Kentucky-Mississippi State postgame notes, numbers


Mississippi State at Kentucky

Commonwealth Stadium – Lexington, Ky.

Oct. 22, 2016

FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 40, Mississippi State 38

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is 4-3 overall, 3-2 in the Southeastern Conference. Mississippi State is now 2-5, 1-3 in the league.
    • The last time Kentucky was 3-2 in SEC play was 1999.
  • Kentucky has won three straight SEC home games for the first since 1996.
    • It is also the first time UK has won its first three conference home games since 1990.
  • With the win, Kentucky evens the all-time series between the two schools, 22-22. Kentucky leads the series 13-9 in games played in Lexington. This was Kentucky’s first win in the series since 2008 and its first win in Lexington against Mississippi State since 2005.
  • Tonight’s win was Kentucky’s 151st all-time at Commonwealth Stadium.
  • Kentucky will return to action Sat. Oct. 29 when it travels to face Missouri in Columbia, Mo., at Noon ET on SEC Network.

Kentucky Team Notes

  • UK’s game captains were senior center Jon Toth, junior wide receiver Jeff Badet, junior linebacker Courtney Love and senior defensive lineman Courtney Miggins.
    • This was the fifth time this season that Kentucky has used those four players for captains. UK is 4-1 with Toth, Badet, Love and Miggins as captains.
  • Kentucky scored 40 points in the game, which is the most points scored by UK in an SEC game since scoring 45 against South Carolina in 2014.
    • The Wildcats’ 40 points scored was the most against Mississippi State since 2003.
    • The 40-point output marked the second time this season that UK has scored over 40 points in a game.
  • UK had 26 first downs in the game, which is its second highest total of the season after 28 against New Mexico State.
  • The Wildcats rushed for 262 yards in the game, marking the third time this season that UK has rushed for 250 yards or more.
    • UK has rushed for 250 yards or more in each of its last two games.
    • UK’s 262 rushing yards was its most against an SEC opponent since Nov. 13, 2010 against Vanderbilt (341).
    • Since at least 1987, Kentucky has rushed for 250+ yards in consecutive conference games.
  • Kentucky’s 554 yards of total offense was its most against an SEC foe this season.
    • It was the second-best output of the year for UK.
    • It was the most Kentucky has gained against an SEC opponent since Nov. 13, 2010 against Vanderbilt (580 yards).
  • Kentucky trailed at the half 14-6 before coming back to claim the win. The come-from-behind victory is only the second time under Mark Stoops that UK has rallied from a halftime deficit. Both games have happened this season.
    • UK is now 12-0 under Mark Stoops when entering the fourth quarter with a lead.
    • Kentucky has now won 30 straight games when leading at the end of the third quarter.
  • The Kentucky defense held Mississippi State to 81 yards passing, which marked the first time UK has limited an opponent to 100 yards passing or fewer since allowing 87 vs. Charlotte on Nov. 21, 2015.
    • It was the fewest allowed against an SEC opponent since Oct. 30, 2004 against Mississippi State (79 yards).
  • Tonight marked the second time in school history that three players in the same season have reached 1,000 career receiving yards. The last time that happened was 2007 when Stevie Johnson, Dicky Lyons, Jr., Jacob Tamme and Rafael Little accomplished the feat.
  • The last time Kentucky had two SEC wins when trailing at halftime was 2010.
  • Kentucky is now 6-for-6 on fourth downs in league play this season.
  • Kentucky won on a last-second field goal for the first time since Oct. 17, 1998 at LSU (Seth Hanson). Hanson’s field goal was 33 yards.
  • Kentucky scored 34 points in the second half, which is the most against an SEC opponent since Oct. 25, 2003 against Mississippi State (35 points).
  • UK scored 21 points in the third quarter, which is the most against an SEC team since Nov. 2, 2002 against Mississippi State (21 points).
  • Kentucky had a 100-yard receiver and 100-yard rusher for only the fourth time in program history against Mississippi State. The last time that was accomplished was Nov. 4, 2000.

