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Quick Football Notes Entering The Akron Game

I know there is a lot going on in the basketball world but we have a football game to be excited about.  The Cats welcome the Zips of Akron tomorrow night at 7:30 and it’s time for you to get educated.  Here are a few quick football notes courtesy of


— Kentucky is hoping to start 3-0 for the first time since 2008.

— The Cats have won 15 consecutive games against non-conference opponents at home, dating back to 2005.

— UK enters the Akron game having won 18 consecutive regular-season non-conference games, dating back to 2006.

— Senior quarterback Mike Hartline is 10-6 (.625) in 16 career starts at UK.

— Hartline now has 2,932 career passing yards and ranks 10th on UK’s all-time list. He needs 448 more passing yards to tie Dusty Bonner (1997, 99) for 9th place.

— Kentucky leads the SEC and ranks 20th nationally in scoring offense, averaging 43.0 points per game.

— UK has won six consecutive games when scoring 30 or more points.

— In the first two games, UK has not turned the ball over. Kentucky is seventh nationally and first in the SEC in turnover margin at +4.

— Senior tailback Derrick Locke needs 63 yards to become just the sixth player in school history to reach 2,000 rushing yards.

— With wins over Louisville and Western Kentucky, Joker Phillips became the first UK head coach to start 2-0 in his debut season since the legendary Paul “Bear” Bryant went 3-0 in his first season with Kentucky in 1946.


— Akron lost its previous game against Gardner Webb in double OT after giving up a 31-7 third quarter lead

— Gardner Webb has a football team.

— The Zips are 0-4 all-time versus teams in the SEC’s current alignment.

— Four of Akron’s five touchdowns this season have come on the ground, three of which came courtesy of RB Alex Allen.

— Akron is terrible.

— I mean they’re really, really, bad.

— Akon is the first solo artist to hold both the number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice.

Kickoff at 7:30.  Tailgate at 7:30.

Go Cats.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR