stoops coached defensive backs for the 2001 national champion Miami Hurricanes, who set a school record with 45 defensive take-aways… Price tag on the Joe Craft Football Training Facility: $45 million…

46 is the number for… Ronnie Sneed, Jerry Claiborne, Reggie Simms. 

In 1946, Bear Bryant took over as UK’s head coach… Kentucky kicked 46 extra points in 2017…  In 2016, Mike Edwards returned an interception 46 yards vs. Austin Peay… Linebacker Jordan Jones has six career sacks for a total of 46 yards… FB Moncell Allen led Kentucky with 46 yards rushing in a homefield win over Arkansas in 2008… RB Jojo Kemp averaged 46 yards rushing per game in 2015… WR Garrett Johnson caught a total of 46 passes last year… Backup PK Miles Butler connected from 46 yards out against Charlotte in 2015, his longest field goal of the season… KOR Sihiem King returned a kickoff 46 yards last season at Southern Miss… TE C.J. Conrad and QB Stephen Johnson connected on a 46-yard TD pass vs. Ole Miss last year…

47 is the number for…  Chris Ward, Neil Page, Jabari Johnson, Jordan Bonner…  

The Wildcats have 47 lettermen slated to return for the 2018 season… UK rushed the ball 47 times in wins over South Carolina and Vanderbilt in 2017… P Matt Panton averaged 47.2 yards per kick in the win over Eastern Michigan last year… On a play that started from the opponent’s 47-yard line, RB Boom Williams ran for a touchdown (53 yards) in 2015 in a 58-10 win over Charlotte…  RB Jojo Kemp also ran 47 yards for a score against Charlotte. That game marked the first time since 2010 that UK had two players rush for at least 100 yards; the Cats had a total of 415 yards on the ground, fourth most all-time in school history… Kemp averaged 47 all-purpose yards per game last year… In 1947, the Wildcats played in the Great Lakes Bowl, the first bowl game in school history, beating Villanova, 24-14… Fran Curci’s UK teams won a total of 47 games…  Long snapper Blake Best started the play that saw PK Austin MacGinnis connect on a game-winning, 47-yard field goal at Louisville in 2016… P Grant McKinnis uncorked a 47-yard punt against Tennessee in 2016…

48 is the number for… Will Thomas Collins, Cam Jacobs, Jeff Snedegar, Joey Couch, Carl Marrillia, Wash Serini, Terry Clayton…  

WR Garrett “Juice” Johnson led UK receivers with 48 catches in 2017… LB Josh Allen had seven sacks for 48 yards in losses in ’17… CB Derrick Baity had two interceptions returned for a total of 48 yards in 2017… As a junior in 2016, Dorian Baker made his first catches of the season at Missouri – four, for 48 yards… In 2015, RB Sihiem King’s longest KO return went for 48 yards, vs. Missouri…  Punter Grant McKinnis nailed a 48-yard punt in 2016 against New Mexico State… Benny Snell’s longest run as a freshman was 48 yards vs. Austin Peay… Before signing with Kentucky, P Max Duffy averaged 48 yards per kick in the Australian Football League… QB Stephen Johnson rushed for 48 yards in the 2017 win over EKU… PK Austin MacGinnis kicked a 48-yard field goal in the fourth quarter of the 2017 Music City Bowl… Announced attendance for the ’17 Music City Bowl was more than 48,000… MacGinnis kicked a 48-yarder against Mississippi State in 2015, his longest of the season… MacGinnis also kicked a 48-yard field goal against South Carolina in 2014, ending the first half tied at 17 in a game the Wildcats went on to win, 45-38…  Tim Couch attempted 48 passes in the Outback Bowl, on Jan. 1, 1999, completing 30 for 336 yards and two touchdowns… Couch completed 48 passes in a loss at Arkansas in 1998…  1948 was the first year UK beat a ranked team (#9 Georgia, #10 Vandy)…  It was 48 years between New Year’s Day bowl game appearances:  Cotton in 1952, Outback in 1999…   RB Derrick Locke ran for 48 yards in a 42-29 upset win at Arkansas in 2007.  A freshman, Locke was UK’s fourth tailback of the day, because of injuries to the first three… PK Lones Seiber kicked a 48-yard field goal four seconds before halftime at Vandy, tying the game at 13-13. Kentucky went on to win, 27-20, in 2007…   QB Maxwell Smith hit RB Jonathan George with a 48-yard scoring pass in a 41-7 win over Miami in 2013, the first victory of the Mark Stoops era…  In 2017, the Wildcats fielded 48 punts and 48 kickoffs.

49 is the number for…  Glenn Pakulak, Mike Schellenberger, Kevin McClelland.  

Derrick Baity made 49 tackles in 2017… In 2017, UK’s defense held six opponents to less than 100 yards rushing for the first time since 1949… As a sophomore, Josh Allen had 8.5 TFLs for 49 yards in losses… WR Lynn Bowden made three catches for 49 yards vs. Missouri IN ‘17; all three went for first downs on scoring drives… PK Lones Seiber kicked 49 field goals from 2006-09, plus 158 PATs, making him UK’s all-time scoring leader with 305 points…  DB Bill Boller picked off a pass and returned it 49 yards in the 1947 Great Lakes Bowl, where UK beat Villanova, 24-14…  LSU scored 49 points in a shutout rout of Kentucky in Baton Rouge during the 2006 season.  Rich Brooks calls that the turning point in a UK season that saw the Wildcats finish with a victory in the Music City Bowl… Kicker Miles Butler holds the Paducah Tilghman HS record for longest field goal – 49 yards.

50 is the number for… Jim Kovach, Sam Maxwell, John Maddox, Mike Douglas, Harry Ulinski

  The Wildcats won their first SEC championship in 1950… In 1950, the Cats finished 10-1 and went on to win the Sugar Bowl; also in 1950-51, Kentucky won its third NCAA basketball title in four seasons, thus making it athletically UK’s best year ever… QB Vito “Babe” Parilli threw 50 TD passes in his UK career… Tight end C.J. Conrad has 50 career receptions… In 2017, Austin MacGinnis kicked a 50-yard field goal that gave UK a 27-14 lead over Florida with 11:33 left to play…  Punter Matt Panton had five kicks of 50 yards or more in 2017… Andre’ Woodson threw 50 passes in the 2007 Music City Bowl, completing 32 for 358 yards and four touchdowns. The attempts and completions are both UK bowl game records, as is the yardage total – 358…  WR Dorian Baker averaged 50 yards per game in receptions in 2015, leading the team…  Landon Foster had six punts of 50 yards or more in 2015… The Wildcats scored 50 points against EKU in the 2007 season-opening victory…

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