Kentucky secures first 9-3 regular season since 1977

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Team Records and Series Information

Kentucky ends the regular season 9-3, with a two-game winning streak. Louisville is 2-10.

Kentucky leads the series 16-15.

Next for the Wildcats: Kentucky awaits its bowl destination, which will be announced Sunday, Dec. 2.

What the Win Means for Kentucky

Kentucky’s 9-3 record is the team’s best regular season in 41 years, since the 1977 team went 10-1.

This is just the fourth time in school history that UK has won at least nine regular-season games, also 1949 (nine), 1950 (10) and 1977 (10).

Kentucky swept the regular-season non-conference schedule for the first time since 2010.

UK has tied or improved its record every season since Mark Stoops became head coach in 2013.

UK won two games in 2012, the season before Stoops arrived, followed by two wins in 2013, five in 2014 and ’15, seven in 2016 and ’17 and nine in 2018.

UK is the only team in the nation to tie or improve its win-loss record in each of the last six seasons, including this year.

This was the final regular-season game for 16 seniors. Today marked their 28th win over the last four seasons, tying for the second-most of any senior class since freshmen became eligible in 1972.

Kentucky has four wins this season over teams that have won at least eight games – Florida, Mississippi State, Missouri and Middle Tennessee. UK also has wins over two more bowl-eligible teams, South Carolina and Vanderbilt.

Team Notes

Kentucky’s 46-point margin of victory is the largest in Governor’s Cup history.

Kentucky scored a season-high 56 points. It’s the most since scoring 62 vs. New Mexico State in 2016.

UK scored 35 points in the first half, the most in a first half since scoring 35 in the first half vs. New Mexico State in 2016.

This is the first time since 1986 that UK has allowed 34 points or less in every game of the regular season.

In addition to points, UK also set season highs with 29 first downs, 340 rushing yards and 601 total offensive yards.

Kentucky converted 3-of-3 on fourth-down conversions tonight, with all three leading to UK touchdowns.

Kentucky is now 9-0 this season when having more rushing yards than the opponent, 0-3 when the opponent wins the rushing yardage.

A.J. Rose and Benny Snell each rushed for at least 100 yards tonight. It is the third time this season – also Central Michigan and Florida – that UK had a pair of 100-yard rushers.

UK has allowed 16.2 points per game this season, the team’s best defensive mark since 1979 (13.0 points per game).

UK won five games this year by limiting the opponent to 10 points or less. The last time UK held five opponents to 10 points or fewer was 1979.

Louisville’s 10 first downs and 79 passing yards are the fewest by a UK opponent this season.

Governor’s Cup Records

Kentucky did not punt in the game, tying the record for fewest punts set by Louisville in 2017.

UK limited Louisville to 79 passing yards, fewest by one team in Governor’s Cup history.

Benny Snell has five rushing touchdowns in Governor’s Cup games, tying the career record of five set by Louisville’s Michael Bush from 2003-06.

Player Notes

UK’s game captains were RB Benny Snell, LB Kash Daniel, LB Josh Allen and S Mike Edwards.

Sophomore quarterback Terry Wilson received the Howard Schnellenberger Award as the Most Valuable Player of the winning team in the Governor’s Cup.

Wilson completed 17 of 23 passes for 261 yards and a career-high three touchdown passes.

He rushed for 79 yards and a touchdown.

He had career highs with 340 yards total offense and four total touchdowns.

He has thrown a touchdown pass in seven straight games.

He has completed at least 60 percent of his passes in 10 of 12 games this season.

Junior running back Benny Snell Jr. rushed 18 times for 100 yards and two touchdowns.

This was his sixth 100-yard game of the season and 18th of his career, tying the UK career record also held by Sonny Collins.

Snell has rushed 58 times for 362 yards and five touchdowns in three games vs. Louisville.

Has 3,729 career rushing yards, remaining in second place in UK history and advancing to 15th place in SEC history.

He is fifth in SEC history in rushing yardage prior to a senior season.
Snell scored his 45th and 46th touchdowns, extending his school record for total touchdowns and rushing touchdowns in a career. He is tied for tied for third in SEC history in rushing touchdowns.

He trails only Herschel Walker (49 rushing TDs) for the most rushing TDs prior to his senior season in SEC history.

Sophomore running back A.J. Rose ran 10 times for 112 yards, including a career-long 75-yard touchdown dash that is also the longest run by a Wildcat this season.

True freshman running back Kavosiey Smoke got his first collegiate carries, rushing four times for 45 yards, including a 37-yard scoring dash.

Sophomore wide receiver Lynn Bowden caught six balls for 86 yards and a career-high two touchdowns.

He has 61 receptions this season, most for a Wildcat since Randall Cobb had 84 in 2010.

It is the second-most receptions by a sophomore in school history.
Sophomore wide receiver Josh Ali caught his first collegiate touchdown with a 32-yard reception.

Senior wide receiver Dorian Baker caught two passes for 21 yards.
He became the 16th player with at least 100 receptions in a career. He has 101 catches.

Junior linebacker Kash Daniel led the Wildcat defense with eight tackles and a career-high three tackles for loss.

Freshman linebacker Chris Oats was next with five tackles and had his second quarterback sack of the season.

Senior linebacker Josh Allen had four tackles, including a sack.
He extended his school records for most sacks in a season (14) and career (28.5).

12 of Allen’s 14 sacks this season have been in the second half, four in the third quarter and eight in the fourth quarter.

UK has not allowed a point this season on all 14 opponent possessions that Allen has a sack.

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