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UK-Vanderbilt: How the Stats Stack Up

Normally on gamedays I provide a “tale of the tape” to compare the stats between the two teams, but today I wanted to see how the evenly matched opponents compare other teams in the SEC and around the nation.  Their rankings are in parenthesis, with the national rankings following the SEC rankings.

Team Stats


Individual Leaders


  • Ralph Webb
    • Yards per game: 116,4 (1, 14)
    • Yards per carry: 4.93 (27)
    • Touchdowns: 5 (t-3, t-35)
  • Boom Williams
    • Yards per game: 97.2 (5, 36)
    • Yards per carry: 7.25 (5, 35)
    • Touchdowns: 2 (t-20)
  • Benny Snell
    • Yards per game: 49.2 (21)
    • Yards per carry: 6.02 (15, 87)
    • Touchdowns: 5 (t-3, t-35)


  • Zach Cunningham: 52 (1, t-10)
  • Jordan Jones: 51 (2, t-14)
  • Mike Edwards: 43 (4, t-42)

What Does It Mean?

The untrained eye would believe the Vanderbilt defense is dominant, but that’s not the case.  Vanderbilt’s defense isn’t as good as you’d think, just like Kentucky’s defense isn’t as bad as you think.  Kentucky’s rush offense and Vanderbilt’s rush defense are the only two with any statistical separation.  It’s up to the highlighted individuals to be the game’s difference-makers.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

1 Comment for UK-Vanderbilt: How the Stats Stack Up

  1. BluKudzu
    1:18 pm October 8, 2016 Permalink

    So, based on the stats, we might all agree, just a bit shy of halfway through the season, the defensive backfield, is not the strength everybody suggested it should be?
    Who coaches the DBs? Would that be Stoops?

    Stoops just needs more time. Joker left him nothing to work with, he left the cupboard bare. We are young. I am glad we do not have Petrino, he is a bad man.

    This is the game to turn it around. GO CATS!