Inside the Numbers: Kentucky looks to upset No. 1 Mississippi State
The Kentucky Wildcats (5-2, 2-2 SEC) will host No. 1 Mississippi State in Lexington, Ky., on Saturday. The Wildcats are coming off a 41-3 loss at LSU. The Bulldogs look to continue their perfect season with a road win against a rising SEC East program.
Here’s a look inside the numbers.
10: Safety Marcus McWilson had the best performance of any Kentucky player. The sophomore recorded a season-best 10 tackles and added the Wildcats’ only turnover on an interception in the fourth quarter. McWilson had plenty of chances to make tackles as LSU broke big plays in open space and threw for 303 yards.
17.3: Demarco Robinson led Kentucky with 52 receiving yards on three catches. The senior averaged 17.3 yards per catch, with his longest coming on a 33-yard play in the second quarter. Robinson was one of the few bright spots for Kentucky’s offense that saw little output in a blowout loss.
5-of-17: Kentucky’s offense went 5-of-17 on third down in Week 8. Patrick Towles threw for 146 yards on 19-of-36 passing. Saturday’s game may have proven that Towles is, at best, a game manager and cannot produce big numbers against top-tier SEC defenses.
2.6: Kentucky’s running backs rushed for a combined 71 yards on 27 carries for an average of 2.6 yards per carry among six players. Jojo Kemp, the team’s leading rusher, recorded three yards on four carries and averaged 0.8 yards per carry. Mikel Horton led the Wildcats with 29 yards on five carries.
303: The Wildcats allowed 303 yards and three touchdowns on 51 rushing attempts. Terrence Magee rushed for a team-best 127 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries. Leonard Fournette also found the end zone with 40 yards on 15 carries. Kentucky’s defense has struggled to stop the run this season and will continue to do so facing dual-threat quarterback Dak Prescott and Josh Robinson.