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Kentucky’s Historic Football Season by the Numbers

Kentucky’s spectacular 2018-19 football season took the program to heights seen only by few.  To reach the ten-win milestone, the Wildcats broke records and posted crazy numbers.  The following few are the best of the best.


7 — Kentucky’s scoring defense finished seventh in the country, allowing only 16.8 points per game.  The UK defense was the only power five unit to allow more than 24 points just once (Georgia).  Kentucky was 19th in the country in pass defense, allowing just 186.3 yards per game, and 23rd in total defense at 337.9 yards per game.  It’s the first time under Stoops UK’s defense has held opponents under 400 yards a game.  All are high watermarks for Mark Stoops’ defense.

7.8 — Penalties a game committed by Kentucky opponents, the fourth-most in the nation.

17 — Josh Allen’s new single-season sack record is the third-most in SEC history, trailing only Derrick Thomas in 1987 and 1988.  Louisiana Tech’s Jaylon Ferguson topped Allen by only a half-sack.  Allen was credited with more sacks than 13 FBS teams, including Louisville, who finished the year with 11.

19 — Mike Edwards’ 317 career tackles are the second-most by a defensive back in school history.  He finishes 19th all-time and is the first person to join UK’s 300-tackle club since Danny Trevathan.

21.5 — Josh Allen’s tackles for loss were the second most in a Kentucky season, .5 behind Art Still.  The National Defensive Player of the Year led the SEC  in TFLs and was sixth in the nation.  Allen finished his career with 42 tackles for loss. I believe it’s the only Oliver Barnett career record he did not break.

24 — Career interceptions by Kentucky’s five senior defensive backs: Mike Edwards, Derrick Baity, Darius West, Christ Westry and Lonnie Johnson Jr.

Special Teams

3 — Lynn Bowden was one of three players in the country with two punt return touchdowns.  What makes the feat even more incredible is that he scored twice in only five returns.  He’s the first UK player since Derek Abney to return more than one punt for a touchdown in a season.

14 — In his first year punting, Max Duff was 14th in country, averaging 44.78 yards per punt.  Duffy’s two longest punts of the year, 67 and 65 yards, were in the Citrus Bowl.  With a dominant defense and a ball control offense, Duffy’s ability to flip the field directly impacted the scoreboard.

20 — Kentucky’s kickoff coverage was ranked 20th in the nation and second in the SEC.  The hidden yards gave UK’s defense another advantage.


4 — C.J. Conrad became just the fourth tight end and 28th player in school history to record more than 1,000 yards receiving.  He finished his career with 1,015 and was one touchdown away from tying UK’s career record for receiving scores by a tight end.

67 — Lynn Bowden broke Derek Abney’s record for receptions in a season by a sophomore.  He caught 34.5 percent of UK’s passes, the highest percentage in school history.  The only UK wide receiver with more receiving yards as a sophomore is Dicky Lyons Jr., who had 822 to Bowden’s 745.

67.2 — Terry Wilson’s completion percentage was the seventh-best among Power Five schools and the second-best in school history, trailing only Tim Couch’s 1998 season (72.3%).  Terry Touchdown is the first UK quarterback to accumulate at least 1,500 passing yards and 500 net rushing yards in the same season.

1,449 — Benny Snell ranked sixth in the nation in rushing yards to become Kentucky’s all-time leading rusher with 3,873 career yards. Snell’s 16 rushing touchdowns were good enough to be ranked ninth in America.  He now holds just about every UK rushing record.  He ranks 12th in the SEC in career rushing yards and third in rushing touchdowns.  Snell Yeah.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

11 responses to “Kentucky’s Historic Football Season by the Numbers”

  1. cats646

    Go cats!!

  2. original slappy

    Special team. Special season.
    The one thing that really stood out to me in these numbers were Conrad’s. It’s a travesty that he didn’t set every TE record at this school. But he was an excellent teammate and never made it about himself. Really hoping he sustains success at the next level.

    1. mashburnfan1

      good point slappy. Alot of players would have complained, especially with the social mdia era, but he just kept working and did whatever they asked him to do. He will get a shot, and I think have a very good career, in the NFL.

    2. mashburnfan1

      And lets not forget to say thank you to all the players that could have left last year but stayed. I think all improved their NFL stock and all surely made a huge difference. Benny I sure wish you would be back next year but a RB only has so many carries in a career and you had to go now, Best wishes to all Seniors and Benny in your NFL and other careers.

  3. Luether

    Enjoyed the season. Not likely to see one as good in the next decade or so…

    1. mashburnfan1

      Could see it next year

  4. Smyrna_Cat

    I didn’t think I would see a UK team like this in my lifetime. Amazing season. Just amazing. We should celebrate this for the next decade at least.

  5. mashburnfan1

    Also add another number…..11. When UK went to Fun Spot with some local kids KSR showed video of Josh Allen on a bumper car. He was driving car number 11, light blue with yellow stripes. Well we stayed in Orlando and flew back Friday so Thursday night we leave Seaworld and go to Fun Spot. The kid had to ride the bumper cars and, you guessed it, had to get car 11. We get there and that car is there but 1st ride someone got in that car before he could so we had to ride again. We waitied till we could be 1st in line and he got to get that car. Have a pic of him in it, he was so happy to be driving the same car Josh drove. Add number 9 as well, I remember seeing one of our guys in that car so I went ahead and got in it. Thanks to the staff and players for letting BBN have a meaningful trip to Orlando, we had a great time.

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  7. BigolBlue

    Thank you football because cal and bball suck

    1. BlueDew

      I’ll stir the pot. Which coaching staff, basketball or football, gets more from their players and develops players’ skills. As we all know, Allen was a two star player and Benny was a thee star player. They stand out the most, but look the offensive and defensive line as a whole, this is where games are won and lost. Most of these players were not 4-5 star players as like the teams we play on a weekly basis.