Kentucky Faces New Mexico State on Heroes' Day
Kentucky returns home to Commonwealth Stadium seeking its first victory of the season on Heroes’ Day, which honors active, reserve and veteran members of the armed forces along with police, firefighters and first responders. This year’s event will take place the week of the 15th anniversary of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
|Kentucky vs. New Mexico State|
|Sat., Sept. 17 - 4 p.m. ET
Game Notes: UK | NMSU
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|UK||2016 Team Stats||NMSU|
|23.6||Kickoff returns (avg)||21.3|
|0.0||Punt returns (avg)||2.0|
|21:01||Time of possession/game||25:08|
|33.3%||Third down conversion||43.8%|
|00.0%||Fourth down conversion||66.7%|
|542.0||Total yards allowed/game||427.0|
|253.0||Rush yards allowed/game||255.0|
|289.0||Pass yards allowed/game||172.0|
The Wildcats are coming off a difficult loss to Florida in The Swamp and look to rebound in front of their home crowd. Through the first two games the offense has produced a number of explosive plays, including five pass plays of more than 40 yards, and has several players moving up the school’s career ranks.
Defensively, sophomore linebacker Jordan Jones continues to shine while flying all over the field to register 28 tackles in the first two games. Kentucky also has forced a turnover in eight consecutive games.
Cat Scratches: Cats Working to Face Adversity Head on
Derrick Baity isn’t burying his head in the sand.
With Kentucky off to a 0-2 start that has kicked up a dust storm of negativity among a fan base hopeful for a breakout 2016 season, the sophomore cornerback understands the frustration of the program’s supporters.
So he’s addressing it directly.
"If I could, I would apologize to the whole BBN," Baity said.
But of course, improved play is what those fans want more than an apology, sincere as it may be...Read More
Boom Making Noise, Moving Up Career Charts
• Stanley “Boom” Williams Williams has 1,501 rushing yards for his career and ranks 18th on the UK career rushing list.
• The last player to reach the 1,500 career rushing yards mark was Raymond Sanders, who finished with 1,542 yards from 2010-13, good for 16th on the career rushing list.
• In terms of games played, Williams is the third quickest player to reach 1,500 career rushing yards in school history (22 games). Only Sonny Collins (18 games played) and Moe Williams (19 games played) reached that milestone quicker.
• Williams currently ranks seventh in the SEC at 6.4 yards per rushing attempt.
• Williams totaled 855 rushing yards in 2015, the most for a Wildcat in a season in five years, since Derrick Locke had 887 yards in 2010. He amassed that total despite missing two games and most of two others because of injury.
• Williams averaged a school-record 7.1 yards per carry in 2015, leading the SEC and ranking fourth in the nation. Williams is the third UK player in school history to have five 100-yard rushing games in his sophomore season (Sonny Collins, 1973 and Rafael Little, 2005).
• Williams is the first UK player with three 100-yard rushing games against SEC opponents in a single season since Derrick Locke in 2009.
Cats vs. The Aggies
• Saturday marks UK’s first meeting with Sun Belt member, New Mexico State.
• The Cats are 5-1 all-time vs. teams from the Sun Belt. UK is 1-0 vs. Lafayette and 4-1 vs. Louisiana Monroe.
• The Aggies are 0-19 all-time against schools currently in the Southeastern Conference.
Scouting New Mexico State
• New Mexico State is coming off an emotional victory over in-state rival New Mexico. The Aggies erased a nine-point deficit in the final 11 minutes to score a 32-31 victory in front of their home crowd.
• New Mexico State coach Doug Martin is a familiar face for Kentucky fans. He played quarterback at Kentucky from 1981-84 and was a graduate assistant with the program during the 1986 and 1987 seasons under former coach Jerry Claiborne. Martin was a part of the Wildcats’ two Hall of Fame Bowl teams, including the 1984 squad that defeated Wisconsin.
• Martin spent seven seasons as the head coach at Kent State from 2004 to 2010 and played Kentucky during the 2007 season. He is in his fourth season with the Aggies.
• Former Kentucky coach Hal Mumme also coached at New Mexico State, where he was the head coach for four seasons from 2005-08.
• The Aggies have a pair of impressive defenders in senior linebacker Rodney Butler and sophomore defensive back Terrill Hanks. Butler leads the nation with 19.5 tackles per game through the first two weeks of the season, while Hanks ranks fourth with 13.0 per game. Sandwiched between them is Kentucky sophomore linebacker Jordan Jones with 14.0 tackles per contest.
• New Mexico State returns 18 starters, including nine on both offense and defense, from 2015.
• The school is located in Las Cruces, N.M. and has an enrollment of 15,829.