Kentucky defeated EKU in the home opener at Kroger field

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EKU at Kentucky

Kroger Field | Lexington, Ky.

Sept. 9, 2017

FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 27, EKU 16

Team Records and Series Notes

  • This was Kentucky’s home opener. UK is now 34-10-1 all-time in home openers at Kroger Field. UK is 11-1 in its last 12 home openers and 4-1 under Mark Stoops.
    • The Wildcats are 154-129-4 at Kroger Field all-time, including an 17-13 mark under Mark Stoops.
  • Kentucky leads the series against EKU 5-0.
    • The Wildcats hold an all-time record of 11-0 against teams in the current alignment of the OVC.
  • Kentucky will return to action Sat. Sept. 16 at South Carolina. Game time is 7:30 p.m. ET and it will be televised on the SEC Network and broadcast on the UK Sports Radio Network.

Team Notes

  • This is the third time in the last four seasons that Kentucky has started the year 2-0. UK also started 2-0 in 2014 and 2015.
  • The win moved Kentucky to a 9-4 record over the last 13 games.
    • The last time UK had a 9-3 record over a span of 12 regular-season games was Nov. 4, 2006 – Oct. 20, 2007.
  • UK is now 13-6 in non-conference games under Coach Mark Stoops.
  • UK is 17-1 under Stoops when leading after three quarters.
    • Kentucky has won 34 of its past 35 games when staked to a lead at the end of the third quarter, dating back to 2008.
  • EKU’s touchdown at 6:22 in the first quarter marked the first time all season the Wildcats had trailed.
    • The Wildcats would regain the lead with 2:57 to go in the third quarter and never look back.
  • Kentucky outgained EKU offensively 436-318, including 207-62 on the ground.
    • The Colonels outgained Kentucky through the air, 256-229.
  • The Wildcats won the turnover battle against EKU, 2-0. UK forced and recovered a fumble and had one interception.
    • It was the first time in 23 games that UK did not have a turnover, dating back to the 2015 win over Missouri.
    • UK has won the turnover battle in both games this season with a +4 turnover margin.
  • Trailing 16-10 midway through the third quarter, the Wildcats scored 17 unanswered points to take control of the game.
  • Two Wildcats earned their first career starts in the game in sophomore linebacker Eli Brown and redshirt freshman defensive back Davonte Robinson.
  • Kentucky has had a 100-yard rusher in six of its last eight home openers.
  • This is the seventh time under Mark Stoops that UK has won a game after trailing by at least 10 points. That is the second most wins under any coach in program history. UK had eight such wins under Rich Brooks.
  • Four of UK’s last six wins it has come from behind by at least 10 points.
  • Kentucky has at least 200 rushing yards in six of its last seven home games.
  • Kentucky has a rushing touchdown in each of its last 14 home games.
  • UK has allowed less than 100 rushing yards in consecutive games for the first time since Sept. 6 and Sept. 13 2008.
  • The Wildcats have allowed 17 points or less in consecutive games for the first time since Sept. 19, and Sept. 26, 2015.
  • Kentucky has allowed 17 points or less in the first two games of a season for the first time since 2014.

