Football vs. ULM -- Postgame Notes
KENTUCKY POSTGAME NOTES
Louisiana-Monroe at Kentucky
Commonwealth Stadium -- Lexington, Ky.
Oct. 11, 2014
FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 48, ULM 14
Team Records and Series Notes
- With the win, Kentucky is 5-1 and with the loss, ULM is 3-3.
- UK leads the all-time series with ULM, 4-1, with all five games played in Commonwealth Stadium.
- Kentucky is 5-1 all-time against teams that make up the current alignment of the Sun Belt Conference.
- UK is 5-11 all-time when playing on Oct. 11.
- Kentucky will return to action on Saturday, traveling to LSU for a 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff in Baton Rouge, La.
- The game be televised live on the SEC Network and will be broadcast live on the UK Radio Network, with Tom Leach, Jeff Piecoro and Dick Gabriel calling the action.
- Kentucky is riding a three-game winning streak for the first time since the 2010 season.
- UK has five wins in a season for the first time since the 2010 team finished 5-7.
- UK is 5-1 overall for the first time since 2007 and just the seventh time since 1950 (1950, 1976, 1977, 1983, 1984, 2007).
- Mark Stoops is only the third coach in the modern era of UK football (1945-present) to start a season 5-1 or better in his first two years on the job.
- The others to accomplish that feat are Paul “Bear” Bryant in 1974 and Jerry Claiborne in 1983.
- UK is now 5-0 at home for the first time since 2007.
- UK took its opening drive for points for the third time in six games in 2014 and the first time since a 99-yard drive vs. Vanderbilt.
- The Wildcats forced their opponents into a punt on the opening possession for the fifth time in six games.
- UK’s 83-yard TD pass in the second quarter was its longest offensive play of the year.
- UK scored over 30 points for the fourth time in 2014, its most 30-point games since six games in 2010.
- UK’s 48 points marked the most points allowed by ULM in 2014.
- UK has scored at least 45 points three times on the year, its most 45+ point games in a season since 2010.
- UK has scored 45+ points in a game at least three times in a season just three times since 2005 (2007, 2010, 2014).
- UK’s six sacks were a season-best and marked the most since UK had six sacks in a win over Miami (Ohio) in 2013.
- UK’s four defensive touchdowns in 2014 marked its most in a season since 2008.
- Kentucky scored 45 unanswered points to take a 48-14 lead into the fourth quarter.
- The Wildcats now have 11 interceptions through six games in 2014, marking the most interceptions in a single-season for UK since the 2011 team had 15.
- In back-to-back weeks, Kentucky’s defense returned interceptions for the go-ahead score.
- The Kentucky defense allowed only six yards in the third quarter.
- For the first time since facing Cincinnati in 1986, Kentucky had two interceptions returned for a touchdown in a single game.
- Javess Blue had 109 yards receiving and Stanley “Boom” Williams had 104 yards rushing in the game, marking the first time UK had a 100-yard receiver and 100-yard rusher in the same game since Sept. 8, 2012 vs. Kent State.
- Kentucky’s game captains were Jordan Swindle , Javess Blue , Alvin “Bud” Dupree and Za’Darius Smith for the fifth time in six games.
Individual Offensive Notes
- Sophomore QB Patrick Towles made his sixth career start, passing it 16-for-28 for 216 yards and three touchdowns.
- Towles tied his career best with three TD tosses.
- Senior WR Javess Blue took a pass from Towles 83 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter and added a 21-yard TD grab in the third quarter.
- Blue finished with three catches for 109 yards, his second career 100-yard receiving game and his first of 2014.
- Blue is UK’s first 100+ yard receiver since Garrett Johnson vs. Florida earlier in 2014.
- It marked Blue’s first career multi-TD game.
- Blue’s 83-yard catch was the longest play of the year for UK and the longest since Blue had an 88-yard catch in 2013.
- Blue’s 83-yard catch is tied for the seventh-longest passing play in program history.
- It was Blue’s first and second touchdowns of the year and the fifth and sixth of his two-year UK career.