Kentucky Player Notes

  • Junior kicker Austin MacGinnis went 4-for-5 in field goals in the game, including a game-winning 51-yard field goal as time expired.
    • MacGinnis also hit from 46 yards and 32 yards (twice).
    • MacGinnis is now 4-7 in his career from 50+ yards. He is the second player in school history to have at least four career field goals of 51 yards.
    • MacGinnis is the first kicker in school history with two career games of at least 15 points scored.
    • MacGinnis scored 15 points in the game, which is the most points scored by a kicker in an SEC game since Oct. 31, 1992 (Doug Pelfrey).
    • MacGinnis is the third player in school history to reach 200 career points prior to his senior season. He is the first to accomplish that feat since Randall Cobb in 2010.
    • MacGinnis has tied Randall Cobb for quickest to 200 career points (29 games played).
  • Junior quarterback Stephen Johnson completed 17-of-33 passes for 292 yards and two touchdowns. His 17 completions tied a career high. Johnson also rushed nine times for 20 yards.
    • Johnson was 8-of-11 in the second half for 191 yards and two touchdowns.
  • True freshman running back Benny Snell led Kentucky in rushing with 19 carries for 128 yards and one touchdown.
    • It was the second career 100+ yard game for Snell, who had 136 yards against New Mexico State.
    • Snell had the sixth most rushing yards in a game against Mississippi State in school history (Nov. 7, 1998 – Derek Homer, 130).
    • Snell had the most rushing yards by a true freshman against an SEC opponent since Nov. 22, 1997 when Derek Homer had 137 yards against Tennessee.
  • Junior running back Stanley “Boom” Williams rushed 14 times for 99 yards.
    • Williams now has 1,980 career rushing yards, which ranks him eighth all time in program history.
    • Williams is the fourth player in school history to reach 1,900 career rushing yards prior to their senior season. He is the first to accomplish that feat since Rafael Little in 2006.
  • Junior wide receiver Jeff Badet caught a game-high seven passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns – all of which were season highs.
    • Badet became the 26th player in Kentucky history to reach 1,000 receiving yards in his career with his 44-yard touchdown reception in the second half.
    • Badet currently has 1,107 career receiving yards to rank 25th all-time in career receiving yards.
    • Three current Wildcats have reached 1,000 career receiving yards – Garrett Johnson, Ryan Timmons and Badet.
    • Badet also had three kickoff returns for 77 yards, including a 39-yard return.
    • Badet had the second most receiving yards in a game against Mississippi State in school history. The most was Randall Cobb (171 in 2010).
  • Junior wide receiver Garrett Johnson had three receptions for 18 yards.
    • Johnson has 90 career receptions for 1,242 yards, ranking him 18th on UK’s career receiving yard list.
  • Senior running back Jojo Kemp had two carries for 15 yards before leaving the game with an injury.
    • Kemp has 1,505 career receiving yards, which ranks 19th on Kentucky’s career rushing yard list.
  • Senior wide receiver Ryan Timmons had three catches for a season-high 77 yards in the game.
    • Timmons now has 1,137 career receiving yards, which ranks him 23rd all-time in program history.
  • Sophomore cornerback Derrick Baity had four tackles in the game, adding a tackle for loss and a pass breakup.
  • Sophomore linebacker Jordan Jones led Kentucky with 11 tackles, adding a quarterback hurry.
    • The double-digit tackle game is the second of Jones’ career.
    • Jones now leads Kentucky with 77 tackles this season.
  • Sophomore defensive end/linebacker Denzil Ware had seven tackles and a tackle-for-loss in the game.
    • Ware leads Kentucky with eight tackles-for-loss this season.
  • Junior wide receiver Charles Walker made his first reception of the season.
  • Senior defensive back Marcus McWilson made his fourth career interception, his first since his sophomore season.
    • McWilson’s interception was returned 45 yards for a touchdown.
    • It was the second time McWilson has returned an interception for a touchdown. His first was against Louisiana-Monroe in 2014.
    • McWilson is the first UK player to return an interception for a touchdown since Fred Tiller vs. Louisville on Nov. 29, 2014.
    • McWilson’s interception return was Kentucky’s first against a SEC opponent since Oct. 4, 2014 vs. South Carolina (Bud Dupree).


  1. Has anyone out there been keeping any stats on the amount of tackles Mt. Elam has this year? Bet they can be counted on one hand. He has been such a bust.

  2. From what I have read, he had 3 asst and 1 solo against Southern Miss, no sacks. No stats that I have found for him on the other games played thru Saturday’s game against MSU for 2016. He has been out for several games this year too. He may have better stats I have not seen. He clogs the middle, that’s it. Eliot has told the media on occasions that Elam is good at that, and I believe he is. He still is carrying to much weight IMO to get much of a rush on opposing QB’s. Was he over rated? People will make up their own minds on that.

  3. Could we just mention this stat again

    it is also the first time UK has won its first three conference home games since 1990. 16 years people 16 years. That is a major accomplishment that says this team has potential and talent. A win could would silence the naysayers for a while. Great finish Cats.

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