Kentucky Looks to Rebound, Start New Streak
Coming off a gut-wrenching last-second loss at home to Georgia with a chance to take sole possession of first place in the SEC East, the Wildcats travel to border rival Tennessee looking to get back on track in a high noon showdown at Neyland Stadium.
|Kentucky vs. Tennessee|
|Sat., Nov. 12 - 12 p.m. ET
Game Notes: UK | UT
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Tennessee Clear Bag Policy
|UK||2016 Team Stats||UT|
|24.0||Kickoff returns (avg)||28.5|
|12.0||Punt returns (avg)||11.7|
|30:02||Time of possession/game||26:58|
|36.9%||Third down conversion||39.2%|
|77.8%||Fourth down conversion||28.6%|
|425.6||Total yards allowed/game||393.2|
|198.6||Rush yards allowed/game||191.7|
|227.0||Pass yards allowed/game||201.6|
Kentucky can still put itself in position to potentially win the division with a victory and can reach five league wins for the first time since the 1977 team finished a perfect 6-0 in the SEC.
Offensively, Kentucky continues to run the football effectively, averaging 215.8 rushing yards per game on the season on the strength of dynamic running backs Boom Williams and Benny Snell Jr., who provide different styles at the position.
Defensively, UK has made major strides since the first three games of the season, led by star linebacker Jordan Jones who averages 10.0 tackles per game.
Cat Scratches: Cats Not Letting Loss Linger
Kentucky is practicing this week like the Wildcats want to make their first defeat in more than a month a distant memory.
“I think our team has really responded well after a tough, hard-fought loss this past weekend at home to Georgia,” head coach Mark Stoops said. “Again, we’re onto our preparation and total focus on Tennessee.”
That loss, it seems, has done nothing to quench the fire with which the Cats (5-4, 4-3 Southeastern Conference) have prepared and played since their 0-2 start to the 2016 season. In fact, it looks only to be serving as added fuel leading up to a Saturday trip to Neyland Stadium for a matchup with rival Tennessee (6-3, 2-3 SEC) at noon on the SEC Network.
“The intensity grows each game, after each practice, every day,” Benny Snell, Jr. said. “Guys are more hyped in the locker room, in the weight room, just little things. I’m feeling a good vibe.”
It’s a good vibe tinged with the edge that can only come from the sting of an opportunity missed, a feeling that Snell knows well. The star freshman running back carried the load out of the Wildcat formation as UK drove deep into Georgia territory trailing by three in the final minutes. His seven straight rushes set the Cats up with a first-and-goal, but he was then twice stuffed before Stephen Johnson II’s pass sailed too high for Dorian Baker on third down...Read More
The Benny and Boom Show
• Through nine games, running backs Benny Snell Jr. and Stanley “Boom” Williams have the most combined rushing yards by a pair of Kentucky players in a single season (1,673) since Ray McLaurin and Moe Williams in 1995 (1,860).
• Snell and Williams need a combined 207 rushing yards to set a new school record for most combined rushing yards by a pair of players in a single season. The current record is 1,879 yards by Sonny Collins and Mike Fanuzzi in 1974.
• Tennessee is 6-3 on the season and 2-3 in the SEC.
• The Volunteers started the season 5-0 before losing three straight. UT bounced back with a 55-0 win over Tennessee Tech on Saturday.
• Quarterback Josh Dobbs has thrown for 1,869 and 18 touchdowns this season. Dobbs also has rushed for 323 yards and five TDs.
• Tennessee’s defense has been vulnerable to strong ground attacks, yielding 191.7 rushing yards per game.
• Tennessee scored a pair of stunning victories over bitter rivals earlier this season. The Vols erased a 21-3 halftime deficit to defeat Florida 38-28 and used a Hail Mary pass on the final play of the game to defeat Georgia 34-31.
• Kentucky has just one player from the Volunteer State, freshman walk-on running back Harold Turks, who hails from Nashville, Tenn.
• UK co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach Eddie Gran spent the 2009 season as Tennessee’s special teams coordinator and running backs coach.
• UK co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Darin Hinshaw was at Tennessee from 2010-12 as both a quarterbacks (2010-11) and wide receivers (2012) coach.