Kentucky-Auburn Postgame Notes
KENTUCKY POSTGAME NOTES
Auburn at Kentucky
Commonwealth Stadium -- Lexington, Ky.
Oct. 14, 2015
FINAL SCORE: Auburn 30, Kentucky 27
Team Records and Series Notes
- With the loss, Kentucky is 4-2 and 2-2 in the Southeastern Conference. With the win, Auburn is 4-2 and 1-2 in the SEC.
- Auburn leads the all-time series, 26-6-1, including a 13-4 record in games played in Lexington.
- Auburn has won nine consecutive meetings vs. UK in Lexington and has won 17 of the last 18 meetings in the series.
- The game marked the first Thursday game in The New CWS history and the first Thursday home game since 1939.
- Kentucky will return to action on Oct. 24 at Mississippi State at 7 p.m. ET with the game televised live on the SEC Network, and will be broadcast on the UK Sports Radio Network, with Tom Leach, Jeff Piecoro and Dick Gabriel voicing the action.
- UK has played six consecutive games to open the season that have been decided by eight points or less.
- The last time UK had six consecutive games, decided by eight points or less, came in 1975.
- Dating back to its debut season in 1881, UK has never opened a season with six straight games decided by eight points or less.
- The Wildcats converted on 28 consecutive red-zone opportunities, dating back to Oct. 25, 2014 vs. Mississippi State, before throwing a red-zone interception in the second quarter.
- The Wildcats held Auburn to 110 yards of total offense in the second half.
- With a season-high 497 yards of total offense, it marks the best offensive output for UK since 2014 vs. Mississippi State (504).
- UK has scored on its first drive of the game in two games in 2015 and for the first time since the season opener.
- UK is 1-2 when its opponent scores first.
- UK is 3-2 at Commonwealth Stadium and 10-9 in the coach Mark Stoops era.
- A crowd of 63,407 is the largest in the youthful history of The New CWS.
- UK’s game captains were Melvin Lewis, A.J. Stamps, Jordan Swindle and Patrick Towles for the fifth time in six games.
- Junior QB Patrick Towles made his 18th consecutive start.
- Towles threw for 300+ yards for the second consecutive game and the fifth time in his career.
- Towles was 27-for-44 for 359 yards, adding 12 rushing yards on seven carries.
- Towles now has 4,463 passing yards in his career, passing Randy Jenkins (1979-83) and Babe Parilli (1949-51) for seventh in UK history.
- Comparing UK’s historical QBs through six games into their junior seasons shows that Towles ranks just behind Jared Lorenzen (2000-03; 7,134) and Tim Couch (1996-98; 6,551) with his 4,460 career passing yards.
- In the second half of 2015, Towles is 62-for-104 for 682 yards, five TDs and two interceptions.
- Sophomore WR Garrett Johnson nabbed a career-high nine catches, going for 160 yards.
- Johnson notched his third career 100+ yard receiving game and his second of 2015.
- Johnson’s 160 yards mark the most receiving yards for a UK player since Chris Matthews (2009-10) had 177 yards on 12 catches in 2010 vs. South Carolina.
- Sophomore TB Boom Williams led UK on the ground with 113 yards on 16 carries, including two TDs.
- A 60-yard rush in the first quarter was the second-longest rush of the year for Kentucky.
- Williams has seven career rushes of at least 40 yards, including two in 2015.
- Williams rushed for a pair of TDs, his second career two TD game.
- Williams has three TD rushes in 2015 and eight in his career.
- Williams recorded his fifth career 100+ yard rushing game and his third of the 2015 season.
- Williams has 942 rushing yards in his career and needs 58 yards to become the 35th player in UK history to rush for 1,000 yards in his career.
- Junior S Marcus McWilson tied his career high with 10 tackles, equaling his output at LSU in 2014.
- Sophomore Austin MacGinnis made a 28-yard field goal in the second quarter and a 31-yarder in the third quarter.
- MacGinnis is 8-for-9 in 2015 and 29-for-36 in his career.
- From 20-29 yards in his career, MacGinnis is 9-for-10 and 5-for-5 in 2015.
- From 30-39 yards in his career, MacGinnis is and 10-for-11 in his career and 1-for-1 in 2015.
- Junior DE/LB Jason Hatcher tied his career high with seven tackles.
- Hatcher notched his first sack of the year and now has 4.5 in his career.
- Senior LB Khalid Henderson had four tackles and half a tackle for loss.
- Henderson has nine tackles for loss in his career, including 2.5 in 2015.
- Sophomore DT Matt Elam tied his career high with six tackles.
- Freshman CB Chris Westry notched a career-high six tackles, including half a tackle for a loss and one pass break-up.
- Westry has 1.5 tackles for a loss and four pass break-ups.
- Senior LB Josh Forrest had nine tackles and his first QB hurry of the year and the third of his career.
- Sophomore WR Dorian Baker had six catches for 66 yards.
- Junior RB Jojo Kemp now has 1,054 rushing yards in his career, ranking 30th in UK history.
- Sophomore TB Mikel Horton rushed for his third TD of the year and the fifth of his career.
- Senior DE Farrington Huguenin broke up his second pass of the year and the third of his career.
- Junior DB J.D. Harmon broke up his first pass of the year and the sixth of his career.
- Senior S A.J. Stamps broke up his fifth pass of the year and the 10th of his career.
- Seniors Landon Foster and Farrington Huguenin played in their team-leading 42nd career games.
- Junior center Jon Toth started his team-leading 29th consecutive game.