Cats Travel to Ole Miss For Second Straight SEC Road Game

Sept. 30, 2010

Gameday Information
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Date & Time Saturday, Oct. 2
12:21 p.m
Coverage TV: SEC Network
Radio: BBSN
Online Audio listen
Online Video via ESPN360
Location Vaught-Hemingway Stadium
Oxford, Miss.
Gameday Information
Ole Miss Rebels at a Glance
Head Coach Houston Nutt
Record at School 20-10 (Third Season)
Record 2-2, 0-1 SEC
Ranking NR
Series Record Ole Miss leads 26-13-1
Last Meeting UK defeated Ole Miss 31-14 in Lexington in 2006
2010 Team Stats UK UM
Rushing Offense 206.3 237.3
Passing Offense 254.8 216.8
Total Offense 461.0 454.0
Scoring Offense 36.8 36.0
Rushing Defense 155.0 113.5
Passing Defense 154.8 233.3
Total Defense 309.8 346.8
Scoring Defense 25.5 32.0
Turnover Margin +0.75 -1.50
2010 Stat Leaders
Rushing UK: Derrick Locke (84 rushes, 475 yds, 5 TDs)
UM: Brandon Bolden (53 rushes, 410 yds, 4 TDs)
Passing UK: Mike Hartline (75-114, 922 yds, 6 TDs, 2 INTs)
UM: Jeremiah Masoli (48-77, 733 yds, 3 TDs, 5 INTs)
Receiving UK: Chris Matthews (13 catches, 228 yds, 4 TDs)
UM: Markeith Summers (10 catches, 235 yds, 2 TDs)
Tackles UK: Danny Trevathan (27 total, 6 for loss)
UM: Jonathan Cornell (39 total, 8 for loss)
Sacks UK: Luke McDermott (2.0)
UM: Jonathan Cornell (3.0)
Interceptions UK: Three with (1)
UM: --

Cat Scratches Preview: Joker Phillips' keys to the game

Each and every week prior to a Kentucky football game, Cat Scratches will talk with head coach Joker Phillips for about his plan of attack. Without giving away too much of the game plan, Phillips will tell us his keys to the game, a key matchup and who Kentucky has to look out for on the opposing team

Offensive keys - Make big plays down the field, but don't forget about the run: "We've got to continue to execute when we've got a chance to make big plays. We can't have any near misses. We can't have any foul balls. We've got to make plays when we have chances to make big plays, and there will be opportunities. In every game there are opportunities to make plays, and we've got to have our playmakers make them and a couple of guys who haven't made plays make them. ... We've got guys on the perimeter making plays for us. But when it gets down to it and you're on the road, the team that runs the ball the best is usually the team that wins. Do we have to throw the ball? There is no question about that, but we've got to start with our running game, which then gives us a chance to throw the ball down the field. We can't just drop back and throw the ball down the field. It becomes really hard if you're a straight drop-back passing team. We've got to do some play action, and to do some play action you've got to start with the run."

Cat Scratches' take: Ole Miss' secondary is a potential area UK could attack Saturday, especially with the Cats' emphasis to throw the ball down the field to wide receiver Chris Matthews. The Rebels are allowing 232.2 yards per game, have allowed eight touchdown passes and haven't recorded an interception in four games this season. To boot, Ole Miss could be without a pair of defensive backs in strong safety Johnny Brown and cornerback Jeremy McGee, who are battling injuries. Having said all that, UK's two most dynamic playmakers - Randall Cobb and Derrick Locke - are best utilized on the ground. Locke has rushed for four straight 100-yard games, the first time a Kentucky tailback has accomplished that feat since Artose Pinner in 2002.

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Cats Travel to Ole Miss For Second Straight SEC Road Game

After suffering its first loss of the season, the Kentucky football team will continue its tough Southeastern Conference schedule, traveling to Oxford, Miss., to take on the Ole Miss Rebels.

Kentucky is coming off of a 48-14 loss to the eighth-ranked Florida Gators in The Swamp on Saturday. Senior wide receiver Chris Matthews had a career day, catching six passes for career highs in yards (114) and touchdowns (two). UK senior tailback Derrick Locke rushed for over 100 yards for the fourth-consecutive game, becoming the first Wildcat to achieve feat that since Artose Pinner in 2002.

Ole Miss is coming off a strong performance at home against Fresno State. The Rebels defeated the Bulldogs 55-38 at home. The Rebels were led in the game offensively by quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, running back Brandon Bolden and wide receiver Melvin Harris. Masoli threw for 153 yards and two touchdowns against Fresno, including one touchdown to Harris, who ended the game with three receptions for 54 yards. Bolden rushed for a impressive 228 yards and two touchdowns, including a 71-yard touchdown run.

This will mark the first meeting between the Wildcat and Rebels since UK defeated the Rebels 31-14 in Lexington in 2006. UK has not won at Ole Miss since 1978.