KENTUCKY POSTGAME NOTES
Kentucky at Mississippi State
Davis Wade Field, Starkville, Miss.
Oct. 21, 2017
FINAL SCORE: Mississippi State 45, Kentucky 7
Team Records and Series Notes
- Kentucky is 5-2 overall, 2-2 in the Southeastern Conference. Mississippi State is 5-2, 2-2 in league play.
- Mississippi State leads the series, 23-22.
- Kentucky returns to action Sat. Oct. 28 at home vs. Tennessee. Game time is 7:30 p.m. and it will be televised on the SEC Network.
- Kentucky scored seven points today, ending its school-record streak of 13 straight regular-season games of 23 or more points.
- Kentucky was -2 in turnovers today. The Wildcats are now +6 for the season. UK entered the game ranked seventh in the nation in turnover margin.
- Kentucky did not score in the first quarter, ending a streak of having scored in 20 consecutive quarters. That was UK’s best streak since the 2007 season when the Cats tallied in 27 straight quarters.
- UK’s game captains were OG Nick Haynes, QB Stephen Johnson, LB Courtney Love and S Mike Edwards.
- Senior quarterback Stephen Johnson completed 13 of 28 passes for 117 yards.
- Johnson led the Wildcats in rushing today with 54 net yards on six carries.
- UK is now 12-6 over the last 18 games with Johnson as the starter (10-6) or QB for the majority of the game in a relief role (2-0).
- Senior wide receiver Garrett Johnson led the receivers with five catches for 36 yards.
- He has caught a pass in 18 consecutive games and is fourth in UK history with 1,919 receiving yards.
- In the second quarter, senior wide receiver Blake Bone recovered a UK fumble in the end zone for a touchdown. It is his third touchdown of the season, sixth of his career. Bone also had two receptions for 17 yards.
- Senior kicker Austin MacGinnis had one point today, adding to his school career record with 315 points.
- Freshman wide receiver Lynn Bowden had 149 all-purpose yards. He had 112 yards in kickoff returns and caught three passes for 38 yards.
- Junior safety Mike Edwards had 11 tackles, his third double-figure tackle game of the season and seventh of his career. He had one tackle for loss and a pass breakup.
- Junior linebacker Jordan Jones returned to action after missing four games because of injury. He had seven tackles, including one for loss, and had a quarterback hurry.
- Junior linebacker Josh Allen had five tackles, including one for loss. He also broke up two passes, including one on a fourth-down play that gave the ball back to the Wildcats.
- Senior punter Matt Panton had one of his best games with a 45.1-yard average, including a long of 67 yards and three punts inside the 20-yard line.
- Redshirt freshman Drake Jackson opened at center, his first collegiate start.