Kentucky Faces Pittsburgh in 2011 BBVA Compass Bowl

Gameday Information
Media Guides Kentucky Bowl Media Guide Get Acrobat Reader | Pittsburgh Bowl Media Guide Get Acrobat Reader
Date & Time Saturday, Jan. 8
Noon ET
Coverage TV: ESPN
Radio: BBSN
Online Audio listen
Online Video via ESPN3
Live Blog
Location Legion Field
Birmingham, Ala.
Bowl Central
Pitt Panthers at a Glance
Record 7-5, 5-2 Big East
Ranking NR
Series Record First meeting
2010 Team Stats UK PITT
Rushing Offense 163.1 157.8
Passing Offense 274.2 208.8
Total Offense 437.3 366.5
Scoring Offense 33.0 26.3
Rushing Defense 170.1 121.3
Passing Defense 183.8 182.9
Total Defense 353.9 304.3
Scoring Defense 28.5 19.8
Turnover Margin -0.33 +0.08
2010 Stat Leaders
Rushing UK: Derrick Locke (154 rushes, 816 yds, 10 TDs)
Pitt: Dion Lewis (198 rushes, 958 yds, 12 TDs)
Passing UK: Mike Hartline (268-405, 3178 yds, 23 TDs, 9 INTs)
Pitt: Tino Sunseri (214-327, 2461 yds, 15 TDs, 8 INTs)
Receiving UK: Randall Cobb (79 catches, 955 yds, 7 TDs)
Pitt: Jon Baldwin (52 catches, 810 yds, 5 TDs)
Tackles UK: Danny Trevathan (130 total, 16.0 for loss)
Pitt: Dom DeCicco (85 total, 4.0 for loss)
Sacks UK: Taylor Wyndham (2.5)
Pitt: Brandon Lindsey (10.0)
Interceptions UK: Winston Guy Jr. (3)
Pitt: Dom DeCicco, Jarred Holley (5)

Team & Uniform Photos | Football Team Visits Birmingham Children's Hospital | Video: BBVA Compass Bowl news conference | Additional coverage from Cat Scratches

Cat Scratches: UK seeks all-important winning season vs. Pitt

So there is football after all.

After more than a month of waiting and plenty of pre-bowl distractions, Kentucky and Pittsburgh will finally take the field at Legion Field on Saturday at noon ET for the BBVA Compass Bowl.

"We've had a really good week of preparation down here in Birmingham," head coach Joker Phillips said. "We had great workouts at Hoover High School and we're just ready to put all the preparations behind us and let it show up on the field." ... read full story

Wildcats Complete Final Preparations for BBVA Compass Bowl

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - On Friday, the Kentucky football team wrapped up final preparations for the BBVA Compass Bowl matchup with the Pittsburgh Panthers.

The Wildcats had a one-hour walk-through to review assignments in the afternoon at Legion Field, including an opportunity to have a team photograph taken in the stands. Following the walk-through, Coach Joker Phillips and UK All-Americans Randall Cobb and Danny Trevathan represented the team at a news conference.

"We've had a really good week of preparation down here in Birmingham," Phillips said. "First of all, we've enjoyed the city of Birmingham - hopefully not too much - and we are geared up and ready to play this game. The people here have gone above and beyond in making us feel comfortable and we've really enjoyed it. We had great workouts at Hoover High School and we're just ready to put all the preparations behind us and let it show up on the field."

The Wildcats will have team and positions meetings Friday night and an early bedtime because of the 11 a.m. CST kickoff on Saturday.

Friday began with a trip to the Birmingham Children's Hospital to visit patients. A large number of players had signed up to make the trip, but because of space limitations, the hospital allowed only 12 players to go. Players in attendance included wide receiver Brian Adams, wide receiver Aaron Boyd, wide receiver Nik Brazley, cornerback Randall Burden, offensive lineman Marcus Davis, offensive lineman Max Godby, defensive end Jacob Lewellen, wide receiver Chris Matthews, defensive tackle Shane McCord, kicker Craig McIntosh, cornerback Anthony Mosley and punter Ryan Tydlacka.

Both the Pittsburgh and Kentucky teams enjoyed the official bowl Kickoff Luncheon, held at the Sheraton Hotel, before reporting to the stadium for walk-through.

For more on the day's activities, including highlights from the news conference and a photo gallery, visit Cat Scratches, the official blog of UK Athletics.

"Cat Walk" Set for 8:45 a.m. Central time: Fans wishing to participate in the "Cat Walk," cheering the Wildcats when they enter the stadium at the BBVA Compass Bowl, should be at Gates 16 and 17 of Legion Field at 8:45 a.m. Central time.