UK-Mizzou Postgame Notes

KENTUCKY POSTGAME NOTES
No. 23/25 Mizzou at Kentucky
Commonwealth Stadium -- Lexington, Ky.
Sept. 26, 2015

FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 21, No. 23/25 Missouri 13
Attendance: 58,008

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is 3-1, 2-1 in the Southeastern Conference. Missouri is 3-1, 0-1 in the SEC.
  • The series is tied 3-3 all-time, with Kentucky leading the series in Lexington, 2-1.
    • The UK win snapped a three-game winning streak in the series for Mizzou, since joining the SEC (2012).
  • Kentucky will return to action on Saturday, playing host to Eastern Kentucky in a 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff at The New Commonwealth Stadium. The game will be televised live on the SEC Network, and will be broadcast on the UK Sports Radio Network, with Tom Leach, Jeff Piecoro and Dick Gabriel voicing the action.

Team Notes

  • Kentucky is 38-195-5 all-time vs. ranked foes.
    • UK’s win over a top-25 foe was its first in its last 19 tries.
    • UK’s last win over a top-25 opponent was vs. No. 10 South Carolina in 2010.
    • The win marked the first over a top-25 foe in the Mark Stoops era.
    • This marks the 20th different season for UK to beat a ranked foe.
  • Kentucky’s win over the two-time defending SEC Eastern Division Champion marked its first win over a defending Eastern Division Champ since 2006 vs. Georgia.
  • UK’s defense held Mizzou to 13 points, the fewest points allowed by UK against a ranked foe since 1993 vs. Ole Miss.
  • UK is 7-0 in the Mark Stoops era when leading at the end of the third quarter, including 3-0 in 2015.
  • UK is now 3-1 for the second consecutive season, a first for UK since 2007-08.
  • UK is 2-1 in SEC play for the second consecutive season.
    • Counting a forfeit vs. Mississippi State in 1976, it marks the first time UK has opened SEC play at 2-1 in consecutive seasons since 1976-77.
    • Without the forfeit in 1976, it marks the first time UK has opened up 2-1 in consecutive seasons since 1949-50.
  • For the first time since a 2007 win over No. 1 LSU, Kentucky’s quarterback had at least two TD passes and one rushing score in a win over a top-25 foe.
    • Andre Woodson threw for three TDs and rushed for one vs. LSU in 2007.
  • The Wildcats have converted on 23 consecutive red-zone opportunities, dating back to Oct. 25, 2014 in the Mississippi State game.
  • UK had a tight end catch a touchdown pass for the first time since Steven Borden in 2013.
  • The Wildcats are 9-8 at Commonwealth Stadium in the Stoops era, including 2-1 in 2015.
  • UK’s game captains were Melvin Lewis, A.J. Stamps, Patrick Towles and Jordan Swindle for the second consecutive game.

Individual Notes

  • Junior QB Patrick Towles was 22-for-27 for 249 yards and two TDs.
    • Towles now has 3,775 passing yards in his career, ranking eighth in UK history.
    • Towles is the ninth player in Kentucky history to chart 300+ completions in their careers.
      • Towles has completed 311 passes in his career.
        • Towles is two completions away from tying Dusty Bonner for ninth in UK history.
    • Towles rushed for his second TD of the year and the eighth of his career.
      • He rushed nine times for 21 yards.
    • Towles connected on his fifth and sixth TD passes of the year and has 20 in his career.
      • Towles is the 11th quarterback in UK history with at least 20 career TD passes.
      • He is one TD pass away from equaling Maxwell Smith for 10th in UK history.
    • Towles completed 11 consecutive passes, before a drop in the third quarter.
  • Junior RB Jojo Kemp led UK with 13 rushes for 66 yards, including a 17-yard rush.
    • Kemp now has 1,005 rushing yards in his career, becoming the 34th player in program history to rush for over 1,000 yards in their career.
    • Kemp is seven yards from Terry Samuels for 33rd in his UK career history.
  • Senior DT Cory Johnson had a career-high 11 tackles.
    • Johnson recorded a sack, and now has three sacks in his two-year career.
  • Sophomore WR Garrett Johnson led UK with a career-high tying six catches for 119 yards.
    • Johnson is the first UK player with 100 yards receiving since Javess Blue had 131 yards vs. Tennessee in 2014.
  • Senior LB Josh Forrest had nine tackles, including half a sack and a tackle for a loss.
    • Forrest now has 2.5 sacks and 178 tackles in his career.
  • Freshman TE C.J. Conrad made his first career catches, finishing with three receptions for 55 yards and one touchdown.
    • Conrad is the first TE to catch a pass for UK since Steven Borden vs. Louisville in 2014.
  • Sophomore WR Dorian Baker caught five passes for 51 yards, including his first TD pass of the year and the second of his career.
  • Senior Landon Foster punted five times for a 42.8 yard average, including two punts inside the 20 and two punts over 50 yards.
    • Foster now has 42 career punts of at least 50 yards.
    • Foster has 60 career punts downed inside the 20-yard line.
  • Freshman DE/LB Denzil Ware recorded his first career sack.
    • Ware had five tackles, including a sack and two tackles for a loss.
    • Ware notched his second career QB hurry.
  • Junior DE/LB Jason Hatcher made a career-high eight tackles, had a pass break-up and a QB hurry, also notching half a tackle for a loss.
    • Hatcher has five QB hurries in his career.
    • Hatcher broke up his first career pass.
  • In his first game of the year, senior LB Ryan Flannigan totaled eight tackles, had two pass break-ups and his first career QB hurry.
    • Flannigan has three pass break-ups in his two-year career.
  • Sophomore kicker Austin MacGinnis did not make a field goal for the first time in his career, a span of 15 games.
  • Freshman RB Sihiem King returned two kickoffs for 77 yards, including a career-long 48 yards.
  • Freshman CB Chris Westry had five tackles and his second career pass break-up.
  • Junior S Marcus McWilson finished with three tackles.
    • McWilson has two pass break-ups in his career, including one in 2015.
  • Seniors Landon Foster, Khalid Henderson and Farrington Huguenin played in their team-leading 40th career games.
  • Junior C Jon Toth made his team-leading 27th consecutive start.