September 30, 2012
Hopefully this will be a weekly staple. After each Saturday of college football games, I'll take a look at where Kentucky stacks up with the competition. Then I'll find six statistics that pop out.
But first, the basic rankings. National rankings and SEC rankings are in parentheses. All statistics are courtesy of cfbstats.com and UK athletics.
-- Total offense: 349.4 ypg (99th nationally, 12th in SEC)
-- Scoring offense: 21.8 ppg (104th nationally, 12th in SEC)
-- Passing offense: 229.8 ypg (67th nationally, 6th in SEC)
-- Rushing offense: 119.6 ypg (105th nationally, 13th in SEC)
-- Total defense: 390.8 (65th nationally, 11th in SEC)
-- Scoring defense: 30.8 ppg (90th nationally, 13th in SEC)
-- Passing defense: 197 ypg (30th nationally, 5th in SEC)
-- Rushing defense: 193.8 ypg (99th nationally, 13th in SEC)
Here's your six-pack of Kentucky stats, fresh picked from all across the college football universe:
1) Junior linebacker Avery Williamson had 10 tackles against South Carolina. He ranks 1st in the SEC and is tied for 11th nationally with 51 tackles on the season. Danny Trevathan finished tied for seventh nationally last year.
2) Kentucky was averaging 322 passing yards per game through the first three games, before Maxwell Smith was injured. In the last two games, UK has had 183 total passing yards. The offense as a whole was averaging 428.3 yards per game with Smith in, but has averaged about half that (231 ypg) without him.
3) Kentucky's five opponents are a combined 21-2 this season. Louisville is 5-0, Kent State is 3-1 (loss to UK), WKU is 4-1 (loss to Alabama), Florida is 4-0 and South Carolina is 5-0. Who's next? Mississippi State, sitting at 4-0.
4) When Jalen Whitlow was forced into the game last night, it was the third time in four seasons UK has had to play a true freshman quarterback against an SEC foe for his first significant action. Maxwell Smith stepped in last year, and Morgan Newton did it in 2009. To see how they fared, check out the notes from last night's game here.
5) Kentucky's defense ranks 119th out of 124 teams nationally in third down defense. Teams are converting 53.25 percent of third downs against the Wildcats. Baylor is the only team from a BCS conference giving up conversions at a higher rate.
6) Freshman defensive back Daron Blaylock blocked a punt in the second quarter, UK's first blocked punt since Danny Trevathan blocked one against Georgia. To keep things in perspective, Trevathan had just five tackles that entire season while playing as a true freshman.