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.
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— 4/7 (@Lonnie30johnson) January 2, 2019
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.
Lynn Bowden @H_Huncho is the best athlete in college football trust me on that. He’s doing it in best conference in the country Sec.
— CoachMarrowUK (@vincemarrow) January 5, 2019
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.
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) January 3, 2019