Kentucky-Louisville Postgame Notes

KENTUCKY POSTGAME NOTES
Louisville at Kentucky
Commonwealth Stadium -- Lexington, Ky.
Nov. 28, 2015


FINAL SCORE: Louisville 38, Kentucky 24

 

Team Records and Series Notes

With the loss, Kentucky is 5-7 and with the win, Louisville improves to 7-5. 
The all-time series is tied 14-14, with UofL leading 9-8 in games played in Lexington. 
Louisville has won five consecutive meetings in the series. 

Team Notes

Kentucky honored 19 seniors as game captains on Saturday, including Daron and Zack Blaylock, Glenn Faulkner, Ryan Flannigan, Josh Forrest, Landon Foster, Khalid Henderson, Joey Herrick, Farrington Huguenin, Cory Johnson, Jabari Johnson, Melvin Lewis, Kelly Mason, Cody Quinn, A.J. Stamps, Max Strong, Jordan Swindle, Fred Tiller and Zach West
Kentucky’s 21 points in the first quarter equals the most in school history and the most since 2005 vs. Vanderbilt. 
o UK also scored 21 points in the first quarter vs. Louisville in 1997. 
The Wildcats marched 75 yards for a touchdown on their first possession, marking their first TD on the opening possession since facing Auburn. 
For the second consecutive game, Kentucky returned an interception for a touchdown. Mike Edwards returned a pick 20 yards for a TD last week vs. Charlotte. 
o It was the 10th longest interception return for a touchdown by UK and the longest since 2002. 
o It marks the second consecutive season UK had interceptions returned for a touchdown in consecutive games. 
Kentucky has 57 points off turnovers on the year, including 17 on Saturday. 
UK had three interceptions for the first time since a three-INT game in a win over South Carolina last year. 
o UK’s three picks vs. UL marked a first for the Wildcats since 2008.
o With all three interceptions coming in the first half, it marked the most interceptions for UK in a single half since 2014 vs. Vanderbilt and the most in the first half since records were immediately available (back to 2004).
o UK’s 141 yards on the three interception returns marks its most since 160 yards on interception returns vs. Cincinnati in 1986. 
UK is 4-2 in 2015 when holding a first-quarter lead and 9-3 in the Coach Mark Stoops era. 
The Wildcats are 4-1 in 2015 and 10-1 in the Coach Mark Stoops era when leading at halftime.
UK is 1-1 in 2015 when tied heading to the fourth quarter.  
UK is 1-1 in 2015 and 1-3 in the Coach Mark Stoops era when wearing grey uniforms. 
Kentucky is 11-11 at Commonwealth Stadium under Coach Mark Stoops. 
UK is 2-2 in 2015 when its defense scores and 4-4 in the Coach Mark Stoops era. 
Kentucky’s official game captains were Huguenin, Forrest, Swindle and junior QB Patrick Towles.

Player Notes

Sophomore RB Boom Williams rushed seven times for 37 yards and one touchdown. 
o With a 7.07 yard per carry mark as a sophomore, Williams owns the single-season record for per rushing attempt, passing Mark Higgs (6.62, 1987). 
o Williams has 1,341 career rushing yards and 855 yards in 2015. 
Ranks 23rd in UK history in career rushing yards.
o Williams rushed for his sixth TD of the year and the 11th of his career. 
Senior LB Josh Forrest had eight tackles. 
o Forrest returned an interception 81 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. 
It was the second interception of his season and the fifth of his career. 
It was the longest interception return for UK since Quentus Cumby vs. Indiana in 2002. 
It is the longest interception return in Governor’s Cup history. 
o Forrest has 232 career tackles, 15.5 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks. 
Freshman QB Drew Barker made his second career start. 
o Barker rushed for his first TD. 
o Barker was 6-for-22 for 128 yards, also rushing 12 times.
Sophomore RB Mikel Horton rushed a team-leading 13 times for 44 yards, also catching two passes for a club and career-high 46 yards. 
o Horton had a career-long 28 yard catch. 
Junior QB Patrick Towles came off the bench and was 3-for-4 for 71 yards. 
o Towles has 5,099 passing yards in his career and 5,452 yards of total offense. 
Sophomore WR Garrett Johnson had two catches for 41 yards. 
o Johnson has 965 career receiving yards.
Sophomore WR Dorian Baker had three catches for 94 yards.  
o Baker has 807 receiving yards in his career.
o Baker had a career-long 42 yard catch in the first quarter and then set a new career high with a 53 yard grab in the fourth quarter.  
Senior LB Ryan Flannigan finished with three tackles and a QB hurry. 
o Flannigan has 53 tackles in 2015 and 110 in his career. 
o Flannigan had his second career QB hurry of the year.
Junior RB Jojo Kemp rushed five times for 14 yards. 
o Kemp has 1,360 career rushing yards, 22nd-most in UK history. 
Senior DT Cory Johnson had a 1.5 tackles for a loss. 
o Johnson has 67 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss and two sacks in 2015.
o Johnson has 77 tackles in his career, 12.5 tackles for a loss, and 4.5 sacks. 
Senior LB Khalid Henderson had four tackles. 
o Henderson has 62 tackles in 2015 and 192 in his career. 
o Henderson has 6.5 tackles for a loss in 2015 and 13 in his career. 
Senior S A.J. Stamps had a team-leading nine tackles. 
o Stamps intercepted his first pass of the year and the fifth of his career, returning it 35 yards to set up a UK score. 
CB Chris Westry started all 12 games in his freshman season. 
o Westry had 36 tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss and one sack, leading the team with eight pass break-ups. 
Senior Landon Foster punted eight times for a 40.7 yard average with one inside the 20 yard line. 
o Foster punted 256 times in his career, for 10,693 yards and a 40.8 yard average. 
o Foster had 69 punts in his career downed inside the 20 yard line. 
Freshman LB/DE Denzil Ware had two tackles and half a tackle for a loss. 
o Ware has 38 tackles on the year and 5.5 tackles for a loss. 
Junior LB/DE Jason Hatcher had three tackles. 
o Hatcher broke up his third pass of the year. 
o Hatcher has 38 tackles on the year and 5.5 tackles for a loss. 
o Hatcher has 14 tackles for a loss in his career. 
Freshman Miles Butler made a 20 yard field goal to end the first half. 
o Butler is 4-for-4 in field goal attempts in 2015. 
Sophomore Austin MacGinnis has 165 career points, passing Moe Williams (1993-95) for 10th in program annals. 
o MacGinnis is 13-for-17 in field-goal attempts 2015. 
o MacGinnis is 34-for-44 in his career. 
Freshman CB Derrick Baity broke up his first two career passes. 
Junior CB J.D. Harmon picked off his team-leading third pass of the year and the fifth of his career.
Junior NB Blake McClain has five pass break-ups on the year and 17 in his career. 
Junior WR Ryan Timmons has 990 career receiving yards. 
Seniors Landon Foster and Farrington Huguenin played in their team-leading 48th career games. 
Junior C Jon Toth started his team-leading 35th consecutive game.