Kentucky-Auburn Postgame Notes

KENTUCKY POSTGAME NOTES
Auburn at Kentucky
Commonwealth Stadium -- Lexington, Ky.
Oct. 14, 2015

FINAL SCORE: Auburn 30, Kentucky 27
Attendance: 63,407

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.

Team Notes

  • 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.

Individual Notes

  • 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.