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Kentucky-Missouri By the Numbers

Hunter Dyke | Mizzou Athletics

Hunter Dyke | Mizzou Athletics

-5 — Missouri’s turnover margin, the second-worst in the SEC. Eli Drinkwitz’s bye week emphasis was taking care of the ball and creating turnovers.

1 — Where Kentucky’s rushing offense ranks in the SEC, averaging just over 206 yards per game.

4 — Penalties Kentucky commits per game, the second-fewest in the SEC. That number is good enough to be ranked eighth nationally.

9 — Kentucky runs of 20 yards are more, the most in the SEC. Terry Wilson has four of them; Chris Rodriguez has recorded three.

10 — Turnovers forced by UK over the last two games. As fun as it has been, that trend cannot last forever, even with a redshirt freshman quarterback under center.

12 — Times Missouri opponents have scored touchdowns out of 15 trips to the red zone. An 80% touchdown rate ranks last in the SEC and only seven FBS teams are worse.

14 — Where Kentucky ranks nationally on third down, converting 50% of the time. The Wildcats’ third down defense also ranks in the top 20. UK opponents are converting just 31.3% of the time. Miss. State and Tennessee were a combined 6-of-29 on third down (20%).

36 — Tackles by Mizzou linebacker Nick Bolton, one more than Kentucky’s leading tackle, Jamin Davis. If Drake Jackson can get to the second level and neutralize Bolton, the Cats should be able to run the ball effectively all afternoon.

47.83 — Max Duffy’s punting average ranks third in the nation.

71 — Completion percentage by redshirt freshman QB Connor Bazelak. Only Mac Jones and Kyle Trask have a higher completion percentage in the SEC. Terry Wilson ranks 6th in the league, completing just over 66% of his passes.

90 — Rushing yards per game Missouri’s Larry Rountree has picked up through three games, the fourth-highest total in the SEC.

121.1 — The average quarterback passer rating against Kentucky is ranked 17th in the nation. Two weeks ago that number was nearly doubled and the Wildcats were ranked last in the category nationally.

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Article written by Nick Roush

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