Following the team’s 50-7 victory over UT Martin on Saturday afternoon, Kentucky football is now 6-5 on the year and bowl eligible for the fourth consecutive season.
But how did we get to that point?
Here are ten impressive statistics from Kentucky’s blowout win, courtesy of UK Athletics:
Kentucky is now 22-0 against FCS schools
- Since 1953, the Wildcats are now undefeated in 22 tries against FCS opponents.
- Against UT Martin in particular, UK is now 2-0 all-time.
UK’s four-year bowl streak is second all-time in program history
- Kentucky is bowl-eligible for the fourth consecutive season. This would be UK’s second-longest bowl streak in school history.
Mark Stoops is No. 3 on the UK career wins list
- This was Mark Stoops’ 42nd victory at Kentucky, moving him into sole possession of third place on the UK career wins list.
50 points is the most at home since 2016
- Kentucky scored a season-high 50 points, most in a home game since 2016 vs. New Mexico State (62).
- The 43-point margin of victory was most in a home game since 2015 vs. Charlotte (48-point win).
- It is the first time with consecutive wins by at least 24 points since 2010 vs. Western Kentucky and Akron.
Kentucky hasn’t allowed more than 34 points in 25 games
- Kentucky has allowed 34 points or less in 25 straight games, the longest active streak in the nation.
- 24 straight games at 34 points or less is the longest for Kentucky since a 45-game streak from 1976-80.
- Kentucky did not give up a touchdown pass. UK entered the game tied for first among FBS teams with the fewest touchdown passes allowed, six on the season.
- Kentucky allowed 204 total yards, the fifth consecutive game that UK has limited the opponent to less than 300 yards.
- Kentucky has held five opponents without a touchdown in the first half this season, most since the 1993 defense held six opponents without a touchdown in the first half.
- Kentucky allowed -12 rushing yards, fewest since -23 vs. Vanderbilt in 1996.
- UT Martin’s longest play was 21 yards. UK entered the game tied for fifth in the nation for fewest plays of 40 yards allowed (four this season).
- UT Martin’s longest pass play was 21 yards. UK entered the game tied for third in the nation for fewest pass plays of 40 yards allowed (one this season).
Kentucky broke the school’s all-time single-game rushing record
- Kentucky rushed for a school-record 462 yards, the second consecutive game over the 400-yard mark.
- UK had five different players with a rushing touchdown since 2007 vs. Kent State.
- Kentucky averaged 10.3 yards per rushing attempt, a school record and the 11th best single-game mark in SEC history.
- Kentucky had its two longest rushing plays of the season, 63 yards by A.J. Rose and 58 by Lynn Bowden.
- Kentucky had two 100-yard rushers for the second consecutive game.
Lynn Bowden continues to break school records
- Bowden rushed 11 times for 129 yards and two touchdowns. He also completed one pass for nine yards.
- This was his fifth 100-yard rushing game, breaking Mike Fanuzzi’s school record for the most 100-yard rushing games by a quarterback.
- He had a career-long 58 yards run in the second quarter.
- Bowden averaged 11.7 yards per rushing attempt, best single-game average (min. 10 attempts) since JoJo Kemp vs. Charlotte in 2015, 11 carries with a 15-yard average.
- Bowden became the 38th player in school history to reach 1,000 career rushing yards. He now has 1,013 yards as a Wildcat.
- Bowden is the second player in school history (also Randall Cobb) with 1,000 career yards in receiving, rushing and kickoff returns.
- He became the 10th player in school history to reach 4,000 all-purpose yards in a career. He now has 4,123 yards, tied for eighth place in UK history.
AJ Rose’s 63-yard touchdown was UK’s longest run of the season
- Junior running back A.J. Rose rushed six times for 105 yards, including a 63-yard touchdown that is UK’s longest run of the season.
- It is his second 100-yard game of the season, fourth of his career. All four of his 100-yard games have come with 10 or fewer rushing attempts.
- Rose has 1,203 career yards, moving up to 30thplace on the UK rushing list.
- Rose needed only six carries to reach 100 yards today, fewest since Braylon Heard needed only two carries to rush for more than 100 yards vs. UT Martin in 2014.
Calvin Taylor leads the SEC in sacks
- Going into the day, UK DT Calvin Taylor entered the game tied for third in the SEC with six sacks. With 1.5 sacks in the victory, Taylor now leads the conference in total sacks with 7.5.
- Five Wildcats recorded quarterback sacks, led by Taylor and linebacker Josh Paschal with 1.5 each.
- Kentucky had season highs with six quarterback sacks and 11 tackles for loss.
16 players saw the first game action of their careers
- Blowout victories lead to playing time for some of the up-and-coming players on the roster. 16 Wildcats saw the field for the very first time.
- Redshirt freshman running back Tyler Markray saw his first collegiate action and carries twice for 52 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown run.