- Blue is the first player in UK history to have two pass receptions of 83 yards or longer.
- Freshman RB Stanley “Boom” Williams 75-yard kickoff return to open the game was the longest kickoff return for UK since 2009.
- Williams rushed a career-best seven times for a career-high 104 yards, including a 58-yard TD rush in the third quarter.
- Williams now has two TD rushes on the year and three TDs overall in 2014.
- Williams’ 100-yard rushing game marked the first of his career and the second consecutive game UK had a 100-yard rusher.
- Freshman WR Blake Bone hauled in a four-yard catch in the second quarter for his second career touchdown.
- Senior WR Demarco Robinson caught a team-best four passes for 37 yards.
- Robinson returned five punts for 65 yards, including a long of 21.
- Freshman WR Dorian Baker caught three passes for 38 yards.
- Senior FB Darrell “D.J.” Warren played in his team-leading 42nd career game.
- Freshman QB Reese Phillips appeared in his second career game.
Individual Defensive Notes
- Senior DE/LB Alvin “Bud” Dupree played in his 41st career game, starting his team-leading 32nd career game.
- Dupree finished with five tackles, 1.5 sacks and one quarterback hurry.
- Dupree blocked his first career kick, marking UK’s first blocked field goal since Josh Forrest blocked a field goal vs. Louisville in 2013.
- Dupree had 1.5 sacks and now has three on the year and 19 in his career.
- With 19 sacks in his career, Dupree tied Dennis Johnson for second in UK career history.
- Senior DE Za’Darius Smith notched four tackles, one pass break-up, a QB hurry and a sack.
- Smith now has eight sacks in his career and 1.5 in 2014.
- Smith has three pass break-ups in his career and two quarterback hurries in 2014.
- Smith and junior OL Jordan Swindle made their team-leading 18th consecutive starts.
- Junior LB Ryan Flannigan made his first career start, totaling two tackles.
- Junior LB Josh Forrest - a native of Paducah, Ky. - intercepted a pass and returned it 29 yards for a go-ahead touchdown in the second quarter.
- Forrest intercepted his first pass of the year and the second of his three-year career.
- Forrest totaled five tackles and a career-high 2.5 tackles for loss, giving him seven tackles for loss in his three-year career and 5.5 in 2014.
- Freshman DT Matt Elam’s pass break-up in the second quarter led to Forrest’s interception return for a touchdown.
- Elam had a career-high three tackles.
- Elam now has two pass break-ups on the year.
- Junior DT Cory “C.J.” Johnson had his first career two-sack game.
- Johnson now has 2.5 sacks in his NCAA debut season.
- Johnson is the first UK player with two sacks in a game since Regie Meant had two sacks in his collegiate debut vs. UT Martin in 2014.
- Johnson added a QB hurry, the second of his career.
- Sophomore S Marcus McWilson intercepted his second career pass and his second of 2014, returning it 36 yards for his first career touchdown.
- Sophomore DE/LB Jason Hatcher notched a tackle for a loss and his first QB hurry of the year.
- Hatcher now has 8.5 tackles for loss in his career.
- Freshman DT Regie Meant recovered his first career fumble.
- Senior LB Tyler Brause forced his first career fumble.
- Sophomore NB Blake McClain totaled three tackles and a pass break-up.
- McClain now has three pass break-ups on the year and eight in his career.
Individual Special Teams Notes
- Junior punter Landon Foster had five punts for a 35.2 average with all five punts downed inside the 20 yard line.
- Foster now has 17 punts down inside the 20-yard line in 2014 and 45 in his three-year career.
- Freshman kick Austin MacGinnis made a pair of field goals, connecting on field goals from 30 and 37 yards.
- MacGinnis is now 10-for-15 on the year, is 4-for-5 from 30-39 yards.
- MacGinnis missed from 52 yards, his first career miss in three attempts from beyond 50 yards.
- MacGinnis had nine kickoffs, with three going for touchbacks.
- MacGinnis has kicked off 28 times in 2014, with 13 going for touchbacks.