Player Notes

  • UK’s game captains were OG Nick Haynes, QB Stephen Johnson, LB Courtney Love and S Mike Edwards.
  • QB Stephen Johnson finished the game 15-for-22 with 224 yards and one touchdown through the air. He also rushed six times for 48 yards and one touchdown, including a 21-yard touchdown rush.
    • Johnson’s touchdown through the air was a 23-yard strike to C.J. Conrad.
    • Today was Johnson’s eighth win as the starting quarterback since taking over the role in the fourth game of the 2016 season.  UK is 10-4 with Johnson as primary QB, including 8-4 as the starter and 2-0 as the team’s primary QB in a relief role.
    • Johnson has thrown or rushed for a touchdown in six straight games.
    • This was Johnson’s fifth career game with a rushing touchdown.
    • Johnson is the third UK quarterback since 1993 to win seven of his first career 10 regular-season starts. The other two players were Mike Hartline and Morgan Newton.
    • He is the first UK quarterback with a rushing touchdown and passing touchdown in three consecutive games since Jared Lorenzen on Sept. 23, Sept. 30 and Oct. 7 in 2000.
    • Since 1985, Johnson is the first UK quarterback with a rushing touchdown and passing touchdown in each of the team’s first two games.
    • This was Johnson’s third career game with at least 224 passing yards and at least 48 rushing yards.
  • RB Benny Snell rushed a game-high 19 times for a game-high 103 yards.
    • Snell scored his first touchdown of the season with a 25-yard rush in the third quarter to give UK the lead.
    • Snell in the second half was incredible, rushing 16 times for 100 yards and a touchdown after just three carries for three yards in the first half.
    • Snell now has 1,261 career rushing yards which ranks him 28th all-time in program history.
    • Today was his sixth career 100-yard rushing game.
    • Snell is the second Kentucky player with 100 yards rushing against EKU. The other was Rafael Little, who had 135 rushing yards against EKU in 2007.
    • Snell has a rushing TD in six of UK’s last seven home games.
    • Snell has at least 100 rushing yards in the last four home games and in five of the last seven home games.
  • TE C.J. Conrad caught two passes for 28 yards and a touchdown.
    • Conrad has caught a touchdown pass in each of UK’s first two games this season and has caught a touchdown pass in three of his last five games.
    • The junior now has seven career touchdown catches.
    • Conrad is leading the Wildcats in receiving with five receptions for 125 yards this season. He is also averaging 62.5 yards per reception.
    • Conrad is the first UK player with a receiving TD in each of the first two games of the season since La’Rod King in 2012.
    • Conrad is the first UK tight end with a receiving touchdown in consecutive games since Jacob Tamme on Nov. 24 and Dec. 31, 2007.
  • WR Blake Bone had a career-high 93 yards receiving on three catches.
    • Bone’s previous high in receiving yards was 85 vs. EKU on Oct. 3, 2015.
    • Bone had a 43-yard reception in the game today, which is a new career long, passing his previous long of 40 yards against EKU two years ago.
    • Bone’s 93 yards today exceeded his season total of 82 yards last season.
  • WR Charles Walker had two catches for 38 yards in the game and now has three receptions for 59 yards on the season.
    • Walker’s 27-yard catch late in the second quarter was a new career long, surpassing his 21-yard catch last week at Southern Miss.
  • RB Sihiem King carried the ball nine times for 61 yards in the game.
    • Last year, King carried the ball 11 times for 81 yards.
    • King had one kickoff return in the game for 22 yards.
  • S Darius West led the Wildcats in tackles with a career-high 11 stops, passing his previous high of seven multiple times.
  • S Mike Edwards sealed the UK win with a late interception in the fourth quarter.
    • The pick was his fifth career interception and first of the season.
    • Edwards ended the game with two tackles.
  • LB Josh Allen continued his strong start to the season with eight tackles, adding one sack and a pass breakup.
    • On the season, Allen has 12 tackles, three tackles for loss, two quarterback hurries.
  • CB Derrick Baity had eight tackles and one fumble recovery.
    • The fumble recovery was Baity’s first of his career.
  • LB Jordan Jones had eight tackles with 0.5 tackles for loss, one fumble forced, one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry.
    • Jones is third on the team in tackles with 13.
    • The fumble forced was his second of the season.
  • CB Lonnie Johnson, Jr. had four tackles, one tackle for loss and one pass breakup in the game.
    • Johnson, Jr. also blocked an extra point, which was his first blocked kick of his UK career.
  • K Austin MacGinnis finished the game 2-for-3 in field goals, hitting from 39 yards twice and missing a try from 48 yards as time expired in the first half.
    • MacGinnis’ miss snapped a streak of nine consecutive field goals made, which tied the second longest stretch in program history.
    • MacGinnis also made a pair of potentially touchdown-saving tackles on long kickoff returns.


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