Inside the Numbers: Kentucky looks to extend winning streak
The Kentucky Wildcats (4-1) will host Louisiana-Monroe (3-2) Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium. The Wildcats look to extend a two-game winning streak and surpass their combined overall record from the past two seasons. Here’s a look inside the numbers.
131: Jojo Kemp rushed for a season-best 131 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries Saturday. Kemp reached the 100-yard plateau for the first time all season in Kentucky’s largest fourth quarter comeback in school history. The sophomore saw limited carries entering last weekend’s game and emerged as a threat out of the wildcat formation.
3: Kentucky’s defense forced Dylan Thompson to throw three interceptions on Saturday. The senior quarterback threw for 218 yards and a touchdown on 23-of-37 passing, but costly turnovers ultimately decided the game. Kentucky capped off its comeback with an interception by Ashely Lowery with 1:31 remaining before running out the clock.
4: Kentucky has already matched its overall win totals from the past two seasons. The Wildcats were 2-10 in each of the past two seasons and were winless in SEC games. Entering Saturday’s game at 4-1 (2-1), Kentucky has already exceeded expectations.
282: South Carolina recorded 282 yards and four touchdowns on 48 carries. Mike Davis looked like “preseason Mike Davis” with 183 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries. Fortunately, South Carolina abandoned the run by finishing with seven straight passing plays to end of the game, allowing the Wildcats comeback.
500: Kentucky allowed 500 total yards of offense. The Gamecocks also held a 34:20-25:40 advantage in time of possession and went 9-of-15 on third down. The early flaws forced Kentucky to mount a historic comeback and late-game improvements made it possible.