Beyond the Box Scores

The After Party Notebook: Kentucky vs. Western Kentucky

By: Jamie McCracken
By: Jamie McCracken

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (1-0) defeated the Kentucky Wildcats (0-1) 35-26 Saturday night. Here are the interesting facts that came from the game.

Raymond Sanders moved up a spot to 28th place in school history with 1,176 career rushing yards, after he rushed for 98 yards on Saturday. Sanders finished two yards short of what would have been his third-career 100-yard game.

Sophomore quarterback Jalen Whitlow rushed for a career-high 75 yards.

Senior linebacker Avery Williamson has a streak of 20 consecutive games with at least three tackles. Williamson finished with a game-high 14 total tackles, six solo. It was his ninth-career game with double-digit tackles. His career high was 20 vs. Vanderbilt in 2012. Williamson recovered a fumble in the first quarter. It was his second-career fumble recovery.

Sophomore linebacker Khalid Henderson finished with a career-high 10 total tackles (four solo). He forced his first career fumble in the first quarter.

Sophomore cornerback Fred Tiller recovered a fumble for the first time in his career. Tiller finished with seven total tackles (four solo). His career high was eight tackles in 2012 vs. Georgia.

Senior kicker Joe Mansour, who has kicked off his first three seasons, attempted his first placekicks as a Wildcat. Mansour was 2-of-2 on the night, converting from 22 and 33 yards.

Junior defensive end Alvin “Bud” Dupree has a streak of 16 consecutive games with at least three tackles. He finished with three total tackles, one solo.

Freshman defensive back Blake McClain forced his first career fumble. He finished with seven total tackles.

Eleven Wildcats made their first-career starts, including five on offense and six on defense.

The offensive first-time starters were freshman center Zach Myers, sophomore offensive tackle Jordan Swindle, sophomore wide receiver Daryl Collins, junior wide receiver Javess Blue and junior offensive guard Teven Eatmon-Nared.

The defensive first-time starters were junior defensive end  Za’Darius Smith, junior linebacker Kory Brown, sophomore linebacker Khalid Henderson junior cornerback Nate Willis, junior safety Eric Dixon and sophomore cornerback Fred Tiller.

Kentucky’s team captains were senior running back Raymond Sanders, senior linebacker Avery Williamson, senior defensive tackle Mister Cobble and senior offensive guard Kevin Mitchell.

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