POSTGAME NOTES: Kentucky Drops To Mississippi State 45-7 in Ugly Performance Saturday

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Kentucky at Mississippi State

Davis Wade Field, Starkville, Miss.

Oct. 21, 2017

FINAL SCORE: Mississippi State 45, Kentucky 7

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is 5-2 overall, 2-2 in the Southeastern Conference. Mississippi State is 5-2, 2-2 in league play.

  • Mississippi State leads the series, 23-22.

  • UK returns to action Sat. Oct. 28 at home vs. Tennessee. Game time is 7:30 p.m. and it will be televised on the SEC Network.

Team Notes

  • Kentucky scored seven points today, ending its school-record streak of 13 straight regular-season games of 23 or more points.

  • Kentucky was -2 in turnovers today. The Wildcats are now +6 for the season. UK entered the game ranked seventh in the nation in turnover margin.

  • Kentucky did not score in the first quarter, ending a streak of having scored in 20 consecutive quarters. That was UK’s best streak since the 2007 season when the Cats tallied in 27 straight quarters.

Player Notes

  • UK’s game captains were OG Nick Haynes, QB Stephen Johnson, LB Courtney Love and S Mike Edwards.

  • Senior quarterback Stephen Johnson (pictured) completed 13 of 28 passes for 117 yards.

  • Johnson led the Wildcats in rushing today with 54 net yards on six carries.

  • UK is now 12-6 over the last 18 games with Johnson as the starter (10-6) or QB for the majority of the game in a relief role (2-0).

  • Senior wide receiver Garrett Johnson led the receivers with five catches for 36 yards.

  • He has caught a pass in 18 consecutive games and is fourth in UK history with 1,919 receiving yards.

  • In the second quarter, senior wide receiver Blake Bone recovered a UK fumble in the end zone for a touchdown. It is his third touchdown of the season, sixth of his career. Bone also had two receptions for 17 yards.

  • Senior kicker Austin MacGinnis had one point today, adding to his school career record with 315 points.

  • Freshman wide receiver Lynn Bowden had 149 all-purpose yards. He had 112 yards in kickoff returns and caught three passes for 38 yards.

  • Junior safety Mike Edwards had 11 tackles, his third double-figure tackle game of the season and seventh of his career. He had one tackle for loss and a pass breakup.

  • Junior linebacker Jordan Jones returned to action after missing four games because of injury. He had seven tackles, including one for loss, and had a quarterback hurry.

  • Junior linebacker Josh Allen had five tackles, including one for loss. He also broke up two passes, including one on a fourth-down play that gave the ball back to the Wildcats.

  • Senior punter Matt Panton had one of his best games with a 45.1-yard average, including a long of 67 yards and three punts inside the 20-yard line.

  • Redshirt freshman Drake Jackson opened at center, his first collegiate start.

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