Postgame Notes -- UK vs. Kent State

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Team Records and Series Notes

  • With the win, Kentucky owns a 1-1 record, while Kent State drops to 1-1 in 2012.
  • Kentucky leads the series 7-0, with all games played in Lexington.
  • UK owns a 27-7-1 all-time record against teams from the Mid-American Conference.
  • Kentucky returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 15, when the Wildcats play host to Western Kentucky University. Game time is 7:00 p.m. at Commonwealth Stadium.

Team Notes

  • UK now owns a 135-111-4 all-time record in its 40 seasons at Commonwealth Stadium.
  • UK won its third consecutive home game.
  • Kentucky has a record of 93-23-6 in home openers. The Wildcats have won seven-consecutive home openers.
  • The Wildcats recorded their first safety since getting one vs. Louisiana-Monroe on Oct. 24, 2009.
  • Under Coach Joker Phillips, UK is 9-1 when in games which the Wildcats win the turnover margin.
  • UK had its first 100-yard receiver and its first 100-yard rusher for the first time since Coshik Williams (111 rushing), La’Rod King (102 receiving), Matt Roark (116 receiving) vs. Ole Miss on Nov. 5, 2011.
  • UK had its first 40-point output since totaling 49 points vs. Charleston Southern on Nov. 6, 2010.
  • UK threw for 300+ yards for the first time since a 353-yard game vs. Georgia on Oct. 23, 2010.
  • The 354 yards passing marked UK’s most since a 430-yard passing output vs. Tennessee in 2007.
  • With 539 total yards of offense, UK had its best offensive game since recording 580 total yards of offense vs. Vanderbilt on Nov. 13, 2010.
  • After a total of 11 players caught passes in the season lidlifter at No. 25 Louisville, 10 Wildcats hauled in catches in the win over Kent State.
  • UK converted two of three opportunities in the red zone and is now 4-for-7 in 2012 in the red zone.

Individual Notes

  • Sophomore QB Maxwell Smith turned in a career-best game, completing 30-of-39 passes for 354 yards.
    • He set a new career-high with 354 yards and became UK’s first 300-yard passer since Mike Hartline’s 353 yards passing vs. Georgia on Oct. 23, 2010.
    • Smith’s four touchdowns also set a new career mark, the most since Hartline’s four TDs at UGA on Oct. 23, 2010.   
    • Smith’s 354 yards passing was the most for a UK quarterback since Hartline’s 430 yards vs. Tennessee in 2007.
  • Sophomore TB Raymond Sanders turned in a career outing, rushing for a career-high 115 yards on 13 carries with one touchdown.
    • Sanders’ previous career high was a 77-yard game vs. Georgia in 2010.
    • He is the first UK player to rush for 100 or more yards since Matt Roark vs. Tennessee on Nov. 26, 2011.
  • Senior WR Aaron Boyd’s 14-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter marked his first career touchdown reception.
    • Making his first start since his freshman campaign, Boyd set new career highs in catches (11) and yards (100).
    • He is the first UK player with 10 or more catches since Matt Roark had 13 grabs vs. Mississippi State on Oct. 29, 2011.
  • Junior TB Jonathan George tallied his third career rushing touchdown with a 38-yard scamper in the third quarter, a career-long rush.
    • George finished with five rushes for 53 yards, the second-best game of his career, just shy of a 66 yard game on 10 rushes in a win over Jacksonville State in 2011.
  • Senior PK Craig McIntosh drilled a 47-yard field goal as time expired in the first half.
    • McIntosh now has made 7-of-12 career attempts from 40-49 yards.
    • He has now made 24-of-32 field goal attempts in his four-year career, owning 128 points.
  • Freshman WR DeMarcus Sweat’s first career reception was a 56-yard touchdown grab in the fourth quarter.  
  • Senior WR Gene McCaskill recorded his second career touchdown grab, on an 18-yard reception from Smith in the third quarter.
  • Senior WR La’Rod King caught five passes for 53 yards and one touchdown.
    • Has 1,348 receiving yards in his career, moving past Rafael Little (2004-07) and James Whalen (1997-99) for 13th-place on the UK career listing.
    • Has 15 receiving TDs in his career, tying Quentin McCord (15) for sixth place on the UK career list.
  • Sr. DB Martavius Neloms forced a fumble for the second consecutive week.
    • Neloms finished with seven tackles and one tackle for a loss.
  • Freshman punter Landon Foster booted it three times for 152 yards and a 50.7 yard average. In his debut last week, Foster had two punts for 88 yards (44 yard average).
  • Linebacker Alvin “Bud” Dupree has made at least one big play (QB sack, tackle for loss, fumble caused, fumble recovery or pass breakup) in six consecutive games.
    • Dupree finished with six tackles, including a sack and two tackles for a loss.