Kentucky improves to 3-0 in SEC for first time since 1977

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PHOTO: Regina Rickert

KENTUCKY POSTGAME NOTES

South Carolina at Kentucky

Kroger Field, Lexington, Ky.

Sept. 29, 2018

FINAL SCORE: No. 17 Kentucky 24, South Carolina 10

Team Records and Series Information

Kentucky is 5-0, 3-0 in the Southeastern Conference. South Carolina is 2-2, 1-2 in the SEC.
South Carolina leads the series 17-12-1 but Kentucky has won five in a row.
Kentucky win streaks vs. SEC opponents:
Eight vs. Mississippi State, 1958, 1972, 1973, 1976 (forfeit), 1977, 1984, 1985 and 1992.
Six vs. Vanderbilt, 1976-81.
Five vs. South Carolina, 2014-18.
Next for the Wildcats: on Oct. 6, UK plays at Texas A&M at 7 or 7:30 p.m. EDT. The television channel is TBA.

Team Notes

Kentucky is 5-0 for the first time since 2007 and the fifth time since World War II (also 1949, 1950, 1984).
UK is 3-0 in SEC play for the first time since the 1977 team went undefeated in league play and the fourth time in school history (also 1949 and 1950).
UK has its most SEC wins over three seasons (11) since 1977-79 (11).
UK is 7-3 in its last 10 SEC home games, tying its best 10-game home stretch in the history of Kroger Field/Commonwealth Stadium, going 7-3 from Nov. 9, 1974 to Nov. 19, 1977.
UK is 14-5 in its last 19 regular season games. That’s the best 19-game regular-season stretch since Nov. 13, 1976, to Oct. 21, 1978 (14-4-1).
UK is 13-4 in its last 17 home games. It is the best stretch since 2006-08.
UK is 17-5 in August/September over the last five seasons.
Tonight’s attendance of 63,081 is the third-largest since the renovation of Kroger Field in 2015.
UK has allowed 63 points this season, fewest in the first five games of a season since 2008.
UK has allowed 33 points in three SEC games this season, fewest in first three SEC games since 1977.
This is the first time UK has scored at least 24 points in its first three SEC games since 1997.
This is the first time UK has allowed 16 points or fewer in its first three SEC games since 1977.
UK has allowed 20 points or less in all five games this season, first time since 2008 that UK has allowed five straight opponents to 20 or less.
UK has allowed 360 yards or less in all five games, first time UK has allowed 360 or less to the first five opponents since 1987.
UK scored all 24 points on four consecutive possessions in the first half with a field goal and three straight TDs.
UK’s 24-3 halftime lead was its largest vs. an SEC opponent since leading Vanderbilt 34-10 at halftime in 2005.

Notes on the Scoring Margin

UK has five consecutive wins by at least 11 points in the same season for the first time since 1977.
UK opened the season with five consecutive wins by at least 11 points for the first time since 1950.
UK has three SEC wins by at least 11 points in the same season for the first time since 2002.
UK has three consecutive SEC wins by at least 11 points for the first time since 1999.
UK has started SEC play 3-0 with each win by at least 11 points for the first time since 1977.
UK has won its first four home games by at least 14 points, first time since 1987.

Player Notes

UK’s game captains were RB Benny Snell, S Mike Edwards, LB Kash Daniel and LB Josh Allen.
Sophomore quarterback Terry Wilson completed 13 of 20 passes for 132 yards.
He rushed 9 times for 59 yards, including a one-yard touchdown run.
He became the first UK quarterback to win his first five career starts since Bill Ransdell in 1984.
Junior running back Benny Snell Jr. rushed 28 times for 99 yards and one touchdown.
He extended his UK career touchdown record to 40 total TDs.
Has 3,063 career rushing yards, surpassing Rafael Little (2,996) for third place in UK history.
Snell has 18 touchdowns in the last eight home games.
Sophomore running back A.J. Rose rushed seven times for 38 yards, including an outstanding 24-yard touchdown run.
Sophomore wide receiver Lynn Bowden caught four passes for 18 yards.
Senior wide receiver Dorian Baker caught two passes for 29 yards.
He now has 1,113 career receiving yards, moving past Javess Blue (1,111) for 25th place on the UK career list.
Senior linebacker Josh Allen had another incredible game. He had eight tackles, four tackles for loss (-19), including three quarterback sacks (-17), caused one fumble and had a quarterback hurry.
He has 20.5 career quarterback sacks, moving past Dennis Johnson (19 sacks) for third place on the UK career list.
He is the first UK player with three sacks in an SEC game since Marlon McCree vs. South Carolina in 1998.
He is the first UK player with four tackles for loss in any game since Marlon McCree vs. Florida in 1998.
Senior safety Darius West picked off his second interception of the season, third of his career. He also had two pass breakups tonight.
Senior safety Mike Edwards got his first interception of the season, ninth of his career.